THE HARRY CHAPIN FOUNDATION WAS BEGUN IN 1981. From 1981 through 2011 the foundation has awarded 413 separate grants whose combined awards total $1,724,566.62. These grants are awarded to organizations that fall within the original four areas of funding designated at the formation of the Foundation. These are:

COMMUNITY EDUCATION PROGRAMS that identifies community needs and mobilizes resources to meet them, fostering social and economic justice. In this category there have been a totaling 157 grants made with award amounts totaling: $474,126.85.

ARTS IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS and other approaches to educating young people. In this category there have been a total of 83 grants made with award amounts totaling $251,233.77.

FOOD AND AGRICULTURE PROGRAMS that support the preservation of individually owned farms; support for citizen organizations that promote equitable food production and distribution. In this category there have been a total of 157 grants made with award amounts totaling $955,136.00 (Included in this is a donor-advised donation of $232,532.46 to Long Island Cares Capital Campaign). The balance minus this award to LIC is $722,603.54.

ENVIRONMENTAL PROGRAMS that promote a safe and sustainable environment. In this category there have been a total of 16 grants made with award amounts totaling $44,070.

Of the 413 grants awarded, 225 have been made to organizations in New York State and the remaining 188 grants have been made out of state.

CORNERSTONE SCHOOLS
AWARD: $5,000
6861 e. Nevada
Detroit, MI 48234
313-892-1860

Cornerstone Schools is a prior recipient of a grant from this organization in 2008 for $5,000 to support the schools music program. This independent school system educates 1100 at risk students, 98% are African American with most children coming from households headed by a single woman.
The schools have an eleven month academic year and foreign language begins in kindergarten. Homework is mandatory and 100% of students qualify for financial aid. There is 85% parent participation and an amazing 94% of the students graduate from high school and an odd-defying 78% have gone on to college. A grant of $5,000 was made to support the Music program that is offered to all students in all grade levels.
Arts in Education


HARTFORD FOOD SYSTEM
AWARD: $3,000
86 Park Street
Hartford, CT 06106
860-296-9325

This organization is a multiple award winner of grants 1985, 1990, for $5,000, 1992 for $1, 250, and 1998 for $1,000, 1999 and 2000 for $3,000. Until recently Hartford had no large supermarket, only small urban retailers. Through the work of the HFS one retailer has now opened. However this supermarket is very close to the suburban line and not easily accessible to many residents. Low income residents have little to no access to fresh produce. A grant of $3000 was made in 2009 to support the Grow Hartford Youth Leadership Program. This program hires and trains at risk youth to work on the HFS farm that provides CSA’s and provides fresh locally grown produce for area families and social service agencies.
Food and Agriculture


WORK OPTIONS FOR WOMEN
AWARD: $3,000
1200 Federal Blvd.
Denver, CO 80204

This group is a prior recipient in 2005 of a Harry Chapin Self Reliance award for $5,000. This grant in 2009 was made to support the Culinary Arts Training Program. This program services women looking for a chance to work their way out of poverty. The program includes support services, job placement and job retentions services. A grant of $3,000 was made to provide opportunities for poor women to gain the confidence and skills they need to become gainfully and permanently employed in the food industry. Community Education Programs


WORLD HUNGER YEAR
AWARD: $5,000
505 Eighth Avenue
Suite 2100
New York, NY 10018
212-629-8850

An annual grant of $5,000 was made to support the administrative costs of the Harry Chapin Self Reliance Award Program.
Community Education Programs


INTERVALE CENTER
AWARD: $3,500
180 Intervale Road
Burlington, VT 05410
802-660-0440

The Intervale Center received a $7,000 Harry Chapin Self Reliance Award for $7,000 to support the Healthy City Youth Farm Program.

Burlington is a city where one-sixth families with children under the age of 18 live in poverty. The program Healthy City Youth Farm of the Intervale Center engages at-risk teens in developing job skills as they earn money while working on the Youth Farm growing produce for school lunch programs and hosting educational field trips for elementary and middle school students. In addition, the teens and volunteers work to glean over 30,000 pounds of produce for food pantries and other nonprofits serving low income people where 80% live at or below the federal poverty line. A grant of $3,500 was made to continue support for the Healthy City Program.
Community and Education Programs

LONG ISLAND CARES
AWARD: $1,000
10 Davids Drive
Hauppauge, NY 11787
631-582-3663

A donor (Jonothan Chapin) directed award of $1,000 was made to support the capital campaign project of this organization.


