December News: First Resident-Led Grants Strengthen Crown Heights

December 15, 2015

First Resident-Led Grants Strengthen Crown Heights 

Today, with our Crown Heights Advisory Council, we are pleased to announce the 11 projects that will receive $100,000 collectively through our new Neighborhood Strength initiative.

Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000 and will bolster the work of neighborhood residents, nonprofits, and community groups addressing four key Crown Heights’ priorities: Housing Rights, Cross-Cultural Relationships, Youth Opportunities, and Policing.

Learn more about the projects chosen in Crown Heights

Initially focused on Crown Heights, this is our first resident-led grantmaking program, designed to build a new model that brings together neighborhood residents and community leaders to discuss local challenges, identify areas for funding, and recommend support for projects through a competitive grant program.  

“Change must be led and sustained by those closest to the challenge. Thanks to our residents' efforts, we are setting an important example for how philanthropies and communities can come together to make a lasting difference.”

- Brooklyn Community Foundation President Cecilia Clarke


Calling All Brooklyn Youth!  

Youth Voice Awards is our first ever grantmaking program for youth, by youth.

In partnership with nonprofits and supervising adults, Brooklyn youth can now apply for small grants to respond to challenges in their neighborhoods or schools.

Applications are due February 17th and will be reviewed by our Brooklyn Youth Fellows, who also designed the grant criteria. 

Information Sessions: Brooklyn Youth Fellows will host open houses for young people interested in learning more about the awards on January 11th from 4-6PM and February 15th from 12-3PM. For more information or to RSVP, email


Nonprofit Trainings @ Brooklyn Community Foundation

This fall, we hosted the first programs of our new Brooklyn Accelerator initiative focused on building the capacity of our borough’s nonprofit sector:

  • In October, our two-part Board Training & Matchmaking program connected over 20 local nonprofits with potential board members 
  • Last month, nearly 30 nonprofit managers participated in our "sold out" full-day Racial Justice Training (pictured above), led by national experts Cynthia Silva Parker and Nayantara Sen 
  • Don’t miss your chance to benefit from our free programs: Sign up to be the first to learn about future events 

Holiday Shopping: Give and Give Back

As you continue your holiday shopping, mark your calendars for December 20th when local retailer By Brooklyn will donate 10% of your purchase to the Foundation—and make sure to designate us as the recipient of proceeds from your Amazon purchases at