Brooklyn Accelerator News: New RFPs | We're Hiring! | Events, Jobs + More (March 2017)

March 13, 2017

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward

New RFP Opportunities!

Crown Heights Fund for Community Space

Our Neighborhood Strength investment model puts decision-making power in the hands of residents—starting in the Foundation’s own backyard of Crown Heights.

Last fall we convened a series of Neighborhood Visioning Sessions to identify a range of solutions to persistent local challenges. We repeatedly heard about the need for safe and inclusive public spaces, and our Crown Heights Advisory Council recommended Community Public Space as our investment area this year. 

We are now requesting proposals from nonprofits to design programs to make existing neighborhood spaces more accessible to community members. 

Applicants can request up to $50,000 to support work in their own spaces or to broker relationships with small businesses, community centers, churches, or other nonprofits.

Applications are due Tuesday, March 21.

Youth-led Projects, Selected by Youth! 

At their first-ever Youth Resistance Conference on March 5, our Brooklyn Youth Fellows announced their 2nd annual Youth Voice Awardsa youth-led grantmaking program that awards projects created and led by youth with up to $3,000 in support.

To be eligible, projects should align with one of the Fellows' seven "Justice Pillars" and be in partnership with a Brooklyn-based nonprofit. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, March 31

Action Fund: Up to $2,500 for Civil Resistance and Organizing

With our $1-million Immigrant Rights Fund, we have launched a new Action Fund to provide swift and flexible support for community organizing and civil resistance activities that include:

  • protest planning and logistics 
  • outreach and community building events
  • bystander trainings
  • public education programs

Action Fund grants of up to $2,500 are awarded on a rolling basis with rapid turnaround for immediate use. Applicants are asked to apply in partnership with immigrant-serving nonprofits or fiscally sponsored groups. Costs can include supplies, printing, and transportation.

Please share this opportunity widely

We're Hiring!

Brooklyn Community Foundation is seeking a Director of Major Gifts to develop and execute an individual major donor program in support of our the mission to spark lasting change for a fair and just Brooklyn. Working closely with the President, COO, Board of Directors, and additional staff as needed, the Director of Major Gifts will build a strong base for a major gifts program including the identification, cultivation and stewardship of individual donors.

Learn more about this exciting opportunity to join our team!


The J.M.K. Innovation Prize is an initiative of The J.M. Kaplan Fund, a New York-based family foundation. In 2017 up to ten Prizes will be awarded to those – nonprofits and mission-driven for-profits – tackling our country’s most pressing needs through social innovation. The Prize will provide up to three years of support at $50,000 per year, as well as a $25,000 “bank” of funds available for technical assistance or targeted project expenses. Interested individuals or teams may apply through April 28, 2017.  

MIT Media Lab Disobedience Award is accepting nominations from March 7 through May 1, 2017. The $250,000 award will go to a person or group engaged in extraordinary disobedience for the benefit of society. Specifically, action that changes society in positive ways and is consistent with a set of key principles that include non-violence, creativity, courage, and taking responsibility for one’s actions.

Ben and Jerry's Foundation supports organizations working to bring about progressive social change by addressing the underlying conditions of societal and environmental problems. One-year grants of up to $20,000 will be awarded to nonprofit, grassroots community-organizing groups in the United States working to further social and environmental justice and in support of sustainable and just-food systems. Pre-proposals must be received no later than April 14, 2017.

Applications are now open for Brooklyn Arts Council's 2017 East Brooklyn Capacity Building Award. Organizations are invited to describe a project that uniquely supports the overall stabilization of their operations. Awards of $5,000 will be distributed for direct costs related to a project that addresses the organization's capacity-building needs. Deadline: Friday, May 5, 2017.


Post Actions that Will Reach Thousands of Supporters: Information for Action is launching a free app that will find opportunities to take action to address a topic you're reading about in the news. Nonprofits and projects can post their opportunities and reach thousands of people. Contact John Toner at for more information.

Brooklyn Arts Exchange (BAX) is accepting applications for their Space Grant Program, a program designed to give New York City-based artists working in dance, theater, and performance the opportunity to create new work in a setting that is conducive to working deeply and exploring new territory. Deadline to apply is March 17, 2017.

The Practice Makes Perfect paid summer mentorship offers high-achieving students, grades 8-12 an opportunity to make learning fun and engaging for students who need it most in their own communities. PMP mentors are leaders, aspire to make a difference, caring, and supportive. Mentors will arise from this rigorous and rewarding summer having gained work experience, professional skills, and college readiness to prepare for the future.

Around Brooklyn 

You're invited to Raise the Age Action with Governor Cuomo on March 13 from 6:30-8PM at Central Synagogue, 652 Lexington Avenue. Central Synagogue has joined Raise the Age’s campaign to treat 16 and 17 year olds who commit non-violent crimes in New York State in an age-appropriate way, giving them a real shot at a second chance.

The 10th Annual CB14 Youth Conference will take place March 15 from 4-7PM at the Flatbush YMCA, 1401 Flatbush Avenue, to help local teens find jobs, internships, and other opportunities within the communities of Flatbush, Midwood, parts of Kensington and beyond. Registration is free and open to all youth ages 12-21. If your organization or business has opportunities for young adults and would like to participate by hosting a table, you can fill out the organization registration form on the site.

Join #GetOrganizedBK for their next Full Group Meeting on March 27 from 6:30PM at Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place. Meetings begin with a panel discussion and program, followed up a breakout session with working groups to continue organizing and planning.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations 

Arab American Associations of New York - Executive Director

PennPAC - Operations Manager

Downtown Brooklyn Partnership - Executive DirectorOperations Manager

Dancewave - Managing Director

Mixteca Organization - Executive Director


Development & Communications

Brooklyn Community Foundation - Director of Major Gifts

Make the Road New York - Donor Relations and Events Coordinator

Mark Morris Dance Group - Marketing and Digital Media Manager

LIFT - Director of Development & External Affairs

Brooklyn Community Services - Manager of Institutional and Major Gifts

Brooklyn Greenway Initiative - Communications and Events Manager

Stoked Mentoring - Director of Development and Partnerships

Reel Works Teen Filmmaking - Development and Communications Associate 

Cypress Hills LDCDirector of Fund Development & Strategic Initiatives 

Audre Lorde Project - Manager of Development

BRICSenior Marketing Manager, BRIC TVMarketing Manager

Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Director of Marketing


Programs & Services

Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy - Director of Programs

Brooklyn Community Services - Housing Development Project Manager

Arab American Family Support Center - Youth Program Coordinator

New York Immigration Coalition - Director, Immigration Advocacy

Jews for Economic and Racial Justice - Community Organizer

Brooklyn Children's MuseumVice President, Programs & Education

New York Immigration CoalitionManager, Outreach for Public Benefits

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