WHDC Updates

WHDC Awards $1 Million in Grants, Announces Next Grant Cycle

August 25, 2014

West Harlem Development Corporation has awarded $1 million in grants to 38 nonprofits that aim to increase economic opportunities and quality of life to sustain a vibrant West Harlem community.

The awards are the third round of grants made to date, bringing the total amount of grants to $4 million. In this round of granting, WHDC tightened its focus to areas in need of immediate impact in the community and raised the reporting requirements for awardees in an effort to better serve the Community District 9 community in West Harlem. Though all groups will serve West Harlem, 66 percent are also based in the community.

The breakdown of grants by community-need category is:

  • Community Facilities, including Arts and Environment: $286,389
  • Education, including Arts and Historical Preservation $487,158
  • Housing, including Legal Services $76,287
  • Workforce & Economic Development, including Environment $150,166

Representatives from each organization attended a Collective Impact meeting to discuss how to work together to obtain measurable results such as improved test scores in public schools and tracking program attendees’ progress toward obtaining a job. Grantees were divided into working groups based on the community need they serve (i.e., community facilities, education, housing and workforce and economic development) and will meet throughout the year.

All grantees will work toward fulfilling WHDC’s community development goals, which can be found here. For a complete list of our newest grantees, click here.

The timeline for the next 2014 grant cycle can be found here.