WHDC’s Pre-grant Application for Cycle 2 of 2014 is Now Available!

September 1, 2014

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) released the pre-grant application for the second grant cycle of 2014 on Monday, September 1, 2014. The application is available here. New applicants will have to create an online account to complete the application. Previous recipients need to login and click on “Apply” on their dashboard. Grant recipients from Cycle 1 of 2014 are not eligible to apply during this cycle. If you have any questions about the application, please email dmorris@westharlemdc.org.

WHDC is following a new direction to invest for measurable impact. In line with its strategic vision, residents of Community Board 9 are WHDC’s customers, not the nonprofit organizations. This deliberate emphasis is designed to ensure that needs are met and lives are improved while giving WHDC quantifiable data to use in leveraging additional funds for the community’s human capacity development.

In 2014, WHDC’s funding priorities shifted dollars towards areas of priorities, defined in our Sustainable Community Development Goals, and to good performers that will help the organization to solve the community’s problems. The priority areas will include education, workforce development, housing and health, while respecting the eight areas of need—which also include arts and culture, historical preservation, transportation and the environment—outlined in Community Benefits Agreement.

WHDC will use these priority areas as guides in its investing for impact while requiring measurable data that show who in Community District 9 is impacted and how. This move allows the organization to apply for additional funds from the government and foundations that require such measurable proof of impact in the community. Find out more information about how WHDC has begun to implement this strategy with our first cycle grantees here.

Important dates of the grant cycle include:

  • Monday, September 1, 2014: Pre-grant Application made
    available online
  • Monday, September 15, 2014: Pre-grant Application due
  • Friday, October 10, 2014: Grant Application invitations sent
    and application made available to
    selected organizations
  • Sunday, November 9, 2014: Grant Application due
  • Early December, 2014: WHDC Grant Awards announced
    and issued

 

WHDC Awards $1 Million in Grants, Announces Next Grant Cycle

August 25, 2014

West Harlem Development Corporation has awarded $1 million in grants to 38 nonprofits that aim to increase economic opportunities and quality of life to sustain a vibrant West Harlem community.

The awards are the third round of grants made to date, bringing the total amount of grants to $4 million. In this round of granting, WHDC tightened its focus to areas in need of immediate impact in the community and raised the reporting requirements for awardees in an effort to better serve the Community District 9 community in West Harlem. Though all groups will serve West Harlem, 66 percent are also based in the community.

The breakdown of grants by community-need category is:

  • Community Facilities, including Arts and Environment: $286,389
  • Education, including Arts and Historical Preservation $487,158
  • Housing, including Legal Services $76,287
  • Workforce & Economic Development, including Environment $150,166

Representatives from each organization attended a Collective Impact meeting to discuss how to work together to obtain measurable results such as improved test scores in public schools and tracking program attendees’ progress toward obtaining a job. Grantees were divided into working groups based on the community need they serve (i.e., community facilities, education, housing and workforce and economic development) and will meet throughout the year.

All grantees will work toward fulfilling WHDC’s community development goals, which can be found here. For a complete list of our newest grantees, click here.

The timeline for the next 2014 grant cycle can be found here.

WHDC Cumulative Financial Reporting Through April 30, 2014

July 8, 2014

Download the document here.

2013 Pseudo Form 990

Click here to view the PDF.

Community School District 5 Announces First Winners of First Annual Spelling Bee, First Grade Champ is The Reading Team Participant

June 6, 2014

A first grader in a literacy enhancement program won the “2014 District 5 Superintendent’s Spelling Bee Champion for the First Grade” this week. Corey Cid, who participates in The Reading Team at P.S. 36, earned the top spot after beating out tough competition of 14 first-grade spellers. Chanell Sanchez from P.S. 133 and Michael Ballester from P.S. 161 won second and third place, respectively.

“It doesn’t surprise me that Corey did well in the CSD 5 spelling bee,” said The Reading Team President and Founder Maureen Rover. “Corey is an outstanding student, a sweet child, a fast learner, and a voracious reader.”

The Reading Team programs immerse young children who are at high risk of reading failure in a rich and engaging learning environment. West Harlem Development Corporation gave a grant to The Reading Team in 2013 for its program at P.S. 36.

