Brooklyn Community Foundation Announces $2.3 Million in Grants to Address Social and Economic Challenges in New York City’s Biggest Borough
The Brooklyn Community Foundation, the first and only philanthropy solely dedicated to New York City’s most populous borough, has announced the recipients of its competitive grantmaking for 2012, totaling $2,299,600 for 138 highly effective community-based programs and services.
Selected from the largest single-cycle applicant pool in the Community Foundation’s history, the grants demonstrate a robust flow of locally-sourced ideas and initiatives ready to take on the Borough’s most significant social and economic challenges. See the complete listing here.
“The grants represent all the ways Brooklynites are making their communities stronger and improving the lives of their neighbors, often out of public view and without substantial resources,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber. “The Community Foundation, with our years of experience and deep relationships throughout the borough, links people who love Brooklyn and want to invest in its improvement with the organizations and institutions that are performing this essential work. They may not all be household names, but they best understand our diverse communities and are getting real results.”
As parts of Brooklyn have seen dramatic changes over the past decade, with record real estate deals, a surging tech industry, and the return of a professional sports franchise, economic disparity has become increasingly more evident. Of the borough’s 2.5 million residents, one in four lives in poverty; contributing causes such as poor educational outcomes, persistent unemployment, escalating rents and foreclosures, and access to affordable food, remain deeply rooted in many of Brooklyn’s biggest neighborhoods.
“When people talk about Brooklyn, they often speak of the quality of life here. Yet revitalization is leaving a lot of our neighbors behind, and our nonprofit community is acutely feeling the demands for their services,” added Brooklyn Community Foundation Board Chairman Alan Fishman. “We want to ensure that the great ‘Brooklyn life’ many of us know and love is available to all who call Brooklyn home—from Brooklyn Heights to Brownsville to Brighton Beach, and every neighborhood in between.”
A Brooklyn-Style Approach to Giving
Brooklyn Community Foundation’s grassroots, neighborhood-focused style of grantmaking is distributed strategically through five interconnected donor-supported funds: Education & Youth Achievement, Arts for All, Community Development, Caring Neighbors, and Green Communities. Together, the funds reflect the Community Foundation’s multipronged approach to philanthropic giving. Themes, such as economic development and educational enrichment, thread throughout the funds, showing that environmental stewardship is a path to new jobs as well as fresh, local food; that the arts not only enhance life quality but provide people with special needs a new way of engaging with the world; and that affordable housing promotes family stability as well as thoughtful community development.
Investing in Diverse Neighborhoods and Ethnic Communities
The majority of grants support organizations with well-established local relationships that demonstrate a commitment to a place or community.
- Three grants go to fund the further planning and development of Federally-supported Promise Neighborhoods in Flatbush, Bedford-Stuyvesant, and Sunset Park; modeled on the successful Harlem Children’s Zone, they seek to improve outcomes for children and families by coordinating local efforts of government and nonprofit partners.
- In Red Hook, the Community Foundation is investing $163,000 in the neighborhood that’s home to Brooklyn’s largest public housing development, including two grants to support a new partnership between Added Value Community Farm and Green City Force for an urban farm on New York City Housing Authority property to provide residents with fresh food and job skills training.
- Eight grants back the work of groups in Borough Park, Midwood, and Canarsie, including Ohr-Halimud, a school for dyslexic girls, Chai Lifeline, a provider of free transportation for families of seriously ill children to medical appointments, and the Jewish Community Council of Canarsie, in support of their volunteer-run emergency food pantry serving southeastern Brooklyn.
Help for Brooklyn’s Neediest
Grants also favor organizations that serve Brooklyn’s most vulnerable residents—youth, seniors, and people with special needs.
- Education is a top priority: nearly $650,000 supports youth programs, with an emphasis on college preparation, mentoring relationships, artistic development, and building leadership qualities.
- $125,000 will go to develop and maintain affordable housing opportunities for seniors and families across Brooklyn, while $82,500 will support senior independence initiatives, to help elderly Brooklynites remain in their homes and engaged with their communities.
- Six grants, totaling $115,000, back programs that address family stability, including support for the Brooklyn Bar Association’s Volunteer Lawyers Project to hire for an on-staff Family Law Attorney and Housing + Solutions to provide stable housing and supportive services to formerly homeless women and their families.
