2013 has been a very active year for the Brooklyn Community Foundation. Thanks to the generosity of our donors, we have made more than $2 million in grants from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund to the neighborhoods that suffered the most damage from Superstorm Sandy: Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, Canarsie, Red Hook, and Gerritsen Beach. With national funding we have launched a new project to create healthier environments and improve access to healthy, affordable food options in and around three Brooklyn public housing communities in Red Hook, Fort Greene and Brownsville. We have also published the first results on a multi-year initiative to improve educational outcomes for students in Bedford Stuyvesant School District 16, the lowest performing school district in Brooklyn.
During our leadership transition, the Board has launched a review of our grant making and programming strategies to ensure that the Foundation is continuing to address the needs of Brooklyn’s communities.
Given the importance and breadth of this work, we have decided to suspend this year’s open competitive grant process. We do not do this lightly and regret any difficulties this may present to our nonprofit partners. Our goal is to ensure that we continue to raise and deploy resources to best address the needs of Brooklyn’s communities well into the future. We will continue to work together with all who love, live and work in Brooklyn to build an even stronger culture of giving and service to our borough.