The Westchester Community Foundation Awards $3.2 Million in Grants to 66 Nonprofits

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

The Westchester Community Foundation Awards $3.2 Million in Grants to 66 Nonprofits

Hartsdale, NY (December 1, 2021) – The Westchester Community Foundation awarded $3.2 million to 67 nonprofits in 2021 to help improve the quality of life for Westchester residents. Grants addressed a wide range of needs, including COVID-19-related challenges.

Five organizations received grants totaling $567,000 to address the increased need for mental health services:

THE HARRIS PROJECT: $62,000 to expand use of a therapy protocol that combines treatments for mental health and addiction.

OSSINING UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT: $160,000 to address mental health needs of public-school students and their families in the Ossining and Peekskill school districts.

 SAINT JOSEPH’S MEDICAL CENTER: $250,000 to increase access to behavioral health crisis services and suicide prevention at its St. Vincent’s Hospital Westchester division.

 WESTCHESTER JEWISH COMMUNITY SERVICES: $45,000 to provide free mental health and substance abuse services to 90 college students in Westchester through May of 2022.

 WESTCHESTER MEDICAL CENTER FOUNDATON: $50,000 to support a pilot clinic for individuals experiencing lingering symptoms related to COVID-19.

“The Westchester Community Foundation has always worked hard to address pressing problems with innovative approaches,” said Executive Director Laura Rossi. “In the wake of the pandemic, we have prioritized access to behavioral health services. These grants will provide help to people in our communities so they can cope and thrive.”

The mental health grants and those that follow were made possible because generous donors included the Foundation in their wills and, more recently, people contributed to our Westchester COVID-19 Response Fund to help support residents as the county recovers from the pandemic. For additional information on any of these grants, contact Executive Director Laura Rossi.



BETHANY ARTS COMMUNITY: $20,000 to support two nine-month fellowships for emerging artists.

 CARAMOOR CENTER FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS: $10,000 to support concerts of Germanic music.

CLAY ART CENTER: $18,000 to support a one-year residency for an emerging ceramic artist from Westchester.

COPLAND HOUSE: $13,000 for a two-year grant to support performances of German-influenced music in Westchester.

 FINE ARTS ORCHESTRAL SOCIETY OF YONKERS: $13,000 to support a free concert and lecture series featuring the works of German composers in 2022 and 2023.

HOFF-BARTHELSON MUSIC SCHOOL: $6,000 to support instruction in and performance of Germanic music during a week-long music festival in 2021.

 HUDSON CHORALE INC.: $13,000 for a two-year grant to support concerts highlighting German composers in 2022 and 2023.

 JACOB BURNS FILM CENTER: $44,000 to support residencies for a total of four emerging filmmakers over two academic years.

JAZZ FORUM ARTS: $10,000 to host 16 free outdoor concerts at two venues in Tarrytown.

NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSE, INC.: $7,500 to support an arts and technology program for Tarrytown seniors.

NEW CHORAL SOCIETY OF CENTRAL WESTCHESTER: $13,000 to support German choral concerts.

THE PICTURE HOUSE REGIONAL FILM CENTER: $15,000 to produce a German film festival.

WESTCHESTER ORATORIO SOCIETY: $13,000 to support three performances of German choral works in 2022 and 2023.