Grant Recipients

2021 Grants    

During the COVID -19 pandemic, all programs were offered both virtually and in-person, when appropriate.

AFYA Foundation    Yonkers, NY                                                                                                           $25,000

Boxes for Life                                                                                                      

Support for virtual and in-person work with clients with disabilities during the Covid-19 pandemic

to help them continue to build their skills that will hopefully lead to for future employment.  


AHRC      New York, NY                                                                                                                                       $50,000

Vaccine Education Project  

Support for outreach program aimed at vaccination resistant staff and clients in group homes and

their families.

America on Tech     New York, NY                                                                                                              $35,000                                     

Internships and Alumni Relations Manager  

Support for staff dedicated to procuring internships for students while maintaining strong relationships

with program graduates to help them in their careers.


Artists for Humanity   Boston, MA                                                                                                             $50,000                       

Arts Micro Enterprise Program                     

Support for a youth run micro-enterprise program for at-risk teens designed to develop business and

career skills as well as provide a commercial outlet for their talents.


Asperger's Association of New England      Watertown, MA                                                                                             

Director of Children and Teen Services in MA                                                                                                  $35,000

Support for director of program working with youth and families dealing with the challenges of Asperger’s


Family Support Services in NY                                                                                                                       $10,000

Support for staff working with youth and families dealing with the challenges of Asperger’s Syndrome.      


Auditory Oral School of New York    Brooklyn, NY                                                                                           $50,000

Camp Scholarships

Support for deaf and hard of hearing children to attend camp to mitigate learning loss over the summer.                                                                             

Backyard Sports  White Plains, NY                                                                                                              $ 3,750

Friday Night Teens Plus

Support for evening social programming for youth with disabilities.


Barry and Florence Friedberg JCC   Oceanside, NY                                                                                    $45,000                       

The Ezra Center for Special Services           

Support for expansion of virtual and in-person social and recreational programming for adults and

children with special needs.

Blythedale Children's Hospital   Valhala, NY                                                                                              $50,000

Training for Parents and Caregivers of Chronically Ill Children

Support to ensure that parents and caregivers have the skills and confidence to care for their medically

fragile children once they leave the hospital.

Boston Casa   Boston, MA                                                                                                                                                                           Court Appointed Youth Advocates                                                                                                                  $25,000

Support program using volunteers who are appointed by the court to serve as ad litem guardians for

youth in foster care.

Disability Training for Volunteers                                                                                                                    $25,000

Support to increase the knowledge of volunteers working with youth with disabilities so that they

understand their challenges and become better advocates for them. 

Boston Medical Center   Boston, MA                                                                                                           $50,000                       

Pediatric Assessment of Communication in Autism Clinic

Support for an educational advocate in the autism clinic to help low-income families receive appropriate

educational placement and services for their children.


Bottom Line    Jamaica Plain, MA                                                                                                                 $25,000

College Access and Success Program in Boston

Support for college bound program that incorporates college guidance and up to six years of on campus

emotional, academic, and career guidance for inner city youth to college success.


Bottom Line    Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                                        $35,000

College Access and Success Program in New York

Support for program that incorporates college guidance and up to six years of on campus emotional, 

academic, and career guidance for inner city youth to assure college success.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester      Dorchester, MA                                                                               $70,000

Project B.I.N.D.

Support for inclusion programming for youth with disabilities in club wide,  after-school year programs.

Bridges from School to Work   New York, NY                                                                                             $45,000

Transition Program for High School Students

Support for program that provides high school students with disabilities with work experiences that foster

success post high school whether in college, internships or on the job.


Brookview House   Dorchester, MA                                                                                                             $35,000

Above and Beyond Youth Development Programs 

Support for year-round programs that provide customized academic, emotional and behavioral supports

for formerly homeless youth so that they stay in school and are productive both in school and out.

Cambridge Camping Association  Cambridge, MA                                                                                      $15,000


Support for year-round program for youngsters 5-13 who have social, emotional and behavioral health

needs due to trauma or disability.


Camp Starfish  Stow, MA                                                                                                                            $35,000                                      Support for general operating budget to offset the higher expenses incurred during COVID.                                                                                


Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk   Boston, MA                                                                                   $37,000

Family Advocacy Program

Support for program that assists children and their non-offending caregiver receive the services and

supports they need following incidences of family violence.


Citizens' Committee for Children   New York, NY                                                                                       $10,000                       

Youth Action

Support for advocacy training for high school students.

