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Arts for All Fund: $522,500

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.

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: $465,500

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Community Development Fund: $375,000

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.

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.

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.

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: $643,000

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.

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.

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.


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.


Green Communities Fund: $293,600

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.

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.

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. 

2011 Grants 

By Field of Interest Fund 

Arts for All | Education & Youth Achievement | Caring Neighbors
Community Development | Green Communities

Education & Youth Achievement Fund: $903,000 

Capacity Building and General Operating Support

$2,500 to New York City Youth Funders Network to support thecoalition of philanthropic organizations seeking to improve the quality of life for young people living in New York City.

$25,000 to Lutheran Family Health Centers to create the Sunset Park Promise Neighborhood database. Sunset Park

$25,000 to Brooklyn Public Library for purchase of library materials at 60 locations.

$50,000 to Brooklyn Movement Center to support the creation of a plan for Community School District 16 to improve academic achievement levels. BMC will conduct research, organize community meetings, and create online communication tools for school leaders and develop a written plan. Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Brownsville   


Mentoring, Youth Development, College Access, and After School Programs

$10,000 to The Adams Street Foundation to support comprehensive on- and off-site out of school time programs at the Urban Assembly School for Law & Justice to enrich education and promote success after school. Boroughwide

$15,000 to The Brooklyn Young Mothers' Collective to support a program for young mothers to ensure that they not only return to high school, but graduate and attend college. East New York; Bedford Stuyvesant; Brownsville        

$15,000 to Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project to support the only high school access program serving Haitian immigrant youth seeking to complete their education. East Flatbush; Crown Heights; Canarsie

$20,000 to Planned Parenthood of New York City, Inc. for the Teen Advocate program. Peer educators provide Sexual and Reproductive Health workshops and connect Brooklyn youth to health care services. Boroughwide

$25,000 to Girls for Gender Equity (GGE), Inc. to expand Sisters in Strength Mentor Project, which engages high schools students who act as mentors and group facilitators for 320 Urban Leaders Academy participants. Bedford Stuyvesant; Canarsie; Crown Heights

$25,000 to Ifetayo Cultural Arts Academy, Inc. to support Rites of Passage programs, which provide youth in Brooklyn with holistic academic, professional, and cultural instruction helping them reach their full potential. Canarsie; East Flatbush; Flatbush

$25,000 to College Access: Research and Action to support the youth-led college access initiatives Brooklyn Youth Leadership Training Institute and Bridge to College summer program. Bushwick; Cypress Hills

$25,000 to Boys Hope Girls Hope for operating support for Catherine McAuley and Bishop Loughlin High School’s unique on site boarding programs, where all students maintain an 85% average and 100% of graduates go to college. East Flatbush; Fort Greene 

$50,000 to Red Hook Initiative to strengthen the staffing infrastructure to better serve residents of Red Hook public housing. Red Hook

$40,000 to Partnership with Children, Inc. to promote social and emotional learning for at-risk middle school students. Bedford Stuyvesant; Fort Greene

$35,000 to Sadie Nash Leadership Project to support leadership training for young women.

$25,000 to University Settlement Society of New York to support academic and enrichment programs for middle school youth at the Ingersoll Community Center. Fort Greene

$25,000 to Groundwork, Inc. to provide college preparation, workforce and leadership development for high school students. Bedford Stuyvesant; East New York

$25,000 to Center for Court Innovation to support the Brownsville Community Justice Center for youth arrested for delinquency and low-level criminal offenses. Brownsville; Ocean Hill

$25,000 to Exalt Youth to support an educational internship program targeting court-involved youth. Bedford Stuyvesant; East New York; Flatbush

$25,000 to iMentor to support mentoring relationships at Catherine McAuley High School. Bensonhurst; Crown Heights; East Flatbush

$20,000 to Girls Write Now for writing programs for young women partnered with professional writers and editors.

$20,000 to Stoked Mentoring for mentoring, after school and community service activities that incorporate action sports culture & skill building curriculum.

