Brooklyn Accelerator August News: Funding Opportunities | Upcoming Events | Job Openings + More

August 2, 2017

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Neighborhood Strength Model in National Spotlight 

Earlier this month we announced the latest investments from our resident-led grantmaking model, Neighborhood Strength, along with an interactive website that documents this unique process first taking place in Crown Heights.

We’re pleased that our local efforts are getting national attention, helping to demonstrate how foundations can work more closely with their communities in making grants and building leadership. Read Inside Philanthropy’s take on Neighborhood Strength, and learn more about what let us to this unique approach on the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy’s blog

Funding Opportunities 

Brooklyn Community Foundation supports local immigrant rights efforts through its Immigrant Rights Fund’s Sustained Response and Action Fund grants. Sustained Response: The Foundation has issued a Request for Conversations with immigrant-serving organizations seeking support ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for organizing, mental health services, community safety, and legal services. Action Fund: Grant requests for up to $2,500 are considered on a rolling basis, and can support civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, public education, action planning, and event logistics. Learn more

JRM Construction Management is accepting proposals for its 2018 Community Impact Grants program. JRM will award three grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofits that work within three areas: health, education and/or youth services, and housing and food security. To be eligible, projects must take place in New York City, Westchester County, or Long Island. The deadline to submit proposals is September 1.

BRIC Stoop Share is a subsidized rental program for nonprofit organizations in the BRIC House neighborhood. The BRIC House neighborhood is defined as zip codes 11201, 11205, 11211, 11217, 11238, and 11251.

The Aspen Institute Program on Philanthropy and Social Innovation (PSI) in Washington, D.C. offers the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fellowship to one student three times annually. The fellowship, which is based on academic excellence and need, is open to both undergraduate and graduate students of color. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, DC office of the Aspen Institute. Apply by September 8 for the Fall 2017 Internship.

Join Information for Action, a community platform that connects what Brooklyn nonprofits need -- like volunteers, donations, or attendees at an event - to online news and articles. When someone reads about an issue you address on news sites like the New York Times, they'll get an alert about your programs and can take action when it matters. Apply to be part of the launch at

Brooklyn Arts Council is inviting individual artists, collectives, and small nonprofit organizations to apply to their Community Arts Grant. Grants up to $5,000 will be awarded to support arts and cultural projects taking place across Brooklyn in 2018. BAC will host eight information sessions across the borough in July and August. Applications are due September 20, 2017.

Civic Hall Labs is accepting applications for the CivicXcel program. This six-month, part-time program is designed for civically engaged professionals looking to further BIG ideas and gain hands-on training in design thinking, prototyping, startup methods, and the development of digital tech. If you know anyone taking an idea from rough outline to user-tested prototype, encourage them to apply.

The Roddenberry Foundation is searching for 20 activists, organizers, and changemakers who are working to make the US a more equitable and inclusive place to live. Selected fellows will receive $50,000 and tailored support to help implement a project or initiative in one. Apply here.

Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art is accepting Letters of Interest for their Building Bridges grant program. Grants of up to $300,000 over one to three years will be awarded for the planning and implementation of programs or projects that engage U.S.-based Muslim and non-Muslim populations in arts- and culture-based experiences that advance inter-cultural relationships and understanding. LOIs are due September 8, 2017.

William T. Grant Foundation is accepting proposals for their Youth Service Improvement Grants program, which awards grants in the amount of $25,000, is open to community-based organizations in the five boroughs of New York City that want to improve the quality of the services they offer to young people between the ages of 5 and 25. Proposals are due September 7, 2017.

NoVo Foundation has made a four-year, $20 Million commitment to support efforts that advance a collective response to this moment and build the movements we need for the future we imagine. The intention of this Fund is to complement NoVo’s current work, either by supporting organizations and efforts that may not thematically align with the existing initiatives, or by encouraging organizations to go deeper and farther with connection, collaboration, and courage. They are accepting online LOIs only. Applications are due October 4, 2017.

