Immediate Response Grants

Updated July 13, 2020 

Immediate Response grants of up to $10,000 have been awarded on a rolling basis since mid-March 2020 to address the disproportionate social, health, and economic impacts of the coronavirus on Brooklyn's most vulnerable communities, with an explicit focus on supporting communities of color. All grants provide unrestricted general operating support.

In total, 214 organizations received a total of $2,059,800.


Focus Areas:

Food Access and PPE

  • #SavetheFrontline: $10,000 to distribute free, washable face covers at local community centers, public housing developments, health clinics, religious institutions, food banks, and homeless shelters in high risk Brooklyn neighborhoods.

  • American Council of Minority Women, Inc: $5,200 for emergency food and PPE distribution to immigrant and low-income families in Flatbush and Midwood. 

  • Brooklyn Center for Quality Life: $6,000 to support food pantry and food delivery programs, community PPE distribution, and virtual health, nutrition, and wellness class for residents in East Flatbush and Flatbush

  • Brooklyn Community Services: $10,000 to hire graduates of the Brownsville Community Culinary Center, who have lost their restaurant jobs, to feed vulnerable residents with restricted access to food, including older adults, immune-compromised persons, and persons with intellectual disabilities.

  • Brooklyn Movement Center: $10,000 to create a holistic neighborhood-based response to address the impacts of COVID-19, including using its Central Brooklyn Food Coop organizing infrastructure to provide food relief to hungry families.

  • Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest Center: $10,000 to expand the services of the food pantry distribution center in Bushwick and provide pantry delivery to vulnerable home-bound residents across Central Brooklyn.

  • Brownsville Community Culinary Center: $10,000 to expand the organization’s capacity to serve as a hub for the preparation and distribution of healthy, culturally appropriate foods and meals to Brownsville residents.

  • The Campaign Against Hunger: $10,000 for a shift in operations that will enable customers to “shop” for free groceries online and do “curbside” pick-up with enhanced safety measures right at the pantry.

  • Chamah: $10,000 for emergency food deliveries to low-income residents of Crown Heights, Brighton Beach, and Flatbush.

  • Children of Promise, NYC: $10,000 to support Bedford-Stuyvesant children and families with a parent who is incarcerated through the provision of daily hot meals, food pantry items, and fresh groceries.

  • Community Food Advocates: $10,000 for advocacy to ensure that the Department of Education's food distribution program is scaled effectively, helping to identify problem areas and making key recommendations to meet families needs.

  • Coney Island Lighthouse Mission: $10,000 for emergency food distribution and deliveries to low-income residents of Coney Island. 

  • Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush, Inc.: $10,000 to provide education on COVID-19 preventative practices and purchase PPE, sanitary supplies, and food for seniors, people with health issues, and low income residents of the Orthodox community in Flatbush.

  • Diaspora Community Services: $10,000 to provide food and food vouchers to vulnerable clients including older adults, young mothers, and LGBTQIA youths.

  • East New York Church of God of Prophecy: $10,000 for a soup kitchen and food pantry providing hot meals, food staples and fresh groceries to the residents of East New York, Spring Creek, Starrett City, and New Lots.

  • Equity Advocates: $10,000 to support the leadership of the New York COVID-19 Food Coalition, a group of 30+ food system stakeholders advocating on behalf of food insecure residents, food businesses, and anti-hunger nonprofits.

  • Expecting Relief: $5,000 to support perishable food distribution and household essentials to 150-200 Black and Latinx Brooklyn residents.

  • Food Issues Group: $10,000 for the Frontline Community Food Relief initiative that matches independent food businesses with grassroots organizations to provide emergency meal distribution to LGBTQIA+ youths, immigrant food workers, domestic workers, and people experiencing housing insecurity.

  • Friends of Marcy Houses: $6,500 for food delivery for vulnerable residents, and to engage youth in documenting firsthand accounts of life at Marcy Houses during the COVID-19 pandemic to expose the impacts of systemic racism.

  • G-M.A.C.C. Inc: $10,000 for weekly emergency needs food and essential supplies distribution to vulnerable residents of Fort Greene and Clinton Hill.

  • Hebrew Educational Society of Brooklyn: $10,000 to provide emergency food, grab and go meals, and personal protective equipment for vulnerable residents in Canarsie and the Flatlands

  • Hope For Desperate Hearts INC: $4,300 to provide hot meals to African students and low-wage workers who rent rooms and do not have access to kitchen facilities needed to cook or refrigerate food in partnership with local African restaurants.

  • Invisible Hands Deliver Inc.: $10,000 to bolster and sustain the volunteer-led organization’s ability to deliver groceries and prescriptions to homebound residents and provide social connection to offset impacts of isolation.

  • Isabahlia Ladies of Elegance Foundation: $10,000 to provide freshly grown produce and accurate health information to residents of Brownsville.

  • Jack Arts, Inc.: $10,000 to purchase, store, and distribute supplies and food to vulnerable residents of public housing in Brooklyn in partnership with We Keep Us Safe Abolitionist Network, a BIPOC-led mutual aid group.

  • Jewish Community Council of Canarsie, Inc.: $10,000 for the distribution of personal care packages, nutrient-dense foods, and fresh produce, as well as case management and outreach to families throughout Starrett City and a Southern portion of East New York.

