Brooklyn Accelerator January 2019

January 18, 2019

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward 

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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 here.

Resist, a foundation that supports people’s movements for justice and liberation, is accepting applications for their General Support, Multi-Year, Accessibility, and Rapid Response grants. Learn more about the grants and application instructions here.

TD Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its nonprofit employee training program. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to eligible community-based organizations so that employees can attend an approved class/course that enhances their job performance. Learn more here.

The Weinberg Foundation is seeking high-quality capital projects in Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, rural communities throughout the United States, and the State of Israel. The Foundation will consider capital projects that incorporate evidence-based best practices and provide direct services for low-income and vulnerable populations, including older adults, families, children, and youth. Projects will receive full consideration regardless of the requested grant amount—whether $100,000 or more than $1 million. Learn more here.

Citizens Committee for New York City awards Neighborhood Grants of up to $3,000 for community and school improvement projects carried out by unstaffed resident-led groups to address issues they identify as important to them. Application Deadline: January 21, 2019; 11:59pm

Brooklyn Historical Society is seeking dedicated, enthusiastic, creative teens to join the Teen Council in the Spring 2019 semester. The Teen Council will curate an exhibition for BHS's landmark building at 128 Pierrepont Street over the course of the spring semester in consultation with public historians, oral historians, museum experts, and graphic designers. Participating teens develop professional skills and awareness of careers in museums, libraries, and archives while earning a stipend for their work. The application deadline is midnight, January 21, 2019.

Arcus Foundation published a Request for Concepts for organizations looking for funding to support LGBTQ social justice work. The deadline to apply is January 22.

ReFrame’s Mentorship Program, a hands-on strategic communications mentorship program, supports economic, racial, and climate justice organizations and campaigns to integrate communications as a core strategy and develops the next generation of social justice communications. Applications accepted on a rolling basis until February 8.

New Media Ventures Open Call: NMV is calling for pitches from activists and entrepreneurs wrestling with the big challenges facing our democracy. NMV is looking for scalable solutions from diverse, mission-driven teams. Nonprofits and for-profits are both welcome to apply. Ideal for early-stage startups, the fund will disburse grants and investments from $50k to $250k. Applications due February 11th, 2019 11:59pm PT.

The Office of the Brooklyn Borough President has opened applications for capital funding for City agencies, borough schools, and community-based organizations (CBOs) for Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20). All requests for capital funding must be submitted via Borough President Adams’ online capital funding application by 11:59pm on Wednesday, February 13th. 

The Multi-Arts Production Fund supports original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy. Funded projects must address these concerns through the processes involved in creating and distributing live performances to the public and/or through the content and themes of the work itself. Application Deadline: February 15, 2019.

Brooklyn Community Board Membership Applications are now open. Community boards, which have existed in their current form for more than 40 years following the Charter Revision of 1975, are the most local representative bodies of government in New York City. They are responsible for dealing with land use issues, assessing neighborhood needs, and addressing community concerns. Brooklyn's 18 community boards are the epicenter of grassroots democracy in our borough, providing a voice for everyone to get involved. Applicants must be New York City residents and at least 16 years of age to apply. To qualify for a particular board, you must live, work in, or have a professional or other significant interest in that board's district. The closing date for application submissions for 2019 appointments is Friday, February 15th, but will be accepted on a rolling basis year-round.

The Korean American Community Foundation is accepting applications for its 2019 Community Grants program. Through the program, grants of up to $75,000 will be awarded to programs that strengthen the economic security of low-income Korean Americans in the greater New York metro area. The application deadline is Friday February 15, 2019.

Nominations for the 2019 Discount Foundation Legacy Award are now open! Nominate someone you know who is an outstanding worker justice leader, and they could have the chance to receive a $20,000 stipend. This stipend will provide the winner with the flexibility to expand upon their professional activities and achievements in the absence of reporting requirements or other specific obligations. Questions? See FAQs or contact Emily Griffin at emily@jwj.orgNominations are due online by February 28. 

The New York State Health Foundation is accepting applications for its Special Projects Fund. All projects must have an impact on New Yorkers either at a local, regional, or statewide level. Special Projects Fund awards should be considered one-time, non-renewable funding opportunities. Applications are due March 5 at 1pm.