- With one in five Brooklynites living at the brink of hunger, $160,000 will go to Brooklyn’s emergency food and nutrition programs, including Bedford Stuyvesant-based St. John’s Bread and Life and Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger as well as the Boroughwide work of Brooklyn Food Coalition and Just Food, to ensure that families and seniors have access to consistent, healthy food options.
- Young people with autism will also benefit from the Community Foundation’s backing of uniquely tailored programming presented through the NY Transit Museum, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum, and first-time grantee Extreme Kids and Crew.
Boosting Brooklyn’s Nonprofits
The Community Foundation’s ultimate goal is to build strength and sustainability within Brooklyn’s nonprofit sector, so that its effective, innovative work prospers and reaches more residents each year. Several grants are designed to help organizations cultivate greater support from their local communities, clientele, and leadership. With the Community Foundation’s encouragement, the Old Stone House in Park Slope and BLDG 92 at the Navy Yard will undertake new membership campaigns. In Bensonhurst, Homecrest Community Services will receive a $15,000 “challenge grant” to be matched by the senior center’s board of directors as well as fundraising outreach within the Chinese-American community.
The 2012 grant class is the Community Foundation’s sole competitive grant cycle this year. In addition, it continues funding support for its ongoing Boroughwide initiatives, including: Brooklyn Greens to create a roadmap for neighborhood-level environmental sustainability; the Central Brooklyn STEM Initiative at NYU-Poly to promote science education through robotics; and Weeksville Heritage Center to interpret the historic site of the first free black community in New York State, located in Crown Heights. The Community Foundation is also committed to funding the seeds of new ideas through its Micro Grants Program, which offers year-round grants of up to $500 for volunteer-run projects.
2012 Competitive Grant Distribution
Listed By Field of Interest Fund
Grants to Promote Arts Access
651 ARTS: $15,000 to engage artists and audiences in Bedford Stuyvesant, Clinton Hill, Ft. Greene Brooklyn and beyond to participate in a series of public performances and residencies, as well as a challenge to increase individual giving, led by the Board of Directors.
Best of Brooklyn, Inc.: $7,500 for the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Bookend Events, a series of curated literary events in bookstores, clubs, restaurants, libraries, and performance venues throughout Brooklyn.
Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation: $10,000 for membership program to help build and maintain interest and momentum for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Center at BLDG 92.
Brooklyn Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra: $15,000 for community engagement and music education programs, a substantial suite of locally-inspired activities that connect more than 6,800 community members with one another through shared musical experiences.
Cool Culture: $20,000 for Cultural Education & Access Program to connect low-income families with free cultural experiences at NYC museums.
Cora Inc.: $7,500 in operating support for Red Hook dance center; includes pay-what-you-can classes for youth and adults, live performance events, subsidized artist space, and residency space in a professional arts facility.
Mark Morris Dance Group: $20,000 for community outreach programs, including the Mark Morris Dance, Music & Literacy Project, Dance for Parkinson Disease, the MMDG/NYCHA Partnership, the Subsidized Studio Rental Program, and The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center.
Haiti Cultural Exchange: $7,500 for performing arts, visual arts, literary, youth development, public forums, and community building programming.
Irondale Ensemble Project: $15,000 for the Space Subsidy Program, which allows emerging and experimental performing artists and companies to present their work in a fully equipped 250-seat theater in the heart of Ft. Greene.
Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts: $20,000 for MoCADA City, a new outreach effort comprised of three initiatives: KIDflix Film Fest of Bedford Stuyvesant, monthly arts programs in two NYCHA complexes, and a pre-college art program at LIU.
NY Writers Coalition Inc.: $10,000 for free Brooklyn-based creative writing programs in Bay Ridge, Coney Island, and Ft. Greene.
Old Stone House of Brooklyn: $10,000 to provide a range of educational, cultural, history, and environmental programs in the new Washington Park in Park Slope.
Regina Opera Company: $7,500 to help attract additional audience members and donors in Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst by improving productions through added rehearsals, new costumes and sets, and improved stage lighting, as well as advertisements.
STREB/Ringside Inc.: $10,000 for an expanded schedule of teen and young adult programming held at its home in Williamsburg/Greenpoint.
St. Nicks Alliance: $10,000 for Arts@Renaissance's innovative residency and educational program that bridges Bushwick, East Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Williamsburg's emerging creative population with long-time ethnic and racial communities in the context of a comprehensive community building strategy.