  • Kings Bay Y: $10,000 to provide services and support to vulnerable populations in southern Brooklyn, including emergency food delivery for older adults and remote wellness checks for members.

  • Kingsborough Community College: $9,800 to support operational expenses of the KCC Urban Farm to be able to grow, harvest, and distribute organic produce for CUNY students and people facing food insecurity referred by Ancient Song Doula Services and We Keep Us Safe Abolitionist Network.

  • The Ladies of Hope Ministries: $10,000 to provide stipends for food delivery for women recently released from Rikers Island and New York State prisons, as well as nutritious plant-based meal and care packages for 400 Woodhull and 2,500 Bellevue doctors and nurses.

  • Los Sures: $10,000 to establish three satellite food pantry distribution locations to serve low-income residents of south Williamsburg.

  • MHANY Management, Inc.: $10,000 to support its affordable housing residents through provision of food and disinfectant supplies, assembly and delivery of care packages, and converting a dozen units into “safe places” for self-isolation.

  • Neighbors Together: $10,000 to provide for additional staff and costs related to transitioning its sit down community cafe to provide take out meals, as well as for advocacy outreach prioritizing the needs of homeless and low-income Brooklynites.

  • New York Cares, Inc.: $10,000 to expand its Brooklyn programs focusing on volunteer-led emergency food distribution and wellness checks for low-income, isolated seniors and individuals with disabilities.

  • North Brooklyn Angels: $10,000 for emergency meal distribution to low-income NYCHA residents in Williamsburg and to frontline workers at Woodhull Hospital.

  • Pakistani American Youth Organization Inc: $10,000 to provide emergency food and essential items to residents with low incomes of Flatbush and Midwood.

  • Project EATS: $10,000 to support residents of Brownsville/East New York, including distribution of locally-grown produce and supplemental foods with the support of youth workers, a community newsletter, and contactless community activities.

  • Prospect Lefferts Gardens Heritage Council Inc.: $5,000 to provide free care packages of food and household essentials to vulnerable people of color in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, delivered by local youth.

  • Public Housing Communities: $10,000 to provide personal protection equipment, including gloves and masks, to residents of NYCHA housing developments in Brooklyn. 

  • Reaching Out Community Services: $10,000 to meet the increasing demand for its Digital Client Choice Food Pantry System, and to match low-income and newly displaced individuals and families with social services, benefits assistance, and emergency items.

  • Repair the World: $10,000 to convert its Crown Heights community storefront into an appointment-only food and supplies donation drop-off/pick-up point, and an appointment-only blood drive space.

  • Service Workers' Coalition: $5,000 to provide weekly grocery deliveries or reimbursements to unemployed food service workers unable to access benefits.

  • St. John's Bread and Life: $10,000 to provide food distribution via a pick-up model with a higher volume of shelf stable products and increased sanitation practices.

  • Siren - Protectors of the Rainforest, Inc.: $5,000 to provide food relief and online movement classes for the residents of Rehab Houses in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

  • Trinity Human Services Corporation: $10,000 for emergency food for low-income communities of color in Northern Brooklyn.

  • UA3: $10,000 for emergency fresh food delivery to underserved locations including senior homes, NYCHA residences, and other low-income housing in Brooklyn.

  • United Community Centers: $10,000 for distribution and delivery of fresh food to East New York residents in collaboration with local farmers and gardeners.

  • Wyckoff House Museum: $10,000 to support fresh produce delivery from its on-site farm to partner food programs in the East Flatbush and Canarsie.


Older Adults

  • After Hours Project: $10,000 to provide up to date guidance, cleaning and hygiene supplies, and food to vulnerable clients, including older adults and people with compromised immune systems who are homeless, living with AIDS or HIV, have a serious mental illness, or are active substance users.

  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation: $10,000 for community outreach—including emergency food, PPE, wellness checks, webinars, employment offerings, training for employment, mental health referrals, and financial counseling—for and led by NYCHA residents in East New York and Bedford Stuyvesant.

  • Breaking Ground: $10,000 to support older adult residents of The Domenech development in Brownsville with on site services, PPE and sanitary supplies, meal delivery, daily living support, and other essentials.

  • Brookdale Hospital Medical Center: $10,000 to provide direct cash assistance to older adult patients for food and PPE, and to purchase tablets that will facilitate safe telehealth visits for older adults.

  • Council of Peoples Organization: $10,000 to provide meals to homebound older adults and a weekly food distribution, wellness calls to their senior center participants, and benefits assistance to low-wage workers.

  • Diaspora Community Services: $10,000 to provide food and food vouchers to vulnerable clients including older adults, young mothers, and LGBTQIA youth.

  • GRIOT Circle:  $10,000 to provide financial relief to 100 vulnerable LGBTQ older adults, as well as funds to cover car service rides to doctor visits, grocery stores, and food banks, and staff delivery of meals and supplies to home-bound members. 

  • Haitian-American Community Coalition: $10,000 for virtual care technologies to provide continuity of care and client services for older adults, HIV-positive clients, and formerly homeless individuals.

  • Heights and Hills, Inc: $10,000 to support food and household items for over 2,000 older adult clients, and expansion of the volunteer force including 300 new background checks. 

  • Homecrest Community Services: $10,000 to provide emergency meal delivery to Asian seniors in Southern Brooklyn, prepared by a local Chinese restaurant.