Around Brooklyn 

UPROSE’s 6th Climate Justice Youth Summit will take place Thursday, August 3, at Union Theological Seminary from 9:00AM – 9:00PM. The summit will take place Thursday, August 3rd, at Union Theological Seminary. This year, UPROSE is partnering with the Climate Justice Alliance and Million Hoodies Project to expand the summit into a national dialogue featuring youth leaders from Detroit MI; Standing Rock, ND; and the Gulf South. There will be various kinds of performances as well. REGISTER HERE 

Brooklyn’s Health: An Unseen Priority is a youth summit that will focus on why inequality and inequity exist in the health system, and will provide youth with an opportunity to discuss health and social justice issues of importance to them. The Summit also will provide an opportunity for young people to discuss ways in which their lives and communities can be improved, and they will work on a list of demands/requests to improve the lives of those affected by the various issues and present them to local political leaders and others in power. The youth will have an opportunity to examine the intersectionality of immigration, race and safety, and the specific health topics covered throughout the day will include:

  • Mental Health
  • Sexual/ Reproductive Health
  • General Well-Being
  • Healthy Relationships

The Summit will take place on August 9, 2017 from 9:30am to 4:00pm @ Brooklyn Law School (250 Joralemon Street). Lunch and snacks will be provided. Register for the event here. 

NYN Media is hosting Nonprofit HRCon on August 3. This event will present roundtable discussions and features industry experts. Featured speakers and panel presenters will share insights to help you leverage culture and human capital management practices to drive organizational growth.

Council Member Robery E. Cornegy’s office holds the BedStuy ArtWalk on the first Saturday of every month to give a chance for the community to get to know the arts and artists by visiting galleries in and around BedStuy. This month, the office will be holding a festival before the ArtWalk bus arrives at Fulton Park. The festival will be on Saturday, August 5 between 10-3 at the Fulton Park. Find out more information about the ArtWalk here.

Bread & Life’s Annual Book Fair is on Saturday, August 12 from 11:00AM – 3:00PM. St. John’s Bread & Life is asking for donations of children’s books. If you have books to donate, please contact Media Room Assistant Carmen Hernandez at, or drop the books off at Bread & Life between 8:00AM and 3:00PM, Monday to Friday.

Every Thursday, from July 20 to August 10, El Puente's Bushwick Leadership Center is hosting events at Hope Park in Bushwick for their Summer of Service. There will be fun games and free giveaways at all events. The event hours are 1:30-5:00PM. For more information, call 718-452-0404.  

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations  

Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative - Executive Director

Cause Effective – Senior Associate  

Development & Communications

Red Hook Initiative – Red Hook WIFI Communications Assistant

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund – Manager of Development

The New American Leaders Project – Manager of Digital Initiatives

Girls Educational & Mentoring Services, Inc. – Development Manager

Harmony Program – Director of Development

BRIC – Sponsorship Manger

Gowanus Canal Conservancy - Development Director

Programs & Services

Lineage Project - SONYC Program Director, After School Program for Youth in Detention

Brandworkers – Event Associate

Red Hook Initiative – Clinical Case Manager, YA Program

Red Hook Initiative – College Retention Specialist

Red Hook Initiative – Academic Advisor

Red Hook Initiative – Academic Advisor, College Prep

New York Immigration Coalition – Manager of Immigrant Services Training

New York Immigration Coalition – Manager of Immigrant Service Events

Reel Works – Director of School Partnerships

The Partnership for the Homeless – Director of Social Services

YWCA Brooklyn – Director of Women and Girls’ Empowerment

Worker’s Justice Project – Community/Domestic Worker Organizer

Worker’s Justice Project – Workers’ Rights Organizer

Cause Effective – Affiliated Consultant 

The Audre Lorde Project – Safe Outside the System (SOS) Coordinator

ArtsPool - ArtsPool Manager: Workforce Administration

Haitian Cultural Exchange - Programs Coordinator

Gowanus Canal Conservancy - Gowanus Lowlands Project Director


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