The first half (grades 1 through 5) of the First Annual District 5 Superintendent’s Spelling Bee Competition took place on June 4. The second half of the spelling bee for sixth through eighth graders took place at 6 p.m. on June 6 at Riverbank State Park, 679 Riverside Drive (at 145th Street). The winners in the remaining grades were:

  • Second Grade: First Place: Brian Salcedo (P.S. 161), Second Place: Skylah Bostic (P.S. 194), Third Place: Brian Cespedes (Thurgood Marshall Academy, Lower School).
  • Third Grade: First Place: Kadiatu Bah (P.S. 200), Second Place: Francisco Sanchez (P.S. 161), Third Place: Maysa Maryam (P.S. 129).
  • Fourth Grade: First Place: Alexis Hernandez (P.S. 129), Second Place: Alyeada Sloh (Thurgood Marshall Academy, Lower School), Third Place: Ruby Acosta (P.S. 161).
  • Fifth Grade: First Place: Cleon Lewis, Jr. (P.S. 30), Second Place: Junal Jordan (P.S. 129), Third Place: Cheik Fall (P.S. 36).
  • Sixth Grade: First Place: Dominique Hornbuckle (Thurgood Marshall Academy/M.S./H.S. 670); Second Place: Ruben Acosta (P.S./M.S. 161); Third Place: Cyncere Diarra (R.L.A.-I.S. 286).
  • Seventh Grade: First Place: Aiche Ba (P.S./M.S. 123); Second Place: Epiphany Adams (Frederick Douglass Academy-M.S./H.S. 499); Third Place: Tyleel Cherry (R.L.A.-I.S. 286).
  • Eighth Grade: First Place: Kevin Korang (Frederick Douglass Academy-M.S./H.S. 499); Second Place: Ashley Martinez (P.S. 129); Third Place: Taliq Starks (R.L.A.-I.S. 286).

The Superintendent’s District-wide Spelling Bee Competition, held in partnership with Riverbank State Park, included 20 schools in District 5, from first through eighth grade. All participants received medals, and each 1st, 2nd and 3rd-place winner from each grade received a trophy.

“Though abbreviated spelling through text and email communication are rampant in our children’s lives, spelling among academic and professional forums is still necessary,” said Community School District 5 Superintendent Gale Reeves. “Students need to be able to meet the challenge of future career and academic goals, being well-equipped in their reading, writing, and spelling abilities.”

The preliminary competition began in early May in individual schools, first in classrooms, then grade-wide, then school-wide, with a grade-wide champion from each school participating in the district-wide finals. The Spelling Bee Committee’s goal is to create an engaging, challenging, and student friendly competition promoting rigor, engagement, study skills, collaboration and fun.

The Bee will become an annual event, and School District 5 may decide to encourage participation of future winners in the Scripps National Spelling Bee, Reeves said. Experts have noted the increased importance of phonics in mastering various subjects, particularly under the new Common Core.

The district picked as judges individuals who are either working collaboratively with schools in the district or who were involved in supporting educational initiatives throughout the city. On June 4, they included former City Council Member and Education Committee Chair Robert Jackson; Kofi A. Boateng, PhD, Executive Director of West Harlem Development Corporation, which aided in logistics and communications for the Spelling Bee; Audrey O’Keefe, Standard and Poors – McGraw-Hill Financial; Audrey Gaul, New York State Education Chair, NAACP; and Anthony Harmon – Executive Director, UFT.

“We are excited to be part of such a positive event for the community and for the school children of District 5,” said Scott Matson, Riverbank State Park Operations Director and Acting Deputy Regional Manager. “Students, faculty and parents came to Riverbank in May to partake in ‘I Love My Park Day,’ an annual statewide clean-up event, and we’re delighted to deepen our relationship with the school district by partnering for the Spelling Bee.”

Empire State Development Corporation Seeks Monitor for Columbia Expansion Project

May 13, 2014

The deadline to apply is 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, June 3, 2014. To download the RFP click here.

April 15, 2014 Columbia University Implementation Plan Summary Redacted/Latest Report to ESD

May 9, 2014

Download the plan here.

See the latest report to ESD here.

WHDC Funds Second Summer Senior Employment Program for CD9 Residents Ages 55+

April 8, 2014

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) will fund jobs for 100 seniors this summer, giving adults age 55 and older a chance to earn money, use their skills, develop new talents and do meaningful work at nonprofits.

WHDC partnered with ReServe Elders, Inc., an innovative nonprofit that places professionals age 55+ with nonprofits and government agencies. WHDC will fund the 2014 program for $219,000, providing 10 weeks of work during the summer for seniors living in West Harlem’s Community District 9. The seniors will work at local nonprofits at no cost to the organization, giving them quality employees to do meaningful work in the community.

