Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits [March 2019]

March 25, 2019

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Mark Your Calendar: Spark Prize Application Opens April 1

We are pleased to announce the return of our annual $100,000 Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits! The online application for our 2019-2020 Spark Prize opens Monday, April 1st. Applications will be accepted through Friday, May 10, 2019.

Each year, five Brooklyn-based organizations receive the “no strings attached” $100,000 Spark Prize, chosen through a competitive selection process by a committee of Brooklyn civic, business, and neighborhood leaders. We created the Spark Prize to spotlight exceptional organizations that have made a lasting impact on our communities, with a specific emphasis on organizations committed to racial and social justice

Any Brooklyn nonprofit organization with an annual operating budget of $350,000 or more and a minimum of five years in operation is invited to apply

Applicants must submit a 1,000-word essay addressing the following criteria:

  • Born in Brooklyn: A deep history in Brooklyn and continued commitment to serving the borough.  
  • Commitment to Equity: Examples of work to advance racial and social justice for all Brooklynites.
  • Values Driven: Articulated institutional values that permeate through all aspects of their work.
  • Vision for Future: A dynamic vision for the future of their work in Brooklyn and beyond. 

We especially encourage organizations that are not current Brooklyn Community Foundation grantees to apply!  

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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.

Co-Impact is now inviting applications. Co-Impact supports a small number of transformative systems-change initiatives working to bring about significant and enduring improvements in the lives of millions of people in low- and middle-income countries in the Global South. Their second round of grants will focus on Early Childhood Development and Jobs, Skills, and/or Livelihoods. Applications are due before midnight EDT on April 30th.

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.

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.

NoVo is launching The Life Story Grants, a new $10 million, 3-year commitment for programs in the U.S that open exit ramps and close on-ramps to commercial sexual exploitation. These new grants will complement and deepen our longstanding work by funding system-focused strategies that help close on-ramps into commercial sexual exploitation and open exit ramps across six “moments”: housing, medical needs, law enforcement, trauma and mental health, immigration, and systems impacting youth. They are inviting Letters of Inquiry for the new funding opportunity now through April 19, 2019. Details 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.

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  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  

Census 2020: Brooklyn Counts Resource Fair: Come learn about how the Census 2020 affects Brooklyn and how you can participate to ensure that New York gets a fair and accurate count! $800 billion dollars of federal funding for public schools, housing, roads, senior centers, and hospitals, are at stake with the Census 2020. The New York Immigration Coalition will be providing Key to the City resources at the event. There will be simultaneous translations in Spanish and light refreshments. Monday, April 1st from 6–8PM at P.S. 1K The Bergen, 309 47th Street in Sunset Park.

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.

BRIC is has announce the third annual BRIC OPEN, an arts and ideas festival. This year’s festival interrogates the possibilities of justice and empathy and creates space to find freedom in self-expression and to witness others in their full humanity. All events are FREE.

CUP Fellowship for Change in Design is an initiative to support the development of a pipeline of talented individuals from historically marginalized communities into the design fields. The Fellowship, which is a paid, year-long, full-time, training program, is designed to promote and support individuals in gaining the skills, contacts, and experience to help them excel in their design careers. Deadline for applications is Monday, April 15th, 2019 at noon, EST.

The J.M. Kaplan Fund seeks your help with reviewing applications to the 2019 J.M.K. Innovation Prize. This volunteer role is a great opportunity to read about cutting-edge social innovation taking place across the United States. They ask for approximately six hours of time between May 6 and 31. The entire process will be conducted online via an easy-to-use grants management platform. Many more details, including information about reviewer training, will be provided to those who sign up to volunteer. You may sign up by clicking here. Learn more on their website.

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.

The New Museum's NEW INC is a shared workspace incubator program supporting an interdisciplinary community of 100 people each year. The year-long program runs from September to August and is designed to support creative practitioners as they pursue a sustainable practice or bring new business to life. Individuals and teams of up to four people who work at the intersection of art, design, and technology are invited to apply. Deadline: April 20, 2019 Learn more

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:

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

Drive Change - Chief Operations Officer

Hook Arts Media - Director of Finance and Operations

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

North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence - Executive Director

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) - Executive Director

Statement Arts - Executive Director

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Operations Manager


Development & Communications

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

Brooklyn Youth Chorus - Director of Marketing & Communications

Cool Culture – Director of Development

Communities United for Police Reform - Digital Organizing Strategist

Communities United for Police Reform - Director of Communications

Dancewave - Communications, Marketing & Design Manager

The Door - A Center of Alternatives - Managing Director of Individual Giving

Hot Bread Kitchen - Development Associate

iMentor - Director of Development

Immigrant Justice Corps - Development Director

Immigration Equality - Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager

International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region - Associate Director, Digital Strategy

Lower Manhattan Cultural Council - Communications & Marketing Associate

New American Leaders – Development Manager

NYC Kids RISE - Director of Communications

YWCA Brooklyn – Director of Philanthropy

Programs & Services

Brooklyn Community Foundation - Vice President of Programs and Partnerships

Brooklyn Community Pride Center - Program Manager

Brooklyn Historical Society – Director of Education

Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. - Policy Associate

Door, Center of Alternatives – Grants Officer

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

Heights and Hills – Case Manger

Immigrant Justice Corps - Administrative Assistant

Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah - Director of Strategic Grantmaking

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

Propel Capital – Program and Operations Assistant. (If interested email a resume and cover letter to with “Program & Operations Assistant” in the subject line.)

Race Forward - GARE Project Manager

SAGE - HIV & Aging Coalition Coordinator

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Legal Director

University Settlement Society of NY and The Door - Grants Officer

U.S. Census Bureau – Administrative Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Area Census Office Manager

U.S. Census Bureau - Information Technology Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Lead Census Field Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Recruiting Manager

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



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