  • Jews for Racial and Economic Justice: $10,000 to support Mutual Aid NYC, a hotline to connect vulnerable residents in communities of color who have limited access to technology with volunteers delivering groceries and prescriptions. 

  • LiveOn NY: $10,000 to support advocacy efforts to bridge crisis-level issues between nonprofit services providers and government officials on behalf of older New Yorkers in need.

  • Red Hook Initiative: $10,000 to provide increased translation services, adult and family counseling and screenings, and food distribution via Red Hook Farms.

  • Riseboro Community Partnership: $10,000 to provide meal delivery to 800 seniors who previously received congregate meals in nine now-closed senior centers.

  • Senior Citizens League of Flatbush: $10,000 to provide meal delivery to older adults in Midwood, Flatbush, Bay Ridge, Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay.

  • Spanish Speaking Elderly Council - RAICES: $10,000 to provide continuous support to older adult immigrants through new remote services, teleconferences, wellness calls, and food delivery support.

  • St. Nick's Alliance Corp.: $10,000 to support a full-time delivery driver to bring food from local pantries to residents of two NYCHA developments with high concentrations of older adults.

  • The Guardianship Project: $10,000 to support remote safety and wellness checks, as well as emergency food deliveries, for legal guardianship clients who are primarily older adults and individuals with disabilities.

  • University Settlement Society of New York: $10,000 to provide food and financial support for highly vulnerable older adults and low-income communities.

Immigrant Communities

  • Academy of Medical & Public Health Services: $10,000 to provide free mental health counseling services to immigrants in Sunset Park to meet the high demand by COVID-19.

  • Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services Corp.: $10,000 to increase capacity to meet the needs of Bangladeshi residents in the City Line neighborhood, including volunteer recruitment, materials translation and dissemination, distribution of halal food packages, and agency coordination.

  • Brooklyn Community Bail Fund: $10,000 to provide cash assistance and post-release support for immigration clients and their families.

  • Bushwick Mutual Aid - $10,000 to provide weekly groceries delivered by volunteers to more than 300 immigrant families in Bushwick.

  • Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens: $10,000 to provide undocumented immigrant clients with emergency food and financial assistance with rent, utilities, and fees for medical services.

  • Churches United for Fair Housing, Inc.: $10,000 for emergency cash assistance for undocumented congregants of three member churches, as well as ongoing work to provide affordable housing assistance, tenant and immigrant rights services, and resource referrals in Bushwick.

  • Council of Peoples Organization: $10,000 to provide meals to homebound older adults and a weekly food distribution, wellness calls to their senior center participants, and benefits assistance to low-wage workers.

  • Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation: $10,000 to provide very low income families with immediate financial assistance in the form of gift cards to local supermarkets and MetroCards.

  • Documented: $8,500 to provide Spanish-language reporting on the specific impacts of COVID-19 on immigrants—especially those who are undocumented—and to combat the spread of misinformation on WhatsApp.

  • DRUM - Desis Rising Up & Moving: "$10,000 to support South Asian and Indo-Caribbean working class undocumented immigrants in Kensington, including emergency food delivery, supplies, and building out a mutual aid network.

  • El Puente de Williamsburg: $10,000 to provide emergency food and financial aid to undocumented and food insecure immigrant families in Southside Williamsburg and Bushwick.

  • Endangered Language Alliance: $10,000 to support up to 50 Indigenous and Native American families in Borough Park, Sunset Park, Bensonhurst, and Bushwick with culturally appropriate food deliveries, cleaning supplies, funds to pay rent or utility bills, and a remote textiles workshop.

  • Equality Labs: $5,000 to provide South Asian specific public health materials on Coronavirus in 10 languages, digital security for South Asian-serving CBOs, and a blueprint for how to set up Mutual Aid networks. 

  • Haitian-American Community Coalition: $10,000 for virtual care technologies to provide continuity of care and client services for older adults, HIV-positive clients, and formerly homeless individuals.

  • Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees: $10,000 to build a mutual aid group for Haitian refugees and undocumented communities, to provide emergency food, health care information, and cash assistance, as well continuous provision of interpreters for remote legal support.

  • Make the Road New York: $10,000 to support newly unemployed low-wage workers as well as warehouse and delivery workers facing exposure, mandatory overtime, and demands to not call out sick.

  • Mexican Coalition: $10,000 to provide culturally appropriate food distribution and preventative health support for non-English and non-Spanish speaking indigenous people of K’iche’ (Guatemala and southern Mexico) in Borough Park, Bensonhurst, and Sunset Park.

  • Mixteca: $10,000 to provide financial relief to indigenous immigrant families in Sunset Park, prioritizing those who have recently lost their jobs as housekeepers, nannies, and restaurant workers.

  • Muslim Community Network: $10,000 to establish a hotline for vulnerable families and individuals to connect them with food and other resources, as well as stipends and materials for community members who can sew masks for essential workers.

  • New Sanctuary Coalition: $10,000 for a new Zoom pro se clinic for undocumented immigrants as well as a campaign among faith leaders to pressure ICE to release all detainees immediately.

