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

November 13, 2018

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Join Us: #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday Kickoff Celebration

Tuesday, November 27th | 8-10AM
National Grid Auditorium
Downtown Brooklyn

Join us to kick-off #BrooklynGives—Brooklyn’s biggest celebration of giving—as we aim to raise $1 million for 100+ local nonprofits in just 24 hours! This “pep rally meets TED talk” will feature Brooklyn civic and nonprofit leaders in conversation about how local nonprofit organizations are the backbone of Brooklyn’s communities, strengthening the lives of residents while developing innovative new approaches.

Three 20-minute panels will kickstart the marathon day of giving: Errol Louis, host of NY1’s “Inside City Hall,” will moderate “Born in Brooklyn,” a conversation with organizations that have their roots in Brooklyn’s communities; local activist and Brooklyn Community Foundation Fair and Just Fellow Heather McGhee will moderate “Fair and Just,” a conversation with organizations committed to social and racial justice; and David Belt, founder of New Lab, will moderate “Vision for the Future,” a conversation with innovative organizations creating new national models and approaches right here in Brooklyn.

The event is free, but registration is required.

Details and Registration


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.

Brooklyn Arts Council’s fiscal sponsorship program, the Arts + Innovation Incubator, is accepting applications from emerging organizations without 501(c)(3) status to raise funds for nonprofit activities. Activities are considered nonprofit in nature when they are undertaken for the greater good of the public and community. The deadline to apply is December 31.

The Brady Education Foundation is accepting stage-one applications from projects focused on the development and evaluation of programs geared toward promoting positive cognitive and academic achievement outcomes for children from under-resourced communities. The deadline to apply is December 1.

Borealis Philanthropy has issued a Request for Proposals for its recently relaunched Immigration Litigation Fund. Established in 2015, ILF is a national funder collaborative whose goal is to ensure that the nation’s immigration enforcement system is fair, humane, and prioritizes the civil and human rights of those vulnerable to deportation. The fund will be accepting applications on a rolling basis until December 1.

The 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.

Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing is accepting grant applications for the Learning & Exchange Fund. Selected youth organizing groups will receive up to $5,000 to engage in peer-to-peer learning exchange projects with other organizing entities. Applications must be submitted by December 14.

The Impact Fund provides grants to nonprofit legal firms, private attorneys, and 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. The deadline for Letters of Interest is January 8, 2019; read about the complete guidelines here.

The International Reading Association is accepting applications for the 2018 Regie Routman Teacher Recognition grant. They will award $2,500 to an outstanding elementary school teacher dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of reading and writing across the curriculum in grades K-6. The deadline to apply is March 15, 2019; access the application here.

For its 10-year anniversary, the Kindle Project is having a monthly open call for 10 months. Each month has its own prompt; applications are due on the last day of the month. November’s Prompt: How does your art create spaces for polarized views to intersect and heal? Access this month’s application here.

Libraries and Autism: We’re Connected promotes inclusion by connecting libraries and the autism community and works to raise awareness of the needs of individuals with autism spectrum disorder and their families. Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded in support of projects and services for any age group. The deadline to apply is December 1.

The Nathan Cummings Foundation is accepting applications for the fifth cycle of the Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellowship, which provides three individuals with up to $150,000 to turn an inspired idea in the field of social justice into a world-changing reality. Apply by December 14 to be considered.

The National Endowment for Democracy is seeking proposals for projects that advance democratic goals and strengthen democratic institutions. They will award grants of up to $50,000 over twelve months to the chosen groups. Apply by December 21.

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.

PennPAC, a pro bono consulting group of University of Pennsylvania alumni, is accepting applications for Spring 2019 consulting grants. Projects launch in March 2019 and run for 8-10 weeks. Learn more about the grant and apply by November 30.

Puffin Foundation West has issued a call for grant applications. They will fund individuals and nonprofits engaged in creating art projects that educate the public on subjects such as the environment, social justice, civil rights, and other contemporary issues facing the country and the plant. Applications are due via postal mail by December 8.

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.

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.

Around Brooklyn  

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 here.

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 here.

Brooklyn Historical Society is seeking dedicated, enthusiastic, creative teens to join the Teen Council in the Spring 2019 semester. The Teen Council will curate an exhibition for BHS’ landmark building at 128 Pierrepont Street over the course of the spring semester. Applications are due by December 3; learn more about the program here.

Brooklyn Public Library will host the first People’s Ball--a party celebrating style, imagination, and freedom--on December 1 at 7pm. The event is free. Learn more and register here.

The Brooklyn Museum is celebrating the enduring legacy of the movement explored in Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power all month long. The museum will be opening Kwang Young Chun: Aggregations on November 16 and closing Cecilia Vicuña: Disappeared Quipu on November 25. This Saturday, November 17, the museum will host its twelfth annual Brooklyn Children’s Book Fair. U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and illustrator Maira Kalman will also be in attendance that day to read their new children’s book, Bold and Brave: Ten Heroes Who Won Women the Right to Vote. The reading will be followed by a conversation moderated by Aminatou Sow, co-founder of TechLadyMafia and co-host of the podcast Call Your Girlfriend. On November 29, the museum will host filmmaker Nelson George for screenings of Dayton Jones and Shaft.

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.

CRE’s Leadership Caucus is accepting applications for its next cohort. The Caucus invites early-career executive directors and qualified senior managers to apply for the nonprofit leadership program. Applications are due by November 15; learn more about the program here.

Cumbe: Center for African and Diaspora Dance will be hosting Dance for Us!, a series of dance and performance workshops with some of NYC’s top African/Diaspora dance teachers. The workshops will be held from November 5 to December 12 at Restoration Plaza. The classes are donation-based ($5-$30), and there will be free childcare. Register online.

New York Cares will be hosting free onsite training to prepare students to pass the IRS’ Basic Tax Law exam through the Link & Learn Platform. Passing the exam will allow participants to volunteer or be employed as tax preparers at VITA tax sites. Learn more about the program here.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

Advocates for Children of New York, Inc. - Staff Attorney, Educational Rights of Immigrant Students

Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Database Coordinator

Brooklyn’s Children Museum - Executive Vice President & COO

Coalition for the Homeless - Director of Government Relations and Legal Affairs

Educational Alliance - Executive Vice President of Community Centers and Administration

Markle Foundation - Director of Accounting and Finance


Development & Communications

Big Brothers Big Sisters of NY - Communications Associate

Citizen’s Committee for Children of New York, Inc. - Communications Associate

Make the Road New York - Development Assistant 


Programs & Services

The Bridge - Assistant Program Director

The Bridge - Case Manager/Substance Abuse Specialist

Brooklyn Children’s Museum - Museum Educator

Brooklyn Volunteer Lawyers Project Inc. - Legal Assistant

CASES - Adolescent Clinician

Goddard Riverside Community Center - Program Director, Night and Weekend Team, Homeless Outreach

Michael J. Fox Foundation - Advancement Officer

Michael J. Fox Foundation - Research Partnerships Officer

New Alternatives for Children - Social Work Supervisor, Foster Care and Adoption

Peter G. Peterson Foundation - Manager, Strategy and Special Initiatives

SAGE - Program Specialist, National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative

Simons Foundation - Events Assistant

The Wallace Foundation - Project Management Officer, Learning and Enrichment

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