Community Fund Grants

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Organization Yearsort ascending Amount Initiative Program Project Description Neighborhoods
Exalt 2016 $40,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To counteract the school-to-prison pipeline by elevating expectations of personal success for court-involved youth through job skills courses, individualized support, paid internships, and alumni network. Boroughwide
DRUM 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To organize South Asian youth, families, and immigrant workers to win campaigns focused on educational equity, economic justice, legalization, workplace rights, and an end to racial profiling and anti-immigrant enforcement. Flatbush, Midwood
Groundswell 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program 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
Kings Against Violence Initiative 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Hospital-based violence interruption program and in-school and community-based discussion groups and workshops. East New York, Brownsville, Flatbush
Reconnect 2016 $30,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To connect youth to employment, entrepreneurship training, and access to college credit to help navigate systemic challenges that make it hard to find sustainable employment. Bedford Stuyvesant
El Puente 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To organize communities of color to fight gentrification through youth-led community campaigns and initiatives focused on environmental justice, climate change, community safety, and racial/cultural equity in education, the arts, and wellness. Williamsburg
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
Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy 2016 $30,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Creative, educational, and vocational development of Black and Caribbean youth in Central Brooklyn. Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Flatbush
Footsteps 2016 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Support formerly ultra-Orthodox Jewish youth transitioning into mainstream society with resources, leadership development, and peer connections. Crown Heights, Borough Park, Kensington, Flatbush, Williamsburg
JustLeadership USA 2016 $30,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To empower court-involved youth to drive policy reforms, including the campaign to #CloseRikers, a comprehensive multiyear effort to close Rikers Island Detention Facility. Boroughwide
Make the Road New York 2016 $40,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Immigrant youth-led organizing programs focused on the school-to-prison pipeline, community schools, and greater police accountability and transparency. Bushwick
Brooklyn Free School 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Award recipient The Brooklyn Free School Team for "Let's Talk About It! Housing Justice," a project aimed at educating and creating a documentary on housing justice and gentrification. It will engage youth by arranging visits to town hall meetings, reading articles and watching interviews addressing housing, gentrification and justice, as well as opportunities to engage with the Mayor’s office and participate in local shelter events. As part of the project, the youth team will create a documentary and facilitate a workshop for youth on housing rights. Fort Greene, Clinton Hill
Reel Works 2016 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Documentary filmmaking and media production programs for youth, including school-based program with four middle and high schools in Brownsville. Boroughwide, Brownsville
Churches United For Fair Housing 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Youth development programming focused on housing-related issues and other challenges impacting low-income communities of color Bushwick
Osborne Association 2016 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To support programs for children of incarcerated parents as well as a council that engages young people impacted by incarceration to develop campaigns around issues affecting their lives and communities. Boroughwide
Ancient Song Doula Services 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Awarded to Sevonna Marie Brown with Ancient Song Doula Services for "Reproductive Renaissance," which uses grassroots political philosophy to foster a restorative space for women of color to come together and seek refuge in reproductive justice and education. Black girls and women of color have a history of using their personal spaces—the living room, grandma’s bedroom, the kitchen, the beauty salon, the front porch—as spaces for women-centered empowerment and healing. Bedford Stuyvesant
Theatre of the Oppressed NYC 2016 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program To engage court-involved youth as actors and playwrights in a comprehensive theatre-for-social justice program that uses real life stories of the youth actors. Boroughwide
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations 2015 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Support for Youth Pathway Out of Poverty, which will provide Central Brooklyn youth with access to employer-demanded skills, career credentials, job placement, and long-term career development support. Bedford Stuyvesant
Teachers Unite 2015 $20,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Support for the Youth-led Transformative Justice initiative to organize alternatives to suspension in up to five public schools in under-resourced and over-policed Brooklyn communities. Brownsville, East New York, Bushwick, Gravesend, Sheepshead Bay, Prospect Heights, Crown Heights, East Williamsburg, Sunset Park
Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine 2015 $5,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine is a collaborative public art project that explores art-making as a community-building tool. Funds will be used to create and distribute an accessible guide to tenants’ rights to assist long-time residents being pushed out of their homes. Crown Heights
El Puente 2015 $45,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Operating support to help strengthen and expand the capacity to engage and empower youth in North Brooklyn to be leaders through campaigns and initiatives that focus on environmental justice, climate change, community safety, and racial/cultural equity in education, the arts, and wellness. Williamsburg
Dance Theatre Etcetera 2015 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Operating support for arts and media leadership programs based in Red Hook, for low-income young people of color, with a focus on overage/under-credited students and disconnected youth. Red Hook
Urban Youth Collaborative 2015 $20,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Support for the Brooklyn Transformative Justice Network to advance youth justice alternatives that disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline as well as opportunities for healthy development and the wellbeing of both youth and the community at large. Boroughwide
Brooklyn Movement Center 2015 $15,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program The Brooklyn Movement Center, a Black-led organizing nonprofit, trains and mobilizes Central Brooklynites to lead local and city-wide policy campaigns to end abusive policing. Funds will be used for police accountability organizing and legislative advocacy in Crown Heights that mobilizes local stakeholders, creates alternative community safety approaches, and conducts know-your-rights and leadership trainings. Crown Heights
Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project 2015 $20,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Operating support to help transform the lives of Haitian newcomer youth in Crown Heights, East Flatbush and Canarsie through education and leadership development and raising awareness of immigrant education issues in the community and citywide. East Flatbush, Canarsie, Crown Heights
EcoStation:NY 2015 $20,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Operating support for the Bushwick-based urban farming and food justice organization which provides educational and mentorship programs for high school students at the Bushwick Educational Campus. Bushwick
JustLeadership USA 2015 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Support for the Campaign to #CloseRikers, a comprehensive multiyear effort to close Rikers Island, which includes the immediate removal of all 16 and 17-year-olds. Boroughwide
Global Kids 2015 $10,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program Global Kids’ mission is to educate and inspire underserved youth to become successful students, global citizens, and community leaders. Funds will be used for the Human Rights Activist Project in three Crown Heights public schools to empower youth to advocate for community and global issues through interactive workshops on community organizing, social action, digital and social media, policy, and root causes. Crown Heights
Polish American Community Services 2015 $20,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Support for Immigration Options for Victims of Domestic Violence, which aims to increase awareness of resources for victims of domestic violence and to provide free legal services for immigrants in Greenpoint. Greenpoint
Footsteps 2015 $25,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Support for Youth Empowerment Program to help ultra-Orthodox Brooklyn youth access resources to assist them in their journeys beyond their communities, develop leadership skills, and connect with one another. Crown Heights, Borough Park, Kensington, Flatbush
exalt 2015 $40,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Operating support to counteract the school-to-prison pipeline by elevating expectations of personal success for youth who have interfaced with the criminal justice system. Boroughwide
NYC Coalition for Educational Justice 2015 $10,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program NYC Coalition for Educational Justice is a parent-led movement that seeks to affect policy change and create a more equitable educational system. Funds will support local parent engagement around the Department of Education's Community Schools Initiative, which will bring over a million dollars in new resources to three Crown Heights schools. Crown Heights
Center for Family Life 2015 $40,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Operating support for this innovative partnership with Sunset Park High School which engages largely immigrant youth, their families and educators in creating and implementing supports for academic success and college access and retention. Sunset Park
Groundswell Community Mural Project 2015 $30,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Operating support for the organization's unique mission to bring together youth, artists, and community partners' through a collective impact model that uses public art as a tool for social change. Boroughwide
Green City Force 2015 $35,000 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program Support for the implementation of two major "green jobs" workforce initiatives in Brooklyn: a partnership with the Mayor's Office of Criminal Justice to recruit and train young adults from NYCHA Developments with the highest crime rates and the build-out of two urban farms on NYCHA developments in Brooklyn. Crown Heights, Borough Park, Kensington, Flatbush, Williamsburg

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