  • New York Immigration Coalition: $10,000 to carry out an emergency-needs assessment of immigrant-serving organizations as well as emergency relief for 200 member organizations to cover costs related to deep cleaning, remote work needs, and technical assistance.​

  • New York State Youth Leadership Council: $10,000 to support efforts to provide direct cash assistance to undocumented New Yorkers, with a priority for women, Black immigrants, single parents, people with disabilities, and members of the LGBTQIA+ community

  • People in Need: $8,000 for a mutual aid network led by and serving low-income immigrant families in Kensington, including a food pantry operating out of a restaurant on Coney Island Avenue.

  • Queer Detainee Empowerment Project: $10,000 to provide groceries, sanitary supplies, medication, and cash assistance to LGBTQIA+ and GNC immigrants.

  • Spanish Speaking Elderly Council - RAICES: $10,000 to provide continuous support to older adult immigrants through new remote services, teleconferences, wellness calls, and food delivery support.

  • Turkish Cultural Center: $10,000 to provide immigrants and refugees in Southern Brooklyn with free meal service, translation services, benefits screening, and remote programming to promote wellbeing, as well as meals for medical workers at Brooklyn Hospital Center.


Low Wage Workers

  • Adhikaar for Human Rights and Social Justice: $10,000 to provide emergency grants to nail salon worker-members in need of urgent cash assistance, as well as to hire a nail salon member leader to enhance outreach to Brooklyn workers. 

  • Apna Brooklyn Community Center, Inc.: $7,000 to provide benefits assistance to Muslim immigrant low-wage workers in Brighton Beach and Coney Island.

  • Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation: $10,000 for community outreach—including emergency food, PPE, wellness checks, webinars, employment offerings, training for employment, mental health referrals, and financial counseling—for and led by NYCHA residents in East New York and Bedford Stuyvesant.

  • Brooklyn Bar Association Volunteer Lawyers Project - $10,000 for the VLP COVID-19 Frontline Workers Initiative that provides 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East members free legal services to prepare life planning documents, and for the VLP Probate Initiative that provides free legal services in probate matters for New York City residents facing the death of a family member from COVID-19.

  • CABS Home Attendants Service, Inc: $10,000 to provide supplies to protect frontline home care workers and enable the continuous provision of care to over 830 vulnerable Brooklyn residents.

  • Carroll Gardens Association: $10,000 to provide PPE and sanitary supplies to domestic worker members and support the development of a network of member-leaders trained to run neighborhood-based weekly support circles. 

  • Center for Family Life in Sunset Park: $10,000 to provide emergency cash assistance to 39 low-wage, undocumented worker-owners of CFL-supported cooperative small businesses in the cleaning industry to address the economic impact of lost wages.

  • Christopher Rose Community Empowerment Campaign, Inc.: $10,000 to field requests and provide support, supplies, food, and more to low-income Central Brooklyn families, many of whom are low-wage workers and immigrants.

  • Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation: $10,000 to provide very low income families with immediate financial assistance in the form of gift cards to local supermarkets and MetroCards.

  • Domestic Workers United: $10,000 to provide ongoing support for members through virtual town halls, technology to keep members connected, and emergency food assistance in partnership with Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees. 

  • Equality for Flatbush: $10,000 for the #BrooklynShowsLove Mutual Aid Project in Flatbush to connect neighbors to emergency funds for hourly wage workers such as dollar van drivers, home health aides, and street vendors.

  • Fifth Avenue Committee: $10,000 to provide benefits and entitlements access and support as well as emergency financial assistance to low-income people of color in Brooklyn.

  • Gender Equality Law Center: $10,000 to provide rapid response legal services to low-wage workers impacted by the Coronavirus—many of whom are women of color and/or undocumented immigrants.

  • Grow Brooklyn: $10,000 for remote Free Tax Prep Services for low income, communities of color to ensure maximum access to CARES Act stimulus payments.

  • Haitian Americans United for Progress, Inc: $10,000 to provide emergency cash assistance, support and counseling, and up-to-date COVID-19 health information to undocumented, low-wage workers who have been laid off or furloughed and cannot access government benefits.

  • Hot Bread Kitchen: $10,000 to support a comprehensive crisis response plan for low-income food industry workers and small businesses, including a resource hotline, direct financial assistance, and benefits screening, as well as meals for healthcare workers.

  • IMPACCT Brooklyn: $10,000 to provide financial assistance, protective supplies, food, and travel assistance to Black and Latinx, low-income households in Central Brooklyn.

  • Laundry Workers Center: $10,000 to provide immediate relief for essential laundromat workers from virus exposure and employer exploitation, including advocating for mandatory paid sick days, up-to-date health and workers’ rights information, and direct financial aid.

  • Little Essentials: $10,000 to support the collection and distribution of donated children’s supplies and diapers to vulnerable low-income families. 

  • Made in Brownsville: $10,000 to provide cash assistance for program alumni and creatives in East Brooklyn, particularly those in shelters and other vulnerable populations.

  • Make the Road New York: $10,000 to support newly unemployed low-wage workers as well as warehouse and delivery workers facing exposure, mandatory overtime, and demands to not call out sick.

  • Mixteca: $10,000 to provide financial relief to indigenous immigrant families in Sunset Park, prioritizing those who have recently lost their jobs as housekeepers, nannies, and restaurant workers.

  • Neighborhood Housing Services of Brooklyn: $10,000 to help prevent foreclosures among African-American homeowners, who are facing significant loss of income due to the pandemic.

  • New York Communities Organizing Fund: $10,000 to provide food and supply drops in working class communities of color, host web-based seminars, and help residents navigate financial assistance programs.