Grants to Promote Capacity Building and Operations at Cultural Institutions
St. Ann's Warehouse, Inc.: $25,000 “challenge grant” to turn ticket buyers into donors, launched in conjunction with St. Ann’s inaugural season in its new DUMBO home at 29 Jay Street.
BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn: $20,000 toward ongoing activities and ramp-up efforts in anticipation of the 2013 opening of BRIC House. BRIC will expand its education offerings by hiring a full-time Director of Education.
Brooklyn Museum: $25,000 for activities that support its mission to serve diverse publics as a dynamic and welcoming center for learning through the visual arts.
Heart of Brooklyn Cultural Institutions Inc.: $20,000 for this partnership of central Brooklyn cultural institutions that maximizes community investment through shared programs and resources.
Grants to Promote Economic Development through the Arts
Brooklyn Arts Council, Inc.: $20,000 to expand the capacity of the new Arts Consultancy initiative, where BAC links Brooklyn artists to for-profit entities (typically real estate developers) looking to purchase locally produced art to enhance their development projects.
Grants to Support Brooklynites with Special Needs through the Arts
Brooklyn Children's Museum: $25,000 to create programming and outreach around a sensory room for children on the autism spectrum, to broaden the Museum's audience.
Extreme Kids and Crew: $10,000 for a full-time Program Coordinator to staff and ensure access to, train and manage parent volunteers, maintain a database, and ensure the effective delivery of music, arts and supportive programming for families with disabled children at Space No. 1.
New York Transit Museum: $12,500 to expand services to people with special needs. Funds will help make the museum accessible, engaging, and educational for people of all ages and abilities.
Grants to Promote Youth Arts Mastery
Brighton Ballet Theater: $7,500 for the Boys Dance and Fitness Program, which provides scholarships to participating boys between the ages 8 and 18 in Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay, and Gravesend who take ballet, Latin, Ballroom, and more.
Brooklyn Arts Exchange: $10,000 for the BAX Youth Arts Project, which provides Brooklyn youth free and low-cost access to pre-professional training in dance and theater.
Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy: $15,000 for the Financial Aid and Annex Program Expansion Initiative, which will ensure children from underserved backgrounds access to high-quality music education.
Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music: $15,000 “challenge grant” to provide scholarships to students from low-income families to participate in weekly private lessons, master classes, ensembles, ear training/theory, workshops and concerts, over 30 weeks.
Harmony Program: $10,000 to expand the Saturday Orchestra for alumni and initiate in-school music education residencies in collaboration with the Flatbush Y.
Mano a Mano: Mexican Culture Without Borders: $7,500 for this weekly instruction in music, dance, creative writing, and visual arts for children, teens, and adults from Sunset Park and Bushwick, in Ft. Greene.
MS 51 Instrumental Music: $5,000 to the MS 51 band program, serving over 180 students from Carroll Gardens, Park Slope and Sunset Park, to purchase new instruments. The school’s Parents Association will match the grant.
Reel Works Teen Filmmaking: $20,000 “challenge grant” for youth filmmaking program, to leverage increased individual gifts at annual fundraising gala through active involvement of youth participants.
The Noel Pointer Foundation: $15,000 in scholarship and operating support for the Saturday and Summer Strings programs serving youth from Bedford Stuyvesant and Crown Heights.
Grants to Promote Youth Development through the Arts
Groundswell Community Mural Project: $15,000 for community art making opportunities for youth.
Urban Word NYC: $15,000 for programs that enhance the artistic expression and literacy of participating low-income public high school students through spoken word and hip-hop.
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls: $20,000 to support year-round program that uses music to teach girls ages 8-18 about cooperation and leadership. Program includes summer music camp, afterschool, and mentoring program.
- Caring Neighbors Fund: 27 Grants Totaling $465,500
Grants to Help Organizations Serve More Brooklynites in Need
Brooklyn Parkinson Group, Inc.: $10,000 for an outside consultant to help its board of directors to clarify strategic and organizational challenges, define management strategies, and build a development plan.
Diaspora Community Services: $20,000 for new Director of Operations to strengthen programs and services and develop new initiatives that support short- and long-term client needs in Bedford Stuyvesant, East Flatbush, and Flatbush.
Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island: $25,000 to hire the organization’s first-ever grant writer, to grow their services in Coney Island, Brighton Beach, and Bensonhurst.
