Group Offers Grants to Queens Organizations Working With Local Youth

By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska on April 23, 2014 3:32pm 

QUEENS — A community group is offering grants to Queens-based organizations that work with youth in an attempt to get them involved in local activities, the organizers said.

The One Queens Grant provides up to $1,000 to local organizations that “empower youth in the areas of employment, community building service project or health,” according to the project’s website.

Those interested in applying have to present their proposals before April 25.

In May, several organizations will be chosen by participants of the Queens Fellowship, a partnership-developing program for local non-profit professionals.

One of the groups that received the funds last year was the Rego Park Green Alliance, a nonprofit that promotes environmental sustainability and youth involvement.

The grant, said Yvonne Short of the Rego Park Green Alliance, helped the group “to reopen a 4,000-square foot garden closed to the public for years.”

The space, located behind P.S. 175 on 64th Road, had been closed for at least four years, said Short, but the organization petitioned the Parks Department to make the space a garden.

After the garden was reopened and cleaned up, children planted flowers and painted a mural in the space.

The group is hosting a fundraiser on Thursday, April 24 at Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.; tickets: $20 (general) or $10 (children under 18). All proceeds from the event will be used to support the One Queens grant. For more information, go here.

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