Building resilience in the face of disaster

New York Life and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities recently announced the launch of a new grant program to support children, adults, families, and communities experiencing trauma resulting from natural disaster or community-wide tragedy. The partnership will serve as the first-ever disaster-focused grant for the New York Life Foundation, the charitable arm of the company.

The program, Building Resilience in the Face of Disaster, will fund and administer efforts among nonprofit community-based organizations providing long-term trauma and grief support to those in geographic areas impacted by major weather-related disasters in 2017, including Hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma and the California Wildfires as well as some of the deadliest mass shootings that have occurred in the last year and a half, including Las Vegas, NV, Sutherland Springs, TX, and Parkland, FL. New York Life will work in partnership with the Change in Mind Institute at the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities to administer the program.

Organizations expected to apply to the program include community centers, affordable housing programs, early childhood education and care programs, youth and family programs, behavioral faith programs, and others within and outside of the Alliance’s strategic action network. Applicants must demonstrate the capacity to successfully and effectively implement the grant program and have experience with trauma-informed care and/or grief services and support. Each successful grantee will receive awards of up to $50,000, and a total of $750,000 in support will be awarded. July 13 is the deadline to submit proposals.

Nonprofits interested in applying for a grant from the program must submit an online application by July 13, 2018. Frequently asked questions about the grant program will be available on the application site by June 13. If you know of a nonprofit that may be interested in applying for this grant, please direct them to the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities or call the Foundation at 212-576-7341.

Read more about the new programs in the articles below:
Providing trauma support on the heels of disaster.
New grief/trauma program to support children, families and communities impacted by disaster.