Brooklyn Accelerator News: Funding Opportunities, Events, Job Openings [March 2018]

March 14, 2018

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Advancing Racial Justice within Your Organization: A Workshop for Nonprofit Managers

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
at Brooklyn Community Foundation

Through our Brooklyn Accelerator initiative, we are pleased to offer training and assistance to Brooklyn nonprofits. This is an exciting opportunity for nonprofit leaders and managers to participate in a free full-day training on Racial Justice facilitated by national experts, with concrete takeaways to apply within their own organizations.

In order to maximize participants' ability to implement what they have learned within their organizations, we recommend that nonprofits send two staff members to this training.

By the end of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Use language and analysis of institutional and structural racism that are commonly used in the field
  • Clarify and build buy-in for the importance of addressing racism in your organization
  • Identify the elements needed to make an effective case for addressing racism and pursuing racial justice in your organization
  • Develop action steps for operationalizing racial equity in your organization

Details and Registration


Youth Unite! Conference

Youth ages 14-25 are invited to our Brooklyn Youth Fellows' Youth Unite! Conference at on Sunday, March 25 from 3-7pm at the YWCA Brooklyn. The conference is designed by youth, for youth and will feature activity tables, organizing 101 training, and interactive workshops.


Youth Voice Awards: Applications Due April 11

Our Brooklyn Youth Fellows' Youth Voice Awards (YVA) is a youth-led grantmaking program that sees youth as central players in making decisions around supporting youth-centered and youth-led projects. In partnership with nonprofits and supervising adults, Brooklyn youth can apply for small grants to respond to challenges in their neighborhoods or schools.

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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

The Aspen Institute Social Innovation Program invites applications for its Hearst Fellowship for Minority Studies. The Hearst Fellow serves as an intern with PSI in the Washington, D.C., office of the Aspen Institute, where he or she will gain exposure to issues and challenges impacting philanthropy, social enterprise, nonprofit organizations, and other actors in the social sector. Through the program, the fellow will undertake research, writing, and logistical and administrative support for PSI's leadership initiatives, public programs, and convenings. The fellow may also arrange with his/her college or university to receive academic credit for this experience. Deadline: March 16, 2018. Learn more

The Ben & Jerry's Foundation seeks proposals from social and environmental justice projects. One-year grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to grassroots community-organizing groups in the United States working to advance social and environmental justice and sustainable and just food systems. Grants can be used for both programming and operational costs. Deadline: April 18, 2018. 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, 2018. Learn more

The Discount Foundation Legacy Award call for nominations has been extended to March 14, 2018. To be eligible for the Award, created in partnership with Neighborhood Funders Group's Funders for a Just Economy and Jobs for Justice, a nominee must be engaged in worker justice, including but not limited to organizing and advocacy related work. In addition to being publicly recognized for their contributions to the movement, the 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. Learn more

The Drucker Institute invites applications for its Nonprofit Innovation Award, which includes an unrestricted cash prize of $100,000 in recognition of an existing program that has made a difference in the lives of the people it serves. Deadline: April 30, 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 March 16, 2018. Learn more

The Fund for Public Health in New York City, Inc. on behalf of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene seeks proposals from community-based organizations for Active Art, an initiative to enhance the pedestrian experience through temporary, health-inspired public art installations. Deadline: March 19, 2018 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

Hunter College is seeking nominations for the eighth annual Joan H. Tisch Community Health Prize. This $10,000 award for distinguished accomplishment in urban public health will be presented to one individual and one nonprofit organization in spring 2018. Do you know an individual or organization doing outstanding public health work in the NYC region? Please nominate them! Submission of candidates will be accepted until April 5, 2018.

The Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York is now accepting applications for the 2018 The New York Community Trust Nonprofit Excellence Awards. The Nonprofit Excellence Awards is a unique opportunity for New York City area nonprofits to receive a full 360-degree assessment of their management practices along with insightful feedback from a knowledgeable team of experts. This learning opportunity is the only one of its kind that recognizes success in management excellence. This year, NPCC has made some exciting changes: the Awards is now a one-day conference, the Awards prizes are diversified, all applicants can get expert individualized coaching, and will receive free NPCC workshops to improve their practices. The Awards give all nonprofits the ability to build capacity to further their missions! Applications are due by 5:00pm on April 20, 2018. Attend an upcoming application clinic or learn more.