City Parks Foundation  New York, NY                                                                                                         $10,000


Support for cultural programming in New York City and the outer boroughs.


COLAB Theater Group                                                                                                                                       $15,000    


Support for theater program for people of all ages with disabilities.


Commonpoint Queens      Queens and Little Neck, NY                                                                                                                       

Butler Special Needs Center  - Sam Field Y                                                                                                      $80,000                                    Support for programs designed to enhance social skills and community inclusion opportunities for people

with disabilities focusing on programming for young adults ages 19-40. 

CQY Butler Center  - CQY                                                                                                                              $40,000

Support for social and recreation programming for youth with disabilities.


Scholarship Assistance  - Sam Field Y                                                                                                             $27,000                         Scholarship assistance for children with disabilities attending after school, day camp, preschool programs.

Food Pantry                                                                                                                                                 $50,000

Support to increase food pantry personnel to assist with distribution.

Community Servings  Jamaica Plains, MA                                                                                                    $30,000

Nutrition Program

Support for home delivered, medically-designed nutritional meals for adults, children and families

affected by life-threatening illnesses.

Dancing Dreams   Queens, NY                                                                                                                    $20,000

Dancing Dreams

Support for ballet dance program for boys and girls ages 5-21 with significant physical/mobility challenges.


Doc Wayne    Boston, MA                                                                                                                           

Chalk Talk                                                                                                                                                   $50,000

Support for sport-based group therapy program for youth with mental health challenges.

Champions Network Training in Boston                                                                                                           $74,000

Support for trainings in Butler funded agencies in Boston to address mental health issues as a result


Champions Network - Administrative Coordinator                                                                                             $50,000

Support for infrastructure to assist with expansion of the Champions Network. 


Educational Alliance – 14th Street Y    New York, NY                                                                                 $25,000

Special Needs Programming at the 14th Street Y

Support for special needs recreational programming in lower Manhattan that increases socialization and

provides workshops for parents to help them understand their children’s educational,

social, recreational needs and identify appropriate supports for them. 


Enroot      Cambridge, MA                                                                                                                            $30,000                              

Mentoring Program for Immigrants

Support for mentoring program for immigrant students in Cambridge and Somerville that provides 1:1

tutoring, leadership development and civic engagement seminars and internship opportunities.

Feeding Westchester   Elmsford, NY                                                                                                           $25,000

Food Pantry

Support for food distribution center in Westchester. 


Harlem Education Activities Fund (HEAF)   New York, NY

HEAF Continuum                                                                                                                                          $50,000

Support for rigorous, year-round academic enrichment as well as social and cultural exposure and

leadership training for youth from middle school through college.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Hebrew Educational Society (HES)   Brooklyn, NY                                                                                      $120,000

Special Needs Family Center - Coordinator of Special Needs Programs                                               

Support for on-going programming and capacity building in preschool, after school, summer camp and

parenting programs for children with disabilities and their families.

Hebrew Free Loan  New York, NY                                                                                                                $20,000

Special Needs Program Coordinator

Support for infrastructure to increase the capacity of program focused on educational needs of youth 

with disabilities.

Helen Keller Services  New York, NY                                                                                                           $25,000

Camp Scholarships                                                                                                                                      

Support for summer camp scholarships for blind and visually impaired youth.


IncludeNYC   New York, NY                                                                                                                         $40,000

Project Possibility Plus                                                   

Support for young adults with disabilities to increase their advocacy skills so that they can learn about

their options and successfully transition from high school to college to work.


Intrepid Sea and Air Museum   New York, NY                                                                                             $35,000

All Access Maker Camp                                                                                                                                    

Support for three one-week vacation camps for youth ages 8-13 on the Autism Spectrum.


JCC of Greater Boston   Boston, MA                                                                                                                 

Camp Grossman                                                                                                                                           $30,000

Support for scholarships and CIT Program for youth with disabilities.


MESH                                                                                                                                                          $50,000

Support for mental health services in light of increased need post COVID.


JCC of Manhattan    New York, NY                                                                                                                    

Access Coordinator                                                                                                                                       $40,000

Support for program to help families of people with disabilities understand their rights and learn how to

navigate the NYS and Federal governmental systems (Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, OPWDD and SSI) and 

connect with the Medicaid Service Network and Coordinators so they can access services. 


Assistive Technology                                                                                                                                     $15,000

Support for a program that works with staff and people with disabilities to provide them with assistive

devices that will improve their quality of life and their ability to communicate.           