Mercy Home for Children: $10,000 for a workforce initiative that combines online learning, classroom time, and mentoring for workers in group homes, to better prepare them for their roles, facilitate internal advancement, and increase retention.
Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees: $25,000 for the enhancement of adult education programs and expansion of legal clinic to better serve the Haitian community's working class families in Flatbush and East Flatbush.
Grants to Support Family Stability
Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project, Inc.: $25,000 to increase legal services to families in crisis through a staff Family Law Attorney, who will represent clients directly as well as train and supervise a panel of pro-bono attorneys.
Brooklyn Community Services: $25,000 for Complementary Family Support Services, a series of workshops that address stressors impacting family cohesion in Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and East New York, led by MSWs.
Guardians of the Sick: $15,000 for Family Crisis Intervention Program, a broad spectrum of community supports for families at risk of abuse and neglect in Borough Park, Flatbush, and Midwood.
Housing + Solutions: $25,000 for long term and transitional supportive housing services for formerly homeless women and their families in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and Bushwick.
Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty: $15,000 for a part-time benefits enroller, in response to the increasingly high volume of clients who seek services at the Borough Park JCC.
The Bridge Fund of New York, Inc.: $10,000 to provide critical services, including financial assistance to cover rent arrears.
Grants to Increase Food Access for Needy Brooklynites
Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger: $20,000 for programs that have successfully distributed 1.2 million meals and provided social services to 6,000 individuals in Bedford Stuyvesant.
Jewish Community Council of Canarsie: $10,000 for volunteer-run emergency food pantry, which addresses unmet hunger and poverty in Canarsie, Mill Basin, and Starrett City.
Neighbors Together Corp.: $20,000 to provide comprehensive care to New Yorkers impacted by the economic downtown in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and Ocean Hill, meeting immediate needs while empowering them to grow beyond mere survival.
St. John's Bread and Life, Inc.: $25,000 for the Emergency Food Initiative, expand digital choice food pantry, provide monthly cooking and education classes, and distribute 6,000 additional lbs of food and fresh produce in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and Coney Island.
Grants to Encourage Senior Independence
Brooklyn College Institute for Retirees in Pursuit of Education: $2,500 for presentations on how to purchase, use, and protect several technological devices by Older Adults Technology Services.
Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City, Inc.: $15,000 for Bill Payer Program services to low-income older and disabled Brooklyn residents.
Heights and Hills: $20,000 to strengthen the organization's infrastructure and help it become more financially self sustaining, so that it can better serve the growing needs of the elderly community in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brooklyn Heights, and Ft. Greene.
Homecrest Community Services, Inc.: $15,000 “challenge grant” to be matched through enhanced fundraising efforts by the senior center’s board of directors, clients, and the Chinese-American community in Bensonhurst.
Older Adults Technology Services: $15,000 “challenge grant” to implement free technology training programs at five sites in Brooklyn and extend course offerings to seniors in Bedford Stuyvesant, Bensonhurst, and Bay Ridge.
Selfhelp Community Services, Inc.: $15,000 for the Chore Assistance for Elderly Brooklyn Residents program, which helps keep frail seniors independent and in their homes.
Grants to Support Brooklynites with Special Needs
Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter: $15,000 to boost the work of the Director of Social Services at the Brooklyn Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center at SUNY Downstate in East Flatbush.
Chai Lifeline: $18,000 to transport families of children with cancer and other serious illnesses living in Flatbush, Borough Park, and Midwood to their medical appointments in Manhattan.
GALLOPNYC: $15,000 to subsidize the therapeutic horse riding program and launch a fundraising campaign that leverages the support of parents, volunteers, and community partners.
Rainbow Heights Club: $10,000 for the Evening Meals Program, in which mental health consumers shop for, prepare, and serve a free family-style hot meal to participants in the day's activities.
Ohr HaLimud – The Multi-Sensory Learning Center: $10,000 “challenge grant” for the school for dyslexic girls in Borough Park to broaden and deepen its levels of community support.
Brooklyn Public Library: $25,000 for the Child's Place for Children with Special Needs, Neighborhood Library Literacy Programs, Shelter Storytelling, Hospital Storytelling, Garden Club & School Visits, plus new services for autism community via Bridges to Literacy program.
Grants to Promote Civic Engagement and Stronger Neighborhoods
CAMBA: $25,000 for a data tracking system for the Flatbush Promise Neighborhood. CAMBA received a federal planning grant to create a continuum of services aimed at improving education, health and safety outcomes for all children in Flatbush and East Flatbush.
