Healthy Communities

Helping Residents Make Red Hook, Fort Greene and Brownsville Healthier Places to Live

Many Brooklynites, especially residents of public housing, have limited access to affordable healthy food and safe open spaces to play and be active. This is a growing concern as communities with high poverty rates also face soaring health challenges including obesity, asthma, and diabetes.

Through the Healthy Communities initiative, Brooklyn Community Foundation is connecting innovative efforts around food, open space, and fitness in three neighborhoods with high concentrations of public housing developments—Red Hook, Fort Greene, and Brownsville—to share resources and empower residents to enrich their environments and strengthen their communities, while developing new ways for nonprofits and city agencies to work together to improve public health.

This three year initiative brings together three nonprofits—Added Value, Myrtle Ave Revitalization Project, and Brownsville Partnership—with the New York City Housing Authority and Brooklyn District Public Health Office to promote the development of new urban farms and gardens, affordable produce markets, healthier school food menus, fitness groups, and more. The project also focuses on revealing new resident voices committed to the health of their communities through policy, advocacy, and outreach.

Community Grant Program

The Healthy Communities Initiative Community Grant Program supports healthy eating and active living activities in Red Hook, Brownsville and Fort Greene by providing grants to nonprofit organizations or fiscally funded organizations that engage in community-led healthy eating and active living activities.

Funding decisions are recommended to Brooklyn Community Foundation by Community Grant Committees located in each of the three neighborhoods. Technical assistance and support are coordinated by Brooklyn Community Foundation and provided by Added Value in Red Hook, Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project in Fort Greene, and the Brownsville Partnership in Brownsville. 

2015 Grant Recipients
 

Organization Name

Project Name

Grant Amount

Neighborhood

Nahisha McCoy-Freeman

Youth Fun Day

$1,000

Red Hook

Nrichment Zone LLC

DANCE FIT SPORT FIT

$3,000

Red Hook

Good Shepherd Services

South Brooklyn Community
High School Garden Project

$2,000

Red Hook

Space Age Productions

"Digital Divide" Cartoon Series

$2,000

Red Hook

The Sylvia Center

Red Hook Harvest Dinner

$2,000

Red Hook

Child  Development Support Corporation

Healthy Childcare Healthy Children

$1,900

Fort Greene

The Neighborhood Work Play Kids Theater

Nutrition & Fitness

$1,100

Fort Greene

Fort Greene Strategic Neighborhood Action Partnership

Be Heart Healthy

$1,000

Fort Greene

Keep Your Pearls Girls

Keep Your Pearls

$850

Fort Greene

Youth Beyond Basketball

Main Event

$2,500

Fort Greene

Willoughby Neighborhood Senior Center

Senior Herbal Spice Garden & Kitchen

$2,300

Fort Greene

Ten Neighbors Community Garden

Building Community Garden

$2,092

Brownsville

Mt. Ollie Baptist Church

MOBC Family and Friends 5K Walk

$1,500

Brownsville

A Yogi Grows in Brooklyn

A Yogi Grows in Brooklyn

$2,454

Brownsville

We Run Brownsville

Sofa to Success
5k Training Program

$2,454

Brownsville

Mary's Creations

Mary's Creations

$1,500

Brownsville