TEATRO CÍRCULO receives grant for capacity building.
José Calderón, José Oliveras, Robert Federico
Council Speaker Mark-Viverito, José Oliveras
On February 5 at the East River Room of the Ford Foundation in Manhattan a reception was held to honor the Awardees of the 2015 Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund. TEATRO CÍRCULO along with 87 other nonprofit organizations were the first recipients of this new funding initiative spearheaded by the Hispanic Federation, the Coalition for Asian American Children and Families, Black Agency Executives and the Asian American Federation.
These four organizations developed this initiative in 2014 to generate new levels of support for the city’s nonprofit organizations. As a result, in a historic vote earlier this year, the New York City Council allocated $2.5 million for the Communities of Color Nonprofit Stabilization Fund (CCNSF). The first New York City Council fund of its kind, CCNSF aims to build the capacity of New York City nonprofits, in recognition of the fact that organizations led by people of the community are best equipped to meet the needs of the community.
At the award ceremony Melisa Mark-Viverito, Speaker City Council Speaker and José Calderón, President of the Hispanic Federation greeted and congratulated the award recipients and thanked them for their tireless efforts to improve the quality of life of New York City.
“The creation of this Fund is an important recognition by the city government of the essential work that the nonprofit sector has been doing for decades in our communities. If we want a more secure, a more educated and a more culturally vital city, it is extremely important that nonprofits receive support, not only for programs but also to strengthen their capacity and infrastructure.” Said José Cheo Oliveras, Artistic Director of Teatro Círculo, who attended the award ceremony.