Brooklyn Recovery Fund Announces First Requests for Proposals

Grants Will Respond to Both Large-scale Community-wide Work and Focused Rebuilding Efforts in Coastal Brooklyn
November 9, 2012

The Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce today announced the release of two Requests for Proposals from Brooklyn nonprofit organizations working with the communities and individuals most affected by Hurricane Sandy for funding through the recently established Brooklyn Recovery Fund.

The first RFP is for Community Collaborations, which will provide three initial grants of $100,000 to consortia of nonprofits working to improve community-wide coordination efforts, in Red Hook (CB 6); Coney Island/Brighton Beach/Sea Gate (CB 13), and Sheepshead Bay/Gerritsen Beach/Canarsie/Manhattan Beach (CBs 15 and 18).

The second RFP is for Emergency Funding, to provide up to $10,000 to Brooklyn-serving nonprofits grappling with Sandy’s aftereffects.

Applications for both RFPs are due Friday, November 16th and are posted at http://www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/apply-funding. Additional RFPs will be announced in the coming weeks to address emerging recovery and rebuilding needs.

“While Sandy was devastating, her wake has brought out the best in so many of us. Countless Brooklynites are initiating local fundraising efforts, and it is particularly gratifying to see that many of them have designated the Brooklyn Recovery Fund as the beneficiary,” says Marilyn Gelber, president of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, which is administering the Fund. “Grants from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund will respond to large-scale community-wide coordination work as well as more narrowly focused rebuilding and service provision efforts. This two-pronged approach allows the Fund to address immediate emergency needs while laying the groundwork for broad based, long-term community rebuilding.”

The Brooklyn Recovery Fund has raised more than $1 million thus far, with support from a broad spectrum of local donors—including founding contributions from Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, and Forest City Ratner—as well as hundreds of individual donations via online and mobile giving. Notable funding support also includes a share of the proceeds from Jerry Seinfeld’s three New York area performances; Junior’s restaurants, which will donate $5 from the sale of pumpkin cheesecakes at their three New York locations through November; and Stand Up NY, which is launching the “Stand Up to Sandy” initiative this Sunday at a comedy benefit with Sherri Shepherd and Caroline Rhea. Upcoming fundraisers through December are listed at http://www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/fund-supporters.

The Brooklyn Recovery Fund grantmaking is informed by a Community Advisory Committee comprised of nonprofit, civic, and government leaders, which held its initial meeting on Tuesday, November 6th at Brooklyn Borough Hall. A list of committee members, in formation, is available at http://brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/brooklyn-recovery-fund-community-....

For more information on the Brooklyn Recovery Fund and ways to help, visit www.BrooklynRecoveryFund.org or email development@bcfny.org.

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About Brooklyn Community Foundation

Brooklyn Community Foundation is dedicated to improving lives and strengthening communities through local giving, grantmaking, and community service. Established in 2009 as the first and only charitable foundation for New York City’s largest borough, with the support of generous donors Brooklyn Community Foundation provides critical grants to hundreds of Brooklyn nonprofits working in the areas of education and youth achievement, arts and culture, community development, human services, and the environment. Learn more at www.BrooklynCommunityFoundation.org.

Media Contact: 

Liane Stegmaier, Communications
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718-246-6882