“The Summer Seniors Employment Program helps a demographic that has a hard time finding jobs to afford food, medicine and spending money,” said WHDC Executive Director Kofi A. Boateng, PhD. “Many seniors also learn new skills, and their employers are happy to have extra staff at no-cost to them.”

This year’s Summer Senior Employment Program (SSEP) is the second time WHDC is creating jobs for seniors in Community District 9. In the summer of 2013, WHDC launched the successful pilot SSEP, funding 50 positions for $140,000.

“ReServe is delighted to partner again with West Harlem Development Corporation for a second Summer Seniors Employment Program,” said ReServe Director Laura Traynor. “This year, we are doubling the size – and impact – of the program for 100 West Harlem seniors who will be placed in non-profit and public service organizations throughout the city.”

Paralee Brooks, an SSEP participant in 2013, said her work at a culinary school downtown allowed her to do interesting and rewarding work. She started the program with a basic computer skill and ended up increasing her computer literacy. ReServe also placed her husband in maintenance work at the same school.

“I updated their recipes,” said Ms. Brooks. “I interacted with other program heads. I did attendance. I did spreadsheets of their inventory and I interacted with their students. I did so much. It’s amazing. The ten weeks went so fast.”

The number of workers in the labor force who are 55 years of age and older increased from 29.9 percent in 1993 to 40.4 percent in 2009, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. The rate continues to rise steadily, the New York Council on Aging reports.

“There are very few jobs out there for senior citizens,” Mayra Mejia, who worked at a summer program at a high school. “It was the best job for senior citizen.”

Many of the SSEP participants work alongside youth, giving teenagers and seniors the opportunity to learn from one another. One SSEP worker, Ricardo Acevedo, worked with Summer Youth Employment Program participants funded by WHDC. That team worked at P.A.L.A.N.T.E., a tenant advocacy group, and helped Community Board 9 residents fight a landlord, getting him to make much-needed repairs and to refund more than $319,000 in overcharged rent.

Mr. Acevedo was successful in gaining tenants trust to help them because he is from the same neighborhood.

“Interacting with tenants in my community was a very rewarding experience because I learned so much about their struggles which are similar to mine,” Mr. Acevedo said. “Also being here I learned the proper steps I should take when dealing with my own issues.”

For more information about the program, go to www.westharlemdc.org. Seniors must register to attend one of the informational sessions: Tuesday, April 15, 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Jackie Robinson Center, 1301 Amsterdam Ave.; Thursday, April 17 and Tuesday, April 22, both at 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Morningside Retirement & Health Services, 100 LaSalle St. #MC; Wednesday, April 23, 4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 463 W. 142nd St.*Translated into Spanish

WHDC seeks proposals for Community District 9 Affordable Housing Program Administrator

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) is seeking proposals from experienced and qualified not-for-profit organizations, and community development entities to function as the Manhattan CD9 Affordable Housing Program Administrator (Housing Administrator) as the principal activity under WHDC’s management of an Affordable Housing Fund (Fund).

The Housing Administrator will report to WHDC, working with the Affordable Housing Committee (Committee) of the WHDC Board to:

  • Design initiatives and programs to provide a range of flexible and affordable financing products to community-based and private developers for the purpose of preserving and developing affordable housing units in the Manhattan Community District 9 (MCD9) area of West Harlem. The boundaries of MCD9 are defined as: South to North from 110th street to 155th street; East to West from Manhattan, Morningside, St. Nicholas, Bradhurst and Edgecombe Avenues to the Hudson River (See map in Exhibit II).
  • Leverage and attract additional funds from public and private sources in the form of debt, equity, and subsidy to supplement and expand the $20 million seed money from Columbia University, described below, for the preservation and development of affordable housing in MCD9. It is the intention of WHDC to create a revolving fund that maintains the corpus of the initial amount of the Fund.
  • Supervise the contractual and development processes of financing and development of housing units from the beginning to the end of projects.
  • Keep WHDC’s Board and its Committee informed of activities and progress.
  • Manage relationships with and among stakeholders, including but not limited to: investors, developers, MCD9’s elected officials, members of the Board of WHDC, applicable New York City agencies, and Community Board 9.

Starting in 2011 and over 25 years, Columbia University (“Columbia”) is constructing approximately 6.8 million square feet of educational mixed-use development that will comprise the new Columbia University Manhattanville campus in West Harlem (Manhattanville Project).  The 17-acre site that Columbia is developing is north of Columbia’s historic Morningside Heights campus and consists of the four large blocks from 129th to 133rd Streets between Broadway and Twelfth Avenue, including the north side of 125th Street, as well as additional areas on the east side of Broadway from 131st to 134th Streets.