  • NYC Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYC NOWC INC): $10,000 to provide a Worker Cooperative Emergency Fund that will support workers in the most vulnerable industries and communities, and prioritize those not able to access government benefits.

  • Power of Two: $10,000 to provide remote parent coaching services and two months of baby essentials and protective masks to 150 families in Ocean Hill-Brownsville.

  • Street Vendor Project: $10,000 to the Street Vendor COVID-19 Emergency Fund to provide individual relief payments to members, as well as to support member organizing to advocate for  broader policy changes.

  • TakeRoot Justice: $10,000 to promote workers’ rightsespecially undocumented workers and domestic workersthrough economic justice advocacy, remote legal support, and the development of toolkits and online workshops to expand the capacity of mutual aid organizations.

  • UNITE HERE Local 100: $10,000 to support unemployed hospitality workers, including a worker assistance hotline in 6 languages, and financial assistance for food, prescription drugs, and transportation.

  • UnLocal: $10,000 to support undocumented workers through remote benefits screenings and informational webinars, as well as to provide technical assistance to restaurant groups to help their employees.

  • Worker's Justice Project: $10,000 to support and protect day laborers and domestic workers, including providing direct cash assistance and personal protective equipment.

  • Yemeni American Merchants Association: $10,000 to provide COVID-19 related updates and resources to bodega owners, as well as to create and distribute Bodega Safety Kits with protective gear and bilingual health and safety information.

Domestic Violence

  • Black Women's Blueprint: $10,000 for their Mobile Healing Unit to provide food, toiletries, and general support to survivors of domestic violence of African descent quarantined in the same household as their abusers, as well as to purchase HIPAA-compliant software and create a reliable mass-text system for information sharing.

  • The Brave House: $10,000 to support young immigrant women in Brooklyn who are survivors of gender-based violence through care packages, virtual events, wellness checks, and ongoing legal services. 

  • Day One New York: $10,000 to provide virtual supportive services and emergency services to Brooklyn-based survivors of domestic violence and dating abuse, as well as online resources, training, and tools to students and teachers to address spiking rates of tech-based abuse and harm within households.

  • The Healing Center: $10,000 to provide support services and emergency food boxes to immigrant survivors of family violence in Sunset Park and Bay Ridge.

  • Her Justice Inc.: $10,000 to provide essential services for Brooklyn survivors of domestic and other gender-based violence in immigration, child support and consumer debt matters.

  • Milagros Day Worldwide: $5,000 for bilingual virtual support groups, summits and workshops, and referrals to shelters, food delivery, and crisis intervention for survivors of domestic violence.

  • NIA Community Services Network: $10,000 to provide wellness care packages, grocery gift cards, and individualized assistance to 200 immigrant families and families of color with low incomes.

  • Safe Horizon: $10,000 to promote the health and safety of survivors of domestic violence and its essential frontline staff through increased cleaning, wages, and technology to provide video conference counseling and legal services.

  • Sakhi for South Asian Women: $10,000 to provide social support to South Asian survivors of domestic abuse, as well as safe home delivery of food, direct emergency assistance, and one-time emergency purchases including emergency rent, bill payment.

  • Sanctuary for Families: $10,000 to continue and enhance emergency services for immigrant survivors of abuse in Brooklyn, including housing, food, supplies, and legal support.

  • Shine Foundation: $10,000 to provide survivors of domestic violence and their families living in emergency shelters with medicine, hygiene products, and diapers, as well as financial advice and support.

  • The Urban Justice Center, Domestic Violence Project: $10,000 for direct assistance and programmatic support for vulnerable survivors of domestic violence.

  • Womankind: $10,000 to provide overtime and hazard pay for staff in its emergency residence for survivors of domestic violence as well as direct financial support for its clients.


 

Youth and Children

  • ACE Integration Head Start: $10,000 to provide grocery gift cards to immigrant families in Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant enrolled in the organization’s early childhood programs. 

  • The Alex House Project: $10,000 to provide virtual programming and support for vulnerable expecting young mothers and young parents.​

  • Brownsville Community Justice Center: $10,000 to provide emergency services and supplies to vulnerable youth and families

  • Center for Alternative Sentencing and Employment Services (CASES): $10,000 to purchase and distribute supplies to young people enrolled in the organization’s high school equivalency preparation classes and Jobs for American’s Graduates employment program.

  • Center for Urban Pedagogy: $10,000 to provide parents with information on their rights while navigating NYC Administration for Children’s Services during the COVID-19 pandemic in partnership with Brooklyn Defender Services.

  • Children of the City: $10,000 to provide holistic support and essential items to children and their families with low incomes residing in Sunset Park

  • Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative: $10,000 to provide continuous remote counseling and support to young people exposed to violence or who are victims of violence, and older adults who are victims of elder abuse. 

  • Drive Change: $10,000 for direct cash assistance to out-of-work restaurant and hospitality fellows, as well as to provide resources to transition its culinary training program for formerly incarcerated citizens to online remote learning. 

  • Educators For Excellence: $10,000 to support a network of teachers with resources for community-building and advocacy, including a virtual Town Hall with key district stakeholders to elevate the voices of educators and the needs of vulnerable students related to the COVID-19 crisis. 

  • Elite Learners, Inc.: $10,000 to purchase and deliver emergency food for youth and their families in Brownsville and East Flatbush.