$20,000 to Girl Scouts Council of Greater New York, Inc. to support leadership and training for girls living in NYCHA complexes, homeless shelters and detention centers.

$20,000 to Girls Incorporated of New York City to support the Brooklyn Girls Collaborative.

$20,000 to Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health Health Science Academy, a three year science education and career preparation program for middle school and high school students.

$20,000 to Brooklyn College - School of Education for partnership with East NY Family Academy.East New York

$20,000 to Brooklyn College Community Partnership for after school programs and campus visits by local schools that promote college attendance.

$20,000 to Citizen Schools to support out of school time programming. Clinton Hill; Cobble Hill; Gowanus

$20,000 to P.S. 15 The Patrick F. Daly School to expand aftercare program and to encourage families to support the school. Red Hook

$15,500 to Good Shepherd Services for a literacy program serving elementary students at the Beacon program at PS 15. Red Hook

$15,000 to Sponsors for Educational Opportunity for a college/SAT prep program.

$15,000 to the Center for Anti-Violence Education for violence prevention and education programs serving over 1000 youth.

$15,000 to Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls to support music education afterschool/summer camp program for girls.

$10,000 to Brooklyn Friends School for an academic enrichment program in partnership with local public schools. Fort Greene

$10,000 to Coro New York Leadership Center for leadership program targeting 100 students at four public high schools. Bedford Stuyvesant; Bushwick; Crown Heights

$5,000 to P.S. 261 to develop a recess program to promote inclusive play, teamwork and academic performance. Boerum Hill; Carroll Gardens; Cobble Hill

$5,000 to P.S. 39 for enrichment program, and funding for Story Pirates. Park Slope; Sunset Park; Windsor Terrace

Education and Literacy

$15,000 to Arab American Association of New York for the Arab American Family Education Initiative, which provides academic support for youth, while empowering parents with the skills to become active in their children's education and their own futures. 

$15,000 to Mixteca Organization, Inc. to sustain and strengthen educational programs for Mexican immigrants. In the current fiscal year, these programs will serve over 500 individuals.

$25,000 to YMCA of Greater New York - Flatbush Branch for the Family Literacy Program, which will integrate services for immigrant parents and children resulting in improved skills for both, as well as stronger family bonds. Canarsie; Flatbush     

$25,000 to Maura Clarke - Ita Ford Center to support GED and ESL programs for adults. Bedford Stuyvesant; Bushwick; East New York

$25,000 to Settlement Housing Fund, Inc. for educational and vocational program. Bedford Stuyvesant; Crown Heights; East New York

$20,000 to Brooklyn Kindergarten Society to support preschool education program. Bedford Stuyvesant; Brownsville; Crown Heights

$10,000 to SCO Family of Services to support home-based, early literacy program. Bedford Stuyvesant; Brownsville; East New York

Arts for All Fund: $602,500

Capacity Building and General Operating Support

$50,000 to Weeksville Heritage Center over a 2 year period to sustain programming and expansion to the new Education & Cultural Arts Building. 

$25,000 to Weeksville Heritage Center to support the Joan Maynard Circle of Giving (JMCG), a fund designed to help sustain the significant program expansion to be created by the opening of the new Education & Cultural Arts Building.

$25,000 to BRIC Arts | Media | Bklyn to enhance the organization's marketing, communication and fundraising efforts.

$25,000 to Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation to jumpstart the membership program for BLDG 92, the Navy Yard's visitor's center to open Fall 2011.

$25,000 to Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation’s Center for Arts & Culture. Bedford Stuyvesant

$25,000 to Brooklyn Children's Museum for community engagement efforts in Brooklyn and beyond. Bedford Stuyvesant; Crown Heights; Park Slope

$25,000 to Brooklyn Historical Society for education programs and materials for teachers and students that use primary source materials to interpret the history of Brooklyn.

$25,000 to Brooklyn Museum for activities that help address its mission to serve diverse audiences as a center for learning through the visual arts.

$20,000 to Brooklyn Arts Council to enhance the functionality of website and databases, and better support Brooklyn artists, arts groups, and residents.

