Lavanburg grants have funded studies and publications, personnel and programming in existing facilities, and renovation or construction of needed housing.
In recent years, the Lavanburg Foundation has awarded grants for a range of projects. Some of our grants have funded studies and publications. Others have supported personnel and programming in existing facilities. Still other grants have funded the renovation or construction of needed housing. The Foundation typically awards six to eight grants a year in the range of $20,000 to $40,000. From time to time, multi-year grants are awarded.
GRANT PROFILE: Citizens Housing and Planning Council (CHPC)
The Lavanburg Foundation has made annual grants for the general support of the Citizens Housing and Planning Council's work for more than 60 years. CHPC is involved in a wide range of projects aimed at improving urban environments. It promotes development that is consistent with modern urban sensibilities, and links the city's housing policies to its economic development goals. It also serves as a pro bono advisory and advocacy group offering its expertise to government, the media and to the public at large. CHPC depends entirely on private contributions, special fundraising events and member support for funding.
One of CHPC's recent projects aims to identify the design characteristics of desirable urban neighborhoods.
Lavanburg grants in recent years have supported the following projects:
GRANT PROFILE: Bailey House
Bailey-Holt House is home to 44 adults with AIDS; it provides them with private rooms and baths, a full spectrum of on-site services, and three nutritious meals a day. All Bailey House client service programs offer case management, counseling, recreation, nutritional support, vocational/educational training and pastoral care.
Renovations at Bailey House offer residents increased comfort and safety, and will ensure the permanence of Bailey-Holt House as a resource for people with AIDS until there is a cure.
Lavanburg grants have funded projects that have allowed Bailey House to offer increased comfort and safety to its residents. These projects also help to ensure the permanence of Bailey-Holt House as a resource for people with AIDS until there is a cure.
A $25,000 grant in 1996 made it possible, in combination with other funding, for Bailey House to:
An additional $75,000 grant supported another series of renovations that began in July 2000. These included numerous improvements that address resident life and safety concerns, such as:
In 2005, the Lavanburg Foundation granted $25,000 for Bailey House to enhance their security system.
GRANT PROFILE: Henry Street Settlement
Each year, more than 100,000 New Yorkers participate in Henry Street programs, which include youth services to foster academic achievement and emotional well-being from day care through college; five transitional shelters with support services for homeless families and adults; an acclaimed mental health clinic that provides free and low-cost mental health services; an arts center; and homecare services and senior services for the elderly and homebound.
In 1993 the Lavanburg Foundation awarded Henry Street a $20,000 grant to hire a consultant for an innovative housing project that would allow women with AIDS to live with their children.
A $35,000 Lavanburg grant in 2002 supported a project for women with severe and persistent mental illness. This project provided permanent housing for these women, as well as support services to assist them in living as independently as possible.
GRANT PROFILE: Hartley House
Hartley House's mission is to provide as many services as possible under one roof for the children, youth, seniors and families of Manhatttan's Clinton community, formerly known as Hell's Kitchen. Open daily, Hartley House offers a variety of programs to more than 600 people of all ages. Programs include family day care; after school programs; Pied Piper day camp; evening sports programs; alternative high school; English classes for new immigrants; General Equivalency classes for adults; citizenship preparation classes; arts classes and programs for seniors on and off site. Hartley House also opens its facilities for meetings of community groups that work for neighborhood stability and improvements.
Programs that have benefited from Lavanburg funds include Home Outreach Program for Elders (HOPE), Christmas Friendly Visiting Program for Elders, and art therapy programs for seniors, children and families.
The Lavanburg Foundation made a grant of $45,000 over a period of four years beginning in 1993 to set up a social service unit consisting of two social service workers to look after the needs of the community's large immigrant population. They focused on case management and the real need for assistance in obtaining concrete services such as escort services for medical appointments. The social workers attended workshops on immigration issues and entitlements to help them advise their clients on these issues, which become more complex every day.
An additional two-year grant for a total of $40,000 was awarded to the Social Work Unit in 2001. Programs that have benefited from Lavanburg funds include Home Outreach Program for Elders (HOPE), Christmas Friendly Visiting Program for Elders, and art therapy programs for seniors, children and families.
In 2005, the Lavanburg Foundation awarded a two-year $50,000 grant to enable Harley House to continue its social work program.
GRANT PROFILE: Goddard Riverside Community Center
Goddard Riverside Community Center's programs — designed to serve everyone in the mixed income, ethnically diverse neighborhood that is Manhattan's West Side — serve more than 10,000 New Yorkers each year. They include permanent housing and neighborhood preservation; college and career counseling; services to the homeless; programs for older adults; community arts programming; and many resources for children and youth, including day care, Head Start, after school programs, summer day camp, school-based activities and teen programs. Today the agency is the owner and operator of 541 units of permanent housing with social services on-site in four separate buildings on Manhattan's Upper West Side and in Harlem.
Lavanburg grants have assisted with the construction of 48 studio units on West 140th Street for chronically mentally disabled homeless men and women.
Over the last 15 years, the Lavanburg Foundation has been one of Goddard Riverside's partners in the development of permanent supported housing for formerly homeless men and women. The Foundation's grants, totaling $284,000 between 1988 and 2001, have played a major role in the development of Goddard Riverside's housing program.
The Lavanburg grants have assisted with the construction of 48 studio units on West 140th Street to house chronically mentally disabled, homeless men and women who have been "hard to reach" and resistant to services because of the extent and complications of their disabilities.
The most recent Lavanburg grant, awarded in 2003, was for $50,000 over two years and was used to create more units of affordable housing for mentally ill homeless men and women.