Updated April 9, 2013
Community Rebuilding Grants
Community Rebuilding Grants are exclusively awarded to nonprofit community development, housing, and related organizations for mold removal and remediation and housing and building repair and maintenance.
- Coney Island
- Alliance for Coney Island - $200,000 to the #ConeyRecovers coalition for a neighborhood-scale rebuilding program, with a preliminary focus on sinkholes and washouts not covered by insurance, and a residential reconstruction program for small multi-family buildings. Program will also offer grants to help landlords of 2-4 family buildings with lost income and repairs. Partners St. Bernard's Project, Turner Construction, and Astella Development Corporation will help train residents and hire contractors to complete the repairs.
- Red Hook
- Carroll Gardens Association - $120,000 for mold remediation and removal in 31 Red Hook townhouses; project will address physical repairs for 69 affordable housing units with 173 residents.
- Fifth Avenue Committee - $225,000 to support the work of a full-time Housing Recovery Coordinator, who will work in partnership with the Red Hook Coalition (Good Shepherd Services, Red Hook Initiative, Added Value, ReStore Red Hook, and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation), Red Hook Volunteers, and Rebuilding Together to conduct a neighborhood-wide needs assessment, identify buildings in need of mold removal and remediation, manage contractors, assist homeowners, and ensure the overall success of the rebuilding efforts in Red Hook.
- Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush, Inc. - $200,000 to the Canarsie Emergency Repairs Assistance Program, which will provide 50 grants and forgivable loans up to $10,000 to homeowners for emergency repairs needed for mold removal and remediation; electrical, boiler, and water heater replacement; and sheet rock installation. In addition, NHS will provide loans for up to $25,000 to qualified building owners. In partnership with the Canarsie Recovery Coalition, a group formed by Brooklyn Deputy Borough President Sandra Chapman.
- Gerritsen Beach
- Gerritsen Beach Cares - $200,000 to target 100 homes in Gerritsen Beach in need of mold removal and remediation, in partnership with NY Cares and professional mold remediation companies, as well as to provide support for the volunteer-run organization’s operational expenses including build-out of their recovery headquarters.
- Rebuilding Together NYC - $200,000 to support the national organization’s rehabilitation and rebuilding work in Gerritsen Beach homes once mold remediation and removal has been completed. In partnership with Gerritsen Beach Cares and the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department.
- Sheepshead Bay
- Asians American For Equality (AAFE) Community Development Fund - $200,000 for the Sheepshead Bay Sandy-Impacted Homeowner and Small Business Recovery Initiative. AAFE will work with the Kings Bay Y, Turkish Cultural Central Brooklyn, and others to provide low-interest loans, targeted technical assistance, and one-on-one financial counseling to small businesses and homeowners.
- Jewish Community Relations Council of NY - $25,000 to provide technical assistance to the incubation and growth of coalition and community building aspects of the Sheepshead Bay coalition (detailed above), and to provide training for the staff and volunteers at the partner agencies to more effectively engage in immediate and long term response, resiliency, and emergency planning.
Community-wide Collaborative Grants
Community-wide Collaborative Grants fund the creation of cross-sector coalitions in severely affected neighborhoods, to coordinate efforts to bring immediate relief to their communities and implement a long-term recovery plan.
Kings Bay YM-YWHA (Sheepshead Bay)- $100,000 to oversee a full neighborhood-wide needs assessment in English, Turkish, Russian and Chinese, in addition to outreach to local small businesses to inform and support the rebuilding pipeline. Grant funds will also provide for a part-time response coordinator to oversee the recovery activities of various community groups to ensure coordinated response to area needs. An employment assistance program will also be launched in partnership with the Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst, to assist residents who lost employment as a result of the storm.
#ConeyRecovers (Coney Island) - $100,000 to a coalition of community development and human service groups—including Astella Development Corporation, Alliance for Coney Island, Inc., Coney Island Hospital, and the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island—which will focus on the area’s hard-hit low income residents and seaside small businesses. With the funds, the team will set up office headquarters to organize rebuilding and immediate needs, create the Coney Corps to provide job opportunities and skills training for local residents to help in the rebuilding, and develop a long-term recovery plan that builds strength and resiliency in the community.
Red Hook Coalition (Red Hook) - $100,000 to a coalition led by Good Shepherd Services in partnership with Added Value, Red Hook Initiative, ReStore Red Hook, and the Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation. Funds will be used to allocate micro-grants to small businesses, provide immediate social services, and support emergency food needs of residents. Additionally, the grant will finance the hire of a coalition coordinator to be a liaison between the partners and with community and government agencies, and identify local employment needs to establish a job training program.
Emergency Fast Track Grants
- Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger - $10,000 for additional food stamp enrollment, ongoing mobile van to Coney Island, and additional food.
- Mr. ArtSee - $10,000 to help small artisan businesses such as foundries, metal shops, wood shops, etc., to replace/repair equipment and materials.