LOTS TO GARDENS
AWARD: $1,500
(A program of St. Mary’s Health System)
PO Box 7291
Lewiston, ME 04243
207-777-8863

This organization is a prior recipient in 2008 of a $3,000 grant from this foundation. It operates in low income neighborhoods and successfully provides community gardens that work with youth and adults to provide local, sustainable and equitable food distribution. It provides 24 paid training opportunities to Resident Garden Coordinators while also employing 70 at-risk youth with summer jobs. Founded in 1999 as a single garden, this program currently operates fifteen gardens in four diverse low income neighborhoods where the poverty rates are as high as 46%. Programs include youth training and employment, cooking and nutrition classes.
A grant of $1,500 was made to support the Summer Youth Gardeners program. This program pairs graduates of the program with incoming youth and elders in eight-month garden based activities and in peer leadership positions.
Food and Agriculture


WORLD HUNGER YEAR
AWARD: $500
505 Eighth Avenue
21st Floor
New York, NY 10018

A donor directed donation of $500 was made to support the annual fundraising event.
Community and Education Programs


AMERICA’S GROW A ROW
AWARD: $1,500
150 Pittstown Road
Pittstown, NJ 08867
908-331-2962

This is the second HCF grant made to this organization, ($4,000 in 2008). This is an all volunteer food production and collection group that is helping to reverse the rapidly declining family farmlands in new Jersey while benefitting local New Jersey Food Banks. The Grow A Row Program is helping to eliminate hunger while supporting family farms by increasing their presence and exposure within their communities. In addition to fiscally supporting local farms, volunteer community members work the donated local farmland to support the Food Banks. A grant of $1,500 was made to support general operating expenses.
Food and Agriculture


ARTS KIDS
AWARD: $2,000
PO Box 980365
Park City, UT 84098-0365
435-615-7878

The Arts Kids Program is a youth development program using the arts as tools for positive expression and creativity. It is a successfully proven method for retaining at risk children in school. A grant of $2,000 was made to support the newly installed program on the Whiterocks region of the Native American Northern Ute Tribe where the median income is $14,500. The dropout rate on this reservation is 80%. This pilot program that the Foundation is funding has been well received by the community and children and is in the process of being expanded from sit to eight groups.
Arts in Education


CAMPUS KITCHEN PROJECT
AWARD: $2,500
1328 16th NW
Washington, DC 20036

Campus Kitchen was the recipient of a Harry Chapin Self Reliance Award of $2,500 in 2004. This award was made to support their work at the site located at Augsburg College in Virginia. The Campus Kitchen Project is a student powered national hunger relief organization that is located on 20 college and high school campuses. At these college’s kitchens, students prepare and deliver meals for community agencies that service low income individuals, families and home bound individuals. This highly successful college program works in partnership with the college dining services, food service businesses and food banks. In addition to this feeding program, it provides volunteer opportunities for college students and it runs several job-training programs for adults that prepare them for jobs in the culinary fields. Finally, nutrition education and student mentoring for at risk children are also strong programs of this organization. A grant of $2,500 was made for general operating support.
Food and Agriculture


COMMUNITY WORD PROJECT
AWARD: $2,500
42 Broadway
Suite 1827
New York, NY 10004
212-962-3820

This small but powerful organization provides a sustained experience in innovative art in education programs for underserved children in New York City pubic schools. Working in the 2009-2010 school year they have integrated into the school curriculum 36 artist residencies in eight elementary, middle and high schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn, Queens, and Manhattan as well as a Creative Writing Program in 3 after school programs located in two branches of the Queens Library. The art focus in the lower grades is on poetry and they inspire at risk youth to read and to interpret their own world through the collaborative arts residencies and teacher training programs. The weekly learning process helps students develop lifelong tools and skills – literacy, creative thinking, teamwork, public speaking to meet the challenges they face every day. The residencies culminate with a collaborative creative of 4’x6’ painted canvas mural depicting one line from a class’ Community Poem. The IKEA in Red Hook has a permanent display area for the murals from one of the local partner schools. A grant of $2,500 was made to support the program.
Arts in Education


FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
AWARD: $500
330 Main Street
Northport, NY 11768
631-261-0132

Four years after calamity struck the people and city of New Orleans; there are still homes that need to be gutted. Mainstream media coverage has all but faded but those who live there know that there is still much to be done.
The all volunteer organization from this Presbyterian church congregation took on the “Project Renew Green Street” in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity. Habitat owns three pieces of property on this particular street that have the potential to become three new homes. A grant was made to support the work of the New York volunteers on their trip down to New Orleans to begin work on the first home.
Community and Education Programs


FOOD WORKS AT TWO RIVERS
AWARD: $2,000
64 Main Street
Montpelier, VT 05602
802-223-1515

Food Works was a prior recipient of a HCF award in 2005 and 2007 for $5,000 each year. Food Works is Central Vermont’s hands-on food and agriculture education center working to cultivate food security by training low-income people to grow and cultivate food in their own communities.
A grant of $2,000 was made to support their Gardens for Learning and Good Food-Good Medicine programs. Gardens for Learning provide at risk children with hands on learning during the summer months when school lunches are not available. Good Food-Good Medicine provides food, nutrition education, and mentoring and leadership development for three central Vermont Section 8, low income housing projects.
Food and Agriculture


