June 8, 2021
Created in Honor of the Foundation’s 50th Anniversary, the Program Provides $1 Million in Grants for Innovative New Initiatives at Precincts Across the Five Boroughs
The New York City Police Foundation today announced the first 22 winners in its $1 million grant program to create innovative new projects at NYPD precincts. Among the winning innovations are those to promote engagement between police officers and kids, officer wellness, strengthen community engagement, honor fallen officers, and more.
Known as “50 Grants for 50 Precincts,” the competition launched in January 2021, and to date has received 175 submissions for ideas that serve the needs of the police precinct and its surrounding community. By the time it’s complete, the Foundation will finance 50 recipients, each of whom will receive up to $20,000-a-piece. This program is chaired by Police Foundation Trustee, Phil Ozuah, M.D., Ph.D., President and CEO of Montefiore Medicine.
Launched in celebration of the Police Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the first wave of projects includes:
“At the core of our community partnerships is cops working with kids, and today’s announcement showcases those relationships across the city,” said Police Commissioner Dermot Shea. “The grants being delivered by the New York City Police Foundation will help sustain this critical work and I thank the Foundation for its unwavering commitment to our common good.”
“These grants are a great demonstration of how the New York City Police Foundation has supported New York’s Finest for the past 50 years,” said Andrew Tisch, Chairman of the Board of the New York City Police Foundation. ”It is clear the grant applicants were enthusiastic about advancing new programs that benefit both local precincts and communities.”
“We have been impressed with the depth and breadth of the grant applications that have been submitted,” said Susan Birnbaum, President and CEO of the New York City Police Foundation. “We are looking forward to supporting these initiatives and seeing the near-and long-term benefits to all New Yorkers.”
Proposals for the “50 Grants for 50 Precincts” program are evaluated by a committee consisting of representatives from the NYPD, Police Foundation Staff and Board of Trustees, to determine the grant winners. The remaining grants will be awarded on a rolling basis throughout the year, with implementation extending through 2022.
The New York City Police Foundation was established in 1971 as an independent, non-profit organization. For 50 years, the Foundation has provided resources for the NYPD to innovate and improve the quality of its services; build bridges with the community; and make New York City a safer place to live, work, and visit.
About the New York City Police Foundation
The New York City Police Foundation is a nonprofit organization that provides resources for the NYPD to innovate and improve the quality of its services; build bridges with the community; and make New York City a safer place to live, work, and visit.
The Police Foundation provides resources for four core areas of support which:
**Note: The Foundation does not purchase weapons (military or other) or ammunition of any kind for the police department.