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February 13, 2018

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Spark Prize Celebration Salutes Brooklyn Nonprofits

A big thank-you to all who joined us last Thursday morning at Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Palm House to honor the recipients of the 2017-18 Spark Prize! The ceremony was attended by nearly 275 guests and emceed by actress and comedian Ana Gasteyer (Saturday Night Live, Mean Girls).

We created the Spark Prize to provide much needed funding and awareness for local organizations that have demonstrated excellence and impact in Brooklyn’s communities, with a focus on racial and social justice. This year’s winners of the $100,000 “no strings attached” prize are the Center for Law and Social Justice, Cave Canem, Exalt Youth, GRIOT Circle, and the Red Hook Initiative.

Stay tuned in the coming weeks for information about the 2018-19 Spark Prize application!

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This Wednesday, join Brooklyn Community Foundation President & CEO Cecilia Clarke for a symposium hosted by our Immigrant Rights Fund grantee the Center for Family Life to discuss supporting immigrant parents facing forced separation. Please RSVP to Julia Jean Francois at if you would like to attend.

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

The Unitarian Universalist Association is accepting Proposals for its Fund for a Just Society from non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada for community organizing campaigns aimed at creating systemic change in the economic, social, and political structures that affect the lives of those who have been excluded from resources, power, and the right to determination. Through the Fund for a Just Society, UUA supports projects that are less likely to receive conventional funding because of the innovative or challenging nature of the work or the economic and social status of the constituency. The organization will consider funding films, publications, or curricula if they are an integral part of a strategy of collective action for social change. The maximum grant award is $15,000, with most grants ranging between $6,000 and $8,000. Applications are due March 15. Learn more

Nonprofit applications are open for 2018 cycles of Delta.NYC, a pro bono tech program run by Civic Hall Labs. Civic Hall Labs works with organizations to identify opportunities for technology to support their work. While nonprofits have tremendous vision and subject matter expertise, they often lack robust digital teams that can pull through complex projects related to using and building technology. To fill this gap, the Delta.NYC program brings together teams of experienced digital professionals to work with organizations over the course of 8-10 weeks on a digital project. Learn more

MAS is seeking applications from community-based partners for the 2018 Livable Neighborhoods Program. Selected groups will work with MAS staff to develop and deliver workshops that will engage neighbors in planning basics, including regulations and processes that govern land use in New York City, and an overview of community advocacy tools. Successful applicants will include local leaders of many varieties including staff and volunteers with community-based organizations, artists and designers, business owners, neighborhood and block association members, and Community Board members. The deadline to apply is Friday, February 16, 2018. Learn more

The William T. Grant Foundation is granting $25,000 to NYC organizations who support activities intended to improve the quality of services for young people ages 5 to 25 in the five boroughs of New York City. These grants fund specific, standalone projects that will make services more effective and, ultimately, provide youth with better experiences. Applicants should focus on a compelling issue or problem with their current services and propose their best improvement idea. Applications are due March 8, 2018. Learn more

Philanthropy New York is accepting applications for a two-year fellowship from candidates completing a masters-level or Ph.D. program in public policy, government, social work or related field of study OR recently graduated (May 2016 or more recent) from such a program. The Philanthropy New York Public Policy Fellowship program aims to identify early-career professionals who will benefit from learning about and networking within the philanthropic sector. It is designed to increase our organizational capacity in issue-based organizing and government relations, but also to support our commitment to growing diversity, equity and inclusion in the philanthropic community. The application deadline is Friday, March 16, 2018. Learn more

The Milbank Memorial Fund has teamed up with AcademyHealth to establish a new annual award that recognizes state and local efforts to advance innovation using data to improve the health of populations and the performance of health systems. Nominations are now being accepted through March 6, 2018. Learn more

The Asian Women Giving Circle has issued a request for proposals from Asian American women-led organizations and individual artists in New York City who are using arts and culture to bring about progressive social transformation; raise awareness and catalyze action around critical issues that affect Asian-American women, girls and families; and highlight and promote women's central role as leaders, creators, developers, and managers of these projects. All artistic disciplines will be considered, including cross-disciplinary work. However, to be eligible, projects must incorporate the arts in an integral way; highlight women's leadership and/or central role; and demonstrate a deep commitment to a specific community in New York City. In the 2018 grants cycle, the circle will award between five and eight grants of up to $15,000 each. Learn More

Korean American Community Foundation is accepting applications in two categories: Community Grants and Resilience Fund. 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 foundation will consider programs that provide skills-building and training that increase opportunities for quality jobs; access to financial resources and services to support immediate financial stability and long-term asset building; increase college matriculation and persistence; and/or access affordable and stable housing. KACF supports direct service programs as well as those that address root causes that are barriers to economic security for low-income individuals and families. One-year grants of up to $35,000 will be awarded to past KACF grant recipients to focus on building the resilience of the organization. Requests may include but are not limited to funding for administrative/development staff salary, hardware, systems upgrades, and consultants. Applications are due February 15, 2018. Learn more

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is seeking applications to its Culture of Health Leaders program, which aims to develop a large cadre of leaders from diverse sectors (e.g., public policy, business, technology, community development and planning, education, transportation, public health, health care, and others) working with organizations, communities, health systems, and policy makers to build a Culture of Health in America.Over the course of the three-year program, each cohort of leaders will complete a leadership development curriculum, as well as individual and collaborative projects, that support cultural shifts at the local, state, and national levels that are necessary for all people to have opportunities to achieve their best possible health and well-being. Learn more