ReelAbilities Film Festival                                                                                                                               $25,000 

Support for film festival showcasing films by or about people with disabilities.


SibSpace                                                                                                                                                      $60,000

Support for adult siblings as they address the realities of becoming the next generation of caregivers

responsible for younger siblings with disabilities.

JCC of Mid-Westchester     Scarsdale, NY                                                                                                    $46,475


Support for CLASSP, a youth development and training program for high school students who work in

after-school and camp programs for youth with disabilities.  


 JCC of Staten Island    Staten Island, NY                                                                                                    $40,000

Director of Special Needs

Support for the leadership of programs for people challenged by learning, developmental and physical 


Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst     Bensonhurst, NY                                                                                              

Butler Special Needs Center                                                                                                                          $45,000     

Support for summer camp and after-school educational enrichment, socialization and recreation

programs for people with disabilities.

Butler Center for Educational Advancement                                                                                                     $75,000

Support for comprehensive educational services for Russian émigré families.

Jewish Museum   New York, NY                                                                                                                  $25,000

Project Access

Support for access programs for people with disabilities.

Kings Bay YM-YWHA  Brooklyn, NY

Deaf and Hard of Hearing  Program                                                                                                                $50,000

Support for programming addressing the unique health and communication challenges of people

who have physical disabilities.

Special Needs Coordinator                                                                                                                              $50,000

Support for full-time coordinator of the Special Needs Department.


Kingsbridge Heights Community Center  Bronx, NY                                                                                    $35,000

CHANCES Respite Program

Support for after-school and weekend programming for people with disabilities.

Legal Outreach  New York, NY                                                                                                                      $75,000

College Bound Program

Support for 4-year, after-school and summer program using law related subjects to build academic skills

and provide professional opportunities for low-income, urban high school students in New York.

Marion and Aaron Gural JCC   Cedarhurst, NY                                                                                              $50,000


Support for individualized case management services and technology services to help vulnerable

individuals stay connected through virtual services during and post COVID. 

Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)   Newton Highlands, MA                                            $35,000

Special Needs Child Services Coordinator

Support for Coordinator to increase adoption rates of children with disabilities who are in state run foster

care by identifying families who will adopt children with intellectual and physical disabilities.


Massachusetts Advocates for Children  Boston, MA                                                                                           $50,000

Special Education Advocacy Program

Support for Spanish speaking lawyer to provide workshops and a HELP line for Latino families to help

them navigate the many systems that will provide the support services their children need.

Met Council  New York, NY

Cash Assistance for Victims of Domestic Violence                                                                                                $187,500

Support for emergency cash relief for victims of domestic violence.

Food Bank                                                                                                                                                      $25,000

Support for Kosher food vouchers for the food pantry.

Mid-Island Y JCC  Plainview, NY

Adler Center for Special Needs                                                                                                                          $50,000

Support social worker and specialists for social, recreational and educational programs for youth

with special needs

Butler Service Coordination Program                                                                                                                          $95,000

Support to help families understand their rights and navigate the complex state and federal programs

available to people with disabilities such as Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, SSI, SSDI and connect them with

appropriate service delivery networks.

Montefiore Medical Center  Bronx, NY                                                                                                          $170,000

School Health Program

Support for infrastructure for the expansion of the School Health Program.

More Than Words   Waltham, MA                                                                                                                   $50,000

Book Store and Café

Support for transitional employment program for youth 14-21 that focuses on entrepreneurship and

leadership opportunities through running an online and store front bookstore and café.

Mosholu Montefiore Community Center   Bronx, NY     

Family Choice Program                                                                                                                                     $50,000 

Support for families of middle and high school students to identify and explore educational options for both

neuro-typical and neuro-diverse students in the New York schools. 


Caregivers and Special Needs Program                                                                                                               $50,000

Support for social worker with expertise in special education options to work with older caregivers to help

them identify needs and solutions to caring for youth with special needs.

Mount Sinai Adolescent Clinic    New York, NY                                                                                               $65,000

Legal Services

Support for a medical/legal partnership with Youth Represent providing an on-site legal advocate to 

address the educational, social, legal issues of economically disadvantaged young people 10-24.

Museum of Modern Art  New York, NY                                                                                                            $10,000

Access Program

Support for access programs for people with disabilities.

Natural Resources Defense Fund  New York, NY                                                                                            $25,000

Climate Center Team

Support for environmental projects.

