For Grantseekers

Brooklyn Community Foundation created the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund to address the health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have continued to intensify locally and have disproportionately harmed communities of color.

The Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund is deeply rooted in the Foundation’s values of racial equity and racial justice lens, which prioritizes support for nonprofits that are led by members of affected communities and center the voices of those directly impacted by structural racism in their decisionmaking. We do this because we understand that our most vulnerable communities already exist at the margins of power and access due to historical and systemic denial of resources. 

Through engagement and consultation with our community partners, to whom we are incredibly grateful, we have gathered information about heightened needs, emerging challenges, and community-led solutions and approaches. The learnings have greatly helped us refine the focus and approach of the Brooklyn COVID19 Response Fund.

Thank you for the work you do.


What's Next

We are deeply committed to attacking the root causes of the pandemic’s disproportionate impact on Black and brown residents. This summer we will begin the next phase of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response by engaging with our hardest hit communities. Their ideas and insights will inform future investments in advocacy and organizing to address systemic injustices as we fight for a fair and just recoveryor as we are calling it, a reimagining of what Brooklyn can be.


Phase 1: Immediate Response Grants

The Fund accepted applications for Immediate Response grants of up to $10,000 through Tuesday, June 30, 2020.

Organizations must work with vulnerable Brooklynites especially those who have been excluded from government-led response. Priority issue areas include:

  • Anti-stigma efforts and support to address xenophobic, racist harassment and discrimination
  • Access to material goods for prevention and wellness, including personal protective equipment, sanitary supplies, food access and other critical goods
  • Support for low-wage workers to address economic impact of lost wages due to quarantines, layoffs, lack of access to healthcare and paid sick leave
  • Community safety and liberty to protect the rights of marginalized communities during changing public policy and heightened police presence
  • Other emerging, immediate needs

Prioritized communities and groups include but are not limited to:

  • Older adults
  • Black and Latinx people
  • Undocumented immigrants
  • Low-wage and nontraditional workers
  • People with compromised immune systems
  • People who are unhoused and housing insecure
  • People who are formerly or currently incarcerated
  • People who are LGBTQIAGNC+
  • People experiencing domestic violence
  • Vulnerable youth

Organizations must have a minimum annual budget of $50,000, or submit an application to work in partnership with an organization that does. Grant awards will not exceed 10% of the applying organization’s annual budget.

The application period closed Tuesday, June 30th

For any questions, please contact covid19@brooklyncommunityfoundation.org. The Foundation is working remotely; please no phone calls.

Thank you for all that you are doing for Brooklyn during this time of heightened concern. We have added a resources page for nonprofits, which we will continue to update with additional resources and information.