  • Extreme Kids & Crew: $10,000 for continuous support and supplies for families of children with developmental disabilities, who are facing greater challenges without the resources and structure schools provide.

  • exalt: $10,000 to provide increased stipends to court-involved youth and alumni of its diversion programs in order to help alleviate economic hardship due to COVID-19.

  • Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project: $10,000 for outreach, technology purchases, and advocacy to support English Language Learners navigating the challenges of remote learning. 

  • Girl Be Heard: $10,000 to respond to the emerging emotional and material needs of vulnerable girls and gender expansive youth. 

  • Girls for Gender Equity: $10,000 to provide stipends to its youth members, including funds for food, phone and internet, support for remote learning and other emerging challenges, and convening over 100 youth service providers weekly to coordinate resources and strategies.

  • Good Call NYC: $10,000 for a digital awareness campaign in lieu of community outreach to promote the 24/7 legal support hotline for individuals who are arrested or their family members.

  • Inspiring Minds NYC: $10,000 to provide remote learning, social-emotional support, and stipends for internships to vulnerable Brooklyn youth. 

  • IntegrateNYC: $10,000 for a multilingual youth hotline to connect NYC high school students to resources related to housing, food, healthcare, educational access, and community.

  • Jeremiah Program Brooklyn: $10,000 to provide Brownsville families headed by single mothers food, cleaning, and infant supplies, as well as virtual family programming and technology to support school and work from home.

  • John Jay College Foundation: $10,000 for emergency grants for undocumented and immigrant John Jay College students living Brooklyn, who are ineligible for government support.

  • Kings Against Violence Initiative: $10,000 to provide continuous support to vulnerable youth in Central Brooklyn through a secure telehealth platform for one-on-one counseling, social worker participation in webinars, technology updates, and emergency transportation and food assistance.

  • New Yorkers For Children: $10,000 to provide aged-out foster care youth who are neither employed or enrolled in school with emergency grants for rent, utility bills, medical expenses, groceries, cleaning supplies; technology for remote work and learning, baby essentials, and other needs.

  • Pure Legacee Inc: $10,000 to support vulnerable young women of color directly impacted by the criminal justice system and who are aging out of foster care, by providing emergency financial support and virtual support services.

  • Red Hook Art Project, Inc.: $10,000 for on-site emergency food distribution and free virtual visual art and music instruction, academic assistance, and stress management for children and youth in Red Hook.

  • Red Hook Initiative: $10,000 to provide increased translation services, adult and family counseling and screenings, and food distribution via Red Hook Farms.

  • Sadie Nash Leadership Project: $10,000 to provide care packages of food and cleaning supplies, laptops, mental health support, and financial assistance to its youth of color members.

  • S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective: $10,000 to provide holistic support for girls & TGNC youth of color, including virtual programming and counseling, tutoring, family conflict intervention, agency referrals, and costs related to emergency food, bills, and rent.

  • Tomorrow's Leaders NYC: $10,000 to provide virtual support for over-age middle and high-school students in East New York, monthly financial assistance to students and their family, and laptops for academic and creative interactive learning.


​People with Compromised Immune Systems

  • After Hours Project: $10,000 to provide up to date guidance, cleaning and hygiene supplies, and food to vulnerable clients, including older adults and people with compromised immune systems who are homeless, living with AIDS or HIV, have a serious mental illness, or are active substance users.

  • Bridging Access to Care: $10,000 to support increased communication and connectivity between staff and clients who are people of color, living with HIV/AIDS, with low-incomes through the purchase of phone minutes, new mobile devices, expanded telehealth services, and remote connectivity software and hotspots.Chai4ever: $10,000 to provide emergency food and supplies and financial aid to seriously ill parents of school aged children who are isolated from their families due to greater risk of COVID-19. 

  • Chai4ever: $10,000 to provide emergency food and supplies and financial aid to seriously ill parents of school aged children who are isolated from their families due to greater risk of COVID-19. 

  • Community Options New York Inc.: $10,000 to support in-home and resident-based care for persons with disabilities, including enhanced measures to reduce the spread of disease, training for essential workers, staff reimbursements, and the purchase of cleaning supplies.

  • Haitian-American Community Coalition: $10,000 for virtual care technologies to provide continuity of care and client services for older adults, HIV-positive clients, and formerly homeless individuals.

  • La Nueva Esperanza, Inc.: $10,000 to provide emergency financial assistance and PPE for undocumented, unstably housed, Black and Latinx HIV+ residents of Bushwick and Williamsburg.


​Small Business Relief and Social Enterprise Development

  • Accion East Inc.: $10,000 to provide support to 115 entrepreneurs in Brooklyn and launch an emergency relief fund for small businesses.

  • The Black Institute, Inc.: $10,000 for a COVID-19 small business response program that provides one-on-one counseling for MWBE and immigrant members and advocates for an equitable economic recovery program at the city and state levels.

  • Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A: $10,000 to provide free remote legal services for homeowners, tenants, and small business owners impacted by the crisis in Brooklyn’s communities of color.

  • Business Center for New Americans: $10,000 to support immigrant and refugee small and micro business owners with client services, webinars, assistance in accessing relief programs, emergency loans, and cash grants.

  • Center for Family Life in Sunset Park: $10,000 to provide emergency cash assistance to 39 low-wage, undocumented worker-owners of CFL-supported cooperative small businesses in the cleaning industry to address the economic impact of lost wages.

