June News: New Grants Support Immigrant Families Facing Deportation

June 29, 2017

New Grants Support Immigrant Families Facing Deportation

We are proud to announce four new grants through our Immigrant Rights Fund, a special initiative created by our donors to build a boroughwide response to unjust policies threatening Brooklyn’s immigrants and their families. 

These grants are aimed at long-term challenges, including increased threats of deportations that would separate parents and children, as well as continued funding for advocacy and organizing.

Additionally, this spring we made five grants through the Immigrant Rights Fund's Action Fund to support a range of events across Brooklyn, including multilingual Know Your Rights workshops and political leadership trainings for immigrant women.

“Brooklyn is showing the rest of the country what strength and unity look like in the face of division and injustice. Our borough’s nonprofits, religious institutions, community organizations, and resident advocates are coming together in inspiring and effective ways to protect and provide sanctuary for immigrant families—who are such a vital part of our borough and our neighborhoods. These new grants bolster their critical work, and are a strong statement from our donors that we stand together against injustice.”

- Brooklyn Community Foundation President and CEO Cecilia Clarke 

Youth Voice Awards Celebrate Grants to Youth, Made by Youth

The Youth Voice Awards is an annual celebration of youth-led social justice projects selected for funding by our Brooklyn Youth Fellows. Earlier this month, Fellows awarded $15,000 to eight projects submitted by young people in partnership with local nonprofits. 

Winning projects include a community discussion on street harassment, a video that features young Bangladeshi women navigating their cultural identities, and workshops and peer support groups for young people with incarcerated parents.

Upcoming Application Deadline: Invest in Youth Grant Program

Letters of Inquiry for our Invest in Youth Grant Program’s 2017-18 funding cycle are due Friday, July 7

On Our Blog:

What Is Brooklyn to Me?

Read the winning essay by this year’s Joseph E. Mohbat Prize for Writing recipient Casey Perez, a senior at Benjamin Banneker Academy. The Mohbat Fund at Brooklyn Community Foundation awards the $1,500 prize, which was created by Joseph Mohbat’s widow Nancy to encourage creative writing among college-bound seniors. 

Updates from Our Incubator Project 

Read about the work of two of our Incubator Project members—Movement Netlab and Youth Advocacy Corps—and what they hope to accomplish with our support over the next 18 months. Stay tuned for a video interview with Alex House Project later this summer!

Follow Our Intern This Summer!

Meet our summer Communications intern Daniel-Joseph Cyan, a two-time Brooklyn Youth Fellow and trans rights activist, who will be documenting the work of exciting Brooklyn nonprofits over the coming weeks on our blog.