Brooklyn Accelerator News: Funding Opportunities, Events, Job Openings [December 2017]

December 5, 2017


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#BrooklynGives 2017 Raises $365,000 For Spark Prize Finalists

We're pleased to share that our annual Giving Tuesday campaign, #BrooklynGives raised a record $365,429 from 1,200 donors in support of the 20 nonprofits that are finalists for our 2nd annual Spark Prize. In addition to generating awareness of the organizations, Brooklyn Community Foundation provided a $100,000 donation match during the 24 hours of Giving Tuesday. See the individual totals and leader board

Stay tuned: we will announce the 5 winners of this year's Spark Prize in January! Each recipient will be awarded a $100,000 "no strings attached" grant. The Spark Prize is our annual recognition of outstanding social and racial justice organizations in Brooklyn's nonprofit sector. Finalists and recipients are selected through a competitive application and interview process by our Spark Prize Committee. Learn more at

BrownConnect Careers in the Common Good Summer in New York City

We are pleased to share an exciting opportunity for Brooklyn nonprofits to sponsor a Brown University student intern this summer through the BrownConnect Careers in the Common Good Summer in New York City program.

Brown has a generous donor who will be paying a stipend to the students so this opportunity is provided gratis to your organization. There is limited funding available specifically for our Brooklyn organizations, but you will be notified by January 19 if your organization is selected.

Please add "via Brooklyn Community Foundation" in your application (either in the intern title or organization title) to be considered for this great opportunity.

BrownConnect Careers in the Common Good links Brown students with nonprofits and start-ups in New York to build a pathway for Brown students into the nonprofit field and gain valuable skills.

The deadline for students to apply is early March. Organizations receive candidates' applications by mid-March and are asked to make selections by the end of that month.

Brown has opened the application for employers who are interested in hosting an intern for the summer of 2018. Use the links below to learn more about and apply for the program.

The deadline for employers to apply to participate is Friday, January 5, 2018. 

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 Park Slope Civic Council is accepting applications for grants to be awarded to community groups for projects in the arts, education, youth programs and civic improvement. Applications will be evaluated on their responsiveness to the needs of the community, its residents and the merits of the program proposal. Applications are due December 15th and will be awarded in February. Learn more.

ODA'S Public Engagement in Neighborhoods (OPEN) Is now accepting applications for funding. Projects for consideration are in the categories of Community Greenspace, Media and Technology, Design and Architecture and Public Art. Organizations in Bushwick, Williamsburg, and LIC can apply. Grants range between $10,000 and $25,000. For more information please visit

Civic Hall Labs is accepting applications for the CivicXcel program. This six-month, part-time program is designed for civically engaged professionals looking to further BIG ideas and gain hands-on training in design thinking, prototyping, startup methods, and the development of digital tech. If you know anyone taking an idea from rough outline to user-tested prototype, encourage them to apply.

The Charles Bronfman Prize annually recognizes Jewish humanitarians whose work, while inspired by personal Jewish values, is of universal benefit to all people. The award program seeks to honor next-generation leaders who have a vision for change that will better the world in a meaningful way, and who have created a mechanism for acting on that vision in ways that deliver measurable results. The prize celebrates the vision and endeavor of an individual (or group of individuals) under the age of 50 whose humanitarian work has contributed significantly to the betterment of the world. The prize recipient(s) will receive an award of $100,000. All nominations must be received no later than January 12, 2018. Learn more

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals for the best ideas from around the world that address social isolation and promote positive, healthy social connections and well-being. To that end, the foundation is looking for applicants who represent organizations from a wide range of fields and disciplines — both within and outside the health sector. Proposals are encouraged from both U.S.-based applicants looking to adapt an overseas idea, and from international applicants with ideas that could work in the United States. The foundation also encourages submissions from teams that include both U.S. and international members. Applications are due December 21, 2017. Learn more

The Bronx Council on the Arts is accepting applications for its Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) grant program, which provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create works in the literary, media, visual, or performing arts. BCA will award ten grants of $4,000 to Bronx artists currently active in design or the literary, visual, or performing arts. Grant recipients must complete a one-time public service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE) within a year of receiving their grant. To be eligible, applicants must be at least 18 years old and a resident of the Bronx. Learn more