  • East New York Restoration LDC: $10,000 to provide PPE and resources for reopening to small businesses, non-traditional workers, low wage workers, and people who have recently been released from incarceration in East New York, including hiring local youth to assist with distribution and promotion of available resources. 

  • Flatbush Development Corporation: $10,000 to support the area’s immigrant and women-owned small businesses to prevent closures, increase access to financial lifelines, and mitigate the impact of lost wages.

  • Grameen America, Inc.: $10,000 to provide women of color business owners in Brooklyn with emergency financial assistance, including eliminating interest on current loans and offering loan extensions. 

  • Renaissance Economic Development Corporation: $10,000 to provide emergency loans to small businesses in Sunset Park, Bensonhurst, Bay Ridge, and Sheepshead Bay.

  • Represented Foundation: $6,500 for an intensive leadership development program for Black and Latinx social entrepreneurs working on community-generated solutions to the COVID-19 crisis, launching in June 2020.

  • Volunteers of Legal Services (VOLS): $10,000 to maintain critical legal services for Brooklyn clients and to launch emergency response efforts, including securing economic relief for unemployed workers and small businesses.

Bias Attacks Against Asian Americans

  • Apex for Youth Inc: $10,000 to create a series of initiatives to serve the social and emotional needs of Asian American youth who have been affected by the spread of COVID-19, with a focus on addressing racism and anti-Asian harassment.

  • Asian American Federation: $10,000 for the Advocate, Educate, and Mitigate Against Hate Initiative to coordinate protections for the Asian community in Brooklyn.

  • The Center for Anti-Violence Education: $5,000 for an online Upstander workshop that teaches participants how to address bias incidents particularly against Asian communities.

  • Chinese-American Planning Council: $10,000 to provide education and advocacy to address anti-Asian harassment, as well as disease prevention measures and support, particularly for vulnerable elderly populations.​

  • National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance: $10,000 for organizing, community healing, and mental health services for LGBTQ+ Asian American, South Asian, and Southeast Asian coalition leaders in Brooklyn, with a focus on responding to hate violence, harassment, and micro-aggressions against Asian Americans.

  • SupChina: $10,000 to support reporting on the growing tide of anti-Asian and anti-Chinese sentiment and to raise legal funds for Chinese-American scientists unjustly accused of being spies.


Healthcare

  • Afrolatin@ Project, Inc.: $7,000 to assemble and distribute PPE to Brooklyn hospitals serving communities of color.

  • Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health: $10,000 to create a centralized free online source of validated, accurate, culturally competent, and up-to-date information and resources on COVID-19 for a network of 70 CBOs focused on addressing the social determinants of health.

  • Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corps: $10,000 to sustain the services of volunteer EMTs and paramedics responding to 911 calls in Bedford-Stuyvesant.

  • Betances Health Center: $10,000 to offset projected revenue losses and retain staff at its Central Brooklyn health center, and purchase telehealth equipment so that it can continue to provide a full-scope of primary care services throughout the crisis.

  • The Brooklyn Hospital Foundation: $10,000 to purchase reusable face masks, hand sanitizer, and antibacterial soaps to dispense to community members beyond the hospital’s walls for a Community Day event.

  • Brownsville Community Development Corporation>: $10,000 to support COVID-19 testing and health education outreach for low-income people of color at the organization’s Brownsville location.

  • Caribbean Women's Health Association, Inc: $10,000 to provide immediate financial support for vulnerable pregnant or postpartum clients in Flatbush, East Flatbush, Brownsville, or East New York.

  • Community Options New York Inc.: $10,000 to support in-home and resident-based care for persons with disabilities, including enhanced measures to reduce the spread of disease, training for essential workers, staff reimbursements, and the purchase of cleaning supplies.

  • Global Trauma Research: $10,000 for multilingual telehealth therapy and psychiatry support groups for immigrants, refugees, and others without access to health insurance, as well as assistance for therapists of color and linguistic healers to increase their service to Brooklyn’s communities of color during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Haitian-American Community Coalition: $10,000 for virtual care technologies to provide continuity of care and client services for older adults, HIV-positive clients, and formerly homeless individuals.


LGBTQIAGNC Communities

  • The Ali Forney Center: $10,000 to provide on-site and remote basic necessities, including housing placements and referrals, to-go food, case management, primary and mental health care, vocational and educational programming, and sanitary supplies for runaway and homeless LGBTQ youth.
     
  • Arts Business Collaborative: $10,000 for a partnership with For the Gworls to provide travel services for Black TGNC people to safely access medical care and financial support for co-pays, with priority for people with disabilities and those who are immunocompromised.
     
  • AsylumConnect: $10,000 for a free technology platform to connect LGBTQ+ asylum seekers, students, and other marginalized LGBTQ+ people to verified LGBTQ+ affirming and immigrant friendly legal, medical, mental health, and social services. 
     
  • Black Excellence Collective: $10,000 for a Black LGBTQIA+ mutual aid relief fund for vulnerable community members, including older adults, people with disabilities, those who engage in sex work, people who are undocumented, and those who are housing insecure.
     
  • Black Trans Media: $10,000 to provide Black TGNC people and low-income communities of color in Brooklyn with supplies, cooked meals, groceries, and support as well as digital spaces for organizing and documenting communities' response to the pandemic.
     
