On Our Island 2/2/2024 | Long Island Business News

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By Dan Sears

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National Grid launches Project C Youth Spaces Competition

Courtesy of National Grid

National Grid’s ongoing Project C community commitment has launched a new initiative through its Youth Spaces Competition. Long Island-based nonprofits are invited to submit applications and a two-minute video short outlining their plans to upgrade a physical space designed to facilitate youth programs and services. Following a local community vote, the winner will be awarded a $25,000 grant for improvements such as equipment, facility renovations or other upgrades. Each of the five runners up will receive $5,000 grants.
The application process is open to any Long Island nonprofit until March 1.
For a full list of eligibility requirements and access to the application form, go to:


Hanover Bancorp provides small biz recovery grants to LI nonprofits

Courtesy of Hanover Bancorp

As part of the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Small Business Recovery Grant Program, Hanover Bancorp is assisting seven Long Island nonprofits. Offering flexible funds to benefit small businesses and nonprofits within FHLBNY members’ communities, the program supports the financial security of qualifying organizations with economic challenges resulting from rates, inflation, supply chain constraints and other obstacles.
This year’s recipients were: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Long Island, Habitat for Humanity of Long Island, The INN, Variety Child Learning Center, Washington Heights and Inwood Development Corporation, Workshop in Business Opportunities and YMCA of Long Island.

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Daughter donates life-saving kidney to father with rare disorder 

Courtesy of Northwell Health

Northwell Health surgeons at the hospital system’s Health Transplant Institute performed a living donor kidney transplant to save Matthew Carlson, whose kidneys were being destroyed by terminal “balls of cysts.” Luckily, Carlson’s daughter, Stephanie Trotti, was a successful match.
Northwell Health transplant surgeon Dr. Elliot Grodstein, along with Dr. Aaron Winnick, performed the live-saving kidney transplant at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. Following the successful Jan. 8 surgery, both father and daughter returned to North Shore to thank the medical team responsible for Carlson’s second chance at life, as well as his freedom from debilitating pain and daily dialysis appointments.
Completing more than 200 kidney transplants per year, Northwell recently appointed Dr. Niraj Desai as director of the institute’s kidney transplant program.


O’Brien Foundation donates $25K to New Interdisciplinary School 

Courtesy of New Interdisciplinary School

The New Interdisciplinary School, which educates students with and without disabilities up to age five, received a $25,000 donation from the Richard J. O’Brien Foundation. Used for extracurricular student programming, such as swimming and enrichment, the donation will help students with improved gross and fine motor experiences, and sensory awareness.
“Our enrichment programs provide students and their caregivers opportunities to partake in sports, nature and other educational classes that provide skillsets geared toward preschoolers with differing abilities.  Students with and without disabilities have the opportunity to learn with and from each other after school hours, and the families love participating, as well,” Susan Cali, NIS director of development, said in a written statement.

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