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

October 17, 2018

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward 

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Webinar Today: Final Steps to Success for #BrooklynGives

Wednesday, October 17

With only 40 days until #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday, there’s still plenty of time to make sure your #BrooklynGives campaign is ready to go. In this webinar, we’ll go over last minute tips and best practices to engage with your supporters and be successful. The #BrooklynGives team will also be available to answer any and all of your last minute questions. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn everything you need to know about the #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday campaign. Register here!

What is #BrooklynGives? To help Brooklyn organizations take advantage of all that Giving Tuesday has to offer—and to encourage more Brooklynites to give in their own backyards—we launched #BrooklynGives, a 24-hour local Giving Tuesday campaign at Our goal is to help raise more than $1 million for Brooklyn nonprofits in just 24 hours on Tuesday, November 27, 2018!

Tools for Success:

Join Us for Our Annual Invest in Youth Dinner featuring Joy-Ann Reid!

Thursday, October 25
at 501 Union

Community Tickets are available! Contact Jenny Walski for the 50% off code

A celebration of local activists and nonprofit leaders, this annual dinner raises deeply needed funds for our Invest in Youth portfolio, in support of vital youth-serving organizations in Brooklyn. This year’s dinner will feature Joy-Ann Read, host of MSNBC’s “AM Joy,”  in conversation with Chitra Aiyar of Sadie Nash Leadership Project, Joanne Smith of Girls for Gender Equity, and local youth leaders Yazmin Abdullah and Megan Jean Louis.

We're Hiring — Join Our Team

Development and Communications Assistant: This position plays an integral role in the growth, maintenance, and cultivation of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s donor base through prospect research, database management, mailings, events, and external Foundation communications. We’re looking for a self-motivated and goal-oriented team member who is passionate about donor management, relations, and communications in support of our mission for a fair and just Brooklyn.

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.

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.

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.

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.

FoodFutureCo is a scale-up accelerator for mission-driven food businesses. They will select four to six companies for the next six-month cohort cycle. Cohort companies will receive a $15,000 investment per company along with the possibility for follow-up investment. The deadline to apply is October 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 9:00pm on December 14.

KaBOOM! is accepting applications for playground grants through Build It with KaBOOM!, a program that provides eligible communities with most of the funds, tools, and resources they need to build a custom-made playground in a single day. Organizations serving children of playground age are eligible to apply. Apply by November 9.

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. October's Prompt: How are you integrating a climate change lens into your work on immigrant rights, black liberation, housing justice, or queer liberation? Access this month’s application here.

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.

NYC Service and Citizens Committee for New York City will issue $1,000 grants to 25 resident-led volunteer groups to transform and beautify their neighborhoods. Applications are open through November 7.

The Open Society Foundation is accepting applications for its Soros Justice Fellowships. Grants of up to $120,000 will be awarded to individuals to undertake projects that advance reform, spur debate, and catalyze change on a range of issues facing the U.S. criminal justice system. Fellows will receive funding through one of three categories: Advocacy Fellowships, Media Fellowships, and Youth Activist Fellowships. The deadline to apply is October 22.

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.

Quest for Democracy Grant Program is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations led by formerly incarcerated or detained people working on bail reform, law enforcement accountability, and voting rights restoration and civic engagement. The program will award up to $25,000 in grants to approximately 20 organizations. Applications are due on October 26.

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

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

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.

Faith in New York will be hosting their Brooklyn Listening Tour, a conversation about faith in New York and your vision for a faith-based social justice movement in your community. The event will take place on October 17 from 6-8:30pm. You can RSVP here.

The Flatbush Avenue BID is hosting Distinction: Street Banner Art Competition. Visual artists are invited to submit artwork based on the theme of distinction. Selected art will be displayed on sponsored street banners across the Flatbush Avenue BID for one year. The deadline to apply is October 31.

NYC Service Volunteer Collaborative will be having their Neighborhood Kickoff at the Central Brooklyn Public Library on October 19 from 10:00am-noon. The kickoff will focus on how local organizations can improve their volunteer programming. Register for the event here.

The Volo City Kids Foundation is recruiting children ages 6 to 12 for their fall co-ed basketball league. Participation is free and will take place at William Sheridan Playground. Volo has partnered with Nike and KIND, so every child will receive a free shirt and healthy snack. Learn more about the league and how to register here.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

Black Alliance for Just Immigration - Operations Coordinator

Brooklyn Children’s Museum - Chief Operating Officer

Foundation for a Just Society - Special Assistant to CEO

Green City Force - Director of Finance

Green City Force - Office Manager

Green City Force - People Operations Manager

Marquis Studios - Executive Director

Rhize - Director of Movement Support & Innovation

Safe Horizon - Purchasing Coordinator

Vera Institute of Justice - Director, Center on Immigration and Justice

Worker’s Justice Project - Interim Center Director, Bensonhurst

Worker’s Justice Project - Interim Center Director, Williamsburg


Development & Communications

Asian American Writers’ Workshop (AAWW) - Development Associate

Brooklyn Community Foundation - Development and Communications Assistant

Girl’s for Gender Equity - Director of Development

INCLUDEnyc - Director, Communications and Outreach

INCLUDEnyc - Communications Design Coordinator

New York Women’s Foundation - Communications Director

Trinity Church Wall Street - Leadership Development

Trinity Church Wall Street - Managing Director, Mission Real Estate Development

WITNESS - External Relations Associate


Programs & Services

Brooklyn Children’s Museum - Museum Educator

Center for Urban Pedagogy - Community Education Program Manager

Common Justice - Director of Programs

The JPB Foundation - Program Officer, Environment

Metropolitan Council on Housing - Tenant Organizer

MinKwon Center for Community Action - Community Organizer

New York’s Women’s Foundation - Director, Programs

New York University, Division of Libraries - Curator

Rockefeller Foundation - Program Associate, US Jobs & Economic Opportunity

Safe Horizon - Director of Strategic Initiatives

Urban Homesteading Assistance Board - Co-op Preservation Project Associate (Bilingual)

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