Brooklyn Accelerator News: 2016-17 Invest in Youth Grant Program + More

June 9, 2016

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward

News from Brooklyn Community Foundation

Announcing Our 2016-17 Invest in Youth Grant Program 

We are pleased to announce the timeline for our 2016-17 Invest in Youth Grant Program. Current grantees are asked to submit full proposals for continued funding starting June 10 through July 15. All other interested youth-serving organizations should submit a brief Letter of Inquiry starting June 15 through July 15. Grant awards will be announced this November. 

RSVP here for our LOI Information Session on June 22 from 3-4:30PM.

Outstanding Response to First Annual Spark Prize Application

THANK YOU to the 150 community-based nonprofits and boroughwide institutions who applied for our inaugural Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits, through which we will award up to $600,000 in general operating support.

This summer, our 32-member Spark Prize Committee will review and score applications, narrowing them down to 20 finalists in October, and five winners of the $100,000 top prize in January 2017. 

One More Chance to Join Our Executive Director Connection

There's still time to register for our new network for Brooklyn's nonprofit leaders, the Executive Director Connection, which provides a safe and supportive space for sharing advice, challenges, and triumphs. 

The final introductory meeting will be held on Friday, June 17 at 8:30AM for directors looking for guidance on a variety of rotating topics. 



Centerbridge Foundation is accepting new proposals through June 15 for its 2016 Partnership Grant. The initiative collaborates with Bain & Co. to coinvest in an organization, with Centerbridge Foundation underwriting the program and Bain & Co. providing pro-bono expertise on a specific strategic initiative. Visit the Centerbridge Foundation website to apply

The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation is taking applications for funding under its Arts and Social Justice Initiative for 2017. During its first year, the Initiative provided support in the range of $2,500 to $100,000. Read more and apply by September 15 here.

The 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. 

The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education provides grants to middle and high school teachers for innovative projects that can bring valuable enrichment opportunities to students. Please visit their website for more details.

Exit 9 Gift Emporium seeks nonprofit recipients and business contributors to participate in their Tuesdays for Good program. 5% of all sales from each Tuesday will be donated to a selected organization. In addition, if a customer mentions the nonprofit at checkout, then he or she will receive a 5% discount on their entire purchase. Visit the Exit 9 website for further details.


Be More Americaa member of our Brooklyn Accelerator Incubator Projectoffers affordable training for mission-driven organizations to understand unconscious bias, its causes, its impacts on business decision-making, and specific tools to reduce it. No matter your service, field, experience or industry, you can step up to the challenge of reducing your unconscious bias. For more information, please visit Be More's website here.

Coro New York Leadership Center seeks participants for its Immigrant Civic Leadership Program, a partnership with the New York Immigration Coalition to develop projects to strengthen participants' immigrant communities. Apply here by June 13, 2016.

Mark your calendar for the New York City Youth Summit for Restorative Justice at The James Baldwin School November 4 & 5, 2016. Join young leaders and restorative practitioners from around the city--both in and out of school--for a series of panels, presentations and workshops. For more information, visit Restorative Justice Initiative's website

Spaceworks offers affordable workspace for small arts organizations at its headquarters in Gowanus. The space is ideal for 1-3 staff and includes 24 hour access, utilities, WiFi and shared office amenities. For more information, visit Spaceworks' website

Money for Our Movements is the largest annual gathering for social justice fundraisers and fundraisers of color nationwide. The three-day conference, held August 12-14 in Denver, features 70+ workshops, lively debates, and plenaries where fundraising leaders share their wisdom for building more sustainable movements. Brooklyn Community Foundation grantees may be eligible for a group discount.

Around Brooklyn

Regina Opera Company presents a free one-hour concert at the Bay Ridge branch of the Brooklyn Public Library on June 9 at 6:30pm. More information here.

Common Justice and Healing Communities present "From Shame to Dignity: Restorative Justice as a Strategy to Address and End Mass Incarceration" on June 9 at 7pm at Brooklyn Borough Hall. RSVP to reserve your seat

Haiti Cultural Exchange hosts "Krik? Krak!:Haitian Folktales and Songs" on June 18 at 12pm in partnership with the Brooklyn Queens Land Trust. Storyteller Goussy Célestin will share traditional stories and songs connecting children and families to the rich oral traditions of Haiti. More information here

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations 

Executive Director - Community Voices Heard

Chief Strategy Officer - Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow 

Senior Executive Assistant - Center for Popular Democracy 

Admissions and Operations Coordinator - Global Health Corps

Finance & Operations Associate - Global Health Corps


Development & Communications 

Director of Development - New York Writers Coalition 

Director of Communications - ArtPlace America 

Individual Giving Program Initiator - Street Vendor Project 

Development & Communications Associate - Green City Force



Director, Restorative Practice Program at the School for Democracy and Leadership - Good Shepherd Services

Deputy Director - Programming Initiatives - BRIC

Community Arts Manager - Brooklyn Arts Council

Director of Business Programs and Services - Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Director of Economic Development Policy - Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Public Programs Manager - Brooklyn Children's Museum

Farmers' Market Manager - EcoStation NY

Director of Programs - Girls for Gender Equity

Brooklyn Borough Assistant - Housing Court Answers

Program Director - LIFT-New York

Political and Legislative Director - NYC Communities for Change



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