Brooklyn Accelerator - December News for Nonprofits

December 2, 2015

News from Brooklyn Community Foundation

Introducing the Youth Voice Awards: A Youth-Led Grantmaking Program 

We are excited to announce the launch of the Youth Voice Awards, our first ever youth-led grantmaking program, led by members of our Brooklyn Youth Fellowship.

In partnership with nonprofits and supervising adults, Brooklyn youth can apply for small grants to respond to challenges in their neighborhoods or schools. 

View and download the application here. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, February 17, 2016.

Open Houses: Youth interested in learning more about the awards from our Brooklyn Youth Fellows can attend open houses on January 11th from 4-6PM and February 15th from 12-3PM. For more information or to RSVP, email

Invest in Youth Grant Program: $1.54M to 54 Nonprofits 

Last week, we announced the first cohort of our new Invest in Youth Grant Program, supporting youth-serving nonprofits in three focus areas: 

  • Youth Development & Leadership: Grants to 25 youth development programs serving under-resourced neighborhoods  
  • Youth Justice: Grants to 14 programs addressing school-to-prison pipeline, alternatives to arrest, and enrichment opportunities for court-involved youth
  • Immigrant Youth & Families: 15 grants to support services, advocacy campaigns, and leadership opportunities for immigrant youth across Brooklyn



Nonprofit Trainings @ Brooklyn Community Foundation

This fall, we hosted the first programs of our new Brooklyn Accelerator initiative:

  • On November 12th, nearly 30 nonprofit managers participated in our "sold out" full-day Racial Justice Training (pictured above), led by national experts Cynthia Silva Parker and Nayantara Sen
  • In October, our two-part Board Training & Matchmaking program connected over 20 local nonprofits with potential board members
  • Sign up here to be the first to learn about future programs

Opportunities & Funding 

PennPAC is accepting applications through December 4th for consulting grants in Spring 2016. If your nonprofit could benefit from pro-bono consulting support to solve a tough business problem around communication, marketing, financial analysis, strategic planning or development strategy, PennPAC can help.

Pollination Project seeks to award seed grants of $1,000 to projects in the early stages of development, including those that promote compassion toward all life (people, planet, animals), environmental sustainability, justice in all its forms, community health and wellness, and social change-oriented arts and culture. RFPs are accepted on a rolling basis.

U.S. Soccer Foundation will award grants of up to $50,000 for its Safe Places to Play program. The funds will build or enhance soccer fields in urban neighborhoods. Letters of inquiry are due January 29, 2016.

New York Foundation for the Arts is accepting applications for its 2016 Artists' Fellowships. The program is intended to fund an artist’s vision or voice, regardless of the level of his or her artistic development. Apply by January 28, 2016.

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation seeks to fund "high-value innovations from low-resource communities" around the areas of health care, public health and population health with $2.5 million. Brief proposals are due December 10th at 3pm.  

Know a young person interested in community leadership and advocacy? Encourage them to apply with the Resilience Advocacy Project to become a youth delegate with their local Neighborhood Advisory Board.

Know a young person with a solution to a challenge in their school or neighborhood? Encourage them to apply to Brooklyn Community Foundation's Youth Voice Awards. Project funding ranges from $500 to $2,000. Youth must apply with a sponsoring nonprofit organization. Applications are due February 17, 2016. 

Around Brooklyn

Join Brooklyn Community Services and a panel of distinguished guests for the 2015 BCS Community Engagement Summit on December 2nd at St. Francis College to discuss issues facing Brooklyn's underserved communities and how you can get involved and take action.

Repair The World NYC hosts Brooklyn Artists on Brooklyn Gentrification through December 20th. Artists from Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Lefferts Gardens were asked to produce and share works that engage with these places and respond to the increasing transformation and waves of newcomers.

Employment Listings


Deputy Director - Crown Heights Community Mediation Center

Vice President & Controller - Brooklyn Navy Yard 

Director of Finance - Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies

Special Assistant to the Co-Executive Director - Center for Popular Democracy

Development & Communications

Associate Director, Institutional Giving - StoryCorps

Development Director - Brooklyn Arts Council

Marketing and Communications Manager - Brooklyn Arts Council

Vice-Director for Marketing and Communications - Brooklyn Museum

Development Associate - Atlas:DIY

Associate Development Director - MoCADA

Development Manager - MoCADA

Development Associate - Partnership for After School Education (PASE)

Development Manager - Global Workers Justice Alliance

Director of Development and Organizational Advancement - JustLeadershipUSA

Managing Editor/Multimedia Manager - Philanthropy New York


Museum Educator - Brooklyn Childrens Museum

Public Programs Manager - Brooklyn Childrens Museum

School Programs Manager - Brooklyn Childrens Museum

Office and Program Assistant - Charles H. Revson Foundation

Service Coordinator - Chinese American Planning Council

Project Director of Youth Development - Center for Community Alternatives

S.O.S. Brooklyn Program Manager's Assistant - Center for Court Innivation

Program Coordinator, Sunset Park High School - Center for Family Life

Tenant Organizer - Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

Manager, Community Engagement (Criminal Justice Project) - StoryCorps

Coordinator of Social Justice - YWCA of Brooklyn

Student Success Center College Advocate - Make The Road New York

Community School Director - Partnership with Children

Cop Watch Alliance Coordinator - Peoples' Justice

Fellow - Resource Generation

BK Story Voyager Librarian and Coordinator - St. Nick's Alliance


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