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 57 local service programs in 2017.
Columbia Community Service Grantees
provides a safe haven for children from many faiths, cultures and economic backgrounds to gather, learn, play and grow.
empowers students in urban communities through the practices of soccer, writing, creative expression, and service learning.
is committed to improving the quality of life of individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
strengthens literacy in students attending underserved NYC public schools.
provides high-quality music education at a reasonable cost to people in the greater New York City area regardless of background or financial circumstances.
provide access and opportunities for youth to reach their full potential as responsible members of the community.
offers two dozen programs, including a doctor’s office, pantries, clothing, referrals, advocacy, and other emergency services for those in need.
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.
provides a warm, friendly, experience-rich environment for children ages 2 to 5 years old in two classrooms. Each year, the school awards 5-8 need-based scholarships to families who could not otherwise afford the school. The CCS grant has funded approximately two of these scholarships for the past several years.
combats and alleviates poverty through preventive services, education, and advocacy, specifically targeting the issues of health and hunger.
is a progressive, play-based preschool where children learn through the arts and hands-on exploration.
has been offering high caliber, low cost tennis instruction every summer for over 25 years. Tennis instruction is open to all.
offers service opportunities to Columbia and Barnard students and provides emergency services and youth and adult education to members of the community.
is a multigenerational dance company and dance organization that promotes strong and creative movement among people of all ages and abilities.
aims to enrich the intellectual, social, and cultural development of under-resourced New York City children and youth through art.
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.
provides Harlem girls with vital educational and fitness opportunities to promote a healthy lifestyle and encourage academic achievement.
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.
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.
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.
presents multi-disciplinary, year-round performances and exhibitions in venues throughout Harlem, culminating in an annual festival that takes place in Marcus Garvey Park.
is an ethnically diverse collective of professional musicians dedicated to bringing high caliber, affordable, accessible live music to people in the Harlem community. Their chamber music series and free community concerts bring the great works of the chamber music repertoire uptown to those in the community who already love classical music, as well as to those who might like to be exposed to and enjoy live classical music for the first time.
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.
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.
offers instruction in dance, music, theatre, and visual arts to young people, at low or no cost to eligible families.
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.
celebrates Harlem's cultural and creative spirit by promoting jazz, R&B, literature, film, and visual art.
is the STEAM initiative of Harlem Biospace, a biotech incubator for early-stage life science companies.
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.
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.
is a nonprofit committed to providing access, dignity, and mutuality around issues of food and employment.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
is a group of parents committed to working with teachers and staff to support and enrich the academic and social life of all the students at PS 75. PS 75's K-5th grade students are drawn from a very diverse community.
is a non-denominational, parent cooperative day care center, founded in 1972, and licensed by the New York City Department of Health.
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.
strives to be a model of exemplary early childhood practices, providing an emerging curriculum that is child-centered, developmentally appropriate, and play based.
helps disadvantaged women in the New York City area succeed in their careers by providing them with free professional clothing and advice.
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.
provides a warm, safe, and nurturing environment to inspire confidence and a love of learning, imagination, and self-confidence in young children
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
is an after-school youth enrichment program that combines academic tutoring with squash instruction, community service, and 1-on-1 mentoring.
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.
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.
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.
connects people to and honors the legacy of African American achievement and its paramount importance to world culture.
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.
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.