29 APRIL 2014 / The Stavros Niarchos Foundation announces its New Cycle of Grants

The Board of Directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation during the course of its bi-annual meeting in the spring of 2014, approved 67 new grants, totaling approximately €16,000,000, in support of programs and initiatives by Greek and international not for profit organizations.

The 67 new grants are part of the Foundation’s regular international philanthropic activity, and are in addition to several more grants approved since the Board’s fall meeting. At the same time, the Foundation made grants as part of both its three year €100,000,000 initiative to support Greek society during the economic crisis, as well as its more recent initiative, also of €100,000,000, aimed at addressing the high rate of youth unemployment in Greece. 

Since October 2013, when the Foundation’s Board had approved a series of other grants, up until April 2014, the SNF has supported new programs, totaling over €18,7 million, in its four core areas of action, Arts & Culture, Education, Health & Medicine and Social Welfare. In particular, in the area of Arts & Culture, through 25 grants totaling more than €5,500,000, the Foundation supports training programs for young artists in several countries, as well as initiatives aimed at the international promotion of Greek culture and the support of contemporary Greek artists. Similarly, in the area of Education, the Foundation approved 36 new grants, totaling more than €5,800,000, with particular emphasis on the implementation of educational programs, as well as scholarship schemes and vocational training programs, whose basic aim is to improve accessibility to knowledge. Particular emphasis was placed on programs that strive to cultivate critical thought and promote civic engagement. In the area of Health & Medicine, the Foundation invested more than €2,500,000 in a total of 8 new grants, which, among other things, support innovative healthcare models, and enhance knowledge and research, as well as improving hospital units and contributing to the fight against global health problems (HIV/AIDS). Finally, in the area of Social Welfare, the Foundation supports 30 new programs with more than €4,800,000, with two fundamental aims: to create new employment opportunities for the new generation, and to support the most vulnerable social groups worldwide, most severely affected by the consequences of the economic crisis. 

Andreas Dracopoulos, Co-President of the Board of Directors of the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, stated: “Despite the fact that we are living in one of the most advanced and prosperous times in history, humanity is facing a series of critical and explosive socioeconomic challenges. We are fully aware of the fact that we cannot tackle such numerous and complex issues on our own. Our aim, with each cycle of grants we approve, is to attempt to ensure that we will achieve the greatest possible impact, but also that the grants will help all those who are most in need of support. In that respect, this cycle is no different from any of the previous ones. While we believe that every grant is important, I would like to mention three recent grants that have the potential to change the landscape for the better in their respective areas of action. In particular, our support for the creation and operation of the Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at Koç University in Turkey, apart from its significance in relation to the particular field of studies, also opens up a new chapter in the relations between the two countries. The grant to create the Mobile Medical Units in Greece provides, for the first time, comprehensive healthcare services in islands and other remote areas of Greece, and may serve as a model for the provision of healthcare services in a country whose geographical distribution has so far deemed the provision of healthcare services in remote areas almost impossible. Finally, both our grant to the Yale University School of Art and the grant to complete the building of the National Museum of Contemporary Art (EMST), emphasize the importance we place on supporting creativity and creative assets, in recognition of their significant role in contemporary societies. These two grants demonstrate the Foundation’s dual approach, as they express the importance of supporting both established organizations with a long history (Yale) and organizations with the potential of developing a strong presence and role (EMST).

Below is the list of grantee organizations and grants approved by the Foundation from October 2013 till April 2014:

 

ARTS AND CULTURE

• American Federation of Arts, New York, NY, USA 

The grant supports the production of a catalogue for an exhibit featuring the influence of ancient Greek art on the training of French artists

• Antikenmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland

The grant supports the special exhibition “Treasures from the Deep – the Sensation of Antikythera”

• Artesens, Aix-en-Provence, France

The grant supports travel costs for the Greek module of the exhibition "Divina Natura"

• Athens School of Fine Arts,  Athens, Greece

The grant supports the creation of a lecture hall and the transfer of the Library to the new building

• Centre for Fine Arts (BOZAR), Belgium, Brussels

The grant supports an exhibit of Greek contemporary art in times of crisis

• Contemporary Greek Art Institute, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the salaries of two of the Institute's employees

• Creative Group Schooligans, Athens, Greece

The grant supports funding for the organization of the 10th Schoolwave music festival

Ecole Française d'Athènes, Athens, Greece

The grant supports a cultural program celebrating 100 years since the first excavations in Philippi

• Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York, Inc., Astoria, NY, USA

The grant supports the 2014 Greek Independence Day Parade in New York City

Force Film Foundation New York, NY, USA

The grant supports a transmedia project, titled "A Path Appears”

Greek American Educational Public Information System, Inc., Astoria, NY, USA

The grant supports general operating expenses

Greek National Opera, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the implementation of the second phase of the Journey to the SNFCC program

KOLEKTIV8 Non Profit Organization, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the Depression Era Project

Lincoln Center Theater, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports the Directors Lab

Musée du Louvre, Paris, France

The grant supports the temporary exhibition “Rhodes, Une Ile Grecque Aux Portes de l’Orient”

