Brooklyn Community Foundation Announces Final Round of Grants for 2011; Year’s Giving Totals $4.5 Million to Brooklyn’s Nonprofit Community

The Brooklyn Community Foundation has announced 37 new grants to Brooklyn-serving nonprofits totaling $668,000, bringing its 2011 giving to $4.5 million to Brooklyn’s nonprofit community.

Founded in 2009 to build a stronger, broader giving community in
Brooklyn, the Community Foundation seeks to generate new resources to address significant needs in New York City’s most populous borough. The Brooklyn Community Foundation’s grantmaking supports the best ideas and most effective nonprofit programs throughout Brooklyn’s 70 neighborhoods, with the strongest investment in areas with high economic need and under resourced community facilities.

“With the generous assistance of our growing community of donors, we’re deploying critical resources into our neighborhoods to take on our borough’s most daunting challenges,” said Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber. “Our deep knowledge of Brooklyn, its communities, and its nonprofits means that donors to the Foundation will see their dollars go further and have greater impact on the issues they care about. The Brooklyn Community Foundation invests in the ‘innerstructure’ of communities to keep them strong, vibrant, and Brooklyn beautiful.”

The new grants are awarded through the Community Foundation’s five community impact funds:

  • Education and Youth Achievement Fund: 13 grants at $267,500 for afterschool, college readiness, literacy, and youth development programs, including $50,000 to the Brooklyn Movement Center to support the development of a turnaround plan to improve academic achievement levels in Community School District 16, the lowest performing school district in Brooklyn, which includes parts of Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, and Brownsville.
  • Community Development Fund: 4 grants at $130,000 for housing and workforce development programs, including $30,000 to Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation to support three green community development projects including new affordable housing for seniors in Cypress Hills/East New York. 

  • Caring Neighbors Fund: 7 grants at $108,000 for food access, health, senior independence, and homeless services, including $25,000 to Brooklyn Community Housing and Services for a nationally recognized supportive housing initiative to prevent homelessness among Brooklyn’s most at-risk populations, including formerly homeless seniors, many of whom struggle with mental illness and substance abuse issues. 

  • Green Communities Fund: 5 grants at $95,000 for environmental advocacy, education, and job training programs, including $35,000 to Added Value to support a unique “green collar jobs” training program for young adult residents of Red Hook on a community farm located on NYCHA property. 
  • Arts for All Fund: 8 grants at $67,500 for community engagement and youth arts programs, including $5,000 to PS 217 in Flatbush to sustain visual arts, theater, music, dance, and writing programs for 1400 students originally made possible through a Federal Magnet grant, which ended in September.
For the complete list of the new grants, click here

Many of the grants are designed in partnership with grantees to challenge or “encourage” giving from their communities to the nonprofit’s work. Examples of leverage include a $25,000 grant to Weeksville Heritage Center in Crown Heights to provide an additional $50 for all gifts over $150 to the Joan Maynard Circle of Giving to support their new Education & Cultural Arts center; a $15,000 grant to the Arab American Association’s Family Education Initiative to stimulate grassroots community support in honor of their 10th Anniversary; and a $15,000 grant to Mixteca to raise money locally for their tutoring and education programs for young Mexican immigrants.

During 2011, the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s second full year of grantmaking, it made over 150 grants and launched two multi-year initiatives: the Central Brooklyn STEM, an afterschool  robotics program for elementary, middle, and high school students in partnership with NYU-Poly, and Brooklyn Greens, a environmental improvement collaboration between three community-based organizations in Bedford Stuyvesant, South Williamsburg, and Cypress Hills/East New York to begin the creation of a “green master plan” for Brooklyn. In addition, the Community Foundation launched the Knight Community Information Challenge-winning Brooklyn Bureau news website in partnership with City Limits, awarded ten Brooklyn high school students the Peter Jay Sharp Youth Arts Fellowship, and continued its leadership of the Haitian Community Hope and Healing Fund, which supports case management, legal, and mental health services in Brooklyn communities directly affected by the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.

In 2012, the Community Foundation will have a single grantmaking cycle in January instead of the two cycles it ran in 2011. Nonprofit organizations seeking grants from the Brooklyn Community Foundation can only apply online between January 1st to January 31st. Grant awards will be made in June 2012.  Learn more at

 2011 Cycle 2 Grants Listing

Education and Youth Achievement | Community Development | Caring NeighborsArts for All | Green Communities

Education and Youth Achievement FUND
Grantmaking strategy: Ensure that children have access to superior educational and extracurricular opportunities that encourage career interests, mentoring relationships, and development of leadership skills. Also supports English-language literacy and continuing education programs.

Capacity Building

$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. Boroughwide 

$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    

After School, College Access, and Youth Development
$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 

$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. Boroughwide *Challenge Grant    

$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. Boroughwide *Challenge Grant

$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     

Grantmaking strategy: Help stabilize and enhance neighborhoods through affordable housing and workforce development programs. 
Capacity Building       
$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. Boroughwide   
$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       
Workforce Development
$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. Boroughwide  
$25,000 to Per Scholas Inc. to support the Computer Technician Training (CTT) Program, a highly successful IT workforce development program . Boroughwide     
Grantmaking strategy: Support organizations that help families, seniors, the disabled and others who face immediate or longer-term threats of hunger, homelessness, isolation, or unmet health needs.
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 *Challenge Grant
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's Transportation Assistance program, which offers safe, comfortable rides to and from medical centers and doctors appointments for seriously ill children and their caregivers. Boroughwide     
$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     
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 *Challenge Grant
Supportive Housing  
$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. Boroughwide        
$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. Boroughwide *Challenge Grant

Arts for All FUND
Grantmaking strategy: Invest in Brooklyn’s cultural organizations, which provide access, enlightenment, and enjoyment for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities—through programs in schools, local theaters, museums, institutes and public spaces.
Capacity 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. Boroughwide *Challenge Grant  
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 *Challenge Grant
Youth Arts
$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    *Challenge grant
$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   *Challenge Grant
$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 *Challenge Grant
$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

Grantmaking strategy: Increase and sustain open space and waterfront access, encourage green practices and healthy food initiatives, and help create green job opportunities.

Environmental Advocacy and Education

$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
Open Space
$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       
Workforce 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