Community Fund Grants

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Organization Year Amountsort descending Initiative Program Project Description Neighborhoods
Safe Passage Project 2017 $50,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program For free legal services and representation to meet the unmet needs of immigrant and undocumented children in partnership with community high schools Boroughwide
Brooklyn Defender Services 2016 $50,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Comprehensive free legal representation to court-involved youth with a focus on school discipline and reentry, special education placements, alternative pathways to graduation, alternatives to incarceration, and counseling. Boroughwide
Groundswell Community Mural Project 2021 $50,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program For school year and summer programs that engage youth from underserved communities in public mural making as a means of social change while developing their leadership and creative skills. Boroughwide
Safe Passage Project 2019 $50,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program For free legal services and representation to meet the unmet needs of immigrant and undocumented children in partnership with community high schools. Boroughwide
Brooklyn Defender Services 2018 $50,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program For comprehensive free legal representation to court-involved youth with a focus on school discipline and reentry, special education placements, alternative pathways to graduation, alternatives to incarceration, and counseling. Boroughwide
The Black Institute 2021 $70,000 Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Community-led Social Change Grant To conduct research, provide educational opportunities that encourage political awareness and stir public debate, train new leadership, develop initiatives to build wealth and power for Black people and all people of color. The Black Institute will continue its environmental and housing justice work in Black communities across the borough. Boroughwide
Voices Of Community Activists & Leaders (VOCAL-NY) 2021 $70,000 Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Community-led Social Change Grant To build power among low-income people impacted by HIV/AIDS, the drug war, mass incarceration, and homelessness and mobilize for legislative change through community organizing, leadership development, advocacy, direct services, and direct action. The organization will continue to build organizing around its housing and economic justice campaigns. Boroughwide
Brooklyn Movement Center 2021 $70,000 Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Community-led Social Change Grant To support movement-building among Black communities in Central Brooklyn and affect policy targeting civic education and engagement, economic opportunity, and housing justice as part of The Black Freedom Project agenda. Boroughwide
Center for Law and Social Justice 2021 $70,000 Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Community-led Social Change Grant For increasing civic engagement and voter participation of Black communities in Central Brooklyn through community education campaigns, facilitating research, and building organizing capacity. Boroughwide
Girls for Gender Equity 2021 $70,000 Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Community-led Social Change Grant To continue its Participatory Action Research (PAR), combat interpersonal and institutional violence against girls and TGNC youth of color in schools, and mobilize toward a vision for safe, holistic, welcoming, and affirming schools for all students. Boroughwide
After Hours Project 2022 $70,000 Wellness and Recovery Fund Wellness and Recovery Fund To support an array of health and social services including: behavioral health education; sexual health and wellness; HIV/AIDs Linkage to Care; harm reduction; housing, food, and family wellness; community outreach; advocacy and referral services, and more. Clients primarily have little or no contact with traditional service providers, and include persons who inject drugs, sex workers, and people who are homeless. Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Bushwick, Crown Heights North, Crown Heights South, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, East New York, East Williamsburg, Flatbush
IntegrateNYC 2021 $70,000 Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Community-led Social Change Grant To support leadership training and youth development and mobilize youth to advocate for a more just public school system in NYC. The organization will continue its work to dismantle segregation in New York City public schools. Boroughwide
Muslim Community Network 2021 $70,000 Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund Community-led Social Change Grant To provide voter education and civic engagement resources to build education and awareness in Muslim communities and build partnerships with other community-based organizations to increase inclusivity and representation. Bay Ridge, East New York, Midwood
Brooklyn Community Housing and Services 2022 $72,500 Wellness and Recovery Fund Wellness and Recovery Fund To support housing for 1,000+ people who experience homelessness annually, including transitional and permanent housing, as well as substance misuse counselors and skilled clinicians for all new housing developments. Boroughwide