$20,000 to Irondale Ensemble Project for subsidized theater rental and tech support to help local companies mount their productions. Fort Greene

$20,000 to Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts for exhibition, education, economic development, and public programs. Bedford Stuyvesant; Crown Heights; Fort Greene

$10,000 to 651 ARTS for a series of unique public performances, events, and residencies for adult and student audiences. Bedford Stuyvesant; Crown Heights; Fort Greene

$10,000 to Coney Island USA to encourage members to increase their financial giving.


Community Engagement

$7,500 to Five Myles for 2012 Exhibition Program with emphasis on the Five Myles Space Program, which provides young artists and grassroots community organizations space for short-term events such as works in progress, exhibitions, and performances. Bedford Stuyvesant; Crown Heights; Prospect Heights

$25,000 to Mark Morris Dance Group for community outreach programs including the Dance, Music & Literacy Project, Dance for Parkinson’s Disease, and NYC Housing Authority Partnership. 

$20,000 to Cool Culture to provide underserved families ongoing access to cultural institutions.

$20,000 to Heart of Brooklyn Cultural Institutions to study the issues that both promote and deter six of Brooklyn's premier cultural institutions from community collaboration.

$10,000 to NY Writers Coalition for free creative writing programs. Bay Ridge; Bedford Stuyvesant; Clinton Hill

$7,500 to Best of Brooklyn to support the Brooklyn Book Festival’s Bookend Events in community settings throughout Brooklyn.

$7,500 to Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition to support five annual exhibits that serve 500 artists and attract audiences of over 15,000.

$7,500 to Haiti Cultural Exchange to fund arts, youth development, and community building programming.

$7,500 to Regina Opera Company for its season of three fully-staged operas, Sunday pops concerts, and free concerts in community settings.

$5,000 to Brave New World Repertory Theatre for community-based productions in local venues.

$5,000 to Evidence for Summer Dance Workshop Series at Medgar Evers College Preparatory School and partnership with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation's Youth Arts Academy. Bedford Stuyvesant; Crown Heights; Fort Greene

Mentoring, Youth Arts Mastery and Youth Development

$5,000 to PS 217 to sustain increased arts programs made possible thru a Federal Magnet grant that ended in Sept 2011, which provides the diverse student body of 1400 with high-quality experiences in visual arts, theater, music, dance, and writing. Ditmas Park; Flatbush; Prospect Park South    
$5,000 to Risa Jaroslow & Dancers for Introduction to the Arts movement workshops for young people enrolled in GED classes at Turning Point. Sunset Park 
$7,500 for Cora Inc.’s pay-what-you-can dance classes for Pre-K through 12th graders, and additional services to PS 15 students and Red Hook Initiative participants. Carroll Gardens; Red Hook  

$7,500 to Kentler International Drawing Space's Art Education program, which brings art and art-making experiences to students, youth, families, and seniors. Red Hook  

$10,000 to The Brooklyn Steppers, Inc. for the marching band program and a new program designed to provide students with access to performing arts professionals and organizations.   Boroughwide *Challenge Grant

$20,000 to Reel Works Teen Filmmaking to engage Brooklyn teens from at-risk and diverse backgrounds in an experiential media arts curriculum.

$15,000 to Groundswell Community Mural Project community programs, in which Brooklyn youth create civically engaging public art.

$15,000 to Brooklyn Youth Chorus Academy to create access to music education and performance opportunities for children from diverse backgrounds.

$15,000 to Brooklyn-Queens Conservatory of Music to provide conservatory scholarships to students identified in BQCM’s public school programs.

$15,000 to Harmony Program for daily afterschool and Saturday instruction at PS 152 by students and alumni of Brooklyn College Conservatory. Midwood

$15,000 to The Noel Pointer Foundation for scholarships for Saturday Strings and Summer Strings music instruction programs at Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp. Bedford Stuyvesant, Crown Heights

$10,000 to Brooklyn Arts Exchange Youth Arts Project, which offers teens free and low-cost access to pre-professional training in dance and theater.

