Red Balloon Daycare Center

Columbia Community Service (CCS) annually awards grants to a number of not for profit organizations that serve people who live in Columbia’s neighborhood.

Typically, the neighborhood is defined as the area north of West 86th Street, south of West 155th Street, and between 5th Avenue on the east and the Hudson River on the west. The University’s Medical Center which is located at West 168th Street and Fort Washington Avenue operates a similar fund called the Medical Center Neighborhood Fund, which provides grants for organizations located to the north of West 155th Street. More information on this fund is available at the Neighborhood Fund's website. CCS awarded grants to 60 local service programs in 2018.

Columbia Community Service Grantees

Adults and Children in Trust

provides a safe haven for children from many faiths, cultures and economic backgrounds to gather, learn, play and grow. 

America Scores

empowers students in urban communities through the practices of soccer, writing, creative expression, and service learning.

Arts & Minds, Inc.

is committed to improving the quality of life of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.

Behind the Book

strengthens literacy in students attending underserved NYC public schools. 

Bloomingdale School of Music

provides high-quality music education at a reasonable cost to people in the greater New York City area regardless of background or financial circumstances.

Boys & Girls Club of Harlem

provide access and opportunities for youth to reach their full potential as responsible members of the community.

Broadway Community, Inc.

offers two dozen programs, including a doctor’s office, pantries, clothing, referrals, advocacy, and other emergency services for those in need. 

Broadway Mall Association

works to restore the public glory of New York City’s oldest and most traveled thoroughfare from the Upper West Side through Harlem to Washington Heights. 

Broadway Presbyterian Nursery School

provides a warm, friendly, experience-rich environment for children ages 2 to 5 years old in two classrooms. The CCS grant has funded approximately two need-based scholarships to families for the past several years.

Cathedral Community Cares

combats and alleviates poverty through preventive services, education, and advocacy, specifically targeting the issues of health and hunger. 

Columbia University Tennis Development Program

has been offering high caliber, low cost tennis instruction every summer for over 25 years. Tennis instruction is open to all.

Community Impact

offers service opportunities to Columbia and Barnard students and provides emergency services and youth and adult education to members of the community.

Dances For a Variable Population

is a multigenerational dance company and dance organization that promotes strong and creative movement among people of all ages and abilities.  

Doing Art Together

aims to enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural development of under-resourced New York City children and youth through art.

Figure Skating in Harlem, Inc.

provides Harlem girls with vital educational and fitness opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage academic achievement. 

Friends of Hamilton Heights School

supports educational programs in the arts for the progressive elementary public school, Hamilton Heights School (HHS)

Friends of the Children, New York

is an early intervention program that systematically screens and engages children as kindergarteners, identifying those who are at the greatest risk of dropping out of school, becoming embroiled in the criminal justice system, or becoming teen parents.

Graham Windham

is the nation’s longest serving non-sectarian child welfare agency. Their mission is to make a life-altering difference with children, youth, and families affected by abuse, neglect, and delinquency.

Harlem Academy

is an independent school founded in 2004 to create an opportunity for bright, motivated children to have educational experiences that match the standards of the city's best preparatory schools. 

Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc.

is an out-of-school time college preparatory and youth leadership organization that serves low-income students in New York City through a comprehensive continuum of academic support, youth development, and service-learning programs. 

Harlem Grown

is a independent organization whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands on education in urban farming

Harlem Lacrosse and Leadership

is a youth service organization that uses lacrosse to empower at-risk youth from Harlem and the Bronx.  HLL’s mission is to provide a safe, structured environment for children to compete, learn, and develop into leaders in their communities. 

Harlem Renaissance Economic Development Corporation

celebrates Harlem's cultural and creative spirit by promoting jazz, R&B, literature, film, and visual art. 

Harlem School of the Arts

offers instruction in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to young people, at low or no cost to eligible families.

Harlem Stage

is the performing arts center that bridges Harlem's cultural legacy to contemporary artists of color, and dares to provide the artistic freedom that gives birth to new ideas.


is the STEAM initiative of Harlem Biospace, a biotech incubator for early-stage life science companies.

Legal Outreach, Inc.

aims to prepare urban youth to compete at high academic levels by using intensive legal and educational programs to foster vision, develop academic skills, and enhance confidence. 

Lifeforce in Later Years, Inc.

is dedicated to community-based models of elder care, and works through the power of intergenerational partnerships, as they help to support those who continue to provide us with vital legacies. 

Mandala Café

is a nonprofit committed to providing access, dignity, and mutuality around issues of food and employment.

Morningside Retirement and Health Services

helps frail and at-risk, elderly residents of Morningside Gardens remain comfortably and safely in their own homes with as much independence, and for as long as possible. 

NYC Kidsfest

is a free to the public performing arts festival whose mission is to enhance the lives of Morningside Heights and Harlem school children by exposing them to an eclectic line up of performing artists fromThe Studio Museum and Classical Theater of Harlem, among others. 

