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Far Rockaway organizations provided funding for community programs and events – QNS.com


Twenty-three Far Rockaway nonprofits have been announced as recipients of Edgemere Community Development Grants, which will fund community events and programs on the peninsula.

The Arker Companies, a New York real estate development focused primarily on affordable housing, in partnership with the Far Rockaway Arverne Nonprofit Coalition (FRANC), on August 16, announced the first round of a series of grants to local nonprofits on the peninsula. In May, the company and FRANC opened Edgemere Commons, which will bring 2,000 affordable housing units to the peninsula.

“We are proud to work closely with FRANC and local community leaders to support 23 nonprofits who will use these funds to create events and programs for the Rockaway community,” said Alex Arker, director of The Arker. Companies. “The revitalization of Edgemere and the development of Edgemere Commons is not just about affordable housing, it is also about eradicating a food desert, creating retail space and empowering the community.”

According to Manny Silva, Executive Director of FRANC, the unique partnership between FRANC, The Arker Companies and nonprofits across the Rockaways is an example of the number of community players who can come together to impact a community of different ways.

“These funds will increase food accessibility, health access and create new community events for our children, and we are excited to continue distributing these grants over the next decade,” Silva said.

With support from the New York City Fund, FRANC will disburse the grants over the next decade to support organizations in the surrounding community.

The nine organizations that received grants of $5,000 are:

  • Far Rock Greek Council
  • FarRock Strong Incorporated,
  • Queens Royal Priest Hood Inc.
  • Edgemere Community Civic Association
  • defenders of queens
  • Ocean Bay Community Development Corporation
  • Edgemere Farm
  • Rockaway Ravens Youth Sports Inc.
  • Beach 41 Street Houses Residents Council

The 14 organizations that received grants of $2,500 are:

  • Rok Nation LLC Dance Team
  • The TRUE Church
  • Swim Strong Foundation
  • Collective Laru Beya Inc.
  • Brooklyn and Queens Catholic charities
  • Joseph P. Addabbo Family Health Center
  • 100 Precise Community Council Inc.
  • The campaign against hunger
  • Ann Crowley Fosteris Trainers and Instructors Fitness To You
  • Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy
  • Rockaway Film Festival Inc.
  • East River Development Alliance
  • Arverne Church of God Inc.
  • Rockaway Roz Inc.

Divided into two rounds, the first tranche of grant recipients includes applicants in three broad 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.

Lugarry Vernon, executive director of Far Rock Strong, said the grant will allow them to purchase uniforms, basketballs and hire referees to run basketball clinics and tournaments, organize outings and travels and continue to help hundreds of Rockaway students be their best. they can be both on and off the field.

“Bringing kids together for organized activities like basketball can help provide positive outlets that build a stronger community and a future for our kids,” Vernon said.

The grant program delivers on the 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 which will ultimately provide more than 2,000 affordable housing units, retail, community spaces, medical facilities and outdoor public spaces 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.

“From providing young New Yorkers with after-school activities to supporting families with essential health resources, the 23 organizations receiving grants today will help Rockaway residents thrive,” said said David Schwartz, co-founder and director of Slate Property Group. “We are grateful for the opportunity to support a historically underserved community with the housing and economic opportunity that Far Rockaway deserves as we complete the first phase of Edgemere Commons.”

Vanessa Seis of Edgemere Farm said she is committed to continuing education and access to food in the community, as well as providing a safe space where all are welcome and encouraged to learn. and grow together.

“We are extremely grateful to partner with FRANC and The Arker Companies for this grant, which will help support the continuation of free cultural and educational programming on the farm, including musical performances and educational workshops and classes for children,” Seis said.

Advisor Selvena Brooks-Powers commended Arker Companies for its “continued commitment to the Edgemere community.”

Powers is encouraging more organizations to apply for the second round of the Edgemere Commons Community Grants program.

“As the city works to address the housing crisis, it’s equally important to make sure we’re not just developing housing, but building communities,” Brooks-Powers said. “The Edgemere Commons Community Grants are an example of how property developers can invest in local communities, strengthening our local groups working to fill the gaps.”

Queens Borough chairman Donovan Richards said he was “deeply grateful” to the companies Arker and FRANC for their commitment to the community.

“Edgemere Commons is about true community development, and today’s announcement of a grant for nearly two dozen critical community organizations is another reason why Edgemere Commons holds such promise for Rockaway,” Richards said. “From empowering youth to preventing violence to addressing food insecurity, the nonprofits that receive these grants are well positioned to use this funding to help build brighter futures for young people. residents of Far Rockaway.”

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