$10,000 to Brooklyn Ballet for residencies at public schools in NYCHA communities and conservatory scholarships for outstanding students identified through the residencies.

$10,000 to Dance Theatre Etcetera for the “Arts for At Risk Youth: In-School and After-School” residences at three transfer high schools. Bedford Stuyvesant; Canarsie; Red Hook

$5,000 to Brighton Ballet Theater for the Boy's Dance and Fitness program. Brighton Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Coney Island

$5,000 to Cypress Hills Community School/PS89 for collaboration with the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music to offer an afterschool band program. Cypress Hills; East New York

Special Needs

$15,000 to Manhattan New Music Project to create an arts-based professional development program for paraprofessionals in three District 75 special needs schools in Brooklyn.

$10,000 to New York Transit Museum to support weekly out-of-school program for Autism Spectrum Disorder youth.

$5,000 to Actionplay to develop a series of arts workshops for children with autism and developmental disabilities in conjunction with the Brooklyn Museum’s education staff.

Caring Neighbors Fund: $508,000

Capacity Building

$25,000 to Heights and Hills to build a sustainable fundraising program. Bedford Stuyvesant; Crown Heights; Fort Greene; Brooklyn Heights

Emergency Food / Food Access 

$10,000 to Acts Community Development Corporation for the Coney Island Lighthouse Mission pantry, which provides food and benefit access to 1400+ registered families. Brighton Beach; Coney Island; Gravesend 

$20,000 to Neighbors Together to facilitate soup kitchen's comprehensive programs addressing hunger and poverty. Bedford Stuyvesant; Brownsville; Ocean Hill

$15,000 to Bed Stuy Campaign Against Hunger to support "super pantry's" annual distribution of 1.1 million meals. Bedford Stuyvesant; Brownsville; Ocean Hill

$5,000 to Lefferts Community Food Cooperative for outreach materials to build membership. Crown Heights; Flatbush; Prospect Lefferts Gardens

Health and Well Being

$5,000 to Brooklyn Parkinson Group, Inc. for Sing for PD and PD Movement Lab, both held at Mark Morris Dance Center. Boroughwide  *Challenge Grant
$18,000 to Chai Lifeline Transportation Assistance program, which offers safe, comfortable rides to and from medical centers and doctors appointments for seriously ill children and their caregivers. 
$25,000 to Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center, Inc for a marketing campaign to promote its new health care facility slated to open shortly to provide primary medical services in central Brooklyn. Bedford Stuyvesant; Bushwick; Crown Heights     

Family Stability

$25,000 to Brooklyn Community Housing and Services, Inc. for Model SRO Project, a groundbreaking, nationally recognized initiative to prevent homelessness for two of the most at-risk populations in Brooklyn: ex-offenders returning to the community and formerly homeless seniors. 

$32,500 to Lutheran Social Services of Metropolitan New York for legal services program for the Haitian Community. Flatbush; East Flatbush

$27,500 to Haitian Family Resource Center to guide 900-plus Haitian earthquake evacuee families in Brooklyn towards permanency and stability. Flatbush; East Flatbush

$25,000 to Brooklyn Community Services for Preventive Services Program, which stabilizes at-risk families and prevents foster care placements. Bedford Stuyvesant; East New York

$25,000 to Diaspora Community Services for the Haitian American Empowerment Program’s case management services. Crown Heights; East Flatbush; Flatbush

$25,000 to Housing + Solutions for supportive services at 9 group homes for homeless women and their children. Bedford Stuyvesant; Bushwick; East New York

$20,000 to Flatbush Development Corporation for outreach at senior centers and food pantries for case management and tenants rights education. East Flatbush; Flatbush

$20,000 to OHEL Children's Home & Family Services' Foster Care Medical Needs Program.

$20,000 to Partnership for the Homeless to support clients at risk of losing their homes. East New York

$15,000 to The Arab-American Family Support Center for social services to the Arab American community. Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, Bay Ridge

$10,000 to The Bridge Fund of New York to provide working poor families at risk of eviction or foreclosure with services, loans and grants, and intensive financial counseling.

