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ARKER and FRANC Announce Grant Recipients

The Arker Companies and the Far Rockaway Arverne Nonprofit Coalition (FRANC) announced the first round in a series of grants to local nonprofits addressing community needs on the peninsula.

The grant program delivers on commitments made by the development team behind Edgemere Commons. In May 2022, The Arker Companies and Slate Property Group broke ground on the first building of the $100 million mixed-use affordable housing development that will eventually offer over 2,000 affordable homes, retail, community space, medical facilities, and outdoor public space for Far Rockaway residents. Tishman Speyer, which acquired the remaining 10 buildings in 2021, will complete the project and support FRANC with the remaining tranches of community grants.

With support from The Fund for The City of New York, FRANC will disburse the grants over the next decade to support organizations in the surrounding community. The nine organizations awarded $5,000 grants are: Far Rock Greek Council; FarRock Strong Incorporated; Queens Royal Priest Hood Inc.; Edgemere Community Civic Association; Queens Defenders; Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation; Edgemere Farm; Rockaway Ravens Youth Sports Inc., and Beach 41 Street Houses Resident Council.

Manny Silva, Executive Director of FRANC, saidThis unique partnership between FRANC, The Arker Companies, and nonprofits across the Rockaways is an example of how many community stakeholders can come together to impact a community in many different ways. These funds will increase food accessibility, access to health, and create new community events for our kids, and we’re thrilled to keep dispersing these grants over the next decade.”

The 14 organizations awarded $2,500 grants are: Rok Nation Dance Team LLC; The REAL Church; Swim Strong Foundation; Laru Beya Collective Inc.; Catholic Charities Brooklyn and Queens; Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center; 100 Precinct Community Council Inc., The Campaign Against Hunger; Ann Crowley Fosteris Fitness To You Trainers and Instructors; Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy; Rockaway Film Festival Inc.; East River Development Alliance; Arverne Church of God Inc., and Rockaway Ropez Inc.

In May 2022, The Arker Companies and Slate Property Group broke ground on the first building of the $100 million mixed-use affordable housing development that will eventually offer over 2,000 affordable homes, retail, community space, medical facilities, and outdoor public space for Far Rockaway residents. Tishman Speyer, which acquired the remaining 10 buildings in 2021, will complete the project and support FRANC with the remaining tranches of community grants.

Divided into two rounds, the initial tranche of grants recipients includes applicants across three major categories: workforce development, youth development and/or community development. Eight community and nonprofit leaders rated the applications based on a rubric and those scores were compiled and averaged to determine who would receive grants.

The next round of grant applications will open on September 1 and organizations can visit www.francnyc.org/grantapplication for more information. 

 

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