GREYSTON FOUNDATION
AWARD: $5,000
21 Park Avenue
Yonkers, NY 10701
913-376-3900

The mission of this well-rounded service organization is to support
individuals and low-income families on the road to self reliance. Greyston owns and successfully operated several not-for-profit companies in Westchester that provide jobs, housing, youth services and health care. Included in these programs are five successful community gardens servicing 300 garden members and an additional 1,000 community members. Not only do the gardens provide fresh produce, these gardens provide a way for residents to strengthen and build their community and it provides much needed education activities or children in this urban part of Westchester.
A grant of $5,000 was made to supplement a portion of the position of the Project Coordinator of the Gardens Program. This grant will allow the coordinator to work more hours each week, enabling her to increase the number of projects and activities.
Community and Education Programs


INTERVALE CENTER
AWARD: $3,500
180 Intervale Road
Burlington, VT 05410
802-660-0440

In 2007 the Intervale Center received a $7,000 Harry Chapin Self Reliance Award for $7,000 to support their Healthy City Youth Farm Program. Burlington is a city where one-sixth of the families with children under the
age of 18 live in poverty. The program Healthy City Farm of the Intervale Center engages at-risk teens in developing job skills as they earn money while working on the Youth Farm growing produce for school lunch
programs and hosting educational field trips for elementary and middle
school students. In addition, the teens and volunteers work to glean over 30,000 pounds of produce for food pantries and other nonprofits serving low-income people where 80% live at or below the federal poverty line.
A grant of $3,500 was made to continue support for the Healthy City Program.
Community and Education Programs


LOTS TO GARDENS
AWARD: $1,500
(A program of St. Mary’s Health System)
PO Box 7291
Lewiston, ME 04243
207-777-8863

This organization is a prior recipient in 2008 of a $3,000 grant from this foundation. It operates in low-income neighborhoods and successfully provides a community gardens that work with youth and adults to provide local, sustainable and equitable food distribution. It provides 74 paid training opportunities to Resident Garden Coordinators while also employing 70 at-risk youth with summer jobs. Founded in 1999 as a single garden, this program currently operates fifteen gardens in four diverse low-income neighborhoods where the poverty rates are as high as 46%. Programs include youth training and employment, cooking and nutrition classes.
A grant of $1,500 was made to support the Summer Youth Gardeners program. This program pairs graduates of the program with incoming youth and elders in eight-month garden based activities and in peer leadership positions.
Food and Agriculture


RESEARCH AND EDUCATION PROJECT OF LI
AWARD: $4,000
90 Pennsylvania Avenue
Massapequa, NY 11758
516-541-2113

Founded in 1984, this organization undertakes research, public advocacy on community revitalization, health, education, environmental preservation and social justice issues. This year REP-LI has targeted the Wyandanch community on Long Island where the high school graduation rate is an unbelievably low 46%. The goal is to work with traditional community organizing campaigns to teach skills to community members. The campaigns will be focused around student achievement and the local school district. Community members learn to focus on school board accountability. The campaign led to the community creating a platform of changes that they want from the school board and required candidates for school board to respond to these demands. A grant of $2,000 was approved by the Board of Directors with Board member Sandra Chapin matching the grant with a donation of $2,000 to be made to the Foundation. This grant of $4,000 will enable REP-LI to help train 40 new leaders to become community organizers.
Community and Education Programs


RETIRED SENIOR VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
AWARD: $750
811 West Jericho Turnpike
Suite 103 West
Smithtown, NY 11787
631-979-9490

This chapter of the national volunteer organization that links people 55 years of age and older with volunteer opportunities. A grant was made to support the Community Computer Connections Program on Long Island. This program takes donated computers that are refurbished under a Microsoft license by tech savvy seniors and installed in the homes of financially challenged seniors, families and individuals who cannot afford this essential technology. This grant of $750 will fund refurbishing of 23 computers and positively impact families with children. It will enhance the children’s academics, allow families to communicate with distant relatives, or hone their job skills for better employment opportunities. There is the added plus that these computers do not end up in the landfill and the program helps to keep the volunteers engaged in civic activities.
Community and Education Programs


SNIPES FARM AND EDUCTION CENTER
AWARD: $2,500
890 West Bridge Street
Morrisville, PA 19067
215-295-1139

Snipes Farm is 150 acres in size and run by the same Quaker family for ten generations. The goals of the farm are to become a model for the small farmer of the future as well as an educational resource for the community.
In addition, the farm runs two summer programs that service children from low to no income families living in the inner city. Funding was made to support the Farm to City Program that brings children 5 to 13 to the farm for a series of outdoor activities, education and hands on farming experiences. The second part of the grant was to provide two CSA’s for 25 weeks to the local Red Cross Homeless Shelter. In addition to providing naturally grown vegetables and fruits to the shelters residents, the farm hosts community activities on the farm for the CSA members and an additional three trips during the summer for the children of the shelter are offered.
Community and Education Programs/Food and Agriculture