Community Counseling & Mediation 2022 $72,500 Wellness and Recovery Fund Wellness and Recovery Fund To support a wide range of social services, counseling, physical and mental healthcare, education, and supportive housing services for individuals and families in extremely low-income areas of Brooklyn. Services include treatment, early intervention, wrap-around services, and recovery support services for people living with substance misuse disorders and/or co-occurring mental health disorders. Boroughwide, Downtown, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Bushwick, Crown Heights, Brownsville
Global Trauma Research 2022 $72,500 Wellness and Recovery Fund Wellness and Recovery Fund To support the “Stay Well” program, which provides 24-hour crisis intervention/hospital prevention and culturally/spiritually specific long-term trauma counseling to participants with a history of substance misuse, as well as a multilingual substance misuse and abuse community education campaign with 300 community partners. Boroughwide
Housing Plus 2022 $72,500 Wellness and Recovery Fund Wellness and Recovery Fund To support justice-involved women in an alternative-to-detention program that provides community-based housing and comprehensive services to help them overcome poverty, homelessness, and the effects of incarceration, and build stable lives. The program also seeks to reunite and reconnect parents and caregivers with children in foster care, and to prevent separation in as many families as possible. Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, Canarsie, Crown Heights, East New York, Flatbush
Lantern Community Services 2022 $72,500 Wellness and Recovery Fund Wellness and Recovery Fund To provide comprehensive harm reduction services to improve the overall quality of life for clients, including at two supportive housing sites in Brooklyn that serve formerly unhoused residents living with chronic illnesses such as HIV/AIDS and/or diagnosed mental health conditions. Staff also provide Naloxone training and kits and overdose prevention education to residents. Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville
New York Therapeutic Communities - Stay’n Out 2022 $72,500 Wellness and Recovery Fund Wellness and Recovery Fund To support substance misuse treatment for adults in the criminal legal system through licensed community-based residential and outpatient programs that use a therapeutic community model, as well as to add more peer recovery advocates to connect persons using substances with needed services East New York, Brownsville, Boroughwide
The Family Center 2022 $72,500 Wellness and Recovery Fund Wellness and Recovery Fund To support programs that provide comprehensive, culturally sensitive, and family-focused behavioral health treatment and recovery services for adults, children, and families with significant levels of trauma, chronic disease, extreme poverty, and barriers to care, as well as free childcare for parents and caregivers who are living with addiction, substance use challenges, and recovery while they are receiving treatment and health services. Boroughwide
VOCAL-NY 2022 $72,500 Wellness and Recovery Fund Wellness and Recovery Fund To support the growth of outreach and testing programs for people who use drugs, increased operating hours for syringe services programs, expansion of service delivery teams by transitioning part-time peer outreach workers and Hepatitis C care coordinators to full-time salaried positions, and hiring additional peer outreach workers. Boroughwide
Ali Forney Center 2022 $72,500 Wellness and Recovery Fund Wellness and Recovery Fund To support services provided to 2,000+ LGBTQIA+ youth at a 24/7 drop-in center, and 17 emergency and transitional housing sites, as well as to hire a substance misuse treatment counselor to work at 14 housing sites, including 9 in Brooklyn. Boroughwide
Cave Canem 2018 $100,000 Spark Prize Spark Prize Founded in 1996 to remedy the under-representation and isolation of black poets, Cave Canem has grown from a gathering of 26 poets to become an influential movement and artistic incubator based in Brooklyn with a high-achieving international fellowship of over 425, and a local workshop community of over 900 poets. Boroughwide
Center for Law and Social Justice 2018 $100,000 Spark Prize Spark Prize Founded in Brooklyn in 1985 as a community service unit of Medgar Evers College to serve as an institutional response to pervasive racial injustices, the Center for Law and Social Justice continues pushing for meaningful policy changes to stem the institutionalization of police brutality and systemic racism across New York City. In addition to promoting alternative community policing solutions, it is a leading advocate for the protection and integrity of voting rights and for racial equity in public education. Boroughwide, Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Flatbush, East Flatbush, Brownsville
Brownsville Community Justice Center 2020 $100,000 Spark Prize Spark Prize For a multi-faceted initiative that seeks to re-engineer how the justice system works in Brownsville, Brooklyn. The Justice Center addresses systemic inequities by helping young people disengage from the justice system and discover routes to economic security, so they can, in turn, reinvest in their community. Brownsville