Senior Independence

$10,000 to Mapleton Midwood Geriatric Services to increase capacity for neuropsychological testing, psycho-educational counseling, and continuum of support services to south Brooklyn seniors, their family members, and caregivers. Bensonhurst; Kensington; Midwood 

$25,000 to Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island for Medicare Part D Help Center.

$20,000 to Council of Senior Centers and Services of New York City to expand the Bill Payer Program in Brooklyn.

$15,000 to Park Slope Geriatric Day Center for temporary scholarships for dementia day program while new participants wait for Medicaid applications to be processed.

$15,000 to Self-help Community Services for chore assistance program to allow mobility or self-care impaired Brooklynites remain in their homes and communities. Kensington

$10,000 to Alzheimer's Association, New York City Chapter for free family caregiver workshops. Bay Ridge, Park Slope, Bensonhurst 

Special Needs

$10,000 to GALLOPNYC to enable low-income children and adults with disabilities to experience the benefits of therapeutic horseback riding.

$10,000 to Rainbow Heights Club for therapeutic Evening Meals Program for low-income LGBT mental health consumers. 

$15,000 to Women's League Community Residences to develop a new program that will enhance services to individuals with developmental disabilities through the use of trained volunteers.    

Community Development Fund: $530,000

Capacity Building and Civic Engagement

$50,000 to Center for the Study of Brooklyn (Brooklyn College) to support on-going data analysis and mapping projects, including the BCF sponsored Brooklyn Trends Report and the Neighborhood Profiles Reports. 

$30,000 to Myrtle Avenue Commercial Revitalization and Development Project Local Development Corporation to support community planning initiative to improve Park Avenue and the area under the BQE. Clinton Hill; Fort Greene; Navy Yard

$25,000 to Bridge Street Development Corporation to implement fundraising plan and build individual donor base. Bedford Stuyvesant; Clinton Hill

$25,000 to Common Ground to support the Brownsville Partnership, a place-based homelessness prevention and community redevelopment initiative. Brownsville

$20,000 to Citizens Committee for New York City for co-branded partnership to launch the first Neighborhood Leadership Institute in Brooklyn.

$15,000 to Neighbors Allied for Good Growth (NAG) to promote a more sustainable and equitable community that builds bridges between old and new residents. Williamsburg


$30,000 to Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation to support predevelopment housing activities for the 29-unit Cypress Village, 54-unit senior housing, and 48-unit mixed-use project. Cypress Hills       

$50,000 to Partnership To Preserve Affordable Housing to preserve affordability, combat predatory equity and rehabilitate distressed HUD-assisted housing.

$25,000 to St. Nicks Alliance to preserve long term viability and affordability of limited equity co-op units. Bushwick; Greenpoint; Williamsburg

Economic and Workforce Development

$50,000 to New York City Financial Network Action Consortium to support the 2011 VITA program and expand access to free tax preparation. Bedford Stuyvesant; Bushwick

$25,000 to East Williamsburg Valley Industrial Development Corporation to support Plan Ahead Brooklyn program for long term growth and job development. Greenpoint; Sunset Park; Williamsburg

$25,000 to Pratt Area Community Council to support economic development initiatives serving business owners on Fulton Street. Bedford Stuyvesant; Clinton Hill; Crown Heights

$25,000 to Business Outreach Center Network, Inc to support Caring for the Future Project, which helps women and immigrants start, expand, and improve childcare businesses in NYC.  

$25,000 to Per Scholas Inc. to support the Computer Technician Training (CTT) Program, a highly successful IT workforce development program . Boroughwide   

$25,000 to Brooklyn Workforce Innovations for workforce development programs that help unemployed obtain training, certification and job placement. Bedford Stuyvesant; Crown Heights; Red Hook

$25,000 to Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens for Caritas Montessori Early Childhood Teacher Training.

