Nonprofit youth camp at risk of closing gets PPP loan to help stay open this summer

A nonprofit Brooklyn youth camp that was at risk of closing due to funding was able to get a loan that will enable it to remain open this summer.

News 12 Staff

Jun 29, 2020, 11:27 PM

Updated 1,421 days ago

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A nonprofit Brooklyn youth camp that was at risk of closing due to funding was able to get a loan that will help it to remain open this summer.
With the city cutting funding for summer youth programs this year, Grand Street Settlement was nearly forced to lay off more than 200 employees and leave nearly 2,000 young New Yorkers without access to any type of learning, guidance or interaction during the summer.
The nonprofit was able to get a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program Flexibility Act passed by Congress, allowing programming to continue - even without the city's financial support.
However, programming might look a bit different this summer with only one to two days of in-person activities and remote programs three to four days a week.
Monique Smalls became involved with Grand Street Settlement when she was in kindergarten. She is now the director. She says she doesn't know where she would be without the nonprofit.
"Otherwise, I wouldn't of had the opportunity to go off to college and do something, so with the support and resources of Grand Street, I am very very grateful to have had Grand Street throughout my life," she says.
Both past and present employees and participants say they are excited that summer camp will go on.
In a statement, Rep. Nydia Velazquez tells News 12 in part, "Grand Street Settlement has always been vital to our communities and I'm pleased the changes we made to the PPP initiative provided them flexibility so they may keep their doors open, staff on payroll...and continue providing invaluable services to New York communities."
 


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