The William T. Grant Foundation is accepting applications for its Youth Service Improvement Grants Program. The program supports activities to improve the quality of direct services for young people in the five boroughs of New York City. Nonprofit organizations that provide direct services to youth ages 5-25 and have budgets between $1 million and $5 million and that 1) have existing programming tailored specifically to Mexican-descent or LGBTQ youth, 2) are led by people of color or LGBTQ individuals, or 3) provide direct services to youth in ten community districts identified as having the highest risk to child well-being by the Citizens’ Committee for Children (Mott Haven, Hunts Point, East Tremont, Soundview, Mount Hope, Concourse, and Bedford Park in the Bronx, and Brownsville, Ocean Hill, and East New York in Brooklyn) are welcome to apply. Awards are $25,000 each and support projects lasting one year. For complete instructions on preparing and submitting a proposal, download the 2019 Application Guide. Applications are due March 7, 2019, at 3:00pm EST.

The International Reading Association is accepting applications for the 2018 Regie Routman Teacher Recognition grant. They will award $2,500 to an outstanding elementary school teacher dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing across the curriculum in grades K-6. The deadline to apply is March 15; access the application here.

Ezra Jack Keats Foundation will award grants of up to $500 to educators in support of special activities and events outside the standard curriculum. Any public school or library is eligible to apply. Applications will be accepted until March 31.

The World of Children is now accepting nominations for their 2019 Awards Program. The World of Children Award program was created to recognize individuals who make a difference in the lives of children in the United States and across the globe, regardless of political, religious, or geographical boundaries. The program awards grants to support proven, high-impact programs that these individuals have created to ensure that more children’s lives will be touched, improved, and changed forever. The World of Children Awards honors individuals in a range of categories, including Protection, Education, Humanitarian, Health, and Youth. Nominations are open until March 31, 2019 (at 11:59pm EDT).

The Ben & Jerry's Foundation is awarding one-year grants of up to $25,000 to nonprofit, grassroots community-organizing groups in the United States working to advance social and environmental justice and create sustainable and just-food systems. Pre-proposals may be submitted starting February 1, 2019, and must be received no later than April 15, 2019.

The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education is offering grants of $500 to New York City teachers of all disciplines. They will fund innovative projects for classroom teachers who seek to enhance their classroom lessons with creative activities. Access the application here.

Around Brooklyn  

All Good Work Foundation is offering donated workspace in for nonprofits and social enterprises across Brooklyn (and Manhattan), including spaces in Red Hook, Sunset Park, Crown Heights, Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint. Space includes shared desks or private offices in coworking spaces or business centers for a program fee of $25-$50/person/month. Learn more here.

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.

Maharlika Cleaning Cooperative is a worker-owned business whose mission is to create sustainable, just and healthy workplaces for our community, clients and member-owners. Committed to providing high quality, eco-friendly office cleaning services while creating stable and decent jobs through promotion of democratic decision-making, education and living wages, Maharlika is seeking new clients in in the New York City area.

Spoke the Hub, a multidisciplinary arts center with spaces in Park Slope and Gowanus, offers low-cost rentals for rehearsals, classes, auditions, performances, events, meetings, film screenings, and more. For more information, email Lori Jorgensen:

Brooklyn Historical Society presents History Makers: Journalist, Activist and Anti-Lynching Crusader, Ida B. Wells. Ida B. Wells, born into slavery in 1862 and freed by the Emancipation Proclamation, devoted her life to the fight against racism, sexism, and anti-black violence. Hear her story as told by Paula J. Giddings, Smith College professor and author of the award-winning biography, Ida, A Sword Among Lions: Ida B. Wells and the Campaign Against Lynching. Wednesday, Jan 23, 6:30pm.

Brooklyn Historical Society presents Leading While Muslim: School Principals as a Case Study. Join this launch of Dr. Debbie Almontaser's new book, Leading While Muslim: The Experiences of American Muslim Principals After 9/11, with a panel discussion of post-9/11 Islamophobia and its impact on American Muslim leaders as seen through the lens of Muslim public school principals. Dr. Almontaser, NYU Professor of Educational Leadership Gary Anderson, and HuffPost’s Rowaida Abdelaziz are moderated by BHS Oral Historian, Zaheer Ali. Thursday, Jan 24, 6:30pm.