Brooklyn International High School seeks organizations that would like to host interns for its Bridge to Work program. In its 25th year, BIHS’s Internship Program places approximately 100 student per year in a variety of sites ranging from elementary schools and small businesses to hospitals, design firms and non-profit arts organizations. Often the most successful sites are those which appreciate the students’ bilingual/multilingual skills and value the perspective that they bring as newcomers to the U.S.  According to BIHS teachers, each year internship sites comment on how well the students understand the value of collaboration with their site’s colleagues, customers and supervisors. As an integral component of the 11th grade curriculum, students take their internship placements seriously. Learn more

The Design Trust Equitable Public Space Fellowship Program seeks candidates from historically marginalized groups and underrepresented perspectives who are curious, driven, and passionate about NYC's shared spaces and transforming the city's landscape. The Fellow will join the Design Trust team as a full-time paid staff member for an intensive one-year fellowship to begin in June 2018 and end in July 2019, and will become a part of the Design Trust community, interact with project fellows, partners, and collaborators. Deadline: March 18, 2018. Apply here

Columbia University seeks applicants for its $25,000 grant for social and environmental ventures. Applications are due March 1, 2018. Learn more

Blue Ridge Labs is accepting applications for fellowships providing funding, connections, and mentorships for startups supporting communities in NYC. Applications are due February 26, 2018. Learn more

Around Brooklyn  

The office of the Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman invites you to attend Doing Well While Doing Good: A Charities Bureau Presentation For Not-For-Profit Leaders. The presentation will cover the regulatory framework for New York nonprofits, clarifying the attorney general’s role within that framework, transactions by nonprofits, guidance on governance of nonprofits, and fundraising by nonprofits. Charities Bureau Chief and other representatives from the bureau will present as well. February 16, 2018, 8:30am-11:00am at Brooklyn Law School, 7th Floor Moot Court Room. Register here

Make it in Brooklyn is accepting pitches for its $5,000 competition for startups focused on creating smarter cities. Applications are open to startups that have a new and original business venture that targets a smart city issue and is able to demonstrate potential for scale and positive impact. Pitches are due March 1, 2018. Learn more

The NYC Department of Transportation's third annual Car Free Earth Day event will activate Broadway with unique, family-friendly programming (public art, performances and activities). DOT invites all nonprofit organizations, artists and performers to submit proposals promoting activism and education surrounding climate change, sustainability and other relevant topics. Deadline: March 16, 2018. Learn more

All Good Work is a nonprofit offering donated office space in Brooklyn and Manhattan for nonprofits and social enterprises. Space includes shared desks or private offices in coworking spaces or business centers for $50/month per person. Learn more

Green City Force’s Urban Farm Corps graduates in March and they need your help to get ready for work! As the Corps Members start to apply for jobs and get ready for the next step in their careers, some need appropriate professional attire. We’re putting out the call to our supporters for following clothing items: women’s (size 6 and up) blazers, dresses, dress pants  dress tops, and shoes; men’s collared shirts, blazers, ties, dress pants, and shoes Please drop off donations at the Green City Force office at 630 Flushing Avenue, 8th Floor, Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Green City Force is seeking donations until February 28. Coordinate your drop off with Erin Johnson (347.839.8174) or Felicia Prince (929.363.4735)

NYC City Councilmember Laurie A. Cumbo seeks youth-oriented organizations with summer programing interested in participating in a summer resource fair. Organizations that provide programming in the areas of cultural empowerment, day camps, seasonal employment or internships, sleep away or overnight camps, educational training programs or college prep, and sports are all encouraged to participate. Learn more.

The Fund for Public Health in New York City currently seeks proposals from community-based organizations for Art in the Park: Active Open Space, an initiative to activate designated park sites with health-inspired public art projects that promote physical activity and strengthen community connections. Deadline: March 2, 2018. Learn more

The ARTs East NY/Van Lier Fellowship at ReNewLots supports local artists from across disciplines interested in deepening their interdisciplinary and socially-engaged practices to grow and strengthen livable communities. The 2018 marketplace and artist incubator will house 4 community-selected Van Lier Fellows to offer high-quality, free, artist studios to the East New York community. Deadline: February 20, 2018. Apply 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.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations 

Audre Lorde Project - Executive Director

Brooklyn Kindergarten Society - Executive Director

Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy - Executive Director

Koya Leadership Partners - Chief Executive Officer

Development & Communications

Brooklyn Arts Council - Development and External Affairs Assistant

North Star Fund - Digital Communications Coordinator

Nonprofit Finance Fund - Senior Associate, Knowledge & Communications

Red Hook Initiative - Development and Volunteer Associate

Women’s Funding Network - Writer 

Programs & Services

Alloy - Equity Officer

Arab-American Family Support Center - Senior Grant Writer

Asia Society - Grant Writer

Brooklyn Arts Council - Teaching Artists

Cause Effective - Program Manager

New York Foundation - Philanthropy Internship

Center for Family Life - Social Worker

Red Hook Initiative – High School Program Manager


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