Established in 1998 by an anonymous donor, the Union Square Awards publicly honor and strengthen organizations that address critical social justice and economic needs, as well as community arts organizations that focus on youth and families. The prestigious awards program has distributed more than $16 million in grants since 1998.
Award recipients receive general operating support, technical assistance, and the chance to apply for re-grants to further strengthen and sustain their community projects.
Congratulations to the 2011 Social Justice Award recipients:
- Brooklyn Food Coalition
- Community Connections for Youth
- Da Urban Butterflies
- SEVA Immigrant Community Advocacy Project
- The New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City
- Trinity Place Shelter
- Young Women of Color HIV/AIDS Coalition
Congratulations to the 2011 Arts Award recipients:
- Artistic Noise
- ARTs East New York
- UpBeat NYC
- Young Urban Christians and Artists (YUCA)
On top of a monetary award, recipients of the Union Square Awards also receive all-important technical assistance, which includes individual consultations and group classes on fundraising, fiscal management, and technology. Many of these opportunities are offered in collaboration with other funders in New York, which will help these grassroots nonprofits establish working relationships with what could be future funders.
Candidates for the Union Square Awards are identified through a public nomination process. Nominations are now open for the 2012 award cycle. Learn more»
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