The Brooklyn Community Bail Fund and Brooklyn Historical Society present Petty Crimes and Petty Laws: A Hard Look at the Broken Misdemeanor System. Join Alexandra Natapoff, author of the new book Punishment Without Crime: How Our Massive Misdemeanor System Traps the Innocent and Makes America More Unequal, along with Executive Director of the Brooklyn Community Bail Fund, Peter Goldberg, and Darryl Herring, Community Leader with VOCAL-NY, as they dismantle the predatory nature of our inflated misdemeanor and bail systems, which too often target the low-income and communities of color. Monday, January 28, 6:30pm - 8:00pm.

Brooklyn Historical Society presents the Annual Martha Rubin Conversation on Racial Equity: The Blinding of a Soldier and the Dawn of the Civil Rights Movement. In 1946, black WWII veteran Sergeant Isaac Woodard was forced off the bus he rode home from the War, arrested, beaten, and blinded in the sheriff’s custody; this act of violence propelled Judge Waties Waring to take on landmark civil rights cases. Revisit this history with Judge Richard Gergel, in conversation with Woodard’s nephew and caretaker, Robert Young, and President of the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Sherrilyn Ifill. Wednesday, Jan 30, 6:30pm.

The Brownsville Community Culinary Center is now accepting applications for its paid 40-week training program. Founded in 2017 by Michelin-starred Danish Chef Claus Meyer, the center runs a culinary training program for Brownsville residents ages 18-34 and consists of a professional kitchen, bakery and a sit-down eatery that serves healthy food options that are also affordable. The 40-week training program includes classroom instruction, hands-on experience working at BCCC’s eatery and bakery, as well as externship opportunities with food-service partners. BCCC’s next cohort will begin training on Monday, February 11.


Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

Chalkbeat - Operations Associate

Child Abuse Protection Services - Executive Director

Drive Change - Chief Operations Officer

EMpower - Vice President, Organizational Development and Global Operations

FJC - Chief Executive Officer

Ford Foundation - Technology Fellow

Funders for LGBTQ Issues - Executive and Operations Assistant

Global Health Corps - Admissions & Operations Manager

Hearing Health Foundation - Executive Director

High Water Women Foundation - Executive Director

Hook Arts Media - Director of Finance and Operations

Jewish Funders Network - Executive Vice President

Lift – Executive Director

Michael J. Fox Foundation - Coordinator, Development Operations and Principal Giving

MinKwon Center for Community Action - Staff Attorney

PeacePlayers - Executive Director - U.S.

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) - Executive Director

Race Forward - Executive Assistant / Office of the President

Red Hook Art Project - Executive Director

Special Citizens Futures Unlimited - Executive Director

Spence-Chapin Services to Families and Children - Chief Executive Officer

Statement Arts - Executive Director

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Legal Director

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Operations Manager


Development & Communications

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - Director of Individual Giving and Special Events

Bessemer Trust - Associate Client Advisor (Donor Advised Fund)

CAAAV - Deputy Director of Development, Finance and Operations

Center for Family Representation - Development & Communications Assistant

Community Voices Heard - Development Associate

Drive Change - Senior Development Manager

ioby - Development Associate

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Communications & Marketing Associate

Milbank Memorial Fund - Communications Director

Mother Cabrini Health Foundation - Director of Communications

National Institute for Reproductive Health Action Fund - Prospect Research and Development Coordinator

NYC Kids RISE - Communications Manager

NYC Kids RISE - Director of Communications

Open Society Foundations - Grants Assistant, Office of Grants Management

United Negro College Fund - Area Development Director


Programs & Services

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - Grants Management Associate

Brooklyn Community Pride Center - Program Manager

Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. - Policy Associate

Foundation for a Just Society - Program Associate, Francophone West Africa

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Program Manager, Public Programs & Exhibitions

MinKwon Center for Community Action - Community organizer

Mothers Out Front - New York State Organizing Manager (Remote)

New York City Council 34th District - Community liaison / community organizer

New York Counts 2020 - Census Field Manager - BrooklynQueensAlbany

Open Society Foundations - Legal Research Intern - Summer 2019

Race Forward - GARE Project Manager

SAGE - HIV & Aging Coalition Coordinator

UNICEF - Grants Management Associate

UNICEF - Manager, Humanitarian Response

Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) - Co-op Preservation Project Associate (Bilingual)


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