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Brewer Announces Applications for Manhattan Community Award Program Funds Open Through Sept. 25, Allocates $40,000 to Promote Healthy Eating at Supermarkets

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Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer has announced the open application period for her office’s Manhattan Community Award Program (MCAP), which provides funding for programming and operational expenses to nonprofit organizations and public schools. As part of this year’s program, Brewer also announced the “Fresh Taste Manhattan Initiative,” allocating $40,000 in MCAP funds for nonprofit programs that promote healthy eating and food preparation at local supermarkets. The deadline for both general MCAP and MCAP Fresh Taste applications is Sunday, September 25, 2016, at 11:59 pm.

“These funds can make a big difference for local neighborhoods and the schools and organizations serving them,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “Whether it’s supporting a shelter for homeless and runaway youth, a mentoring program for girls, or helping families put fresher, healthier food on the table, Manhattan Community Awards support programs that can transform neighborhoods and change lives.”

The Fresh Taste Manhattan initiative is Brewer’s latest effort in an ongoing campaign to promote healthy eating and access to fresh food throughout the borough. Brewer’s Fresh Food for Seniors program, highlighted by NY1 last year, makes high-quality, locally-sourced produce available through senior centers and other organizations throughout much of Manhattan for just $8 per bag. Brewer has also partnered with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services to sponsor a similar “Fresh Food Box” program at the David N. Dinkins Municipal Building, and allocated $2 million in capital funds to support urban agriculture programs in city schools.

MCAP applications will be accepted online, in keeping with B.P. Brewer’s advocacy for digital tools to increase access to government. For more information on MCAP applications and the program, visit the MCAP webpage.

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