Citizens Committee for New York City: $10,000 for co-branded Neighborhood Leadership Institutes in two new communities, East Flatbush and Crown Heights, which will empower residents with valuable organizing skills and support ongoing community generated initiatives.
Community Solutions: $20,000 to the Brownsville Partnership, an effort to prevent and end homelessness by strengthening communities. Key component is residents who receive leadership training and serve as community liaisons.
Jewish Community Relations Council of NY: $20,000 for the We Are All Brooklyn Fellowship, which identifies, trains, and connects emerging community and faith-based leaders representing diverse populations.
Myrtle Avenue Commercial Revitalization and Development Project Local Development Corporation: $25,000 for community planning and outreach activities with Clinton Hill and Ft. Greene NYCHA residents, local schools, and business leaders to improve pedestrian safety and open space under the BQE.
Grants to Improve Economic Development
East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corporation: $25,000 for Plan Ahead Brooklyn, a program to help industrial businesses develop plans for long-term growth. Innovative partnership between EWVIDCO and SBIDC in East Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Sunset Park, focusing this year on food manufactures/producers and government procurement processes.
Pratt Area Community Council: $25,000 to support initiatives serving business owners on Fulton Street in Ft. Greene and Clinton Hill.
Grants to Support Affordable Housing and Tenants Rights
Bridge Street Development Corporation: $10,000 to support fundraising activities, to grow support for organization’s work with residents and businesses in Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick.
Bushwick Housing Independence Project: $15,000 for the Housing Court Coalition, a joint project with Make the Road New York and Brooklyn Legal Aid. Advocates accompany tenants from Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and Bushwick to housing court to understand their rights and have a fair hearing.
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation: $25,000 to support predevelopment for the organization’s 29-unit Cypress Village, 54-unit senior housing, and 48-unit mixed-use project in Cypress Hills/East New York.
Fifth Avenue Committee: $50,000 to support affordable housing development in Park Slope, Red Hook, and Sunset Park.
Partnership To Preserve Affordable Housing: $25,000 for the coalition of six organizations who work to preserve affordability, combat predatory equity and rehabilitate distressed HUD-assisted housing.
Grants to Promote Workforce Development and Job Training Opportunities
Green City Force: $15,000 to train and support ten young adults at a new farm in Red Hook, in partnership with NYCHA and Added Value.
St. Nick’s Alliance: $25,000 for extensive range of workforce development programs serving residents of Williamsburg, Bedford Stuyvesant, and Bushwick.
Brooklyn Workforce Innovations: $25,000 to train and connect low-income and unemployed men and women with certification and job placement that provide access to career ladders.
Emergency Parnassa Initiative: $10,000 for job search and placement operations at sites in Williamsburg and Borough Park.
The HOPE Program: $25,000 for HOPEworks and GROCERYworks programs, which provide work readiness training, job placement support, and career advancement assistance for unemployed and under-employed low-income Brooklynites.
- Education & Youth Achievement Fund: 40 Grants Totaling $643,000
Grants to Promote College Access
Brooklyn College Community Partnership: $15,000 for 2012-13 school year activities at the Brooklyn College Arts Lab, which include afterschool arts and college prep programs, and in-school college access programming.
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health: $15,000 for the Health Science Academy, a three year college-level science program to prepare high school students to pursue careers as health professionals.
College Access:Research & Action: $20,000 to expand the Brooklyn Youth Leadership Training Institute, an innovative college access program that employs youth leaders.
Good Shepherd Services: $15,000 for Groundwork for Success, a program in East New York and Bedford Stuyvesant, which provides academic counseling/tutoring, Regents prep, college prep/access, paid internships, and peer groups.
Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow: $10,000 for the College Access Program to assist students from Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick, and Sunset Park with college applications, school tours, entrance exams, and financial aid forms.
Sponsors for Educational Opportunity: $10,000 for the Scholars Program, a rigorous college prep/SAT prep program that prepares students for top-tier colleges.
The Adams Street Foundation: $10,000 to support in-school and out-of-school academic and enrichment activities.
Turning Point: $20,000 for the GED and Beyond Program, an academic and enrichment program serving high school drops outs in Red Hook, Sunset Park, and Windsor Terrace.