- Old First Reformed Church - $5,000 for Park Slope-based congregation's volunteer food prep and delivery to local disaster areas.
- Volunteer Lawyers Project - $8,650 for hurricane relief legal clinics.
- St. John's Bread and Life - $10,000 to support increased operating costs and purchase additional food and fuel for the mobile soup kitchen.
- Shorefront Jewish Community Council - $10,000 for additional case management services and pre-made meals for local seniors.
- Brighton Ballet Theater - $10,000 to repair flooded storage space and replace damaged costumes and sets in advance of holiday Nutcracker performances.
- Jewish Center of Brighton Beach - $5,000 to restore electricity and upgrade antiquated switchboxes in synagogue, where the basement was severely flooded.
- Bergen Beach, Canarsie, Mill Basin
- Jewish Community Council of Canarsie - $10,000 for local emergency food needs and additional mental health services.
- Millennium Development - $10,000 for electrical work to get powerless homes back on line.
- ACTS Community Development / Coney Island Lighthouse Mission - $10,000 for emergency repairs to destroyed food pantry that will be rebuilding.
- Amethyst Women's Project - $5,000 to replace office equipment, so that the organization can continue to provide crisis intervention and case management services.
- Astella Dev Corp - $10,000 to reestablish office and purchase basic supplies.
- Brooklyn Community Services - $10,000 for mental health services, family counseling, cash assistance, emergency supply distribution in three Coney Island highrises for low-income seniors.
- Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens - $10,000 for repairs to the Madeleine Jones Head Start Center. Building suffered major flooding and all furniture and classrooms were destroyed. Serves 72 children.
- Coney Island Cathedral - $5,000 to replace the boiler, install a new electrical board, and replace destroyed computers.
- Coney Island Gospel Assembly - $10,000 for ongoing emergency food / supply distribution and $10,000 cash assistance for emergency needs.
- Coney Island USA - $10,000 to bring in seasonal staff to help with clean up efforts and administrative tasks required to make sure organization is up and running in April.
- Congregation Beth Elohim - $5,000 to support cooking and delivery of hot means to families in Coney Island.
- Iglesia Cristiana Metropolitana - $5,000 toward rebuilding the flooded church.
- Iglesia Pentecostal De Jesucristo - $5,000 for building repairs, so they can continue to deliver hot meals to homes in Coney Island.
- Jewish Board of Family and Children's Services - $10,000 to fill in gaps in relief resources: cash assistance, food, clothing and transportation.
- Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island - $10,000 to cover unpaid and ongoing cost of continuing restoration of the automated management and communication systems.
- Masbia - $10,000 for emergency food in impacted communities in Coney Island and Sea Gate.
- Reaching Out Community Services - $10,000 to help them maintain high level of activity due to storm.
- Urban Neighborhood Services - $5,000 to help Coney Island-based youth development organization relocate locally and re-supply its office, which was completely destroyed.
- Dumbo Improvement District - $10,000 to the Rebuild Dumbo Fund for local businesses and galleries.
- Gerritsen Beach
- Gerritsen Beach Cares - $50,000 to hire electricians to restore electricity to homes of seniors and families with young children.
- North Brooklyn
- East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corp - $10,000 in assistance to business owners in proximity to Newtown Creek.
- Red Hook
- Added Value - $10,000 for a pop-up farmers market to bring fresh produce to impacted communities.
- Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition - $10,000 to rebuild flooded exhibition space on Beard St. Pier.
- Carroll Gardens Association - $10,000 to replace the damaged boiler at 722 Henry St, a building with 16 affordable housing units and 30 tenants, which is without heat and hot water.
- Dance Theatre Etcetera - $10,000 to hire a volunteer manager to work with Red Hook Coalition. Position will phase out over 8-12 weeks after initial need has been met.
- Fifth Avenue Committee - $10,000 for immediate repairs to 14 unoccupied apartments, to house displaced families with preference given to low income Red Hook families.
- Good Shepherd Services - $10,000 for emergency cash assistance fund for Red Hook residents.
- Mercy Home - $10,000 to replace destroyed equipment and food at a Red Hook group home for developmentally disabled adults.
- Raices / Red Hook Senior Center - $10,000 for hot dinners at NYCHA Miccio Center, plus support to retain staffer who will raise funds to repair damage sustained by the Red Hook Senior Center.
- Red Hook Initiative - $10,000 for temporary external relations coordinator.
- Restore Red Hook - $10,000 for assistance to business owners.
- Southwest Brooklyn Industrial Development Corporation- $10,000 to hire four volunteer organizers and $10,000 for emergency services to local businesses.
- VFW Memorial Post 5195 - $5,000 to replace hot water heater and boiler, and electrical panel.
- Sheepshead Bay
- Bay Improvement Group of Sheepshead Bay - $10,000 to replace office supplies destroyed by flooding and to create a guidebook of neighborhood & emergency services for elderly.
- Sea Gate
- Met Council on Jewish Poverty - $10,000 for repairs to a damaged apartment building housing low income seniors.