Possibility expanded for the two-year-old nonprofit on Oct. 10, when the West Harlem Development Corporation awarded the program a $35,693 grant.
The West Harlem Development Corporation awarded $1 million in grants to 27 neighborhood nonprofits on Thursday.
It’s not easy being green—but Columbia is trying to make it so for students. The Office of Environmental Stewardship introduced a $25,000 fund this semester to support student projects related to sustainability.
Local environmental group WE ACT for Environmental Justice is using a $45,000 grant from the West Harlem Local Development Corporation to help buildings transition to a cleaner, less polluting fuel.
Organizations are encouraged to be able to match the size of any grant they receive, which can range from $5,000 to $25,000, and demonstrate that the project will eventually become self-sustaining and involve members of the West Harlem community.
The grants, which are expected to reach almost 12,000 people in West Harlem, fund local programs ranging from workforce training to gymnastics to opera.
The four undergraduate student councils plan to distribute $15,000 in Capital Investment grants to seven different student groups.
Ansaf Salleb-Aouissi, an associate research scientist at Columbia’s Center for Computational Learning System, said that the work is particularly timely in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
The universities are working to increase student access to less commonly taught languages, likes Khmer and Sinhala, through videoconferencing.
Engineering student Charlie Stigler, who finished his freshman year last month, will spend two years away from Columbia developing a business plan centered around science or technology.
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