Brooklyn Accelerator News: Crown Heights Visioning Session, Funding Opportunities, More

November 7, 2016

News from Brooklyn Community Foundation

Upcoming Events 

How Would You Strengthen Crown Heights? 

For the second year, Brooklyn Community Foundation will invest $100,000 in Crown Heights – and residents get to decide how those funds will be used.

Join us for the 3rd and final 2016 Neighborhood Visioning Session on Sunday, November 13 from 2-5pm at Repair the World NYC (808 Nostrand Avenue) to share your ideas and meet your neighbors. 


What is a Neighborhood Visioning Session? Residents brainstorm creative ideas for investing in ways that will strengthen the community, address inequality, and advance a collective vision for a future in which all who call Crown Heights “home” can thrive.



RFP for Social Enterprises for Young People and Formerly Incarcerated Individuals: Organizations are invited to plan and pilot, expand, or replicate social enterprises serving young people at risk of justice system involvement and/or reentering/formerly incarcerated individuals in New York City. Proposals are due Feb. 10, 2017 and must be submitted through the CJII application portal.

Criminal Justice Initiative: grassroots organizations working to end mass criminalization, incarceration and state violence are invited to apply for grants ranging from $7,500 - $20,000. Applications are due Nov. 1, 2016. 

Art in the Parks: UNIQLO Park Expressions Grants will support the creation of artworks by New York City-based emerging artists for 10 designated parks. The parks are highly visible, but underserved by cultural programming. The UNIQLO grant program will transform these locations into art destinations through a series of rotating exhibitions. Proposals are due Nov. 13, 2016. Learn more.

Bike Share Equity in Brooklyn: Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration will fund 3-5 strong candidates with grants averaging $3-5,000 to leverage CitiBike's existing Corporate and Community Subsidy and Discount programs among communities of color and low income communities. Interested parties should contact for the application criteria and process.


Coro NY is recruiting for their 2018 Fellowship program, a nine-month, full-time, graduate-level leadership training program. Using the city as a classroom, Fellows learn through interactions with private, public, and nonprofit decision-makers and work as a group to develop critical thinking, analytical, governance and leadership skills. Deadline is January 18, 2017. Find out more.

A call for advocacy partners for Public Access Design is now open! Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) seeks NYC-based advocacy organizations and grassroots groups who are working on a pressing social justice issue that would benefit from visual explanation. Public Access Design projects are three- to six-month collaborations of CUP, community organizations, and design professionals. You can learn more about Public Access Design and our call for applications here.

Could your nonprofit benefit from pro bono consulting support for a tough business problem? NYC nonprofits are invited to apply for PennPAC pro bono consulting support valued at approximately $60,000. Accepted applicants will be awarded the support of a team of six University of Pennsylvania alumni-volunteers for an 8-10 week consulting engagement begining in March 2017. Applications are due on Nov. 23. 

Does your organization need better video content? Pitchreel is a platform that connects nonprofits with local filmmakers and other creatives, using a contest model to drive the production of compelling videos and short films. Pitchreel works with partner organizations to design contests that fit your budget and are consistent with fundraising, awareness, and action goals. If you are interested in learning more, please visit or email

Post Actions that Will Reach Thousands of Supporters: Information for Action is launching a free app that will find opportunities to take action to address a topic you're reading about in the news. Non-profits and projects can post their opportunities and reach thousands of people. We're inviting BCF community organizations and projects to help us launch by signing up, offering  feedback, and making this a community-led, inclusive effort. Contact John Toner at for more information.

Around Brooklyn 

There will be an IDNYC Pop Up Enrollment Center in Flatbush from Nov. 2-18 at the Brooklyn College Student Center, 2705 Campus Road, John White Room. Appointments are available at 

Join Brooklyn Youth Chorus on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 3pm at National Sawdust for its latest project, Silent Voices, which harnesses the power of young people to be instruments of change. This concert explores gender, sexuality and age, with commissioned works by Ellen Reid, Caroline Shaw, Nico Muhly, Kamala Sankaram, Ellis Ludwig-Leone and Max Posner, and Jeff Beal. Tickets and information.

New York Nonprofit Media’s Nonprofit TechCon is Dec. 6 from 8am to 5 pm at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan. The event will cover everything from entry-level learning about the current state of technology to more advanced discussions. 

Black Lunch Table's Black Lives Matter Roundtable on Nov. 12 from 12-1pm at Weeksville Heritage Center will offer focused conversations on the divisions and connections that exist within our community, while also laying out new productive relationships to continue the movement for dismantling institutional racism. Details.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations 

Executive Director – Arab American Family Support Center 

Executive Director - North Star Fund

Executive Director - Spaceworks NYC

Deputy Director - Arab American Association of New York

Chief Financial Officer at the League Center - Community Resource Exchange NYC   

Finance and Contracts Manager - Red Hook Initiative

Senior Finance Manager - The Hope Program

Deputy Director - The Center for Anti-Violence Education


Development & Communications

Marketing and Communications Assistant – Brooklyn Museum 

Development & Communications Manager - Neighbors Together

Development Associate, Institutional Giving - Ifetayo Cultural Arts Acadmey

Development and Communications Associate – Reel Works Teen Filmmaking

Development Assistant - Brooklyn Museum

Manager of Individual Giving and Special Events - The Hope Program


Programs & Services

Director of Community Programs - Brooklyn Academy of Music

Manager, Public Space Initiatives - Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn Partnership

Portfolio Manager - Fund for the City of New York

Youth Program Coordinator - The Arab-American Family Support Center

E-Commerce and Merchandising Coordinator - Brooklyn Museum

Program Officer (Youth, Opportunity, Learning) - Ford Foundation

Coorectional Services Librarian - Brooklyn Public Library

Brownsville Community Coordinator - SCO Family of Services

Digital Strategist - New York Communities for Change 

Director of Community Development - Cypress Hills Local Development Corp

Deputy Director of Programs - Noel Pointer Foundation

Youth Outreach Worker - Brooklyn Community Pride Center

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