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  QUICK ACCESS: RESOURCES External Reviewers Information Sheet Grant Application (closes Feb. 28, 2022 at 11:59pm EST) Recently expanded application FAQ Informational Webinar For additional questions, please read our initial launch announcement below or contact INITIAL ANNOUNCEMENT – DEC. 17, 2021 NEW CANAAN, CT – The Tow Foundation is committing up to $1 million … Continued

Grantee Partners Call For Solutions To Rikers Crisis

In a letter to NYC District Attorneys, a coalition of 21 organizations (including 11 grantees) called for the immediate decarceration of Rikers Island. Recent reports from the jail paint a picture of inhumane conditions, extreme violence and severe staffing shortages. Of the nearly 6,000 people held at Rikers, almost 90% are Black and/or Latinx and 85% are … Continued

Alina Malek and Emily Laber-Warren Announced as Tow Professors

As Tow Professors at Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY, Alina Malek and Emily Laber-Warren serve as leaders in both higher education and journalism. Malek (above) is a journalist and former civil rights lawyer and serves as the director of International Reporting Program. Laber-Warren is a long-time science journalist and serves as the … Continued

Dr. Phatnani Wins “high-risk, High-reward” Funding From NIH

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) selected New York Genome Center’s Hemali Phatnani, PhD, as a recipient of its prestigious Director’s Transformative Research Award. With this five-year, $8.5M grant, Dr. Phatnani will take an unconventional (but potentially groundbreaking) approach to ALS research. To learn more about Dr. Phatnani and her work, visit Center for Genomics of Neurodegenerative Disease.

Less Is More Act Passes In NY

Amidst rapidly deteriorating conditions at Rikers Island jail in NY, Governor Kathy Hochul signed the Less Is More Act. The bill ends jail time for most nonviolent parole violations and will help release several hundred people from city jails. ‍ Grantee partners Katal Center, A Little Piece of Light, Women’s Community Justice Association, the Fortune Society and more have intensified their … Continued

Celebrating 15 Years Of The Newmark J-school

To commemorate the 15th anniversary of the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism, a grantee partner of The Tow Foundation, Spectrum NY1 put on a one-hour TV special that highlighted the voices of students, faculty and alumni. For a segment-by-segment breakdown of the special, click here.

Grantee Partner Helps Kids With Serious Illnesses Learn To Sail

  This month, longtime grantee partner Friends of Karen teamed up with ONE15 Brooklyn Marina to provide sailing lessons for children facing life-threatening illnesses and their families. “I could kind of forget about everything and just enjoy the day,” said Mariola Bagan, whose eight-year-old son Jacob participated in the event. “I even got to steer!” added Jacob. To learn … Continued

Two Grantee Partners Honored With Pulitzer Prizes

This year’s list of Pulitzer Prize winners included two grantee partners. For its year-long, far-reaching investigation into police dog bites, The Marshall Project was honored in the national reporting category. In the music category, the Claire and Leonard Tow Professor in Music at Brooklyn College, Tania León, won for her original composition, “Stride.”

Unlocked: The Power Of Arts In Prison

Last month, Rehabilitation Through the Arts launched Unlocked, a moving short film that follows six formerly incarcerated people who participated in the arts while in prison. Watch their journeys unfold and here from more alumni voices at:

Grantee Partner Trio Launches Tuition-free College In Harlem, Ny

  Three grantee partners, JustLeadershipUSA, College & Communities Fellowship, and Bard Prison Initiative teamed up to launch The Bard Microcollege for Just Community Leadership, the nation’s first tuition-free college dedicated to advocacy, arts and sciences. To complete its simple, human-focused application, visit: Bard Microcollege in New York City