The Long Island Community Foundation, a nonprofit that aims to make Long
Island a better place to live and work, announced sizable grants this
month for a number of East End organizations.
Locally, the Amagansett Food Institute received $20,000 and the Nature Conservancy in East Hampton was granted $35,000.
The food institute's grant is for providing Long Island food pantries with fresh, locally grown organic produce, while the Nature Conservancy is undertaking an educational campaign to improve water quality.
grants, generously given by Long Islanders and other New Yorkers, will
have an immediate effect on improving schools, the environment, and the
arts across the Island,” said David M. Okorn, the executive director of
the Syosset-based foundation.
The recent grants total $607,000, distributed all across Nassau and Suffolk.
Elsewhere on the East End, the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook Southampton in Shinnecock Hills was granted $15,000 toward the Shinnecock Bay Restoration Program, which includes seeding eelgrass and shellfish beds to improve water quality in the beleaguered bay. Peconic Baykeeper in Quogue got $20,000 for advocacy to mitigate coastal
hazards and climate change. The East End Arts & Humanities Council
received $10,000 for an arts program designed to bolster economic and
community development. North Fork Spanish Apostolate received $10,000 to create a volunteer program and help more Latino immigrants, and Cornell Cooperative Extension of Suffolk County got $22,000 for environmentally sound pest-management at six North Fork vineyards.