Museum of the Moving Image, Astoria, NY, USA

The grant supports educational programming for the Henson exhibit

Musical and Educational Organization of Greece, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the inaugural concert for the Greek Presidency of the Council of the European Union, in Brussels, by Armonia Atenea (Camerata) at BOZAR

National Museum of Contemporary Art , Athens, Greece

The grant supports the reconstruction efforts for the Museum’s new premises

New York Philharmonic, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports YPC Global, a digital-education initiative

Syros International Film Festival,  Syros, Greece

The grant supports the organization of the 2014 Syros International Film Festival

Thessaloniki Olympic Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece

The grant supports an educational program related to the Olympic Games targeting underprivileged schools 

Thetis, Chios, Greece

The grant supports the creation of the Caravan Project Pop-up space

The Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK

The grant supports the creative visual arts program

 

EDUCATION

Academia Engelberg Foundation, Engelberg, Switzerland

The grant supports the summer school and the international conference

American Educational Foundation Washington, DC, USA

The grant supports scholarships for the Journey to Greece program

American College of Greece, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the establishment of the SNF Scholars Program

American Hellenic Institute Inc, Washington, DC, USA

The grant supports the American Hellenic Institute annual gala

Association Ashoka France, Paris, France

The grant supports new educational approaches to cultivate the next generations of change makers

Bibliothèque Louis-Nucéra, Nice, France

The grant supports the purchase of accessibility equipment for the visually impaired

Camara UK,  London, UK

The grant supports the establishment of a new, large scale Computer Refurbishment Centre

Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Inc., New York, NY, USA

The grant supports Youth Development Programs

Diakonie Austria, Vienna, Austria

The grant supports the International Camp on Communication and Computers, for people with motor disabilities

Endeavor Greece, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the research and compilation of a report on Youth Unemployment in Greece

1st Experimental Elementary School of University of Athens (Maraslio), Athens, Greece

The grant supports the purchase of robotic technological equipment

French Institute of Greece, Athens, Greece

The grant supports scholarships for outstanding graduate and post-graduate students to pursue their studies in France

Future Library, Veria, Greece

The grant supports the implementation of the second phase of the Journey to the SNFCC program

Green City Force Brooklyn, NY, USA

The grant supports capacity building of the Green Energy Corps

Greenpeace Greece, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the implementation of a program to train farmers in the cultivation of Greek fodder crops

Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the second year of operation of the Observatory for the Crisis

Hellenic Ornithological Society, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the implementation of a program promoting free spaces and public parks and educating children about their significance

Hostos Community College of CUNY Bronx, NY, USA

The grant supports the Hostos Community Heroes pilot program

Imvros & Tenedos Studies Association,Thessaloniki, Greece

The grant supports the publication of a local chart of the Greek place names in the island of Imvros

Industrial and Business Education and Training Institute, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the implementation of training programs for youth employment in selected professions

Kindergarten of Ampelakia, Salamina, Greece

The grant supports the purchase of air-conditioning units

Koc University, Istanbul, Turkey

The grant supports the creation and operation of a Center for Late Antique and Byzantine Studies

Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ, USA

The grant supports the delivery of 100 Virtual Live From Surgical Program connections, a series of programs that use videoconferencing to connect students to hospital surgical suites

Model Pilot Middle School of Evangelical School of Smyrni, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the renovation of the Natural Sciences Lab and the purchase of equipment

Mom (Hellenic Society for the Study and Protection of the Monk Seal) Athens, Greece

The grant supports scientific research and educational programs

National Hellenic Society, Washington, DC, USA

The grant supports scholarships for the Heritage Greece Program

National Library of Greece, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the creation of the inventory of the NLG's manuscript collection

New York University, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports the exhibition Time and Cosmos in Greco-Roman Antiquity at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

Organization Earth, Ilion, Greece

The grant supports the employment of one executive staff member

Playing, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the implementation of a play promotion program for preschool children

Tanenbaum Center for Interreligious Understanding, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports professional development webinars for teachers

The Johns Hopkins University, Washington, DC, USA

The grant supports scholarships for students from Greece at the School of Advanced and International Studies (SAIS)

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill ,Chapel Hill, NC, USA

The grant supports the Azoria Project excavations

The US Charitable Trust, London, UK

The grant supports educational course activities

Washington Oxi Day Foundation, Washington, DC, USA

The grant support general operating expenses

Wikimedia Foundation, San Francisco, CA, USA

The grant supports Wikipedia Zero

ZupdeCo, Paris, France

The grant supports an after-school tutoring project for underprivileged students

 

HEALTH AND MEDICINE

• ACRIA (AIDS Community Research Initiative of America), New York, NY, USA

The grant supports general operating expenses

Andreas Syggros Hospital for Cutaneous & Venereal Diseases, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the renovation of the Surgery Department

Beth Israel Medical Center, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports the Department of Integrative Medicine's fellowship training program for health professionals and the development of a mobile application for patient education

• Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports the Thomas P. Sculco, M.D., Chair in Orthopedic Surgery at the Center for Revision in Joint Replacement

