Brooklyn Accelerator News: Spark Prize Application Clinics, Executive Director Connection + More

April 28, 2016

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward

News from Brooklyn Community Foundation

Learn More About Our New Spark Prize at Upcoming Application Clinics

Last week, we announced our inaugural Spark Prizea celebration of nonprofits that have sparked change in Brooklyn's communities.

The Spark Prize is signature program of our capacity-building Brooklyn Accelerator initiative and will provide up to $600,000 total to organizations with a strong track record of addressing critical challenges and opportunities in Brooklyn. 

The Spark Prize application opens this Monday, May 2 at, where you can also review complete eligibility guidelines and application criteria. If you have additional questions, be sure to sign up for an upcoming Spark Prize Application Clinic:

Monday, May 9 at Brooklyn Borough Hall
Borough Hall Community Room
209 Joralemon St in Downtown Brooklyn

Tuesday, May 17 at Concord Baptist Church of Christ
833 Marcy Ave (Enter on Madison St) in Bedford-Stuyvesant

Executive Director Connection

Brooklyn Accelerator's Executive Direction Connection is a new network for Brooklyn's nonprofit leaders that provides a safe and supportive space for sharing advice, challenges, and triumphs. Meetings are led by participants—the Foundation serves as a host onlyso that conversations can be truly candid and confidential. 

Executive Directors of Brooklyn nonprofits are invited to sign up for one or more introductory breakfast meetings at Brooklyn Community Foundation's headquarters in Crown Heights.  

Executive Director Connection - Breakfast Series

  • Women Directors Friday, May 13 at 8:30AM
  • Founders Friday, May 20 at 8:30AM
  • Mid-Career Directors Friday, June 3 at 8:30AM
  • Open/Rotating Topics + Facilitators Friday, June 17 at 8:30AM

Join Us for the First-Ever Youth Voice Awards!

This Friday, April 29, our Brooklyn Youth Fellows will announce the recipients of our first youth-led grantmaking program, the Youth Voice Awards, at an event at our Crown Heights headquarters to showcase the inspiring projects and youth leaders. Friends and supporters are invited to attend. Please RSVP to 



The Theater Subdistrict Council has announced a new $2 million grant program to support programs designed to increase participation from people currently under represented in the professional theater community. Apply here by May 10.

Nonprofit Coordinating Committee of New York presents the Nonprofit Excellence Awards, recognizing nonprofits with outstanding management and operational stories. The Awards will provide a total of $60,000 in prize money to 3 nonprofits. Read more and apply by May 20 here.

Need consulting support for business issues at your organization? PennPAC (Penn Pro bono Alumni Consulting) is now accepting applications for pro bono services in the areas of strategic growth plans, marketing strategy, communications/messaging strategy, financial analysis and funding strategy. Projects will launch in October 2016. Apply here by May 26.

The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation is now taking applications for funding under its Arts and Social Justice Initiative for 2017. During its first year, the Initiative provided support in the range of $2,500 to $100,000. Read more and apply by September 15 here.

Partnerships for Parks is now accepting applications for small grants of up to $5,000 to strengthen the outreach, membership, and program-planning capacity of community groups who care for their neighborhood parks in all five boroughs of New York City. Apply here by June 1

Pollination Project seeks to award seed grants of $1,000 to projects in the early stages of development, including those that promote compassion toward all life, environmental sustainability, justice in all its forms, community health and wellness, and social change-oriented arts and culture. RFPs are accepted on a rolling basis.

Know an educator with a bright idea? The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education provides grants to middle and high school teachers for innovative projects that can bring valuable enrichment opportunities to students. More details here.

William T. Grant Foundation seeks applications for research to understand inequality. The foundation will award grants of up to $600,000 in support of research focused on ways to reduce disparities in academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes for youth. Application deadline is May 5. 


Looking to prepare and protect your organization against potential threats and respond directly to attacks when necessary? New York Foundation will host Weathering the Storms: Building Social Justice Resilience Against Opposition Attacks on May 19, the first of a series of workshops over the coming year. Please note that this workshop and others in this series offered by NYF are only open to grantees of sponsoring foundations, including Brooklyn Community Foundation. 

Registration is now open for the Transformative Practices and Restorative Justice Conference at CUNY's Lehman College in the Bronx on May 6. The conference will address a variety of topics around restorative justice, keynoted by speaker Rev. Dr. Alfonso Wyatt. Discounted registration and scholarships is available here for students as well as adults.

Money for Our Movements is the largest annual gathering for social justice fundraisers and fundraisers of color nationwide. The three-day conference, held August 12-14 in Denver, features 70+ workshops, lively debates, and plenaries where fundraising leaders share their wisdom for building more sustainable movements. Brooklyn Community Foundation grantees may be eligible for a group discount.

Planned Parenthood NYC's Spring 2016 Training Institute is in full swing through June. The Training Institute offers a wide variety of training opportunities for educators, health care providers, social workers, case managers, youth workers, and others who want to share healthy sexuality messages with clients. 

Around Brooklyn

Theatre of the Oppressed NYC presents its annual Legislative Theatre Festival May 4-7 at The New School. This year's festival is focused around creating policy change towards housing access for LGBTQ youth and veterans in NYC. 

Brooklyn Historical Society presents Refugee Brooklyn: Stories from Brooklyn's Refugee Communities on May 11 at 6:30pm. Join Jarrett Murphy, Executive Publisher of City Limits, as he moderates a panel of guests from refugee advocates and service organizations across the city. Reserve your spot here

#DACA-Squad is a new initiative from Atlas DIY to help New York City's immigrants unlock access to legal support. Atlas is training nine members to assist individuals with citizenship, adjustment of status, employment authorization, and DACA applications, as well as screen candidates who may be eligible for immigration assistance. If your organization is interested in having these services at your location, as well as materials to spread the word, fill out this brief survey

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

Managing Director - The Bushwick Starr

Executive Director - Community Voices Heard

Executive Director (NYC) - Defy Ventures

Executive Director - FIERCE

Manager of Finance and Operations - Groundswell Community Mural Project

Operations Manager - Rebuilding Together NYC


Development & Communications

Major Gifts Manager - BridgePoint Associates

Director of Communications - ArtPlace America  

Director of Development - BRIC

Organizational Advancement Partner - Urban Bush Women

Communications Officer - Girl Be Heard

Development & Communications Associate - Green City Force

Individual Giving Program Initiator - Street Vendor Project



Volunteer Resource Coordinator - Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger

Enterprise Project Manager - BlocPower

Community Arts Manager - Brooklyn Arts Council

Director of Business Programs and Services - Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Director of Economic Development Policy - Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce

Public Programs Manager - Brooklyn Children's Museum 

Program Coordinator - Citizens Committee for NYC 

Brownsville Neighborhood Design Leader - Community Solutions

Youth Organizer - Fifth Avenue Committee

Program Coordinator - The Fund for Public Health in New York

Director of Programs - Girls for Gender Equity

Brooklyn Borough Assistant - Housing Court Answers

Program Director - LIFT-New York

Tenant Advocate & Intake Specialist - Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Political and Legislative Director - NYC Communities for Change

Project Coordinator - Prospect Park Alliance

Part Time Administrative Assistant - Spaceworks NYC

Radio Program Director - WBAI-Pacifica Radio of New York


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