$25,000 to St. Nicks Alliance to sustain Workforce Development division and ensure maximum impact and outcomes. Bedford Stuyvesant; Bushwick; Williamsburg; Greenpoint

$25,000 to The HOPE Program* to provide work readiness, job placement and retention services to some of Brooklyn's most vulnerable residents.

$10,000 to Nontraditional Employment for Women to expand construction union apprenticeship employment opportunities for graduates in Brooklyn and around the new Sunset Park training center.


Green Communities Fund: $355,500 

Open Space

$40,000 to Brooklyn Greenway Initiative to support the completion of a master plan for the creation of a 14-mile greenway along the Brooklyn waterfront.

$40,000 to Green Guerillas for Harvest for Neighborhoods Campaign and Brooklyn Community Garden Fund.

$25,000 to Prospect Park Alliance* for Park's restoration, maintenance, and operations including environmental education and youth employment programs.

$15,000 to New York Restoration Project for capital improvements and community outreach activities in 21 community gardens. Bedford Stuyvesant; Bushwick; East New York

$10,000 to EcoStation - Bushwick Farmers Market to support partnership with the Academy of Urban Planning at Bushwick High School, the Bushwick Campus Farm, and three farmers markets. Bedford Stuyvesant; Bushwick           

$10,000 to City Parks Foundation to support Catalyst: Reclaiming the Brooklyn Waterfront community involvement project at Calvert Vaux and Kaiser Parks.  Gravesend    

$10,000 to Old Stone House of Brooklyn* to maintain surrounding park's green spaces and for environmental, history, and arts programs.

• $5,500 to Hattie Carthan Community Garden for advocacy training series for youth and adults interested in learning more about food justice and the food system. Bedford Stuyvesant

$5,000 to Sustainable Flatbush for the Church Avenue Communal Garden, a partnership between Sustainable Flatbush and the Flatbush Reformed Church. Flatbush

$2,500 to Promenade Partnership for volunteer activities to design, install and maintain the Brooklyn Heights Promenade, as well environmental education afterschool program at PS 8. Brooklyn Heights

Healthy Food Access

$25,000 to Just Food to support creation & expansion of CSAs, partnerships between emergency food providers and community gardens, and community-based farmers markets.

$20,000 to Brooklyn Food Coalition for outreach in 12 neighborhoods to educate residents about food justice issues. 

Environmental Education and Career Development

$35,000 to Added Value to support a unique “green collar” job training program that targets youth adult residents of Red Hook NYCHA housing.   Carroll Gardens; Cobble Hill; Red Hook 

$35,000 to United Community Centers/East NY Farms!  to support ESL, after school, GED, and job readiness programs and a dynamic urban agriculture program for high school students. East New York

$25,000 to Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy for hands on environmental education programs that promote sustainability, recycling, aquatic ecology and scientific observation.

$10,000 to Brooklyn Botanic Garden’s Garden Apprentice Program for Brooklyn teens from diverse backgrounds to work with BBG professionals and assist garden visitors.

$10,000 to Wildlife Conservation Society’s Teens in Conservation youth docent program at the New York Aquarium, which promotes leadership, learning, and career opportunities.

$2,500 to Neighborhood Housing Services of East Flatbush to help residents incorporate green practices as part of homeownership and maintenance. East Flatbush; Flatbush; Remsen Village

$5,000 to Trout Unlimited’s Trout in the Classroom program, which enhances science learning. Students study and raise trout from eggs to fingerlings and hand deliver them Upstate into natural stream habitats. Boroughwide        

$15,000 to Transportation Alternatives to expand its Bike Ambassador program in Brooklyn, which encourages cyclists to ride safely and respect pedestrians though educational outreach. Boroughwide *Challenge Grant

$20,000 to Rainforest Alliance to support environmental education programs in Brooklyn schools. Fort Greene; Prospect Heights; Red Hook

2010 Grant Distribution

View the 2010 Grants Report (PDF)

Education & Youth Achievement Fund: $1,237,000

Caring Neighbors Fund: $511,500

Community Development Fund: $660,000

Arts for All Fund: $588,775

Green Communities Fund: : $375,500