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Emergency Grants Help Nonprofit Groups With Building Emergencies

We can act quickly to help non-profits with building emergencies. Our latest two grants helped a music school in Manhattan and a small church in Brooklyn.

Immanuel-First Spanish Church, 422 Dean Street, Brooklyn
UPDATE: June, 2019

Congregants at Brooklyn’s Immanuel & First Spanish United Methodist Church recently celebrated the installation of new front doors made possible by a $14,500 Conservancy emergency grant, made possible by The Hearst Foundation. The old doors, which were not original to the building, were badly wrecked when they were pulled off their hinges by a windstorm.

A new set of wooden doors, designed to match original façade woodwork and to harmonize with the circa 1880 neo-Gothic style of the building, were custom-made in Pennsylvania and installed at the church on June 7. The congregation agrees that the new doors are not only beautiful but also very secure.

The church and its pastor, were highlighted in a recent NY Times article about the struggle that many poor urban churches face in maintaining their historic buildings.

Little League Firehouse Building – College Point, Queens
June 2019

The College Point Little League Association will be receiving a $12,000 Conservancy emergency grant for a new roof. The Little League is housed in a 1906 Queen Anne Style firehouse that does double duty as a community hall and senior center. But leaks resulting from our extremely rainy spring have damaged the structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Little League owns the building and reached out to the Conservancy for assistance. The urgent work is expected to start in the next few weeks. This grant was made possible by support from The New York Community Trust.

Bloomingdale School of Music, 323 West 108th Street, Manhattan
May, 2019

An Emergency Preservation Grant for $10,000 has been approved for the non-profit Bloomingdale School of Music. The funds will help pay for repairs after a pipe burst brought down plaster ceilings and caused other damage to the School’s two historic town houses. The pair of adjacent Beaux-arts style houses are within the Morningside Heights Historic District and are located on 108th Street between Riverside Drive and Broadway.

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