Pursuant to the Restrictive Declaration entered into by Columbia University and as recognized in the May 18, 2009 Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) between Columbia and the predecessor organization to WHDC, the West Harlem Local Development Corporation (WHLDC), Columbia has committed to pay $20 million for the creation of an Affordable Housing Fund in two installments of $10 million each, triggered by two phases of construction. Phase I covers the period 2008-2025, and Phase II will cover 2025-2033. The goal of the Fund is to maximize the preservation and new development of affordable housing in MCD9. The objective is to address the potential for the Manhattanville Project to result in indirect residential displacement through increasing rents. The Manhattan CD9 Affordable Housing Program (Housing Program) is a program of the WHDC and as envisaged by the CBA, it seeks to use the Fund to preserve and develop affordable housing in MCD9. As of date, Columbia has paid the first $10 million installment. The second installment may not materialize for at least 10 years from the date of this document. The $10 million paid by Columbia for phase one is currently held in escrow by the New York City Law Department, and is expected to be released to WHDC’s Fiscal Sponsor to fund the Housing Program.

WHDC will issue this Request for Proposals (“RFP”) on April 10, 2014 to identify and select the Housing Administrator. All proposals submitted will become the property of WHDC.  Note that Proposers will be prohibited from receiving payments from the Fund as property developers or rehabilitators.

A Proposers’ Conference will be held on Thursday April 24, 2014 in the office of WHDC at 3:00pm. If a different location is necessary, it shall be announced to prospective participants. The conference is not mandatory but parties interested in responding to this RFP are strongly urged to attend. Attendees should R.S.V.P. with Natali Ramirez at nramirez@westharlemdc.org or 646-476-3394.

An initial letter of Intent to Submit a Proposal must be postmarked by Monday May 12, 2014. A Proposal Application will be made available on-line to those invited to submit proposals by midnight on Wednesday May 28, 2014. The deadline for submitting the completed electronic proposal in response to this RFP is midnight (EST) on Friday July 18, 2014.  WHDC will announce the winning proposal(s) by September 30, 2014.

To download the full RFP, click here.

 

The Intent to Submit a Proposal must be mailed to:

 The Executive Director, Dr. Kofi A. Boateng

West Harlem Development Corporation

423 West 127th Street, Ground Floor, Suite A

New York, NY 10027

WHDC Pre-grant Application is Now Available, Due April 18

April 2, 2014

West Harlem Development Corporation (WHDC) released the pre-grant application for the first grant cycle of 2014 on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. The application is available here. New applicants will have to create an online account to complete the application. Grant recipients from Cycle 1 of 2013 need to login and click on “Apply” on their dashboard. For funding consideration, Cycle 1 grant recipients will need to submit a preliminary final report before April 11, 2014 if you have not done so already. Grant recipients from Cycle 2 of 2013 are not eligible to apply during this cycle. If you have any questions about the application, please email grants@westharlemdc.org.

This cycle marks the organization’s bold new direction to invest for measurable impact. In line with its strategic vision, residents of Community Board 9 are WHDC’s customers not the nonprofit organizations. This deliberate emphasis is designed to ensure that needs are met and lives are improved while giving WHDC quantifiable data to use in leveraging additional funds for the community’s human capacity development.

“This new direction promises to make WHDC a model organization,” said Kofi A. Boateng, WHDC Executive Director. “By investing for impact, we will be able to make measurable and significant contributions to the lives of the people of West Harlem.”

In 2014, WHDC’s funding priorities will shift dollars towards areas of priorities, defined in our Sustainable Community Development Goals, and to good performers that will help the organization to solve the community’s problems. The priority areas will include education, workforce development, housing and health, while respecting the eight areas of need—which also include arts and culture, historical preservation, transportation and the environment—outlined in Community Benefits Agreement.

WHDC will use these priority areas as guides in its investing for impact while requiring measurable data that show who in Community District 9 is impacted and how. This move allows the organization to apply for additional funds from the government and foundations that require such measurable proof of impact in the community.

“When WHDC applies for funds, it must demonstrate measurable results. We shall demand no less from our grantees,” said Donald C. Notice, WHDC Board Chair. “This is the only way to tell a collective story of impact.”

Important dates of the grant cycle include:

  • Tuesday, April 2: Pre-grant application released
  • Friday, April 18: Pre-grant application deadline
  • Mid May: Grant application invitations to selected organizations
  • Monday, June 9: Grant application deadline
  • Late July: Grant awards announced

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