Grants that Invest in Educational Enrichment Opportunities
Good Shepherd Services: $15,500 for the afterschool program at PS 15 in Red Hook. Participants receive targeted literacy intervention to improve academic achievement.
Maura Clarke – Ita Ford Center: $20,000 for ESL program serving Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick, and East New York. Students receive intense instruction and can access the Open Arms Project, which addresses health, immigration, housing, safety, and community organizing.
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation: $25,000 for the Bedford Stuyvesant Promise Zone to provide a continuum of community support to shepherd youth from cradle to higher education.
Brooklyn Friends School: $10,000 to support the Horizons academic enrichment program serving four public schools in Ft. Greene and the Navy Yard. Students in grades K-4 receive academic tutoring, arts enrichment, and swim instruction to prevent “summer slide” and close the achievement gap.
Brooklyn Kindergarten Society: $20,000 to support five early childhood learning centers in Bedford Stuyvesant, Brownsville, and Crown Heights focusing on early language and literacy. In addition, supportive services for families are offered to improve stability and involvement.
Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School: $20,000 to support an innovative high school that combines strong academics with structured job readiness training and internship program.
Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project: $10,000 to support pilot program serving Haitian immigrant English Language Learners attending Clara Barton High School in Prospect Lefferts Gardens to increase graduation and improve college access.
Global Kids: $15,000 to Power of Citizenry Leadership program at the High School for Global Citizenship in Crown Heights/Prospect Heights.
P.S. 15 The Patrick F. Daly School: $20,000 to support an afterschool program for Pre-K and Kindergarten students, and to support Friends of PS 15 to engage new residents in Red Hook.
PS 39 Henry Bristow Landmark School: $5,000 to support school wide enrichment program for elementary school students from Park Slope, Sunset Park, and Windsor Terrace.
Lutheran Family Health Centers: $25,000 for first year implementation of the Promise Neighborhood Plan in Sunset Park. Program will target early education and literacy programs for children in elementary school.
University Settlement Society of New York: $15,000 to support academic and enrichment programming for middle school youth at the Ingersoll Community Center in Ft. Greene.
Green Guerillas and BK Farmyards: $10,000 for Farm Corp, a leadership development program serving youth from Brownsville, Crown Heights, and East Flatbush at the High School for Public Service.
Brooklyn Historical Society: $20,000 for education programming that interprets and tells Brooklyn's richly textured history with an emphasis on civic engagement. Outreach efforts include using Facebook to reach teachers.
New York City Youth Funders Network: $2,500 to support a coalition of philanthropic organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for young people living in New York City.
Grants that Promote Mentoring Relationships
Girls Write Now: $20,000 for program that pairs young woman with professional writers, editors, and poets to create a six-genre portfolio. All participate in monthly writing workshops, receive college guidance, and publish their work.
iMentor: $15,000 to support 10th-12th graders in three-year mentoring relationships at Catherine McAuley High School in Flatbush.
Stoked Mentoring: $20,000 for Stoked for Success, a two year program serving high school students that mixes action sports, leadership development, and academic achievement.
Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens: $10,000 for the Caritas Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Training Program, which provides college credits to its adult students, thereby enhancing professional opportunities for low-income women while bringing top quality early childhood education to disadvantaged children.
Grants that Promote Youth Development and Leadership
Berean Community and Family Life Center: $10,000 to the Summer Academy in Crown Heights, which focuses on enhancing participants' exposure to areas of basic academics, health and wellness, social and cultural awareness, and the arts.
Dance Theatre Etcetera: $10,000 for the Arts for At Risk Youth: In-School & Out-of-School-Time program at three Brooklyn transfer high schools in Bedford Stuyvesant, Canarsie, and Red Hook.
Center for Court Innovation: $20,000 to support the Brownsville Community Justice Center’s Youth Court.
Coro New York Leadership Center: $10,000 for the Exploring Leadership Program to build the student leadership community in Bedford Stuyvesant, Bushwick, and Crown Heights to impact change in their schools and the education system.
Exalt Youth: $20,000 for Alternative to Incarceration, serving court involved youth ages 15-19. Program combines educational support, court advocacy, job readiness, and internships.
Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York, Inc.: $15,000 for the Girl Scouting in Detention Centers Program, with emphasis on the program at Crossroads Juvenile Detention Center, as well as the expansion of a community troop to support Brooklyn girls post-release.
Girls for Gender Equity, Inc.: $25,000 to implement Alumni Support Services Project to provide former youth organizers with ongoing services to further support their personal and professional growth.
