Announcing Request for Proposals for COVID-19-related Arts & Mental Health Program

New program will support organizations that use the arts to address mental health challenges in communities disproportionately affected by the COVID 19 pandemic in New York City


Announcing the expansion of the Community Murals Project

Harlem World, March 23, 2021: New York City NYC Health + Hospitals’ Arts in Medicine program today announced the third group of artists that will lead community-based mural projects at nine facilities. The artists, chosen from 131 applications, will engage patients, staff, and local community...


NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund releases report, "Resilience & Resolve"

Jan 7, 2021: New York Community Trust releases “Resilience & Resolve,” a report detailing the scope and impact of the NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund, a historic collaboration that distributed more than $110 million in grants and loans to nearly 800 nonprofits. The Illumination Fund was one of the founding donors, which included Bloomberg Philanthropies, Carnegie Corporation of New York, Ford Foundation, the Trust and more.


The Illumination Fund considers media and communications as an important way to amplify the work of its grantees and to share program models. Some recent press coverage and program news can be found below.


Several of the Illumination Fund’s grants are centered on events that are open to the public or to targeted audiences. The Fund has also held convenings of grantees, partners and thought leaders, as well as press conferences to launch major initiatives.

  • Jan 13, 2021: Enjoy a video about the unveiling of The Spirit of Sea View, the final mural of New York City Health + Hospitals 2020 Community Mural Project. Although the celebration was delayed by the ...

Resources and

Many of the Illumination Fund’s grantees have created resources to share with other organizations, policymakers and other interested individuals. Resources have included special reports and toolkits, In addition, the Fund has commissioned reports on specific programs and initiatives.

  • New York City is often referred to as a city of neighborhoods. Vibrant and diverse, New York City is home to 800 languages and made up of communities from all around the world. And yet it is seen as a ...