exalt 2018 $100,000 Spark Prize Spark Prize Since its founding in 2006 in Brooklyn, exalt has worked with over 1200 youth ages 15-19 who have been involved in the criminal justice system. exalt equips youth with tools and experiences to avoid further criminal justice system involvement through structured classes for tangible skill development, individualized support to navigate the education and justice systems, placement in paid internships, and an alumni network of resources. Boroughwide
Children of Promise, NYC 2020 $100,000 Spark Prize Spark Prize To empower children of incarcerated parents to break the cycle of intergenerational involvement in the criminal justice system. CPNYC offers a broad array of services in a safe supportive space where young people, ages 6-18, can share similar experiences. Boroughwide
Griot Circle 2018 $100,000 Spark Prize Spark Prize Founded in 1996 by a group of LGBTQ elders of color living in Brooklyn to address the systemic racial, social, and economic injustices that LGBTQ elders of color experience, GRIOT Circle now offers culturally-sensitive, innovative programming to over 400 members throughout the year, Boroughwide
The Noel Pointer Foundation 2020 $100,000 Spark Prize Spark Prize To enrich the lives of children of color in under-served communities by connecting them with music education and performance opportunities. Boroughwide
Red Hook Initiative 2018 $100,000 Spark Prize Spark Prize Founded in 2002 as a program of a local hospital in response to the severity of health and social issues in Red Hook, RHI has become a neighborhood stronghold and nationally recognized model for youth and community development, providing safe and enriching opportunities for young people ages 11- 24 primarily living in the Red Hook Houses—New York City’s largest NYCHA housing development. Red Hook
North Brooklyn Coalition 2020 $100,000 Spark Prize Spark Prize To address systemic racism, institutional injustice, and cultural barriers facing survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault by creating a community-based support network. Williamsburg, Bushwick, Greenpoint
Sadie Nash Leadership Project 2020 $100,000 Spark Prize Spark Prize To equip, strengthens, and supports young women and gender-expansive youth of color to be agents of change in their lives and in the world. Citywide
Arab-American Family Support Center 2023 $100,000 Brooklyn Accelerator Spark Prize Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC) has provided culturally and linguistically competent, trauma-informed social services to low-income immigrants and refugees in New York City since 1994. AAFSC's services promote mental and physical well-being, prevent child abuse and work to end gender-based violence, provide the tools for learners of every age to succeed, and uplift the voices and needs of under-represented communities. Their programs include adult education, youth enrichment, mental health counseling, domestic violence support, health insurance enrollment and education, legal services, and more. In addition to offering direct services, the AAFSC Research Institute is a trusted source for information and publications on the voices and experiences of Arab, Middle Eastern, North African, Muslim, and South Asian (AMENAMSA) communities. Their staff speak over 30 languages, enabling them to serve populations that mainstream providers struggle to reach.  Boroughwide, Cobble Hill, Downtown
New York Peace Institute 2015 $100,000 Invest in Youth Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project New York Peace Institute will provide restorative justice practices and coordination at the Rachel Carson High School for Coastal Studies in Coney Island. New York Peace Institute is one of the nation’s largest community mediation services, with expertise in special education mediation. They have previously partnered with the Department of Probation, the New York City Department of Education, NYPD and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s offices. Coney Island
Kings Against Violence Initiative 2023 $100,000 Brooklyn Accelerator Spark Prize Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI) was founded in 2009 by Dr. Robert Gore, an Emergency Room physician who felt compelled to address the rising incidence of violence among youth in Central Brooklyn. KAVI works to prevent and eliminate interpersonal violence from the lives of young people through social justice advocacy, peer leadership, and community mobilization in hospitals, schools, and community settings. Through community and school programs, they serve over 300 youth annually, and have helped hundreds of youth overcome a history of violence and behavioral issues to graduate from high school and attend college. Through their hospital program, they engage and support over 750 patients each year and have reduced hospital recidivism rates by over 75% percent by providing up to a year of follow-up support and care for youth patients admitted with assault-related injuries. Bedford Stuyvesant, East Flatbush, Crown Heights, Flatbush, Brownsville

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