Girls Inc. NYC: $20,000 for the Brooklyn Girls Collaborative, a network or girls-serving organizations dedicated to building a better Brooklyn for girls and young women.
Globalhood, Inc.: $10,000 to support service learning and leadership development program for immigrant high school students in Bushwick and Crown Heights, focusing on skills training, summer travel, and community action project.
Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc.: $20,000 for the Teen Advocate program. Peer educators provide sexual and reproductive health workshops and connect youth to health care services.
Red Hook Initiative: $25,000 to enhance the Young Adult Program serving Red Hook youth ages 18-24. Program will combine job readiness and training, education advocacy, college access, and counseling.
Sadie Nash Leadership Project: $25,000 to support for two-year leadership training program for young women, which includes summer institute, internships, and a community organizing project.
The Center for Anti-Violence Education: $20,000 to launch Power, Action, Change for Teens, a new program targeting pre-teens and LGBT youth, and hire a full-time Program Director to expand services.
Grants to Utilize the Urban Environment as a Classroom
Added Value: $25,000 to support expansion of program targeting NYCHA youth ages 18-24 in Red Hook. Program provides job readiness and training in the field of urban agriculture. Youth build and work on an urban farm on NYCHA property, in partnership with Green City Force.
Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy, Inc.: $15,000 for year-round, hands-on environmental program for young people to learn about sustainability, recycling, aquatic ecology, and scientific observation.
PlayHarvest: $5,000 for PlayGardens, a collaborative afterschool project with the Brooklyn New School to teach students from Carroll Gardens and Red Hook about the environment, urban agriculture, health, and wellness.
Rainforest Alliance: $15,000 to support environmental education programs in partnership with three public elementary schools in Ft. Greene and Red Hook.
The Nature Conservancy of New York: $20,000 for the Leaders in Environmental Action for the Future (LEAF) program, in partnership with Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment High School, serving students from Crown Heights, Prospect Lefferts Gardens, and Prospect Heights.
United Community Centers: $25,000 to organize East New York residents and address food justice by promoting local and regional sustainable agriculture and community-based economic development via a farmers market and internships.
Grants to Increase Brooklynites Awareness and Access to Affordable Fresh Food
Brooklyn Food Coalition: $15,000 to support outreach in 12 neighborhoods to educate residents about food justice issues. Groups will focus on improving school food options and promoting City legislation.
City Harvest, Inc.: $15,000 for Bedford Stuyvesant Healthy Neighborhoods, which responds to emergency food needs while addressing long-term food security issues. Program links 175 emergency food providers in Brooklyn, while increasing access to fresh, affordable food.
Coalition for the Improvement of Bedford Stuyvesant (CIBS): $20,000 for two projects to improve health outcomes: 2nd Annual Bedford Stuyvesant Food and Family Day, and an interior design improvement matching grant program targeting bodegas in NYC DOH healthy food choices program.
EcoStation: NY /Bushwick Farmers Market: $15,000 to support three farmers markets, a school-based farm program at Bushwick High School campus, and outreach—to improve the health of the Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick community by improving access to healthy, locally-grown food.
Just Food: $20,000 to support two CSAs, 18 partnerships between emergency food providers and community gardens, and 11 community-based farmers markets.
Grants to Support Care and Development of Open Space
Prospect Park Alliance: $25,000 for restoration, maintenance, and operations, including environmental education programs and youth employment programs.
Brooklyn Greenway Initiative, Inc.: $25,000 to develop green infrastructure guidelines and create two open space nodes in Williamsburg/Greenpoint.
Green Guerillas: $20,000 to support the Harvest for Neighborhoods Campaign, serving 90 gardens in Central Brooklyn.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation: $3,600 for two teacher stipends for the PS 3 Ambassador School Program in Bedford Stuyvesant.
New York Restoration Project: $15,000 for modest capital improvements and community outreach activities in 21 community gardens in Bedford Stuyvesant, Broadway Junction, and Ft. Greene.
Newtown Creek Alliance: $10,000 for Green Infrastructure, Brownfield redevelopment, and public education programs in bordering Bushwick, East Williamsburg, and Greenpoint, as well as its oversight of the Newtown Creek remediation process and the expansion of its staff capacity.
Promenade Partnership: $5,000 to engage local students and residents in maintaining parkland along the Brooklyn Heights Promenade.