New York Common Pantry

provides case-management services, including help obtaining Medicare, housing and benefits. Project Dignity also provides their homeless clients with a range of concrete services, including onsite showers, laundry, haircuts/shaves, cell phones, and the use of their site as a permanent mailing address.

PA'LANTE Harlem, Inc.

empowers residents of Harlem and Upper Manhattan to hold negligent landlords accountable for unsafe living conditions through community advocacy, and connecting individuals and tenant groups to free or reduced rate legal services and housing benefits.

Pellettieri Stone Carvers' Academy, Inc

promotes awareness and appreciation of the activity of stone carving and provides training in its traditional techniques

Project Brownstone

is dedicated to the ongoing work of maintaining the legacy of the Harlem Renaissance. They aim to develop and empowering underserved youth through holistic programming.

PTA of Hugo Newman College Preparatory

is a collaborative community of students, teachers and parents working together to ensure that every child meets their fullest potential

Purple Circle Daycare Center, Inc.

is a non-denominational, parent cooperative day care center, founded in 1972, and licensed by the New York City Department of Health.

Red Balloon Daycare Center, Inc.

strives to be a model of exemplary early childhood practices, providing an emerging curriculum that is child-centered, developmentally appropriate, and play based. 

Rev. Linnette C. Williamson Memorial Park

The Art and the Gardens Summer Youth Enrichment Program (“Art and the Gardens”), now in its THIRD DECADE of academic “double duty,” provides educational services in Harlem during what is too often the learning void of July and August for inner-city children.

Ricardo O'Gorman Garden and Center for Resources in the Humanities

provides a warm, safe, and nurturing environment to inspire confidence and a love of learning, imagination, and self-confidence in young children

Riverside Language Program

offers free intensive classes in English to Speakers of other languages. Our students are recently-arrived immigrant adults who are now living in New York City. 

Riverside Park Conservancy

maintains, restores, and renovates Riverside Park at Tiemann Place: the area between 125th street (St. Claire Place) and International House on East Riverside Drive (approximately 4 acres). 

Samaritan Daytop Village, Inc.

provides a continuum of services including health and mental health care, addiction treatment, treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), employment and training services, housing assistance, and services for homeless individuals and seniors.

Service Program for Older People

is the only agency in the New York metro area dedicated exclusively to geriatric mental health care and is the area's leading provider of long-term mental health treatment for home bound elderly.  

SNACK & Friends, Inc.

fills a void for those affected with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and similar disabilities, ages 3-21, by providing unique after school and weekend programs designed and staffed to address their needs.


unites a mix of individuals dedicated to the support and development of the Manhattanville Factory District by embracing the people, culture and the essence of West Harlem.

St. Mary's Episcopal Church Soup Kitchen and Food Pantry

delivers meals by car or on foot from west to east, and informs people about other free services offered through the church, such as the medical and dental clinic and the free Friday night movie. 

StreetSquash, Inc.

is an after-school youth enrichment program that combines academic tutoring with squash instruction, community service, and 1-on-1 mentoring.

The Children's Learning Center At Morningside Heights

is a progressive, play-based preschool where children learn through the arts and hands-on exploration. 

The Family Annex

is a parent cooperative preschool that is affiliated with Columbia. Their philosophy is drawn from the Reggio Emilia approach, which relies on hands-on exploration and the concept of teachers and children as researchers. 

The Harlem Chamber Players, Inc.

is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high caliber, affordable, accessible live music to people in the Harlem community. 


The Harlem Honeys & Bears Swim Team

The nation's only African-American senior citizens' synchronized and competitive swim team that was established  to address the health, fitness and well-being of Harlem seniors and youth.

The Morningside Players

is a collective, professional Actors Equity theater company presenting classic plays and vibrant new theatrical works to the Morningside Heights community and beyond - always at very affordable, voluntary ticket prices.

The Reading Team

is dedicated to enabling young children who are at high risk of reading failure to become strong and enthusiastic readers, writers, listeners, and speakers, and to develop the skills, habits, and behaviors that will support their success in school and in life.

Top Honors, Inc.

helps struggling New York City middle school students master the fundamentals of math through free tutoring. By providing students with a solid foundation, Top Honors gives them many of the tools necessary to succeed in high school and beyond. 

Uptown Inner City League

has been providing recreational programs that serve the children within the Manhattanville community since 1990. During the spring, summer and fall seasons, Uptown Inner City League plays baseball, basketball and flag football. 

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

builds healthy communities by assuring that people of color and/or low-income participate meaningfully in the creation of sound and fair environmental health and protection policies and practices. 

Wendy Hilliard Gymnastics Foundation

promotes and provides opportunities for young people to learn and perform and compete in the sport of gymnastics and its associated disciplines, as well as to enhance their athletic, social and personal potential through quality instruction and workshops in reading and health and nutrition. 

West Side Campaign Against Hunger

alleviates hunger and creates a culture that promotes self-reliance. They change our perception of hungry people by working in partnership with them, providing food with dignity, and empowering customers to find solutions. 

While We Are Still Here

connects people to and honors the legacy of African American achievement and its paramount importance to world culture.