Around Brooklyn  

Brooklyn Creative League is offering nonprofits a 10% discount on office space in their Gowanus coworking facility. BCL is a welcoming coworking space for seasoned professionals, rooted in our local community. As a mission-driven company, it is committed to using coworking as an anchor for equitable neighborhood development. It gives 5% of profits to nonprofits and social enterprise, and is home to a community of nonprofits, small businesses, and independent professionals. 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

Humanities New York presents a panel discussion, “After Attica: Criminal Justice and Mass Incarceration,” on March 14 at 6:30pm at Federal Hall. History doesn't always speak so directly to the present, but Heather Ann Thompson's Pulitzer-winning account of the 1971 Attica prison uprisings is in direct conversation with more recent coverage by the New York Times, also recognized by Pulitzer for investigative reporting in 2017. Panelists will examine the social and historical forces at work in the American penal system and explain the investigative work behind their findings. 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)

The Central Branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will be hosting a genealogy class for people of Latin and Hispanic descent to show ways they can research their family history through census records, and using tips and resources offered at libraries and other online services. The class will take place in the Info Commons Lab Wednesday, March 21 at 7pm. Instructor Orlando Bodon from the Hispanic Genealogical Society of New York will facilitate the class. Learn more

The Center for Law and Social Justice and the DuBois-Bunche Center of Medgar Evers College, CUNY invite you to a leadership meeting of the newly organized NYC Black Leadership Action Coalition for the 2020 Census ("NYC BLAC Census 2020"). This meeting will provide you, other leaders, and organizations that work closely with communities African descent with the latest information regarding Census 2020. Participants will brainstorm solutions to address high level concerns and plan collaborative efforts. Learn more

The Center for Criminal Justice will host a panel discussion, “Decarcerate Brooklyn: What Closing Rikers Means for our Borough” on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 from 6-8pm. Join for a discussion with elected officials, reform advocates, and Brooklyn Law School’s Center for Criminal Justice about what closing Rikers Island means for Brooklyn. Following an advocate-driven campaign to #CLOSERikers and a report recommending closure from the independent Lippmann Commission, Mayor Bill de Blasio has announced that the city intends to close the Rikers Island Jail Complex. How will this action affect criminal justice and public safety in Brooklyn? Will closing Rikers require building a new jail, renovating an existing one, or something else? How can Brooklyn focus on healing and rebuilding communities impacted by mass incarceration? Join to discuss these and other issues affecting our borough. 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.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations 

Asian Americans for Equality - Executive Dierctor 

Defy Ventures - Executive Director, New York City

StoryCorps - Manager, People and Culture

Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce - Membership Coordinator

Brooklyn Community Bail Fund - Office Manager

Groundswell Community Mural Project - Administrative Assistant

Development & Communications

Brooklyn Public Library - Development Associate

Mark Morris Dance Group - Manager of Individual Giving

Hot Bread Kitchen - Development Manager, Institutional Giving

New York Civil Liberties Union - Leadership Gifts Officer

The Door - Grant Writer

The Moth - Manager, Membership and Special Events

Urban Homesteading Assistance Board - Director of Fundraising and Communication

Center for Popular Democracy - Director of Institutional Advancement

Prospect Park Alliance - Marketing and Communications Coordinator

Programs & Services

Just Leadership USA - New York State OrganizerNew York State Campaign Associate

United Neighborhood Houses - Community Organizer

Prospect Park Alliance - Project Coordinator

Safe Horizon - Restitution Coordinator- Staten Island Criminal Court

Black Women’s Blueprint - Counseling Program Manager

Housing Works, Inc. - Program Director

St. Nicks Alliance - Youth Coordinator

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