  • Brooklyn Community Pride Center: $10,000 for COVID-19 Care Packages that food, sanitary products, and household essentials delivered to transgender and gender non-conforming people of color in partnership with
     
  • Fearless Femme 100: $7,500 to provide free mental health services to queer Black and Indigenous residents in Brooklyn.
     
  • Immigration Equality: $10,000 to support LGBTQ asylum seekers in Brooklyn, including legal representation and resource referrals, and advocating for the release of immunocompromised persons with HIV in detention.
     
  • Translatina Networks: $10,000 to provide emergency food access, supermarket gift cards, and essential health and hygiene items to its Latinx and other transgender and gender non-conforming (TGNC) members.

People Who Are Formerly or Currently Incarcerated

  • Brownsville Think Tank Matters: $10,000 to provide people returning from incarceration with PPE, gift cards, food packages, transportation, and restorative justice circles with fellow community members and police officers in partnership with Incredible Credible Messengers.

  • Center for NuLeadership on Urban Solutions: $10,000 to provide post-release support for returning citizens in Brooklyn, including legal advocacy and community connections.

  • Correctional Association of New York: $10,000 to support research and advocacy on the impacts of COVID-19 on people in prison, calls for early release and clemency, and rationale for future decarceration based on the nexus of racial inequality, mass incarceration, and disasters.

  • Dream Deferred Inc.: $10,000 for food gift cards for women and LGBTQ people released from New York prisons and jails since March 2020 residing in Brooklyn, in partnership with Witness to Mass Incarceration Inc.

  • Friends of Island Academy: $10,000 to support the immediate needs of its young people during the crisis, including 80 youth who have returned home from jail to neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn, and 45 Brooklyn-based youth currently in custody at Rikers Island and Horizon Juvenile Center.

  • The Gathering for Justice: The Gathering for Justice: $10,000 to support people released from city and state carceral facilities with basic needs, and support for families of people who remain incarcerated.

  • The Ladies of Hope Ministries: $10,000 to provide stipends for food delivery for women recently released from Rikers Island and New York State prisons, as well as nutritious plant-based meal and care packages for 400 Woodhull and 2,500 Bellevue doctors and nurses.

  • Refoundry: $10,000 for the Mask Makers Project, which provides 20 formerly incarcerated people with the tools and supplies to sew washable and adjustable fabric masks for people incarcerated at Rikers Island.

  • Release Aging People in Prison - RAPP: $10,000 to advocate for the release of older adults in prison, who are at greater risk of contracting COVID-19.

  • SWOP Brooklyn: $8,000 to support a partnership with SWOP Behind Bars and G.L.I.T.S. to provide reentry services for sex workers recently released from incarceration at Rikers Island, including housing, hygiene, and food.


People Who Are Homeless or Housing Unstable

  • After Hours Project: $10,000 to provide up to date guidance, cleaning and hygiene supplies, and food to vulnerable clients, including older adults and people with compromised immune systems who are homeless, living with AIDS or HIV, have a serious mental illness, or are active substance users.

  • HousingPlus: $10,000 to provide comprehensive support for women and children transitioning out of homelessness living in the organization’s transitional buildings in Central Brooklyn.

  • Neighbors Together: $10,000 to provide for additional staff and costs related to transitioning its sit down community cafe to provide take out meals, as well as for advocacy outreach prioritizing the needs of homeless and low-income Brooklynites.

  • Precious Dreams Foundation: $10,000 to deliver “comfort bags” of bedtime essentials to 400 children living in transitional housing in Brooklyn. 

  • Providence House, Inc.: $10,000 to promote the safety and care of chronically homeless women and children residing in transitional shelters and supportive housing, including increased building cleanings, food assistance, and internet access for remote learning. 

  • VOCAL-NY: $10,000 for vital hygiene and harm reduction services to people who are homeless and people who use drugs, as well as advocacy to reduce prison and jail populations, where people cannot protect themselves from the spread of disease. 


Community Artist Relief

  • BUFU: $10,000 to provide stipends for communities’ artists, healers, and organizers who are leading programming on the CLOUD 9 rapid-response mutual aid platform.

  • Groundswell Community Mural Project: $10,000 to support the Emergency Artivist Fund, which will provide immediate financial assistance to the teaching artists community experiencing extreme financial instability.

  • Haiti Cultural Exchange: $7500 to provide virtual platforms for artists and support to culture workers of Haitian descent.

  • Theatre of the Oppressed NYC: $10,000 to provide financial support to community artists.


Local Media

 

  • City Limits, Inc.: $10,000 to support reporting coverage on the health, economic, social, and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the hardest hit neighborhoods in New York City.
     
  • Documented: $8,500 to provide Spanish-language reporting on the specific impacts of COVID-19 on immigrants—especially those who are undocumented—and to combat the spread of misinformation on WhatsApp.
     
  • OMnp Inc.: $10,000 for the BK Reader news site to provide daily information dissemination to communities of color in Central Brooklyn, a social distancing social media campaign, and documenting the crisis for the historical record.

Community Safety and Liberty

  • WeCopwatch: $3,000 to create an online guide with strategies on how to document the police when stopped, or as a bystander, in a manner that can keep one safe from COVID-19, outlining citizens’ rights during the current “shelter in place” order.