The Impact Fund provides grants to nonprofit legal firms, private attorneys, and/or small law firms working to advance social justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and poverty law. Through the fund’s litigation program, grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded in support of public interest litigation that has the potential to benefit a large number of people, lead to significant law reform, and raise public consciousness of social justice issues. Preference is given to civil rights, human rights, anti-poverty, and environmental justice cases that affect a marginalized group. For the 2018 spring grant cycle, the deadline for Letters of Interest is January 9, 2018. Upon review, selected applicants will be invited to submit a full application by February 6, 2018. Learn more

PeopleForBikes aims to make riding better for everyone. To advance its mission, PeopleForBikes is accepting Letters of Interest for its Community Grant Program, through which grants of up to $10,000 will be awarded for important and influential projects that leverage federal funding and build momentum for bicycling in communities across the United States. To be eligible, applicants must be a nonprofit organization with a focus on bicycling, active transportation, or community development; a city or county agency or department; or a state or federal agency working locally. PeopleForBikes only funds projects in the United States. To be considered, LOIs must be received by January 19, 2018. Learn more 

BRIC Stoop Share is a subsidized-rental program for nonprofit organizations based in the immediate area around BRIC House. The goal of this program is to share the space resources of BRIC House with our neighbors, especially those groups who do not have a regular venue for public gatherings, meetings, and performances. The BRIC House neighborhood is defined as zip codes 11201, 11205, 11211, 11217, 11238, and 11251. 


Around Brooklyn  

Applications for Haiti Cultural Exchange's 2018 Lakou NOU artist residency are open. The program, going into its third year, is a creative adaptation of rural Haiti's traditional communal living system, a lakou or yard in Haitian Creole. The program provides four artists of Haitian descent with the opportunity to create and present new work by connecting their skills and talents to four traditionally underserved Brooklyn neighborhoods, home to generations of Haitians and Haitian-Americans: Crown Heights, Canarsie, East Flatbush, and Flatbush. Find more information about the program and application at

Join BRIC TV for "Mental Health as a Civil Right, A #BHeard Town Hall" on Wednesday, December 13 from 6:30-8:30PM as they bring together the voices of those who struggle with mental health, those who treat mental illness, and those on the front lines of securing mental health as a civil right for all. The event kicks of with a special performance by: The Brooklyn Poetry Slam Team. Come early, grab a drink and catch a screening of The Marshall Project’s We are Witnesses, a series of powerful short films of people impacted by mental health and the criminal justice system. RSVP

The Brooklyn Historical Society presented "Unlocking Public Space: Placemaking in Brownsville" on Monday, December 18 at 6:30PM. In Brownsville, through the work of the Brownsville Community Justice Center, residents have leveraged urban planning tools to transform neglected spaces into safe, vibrant public hubs. Ginia Bellafante of the New York Times, moderates a conversation with Erica Mateo and Deron Johnston from the Brownsville Community Justice Center, and David Burney, Director of Pratt's Urban Placemaking and Management program, exploring the successes and challenges of placemaking in Brownsville. RSVP

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations  

Audre Lorde Project - Executive Director

Crown Heights Mediation Center - Deputy Director

NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives - Operations Manager

New York Immigration Coalition - Finance & Administration Associate

Center for Anti-Violence Education - Office Manager

Development & Communications

Brooklyn Childrens Museum - Direct of Individual & Major Giving

Brooklyn Arts Council - Communications Associate

Brooklyn Public Library - Social Media & Digital Marketing Coordinator

New York Immigration Coalition - Vice President of Development and Communications

New York Immigration Coalition - Director of Communications 

New York Immigration Coalition - Director of Development

New York Immigration Coalition - Senior Associate, Communications

Century Foundation - Graphic Design/Events Associate 

Programs & Services

El Puente - Green Light District Environmental Justice Coordinator

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership - Director of Network

Urban Justice Center - Senior Staff Attorney, Immigrant Rights

Urban Justice Center - Staff Attorney, Tenants' Rights

New York Immigration Coalition - Manager of Community Engagement 


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