09 NOVEMBER 2012 / The Stavros Niarchos Foundation grants $750,000 to assist NYC boroughs devastated by Superstorm Sandy

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation announced today that it will grant $750,000 to assist a variety of relief and aid operations in those areas of New York City that have been devastated the most by Superstorm Sandy. The funds will be directed to support local communities throughout Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.

Organizations receiving funding are:

  1. Safe Space offers community and mental health services for vulnerable children and families in Southeast Queens. They are currently providing emergency relief to keep families safe in shelters, and will continue to work with people as the needs shift from immediate to long-term.
  2. Citymeals-on-Wheels is working to deliver emergency meals throughout the hardest hit areas in Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.  The organization is addressing the needs of the elderly and homebound, who are unable to visit the shelters or connect with other nonprofit organizations serving their neighborhoods.  
  3. Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn Recovery Fund is a joint effort with the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. The Fund will respond to the immediate and long term impact of this natural disaster, and will serve as a flexible source of grant funding to local nonprofit organizations as the rebuilding efforts in Brooklyn’s most impacted neighborhoods progress over the coming weeks and months. 100% of all contributions will support relief efforts.  
  4. Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation has a strong network of volunteers across Staten Island, who are currently addressing immediate emergency needs. The organization will continue to help people throughout the hardest hit communities in the coming months and years. 100% of all contributions will support relief efforts. 
  5. Queens Public Library system has six libraries in the Rockaways (Queens) that have been badly affected by the storm. Some of these branches have been serving as community centers and social service providers. They are addressing a range of immediate needs and will move to address long-term needs, including the rebuilding of certain branches that were permanently damaged.

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation typically announces grants twice a year, but has historically provided support in extraordinary circumstances that require an immediate emergency response, including support for relief efforts in Greece, Japan, Myanmar, China, Haiti and Chile.