New Alternatives for Children (NAC)    New York, NY                                                                                           $50,000

Camp Scholarships

Support for day and residential camp experiences for children with disabilities.


New York Legal Assistance Group  New York

Legal Health                                                                                                                                                     $50,000

Support for legal assistance for low-income patients and advocacy training for health-care

professionals in NYC hospitals.

Special Education Unit                                                                                                                                       $50,000

Support for free legal services for low-income children with physical, developmental and 

learning disabilities and their families to insure they receive the services to which they are entitled

Opportunity Network  New York, NY                                                                                                               $40,000

OpNet Fellows 

Support for an after-school and summer program that works with under-served high school students

from their sophomore year through college exploring careers, providing paid summer internships and

building networks that will lead to robust careers.    


Publicolor  New York, NY                                                                                                                                  $75,000   

Color Club, Next Steps, Next Steps Prep, Summer Design Studio   

Support for a continuum of programs that address the educational and career needs of inner city

public school youth ages 13-21 using the power of color to revitalize their communities and the

expertise and passion of strong educators and mentors to help them explore future educational options.

Ramapo for Children  New York, NY

College CLASSP                                                                                                                                                 $107,925

Support for program for college age students who earn 6 college credits, a stipend and work 250

hours in programs for people with disabilities in agencies throughout the 5 boroughs, Long Island

and Westchester.

Ramapo Training                                                                                                                                                $20,000

Support for community scan to determine the training needs of agencies serving people with disabilities

post COVID.


Rocking the Boat   Bronx, NY                                                                                     

After School and Summer Youth Development Programs                                                                                         $50,000          

Support for after-school and summer on-water and boat building programs


Shames JCC on the Hudson   Tarrytown, NY                                                                                                     $70,000

Director of Supportive Services                                                                                                                                  

Support for new leadership to build innovative programs and services in Westchester for people of all ages

with disabilities.


Shorefront YM-YWHA    Brooklyn, NY                                                                                                               $65,000                         Family Autism Center   

Support for social, recreational and educational services for people with autism and developmental 



Silver Lining Mentoring   Boston, MA                                                                                                                $35,000

Earn and Learn Community Based Services 

Support for long-term mentoring of youth ages 14-21 who are emerging from the foster care system.

Suffolk Y Jewish Community Center   Commack, NY                                                                                        $40,000                         Butler Special Needs Center                        

Support for after-school, vacation, camping, recreational and socialization programs for people with

special needs, ages 4-15. 


Tech Kids Unlimited   New York, NY                                                                                                                  $25,000

TKU Teens and T3 Digital Agency

Support for tech programs for youth ages 7-20 with disabilities such as ASD, Asperger’s, ADD/ADHD, OCD

and other learning and social/emotional challenges.


The Go Project  New York, NY                                                                                                                           $35,000

Go Summer Go School

Support both summer and year-round programming for youth with and without IEPs who have been

identified by their schools in need of extra support to succeed.  

The New Jewish Home      New York, NY                                                                                                          $150,000

Geriatric Career Development Program                                                                        

Support for expansion of 4-year workforce development program for inner city students to introduce them

to career opportunities in the field of geriatrics and provide them with paid employment upon graduation

from high school and college.


The Wily Network   Dedham, MA                                                                                                                      $25,000                        Mentoring College Students in Foster Care

Support for 1:1 mentoring of college students to insure they complete college and develop a network of



UJA-Federation   New York, NY                                                                                                                        $102,000

Camp Scholarships                                                                                                                                         

Support for summer camp scholarships for youth with disabilities.


University Settlement   New York, NY                                                                                                              $30,000

EXCEL Program

Support to expand programming for people with disabilities ion the Lower East Side. 


Urban Arts Partnership   New York, NY                                                                                                            $25,000

School of Interactive Arts

Support for technology-based game design program that teaches both neuro-typical and

neuro-diverse students in Title 1 schools new skills designed to improve grades and give them a

strong grounding in computer science options that they often pursue in college.


Waypoint    Newton, MA                                                                                                                                   $35,000

Waypoint Adventure

Support for outdoor adventure program the inspires people with disabilities to go beyond what

they thought possible.


YM & YWHA of Washington Heights   New York, NY                                                                                        $70,000

Special Needs Services

Support for year-round programming for children with special needs at the Y andat Camp Twelve Trails

in the summer.


Total                                                                                                                                                                         $4,311,150