Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - February 2019

February 22, 2019

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Getting Ready for Census 2020: City and Statewide Resources to #MakeBrooklynCount

Join us Wednesday, February 27th at 10am at Borough Hall for the next public meeting of Brooklyn’s Complete Count Committee for Census 2020. Experts will update Brooklyn nonprofits, civic institutions, and community groups on the progress of State and City level census activities, and plans for resources that will be made available to frontline organizations.

Brooklyn is considered the “hardest to count” county in all of New York State, and had the lowest response rate in 2010 among all counties nationwide with populations over 500,000. The Brooklyn Complete Count Committee is determined to #MakeBrooklynCount in 2020 by maximizing local coordination, messaging, and outreach to communities across the borough.


We’re Hiring: Vice President of Programs and Partnerships

Brooklyn Community Foundation is seeking a Vice President of Programs and Partnerships to join our senior team and manage all of the Foundation’s grant programs, create a concrete advocacy agenda, and serve as a strategic partner both internally and externally to advance the Foundation’s mission and growth.

The ideal candidate will have a strong nonprofit and/or philanthropy background, as well as strong management skills and a penchant for collaboration across the organization and with external stakeholders. We are seeking a leader who is passionate about community empowerment and racial justice.

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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.

The Neighborhood Funders Group - Discount Legacy Award annually identifies, supports and celebrates an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributed significantly to the workers’ rights movement in the United States and/or globally. The 2019 Discount Foundation Legacy Award winner will receive a $20,000 stipend to provide them with the flexibility to expand upon their professional activities and achievements in the absence of reporting requirements or other specific obligations. All nominations must be received by 11:59 pm ET on Thursday, February 28, 2019 through the online nomination form.

Apply now for the Blue Ridge Labs Fellowship Program, an incubator in Brooklyn that brings together technologists and communities to explore and build new solutions for low-income New Yorkers. Applications are due March 1, 2019.

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.

J.M. Kaplan Fund is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 edition of The J.M.K. Innovation Prize. The Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. In 2019, we will award up to ten Prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 for project expenses, for a total award of $175,000. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network, providing trainings and tools for ascendant changemakers. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.

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 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  

Win $20,000 to start your own business in Brooklyn! Enter Brooklyn Public Library's PowerUP! Business Plan Competition to gain valuable financial and marketing skills, learn from local business mentors, and compete for our biggest cash prize ever to help fund your dream.

The next #BHeard Town Hall, The Widening Gap: Economic Inequality in NYC, will take place next Wednesday, February 27th from 6:30-8:30pm at the BRIC House. NYC’s rising cost of living, income stagnation, and student debt (among other factors) have converged to create a tale of two cities. A tale that has given birth to different sets of challenges for NYC’s low income, working class and middle income populations. This #BHeard Town Hall asks the question: What does income inequality in NYC look like for you? 

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:

Office Space Available in Dumbo at 68 Jay Street, Suite 411. For more information, email Joanna Pertz:

Bring a Panel Exhibition to Your Organization - Have some exhibit space? The dramatic, national story of the struggle for black equality after the end of slavery is now available digitally, free of charge, in a compelling 8-piece poster exhibition from the New-York Historical Society. The posters explore the years from the Civil War through World War I, drawing from N-YHS’s original exhibition Black Citizenship in the Age of Jim Crow .To receive files for the eight posters, contact An accompanying school curriculum is available hereNeed funding for printing? Tax-exempt organizations with budgets of less than $250K annually may apply for a Humanities New York Quick Grant of $500 to cover the cost of printing exhibit panels.

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

Global Health Corps - Admissions & Operations Manager

Hearing Health Foundation - Executive Director

Heights and Hills – Case Manger

High Water Women Foundation - Executive Director

Hook Arts Media - Director of Finance and Operations

Jewish Funders Network - Executive Vice President

Lift – Executive Director

Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah - Director of Strategic Grantmaking

The New York Women's Foundation - Junior Accountant and a Vice President of Finance

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) - 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

YWCA Brooklyn – Director of Philanthropy


Development & Communications

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

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - Grants Management Associate

Cool Culture – Director of Development

Door, Center of Alternatives – Grants Officer

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Communications & Marketing Associate

New American Leaders – Development Manager

NYC Kids RISE - Director of Communications


Programs & Services

Brooklyn Community Foundation - Vice President of Programs and Partnerships

Brooklyn Historical Society – Director of Education

Brooklyn Community Pride Center - Program Manager

Brooklyn Community Pride Center – Pride Path

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

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

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

Race Forward - GARE Project Manager

Sadie Nash Leadership Project Inc. – Summer Faculty

SAGE - HIV & Aging Coalition Coordinator

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


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