The NYC Fund for Girls and Young Women of Color has announced 2016 grants totaling $2.1 million in support of efforts to cultivate the leadership of young women of color as agents of structural change.
Grants were awarded to twenty-eight nonprofit organizations working to provide services, leadership development, and advocacy in the areas of health, economic and workforce development, community support and opportunity, education, and anti-violence and criminal justice. Launched by the New York Women's Foundation and NoVo Foundation in 2014, the funder collaborative supports efforts aimed at fostering sustained structural change that disrupts generational cycles of poverty, abuse, and disinvestment and transforms the lives of young women of color. Grant recipients include the Arab American Association of New York ($60,000), the Black Alliance for Just Immigration ($75,000), the Casita Maria Center for Arts & Education ($100,000) Girls for Gender Equity ($250,000), the Sadie Nash Leadership Project ($100,000), and South Asian Youth Action ($60,000).
In addition to the North Star Fund and the NoVo Foundation, members of the collaborative include the Andrus Family Fund, the Foundation for a Just Society, the Ms. Foundation for Women, the New York Community Trust, the Third Wave Fund, and the Brooklyn Community, Cricket Island, Ford, Jessie Smith Noyes, Pinkerton, Scherman, Schott, and Surdna foundations.
"Recent events in our country have underscored the urgency in investing in the lives of young women of color so they can take their rightful place as the next generation of leaders," said NYWF president and CEO Ana Oliveira. "Together, the members of the NYC Fund for Girls and Women of Color and its grantee partners will share strength, strategies and resources to help make this so."