Robin Hood awards 50 NYC organizations $25,000 grants to support early childhood

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Robin Hood awards 50 NYC organizations $25,000 grants to support early childhood

The recipients selected focused on parents and caregivers of children up to age 3.
March 8, 2022

The Robin Hood Foundation, the largest poverty-fighting philanthropic entity in New York, has announced the winners of their FUEL for 50 initiative that grants 50 organizations an award of $25,000. The FUEL (Fund for Early Learning) for 50 initiative is a new effort to support childhood development and learning through programs focused on parents and caregivers of children up to age 3. 

FUEL’s mission is to ensure children impacted by poverty receive the opportunity to have a strong start in life through early learning programs. The one-time awards are unrestricted, allowing organizations to use the funding they receive in whatever capacity they choose, and they focus on parents and caregivers to acknowledge the deep presence have on the growth and development of children.

"Since the (coronavirus) pandemic began, parents and caregivers of young children have had to manage more demands and stress than ever before, and community based organizations have answered the call to support those in crisis. This no-strings-attached award lets our partners focus on their critical work of serving families without being distracted by reporting requirements or restrictions on spending." said David Hernandez, FUEL Associate at the Robin Hood Foundation. 

Robin Hood launched their call for FUEL for 50 applications in August of 2021 and received over 350 applications. The 50 organizations awarded were selected with support from a committee of local parents, nonprofit leaders, and early childhood researchers and educators to ensure a community-informed approach to their grantmaking. 

Additionally, Robin Hood will include future opportunities to receive up to $1 million. The following are the award recipients: 

  • Asiyah Women's Center
  • Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project
  • Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services
  • Barbershop Books
  • Betances Health Center
  • The Brave House
  • Brooklyn Community Housing & Services
  • Carroll Gardens Association
  • Chances for Children - NY
  • Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech
  • Cornell University Cooperative Extension
  • CounterForce
  • Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation
  • Day One NY
  • East Harlem Tutorial Program
  • FamilyCook Productions
  • Forestdale Inc.
  • Friendship Circle of Brooklyn
  • Full Circle Life Enrichment Center
  • Henry Street Settlement
  • Her Justice
  • Her Village Inc.
  • Homes for the Homeless
  • Hour Children Inc.
  • Hudson Link for Higher Education in Prison
  • Hunts Point Alliance for Children
  • ImmSchools
  • Jericho Project
  • Kingsbridge Heights Community Center
  • La Colmena
  • Lexington School for the Deaf
  • Life of Hope
  • Literacy Partners
  • Literacy Inc.
  • LSA Family Health Service
  • Lutheran Social Services of New York
  • Masa
  • Mixteca
  • New York City College of Technology, Division of Continuing Education
  • New York Council on Adoptable Children
  • The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
  • New Yorkers For Children
  • North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence
  • Northside Center for Child Development
  • Relume Foundation
  • Safe Families for Children
  • Safe Horizon
  • Sheltering Arms
  • Vibrant Emotional Health
Angelique Molina-Mangaroo
previously founded and was executive director of The Wealthy Youth Project, a financial literacy organization interested in addressing issues faced by women and girls of color. She also was a reporter for the Hunts Point Express in the Bronx, served as a Young Women’s Advisory Council Member on the New York City Council, and has worked with several nonprofit organizations, among them Planned Parenthood of New York City and the Legal Aid Society.