Jenny Karezi Foundation, Athens, Greece

The grant supports general operating expenses

Montefiore Medical Center, Bronx, NY, USA

The grant supports the expansion of the Healthy Steps program

SUNY College of Optometry, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports a community outreach coordinator for the University Eye Center

University General Hospital of Thessaloniki A.H.E.P.A., Thessaloniki, Greece

The grant supports the renovation of the Pediatric Clinic

 

SOCIAL WELFARE

Action for Children, London, UK

The program supports the expansion of the employability program for disadvantaged young people

Amymoni, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the operation and expansion of the Early Intervention Program

Augustana Care, Eagle, CO, USA

The grant supports the Castle Peak Senior Care Community capital campaign

Bottomless Closet, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports the salary of a Development Director

Broadway Housing Communities, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports the launch of the Sugar Hill Early Childhood Center 

CDP Europe, Berlin, Germany

The grant supports the expansion of the Water Disclosure Program in Europe

Charitable Institutions of Lixouri, Lixouri, Greece

The grant supports the rebuilding of the Nursing Home for the Elderly in Kefalonia

Children & Future, Monaco, Monaco

The grant supports the SNF team runners at the 2013 No Finish Line event

Children & Future, Monaco, Monaco

The grant supports the No Finish Line event to benefit children

City Harvest, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports general operating expenses

Disaster Accountability Project, Rockville, MD, USA

The grant supports general operating expenses

Doctors Without Borders USA, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports emergency relief in response to the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

FEANTSA, Brussels, Belgium

The grant supports the creation of an online training program to expand the "Housing First" approach to homelessness in Europe

Fédération Européenne des Banques Alimentaires, Bourg-la-Reine, France

The grant supports the launch of a website to share best practices

Friends of the Child, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the Family Care Program

Fundacion Exit, Barcelona, Spain

The grant supports the organization's employability programs for youth at risk of social exclusion in Spain

Fundación ONCE, Madrid, Spain

The grant supports a workshop series for people with disabilities of the V Biennial of Contemporary Art

Hellenic Society for the Protection and Rehabilitation of Disabled Children (ELEPAP), Athens, Greece

The grant supports the Early Educational and Therapeutic Intervention Program

Holy Church of Saint George of Nikaia, Nikaia, Greece

The grant supports the purchase of equipment

Impact Hub Association, Vienna, Austria

The grant supports the scaling up of social innovations throughout Europe

Kosmeteio Foundation - "House of Constantinopolitans", Iraklio, Greece

The grant supports maintance works at the "House of Constantinopolitans"

Les Chats de Stella, Vence, France

The grant supports refurbishment works in the shelter

Municipality of Athens, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the SYNATHINA program

New York City Police Foundation, New York, NY, USA

The grant supports the Juvenile Robbery Intervention Program

Oxfam GB, Oxford, UK

The grant supports emergency relief in response to the Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Parish Church of St. Andreas in Patisia, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the purchase and conversion of a space into a cultural center

Save the Children USA, Westport, CT, USA

The grant supports emergency relief in response to the typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines

Siel Bleu, Strasbourg, France

The grant supports the introduction of the Gym Alzheimer Physical Activity Program to new specialized institutions across France

Sport sans Frontières,  Paris, France

The grants supports the diffusion of the "Playdagogie" program to promote social inclusion

The INSP Foundation, Glasgow, UK

The grant supports the development of the independent online news service

 

GRANTS AGAINST THE GREEK CRISIS

Amymoni, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the operation and expansion of the Early Intervention Program

Hellenic Foundation for European and Foreign Policy, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the second year of operation of the Observatory for the Crisis

Hellenic Ornithological Society, Athens, Greece 

The grant supports the implementation of a program promoting free spaces and public parks, while educating children about their significance

Hellenic Society for Disabled Children (ELEPAP), Athens, Greece

The grant supports the Early Educational and Therapeutic Intervention Program 

Friends of the Child, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the Family Care Program

Jenny Karezi Foundation, Athens, Greece

The grant supports general operating expenses

Kosmeteio Foundation - "House of Constantinopolitans", Iraklio, Greece

The grant supports maintance works at the "House of Constantinopolitans"

Parish Church of St. Andreas in Patisia, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the purchase and conversion of a space into a cultural center

Thessaloniki Olympic Museum, Thessaloniki, Greece 

The grant supports an educational program related to the Olympic Games targeting underprivileged schools

 

RECHARGING THE YOUTH INITIATIVE

Endeavor Greece, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the research and compilation of a report on Youth Unemployment in Greece

French Institute of Greece, Athens, Greece

The grant supports scholarships for outstanding graduate and post-graduate students to pursue their studies in France

Industrial and Business Education and Training Institute, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the implementation of training programs for youth employment in selected professions

American College of Greece, Athens, Greece

The grant supports the establishment of the SNF Scholars Program

The Johns Hopkins University, Washington DC, ΗΠΑ

The grant supports scholarships for students from Greece at the School for Advanced and International Studies (SAIS)


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC, ΗΠΑ

The grant supports the Azoria Project excavation