Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - April 2019

April 16, 2019

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward 

Our News

Incubator Project: Free Co-Working Space & $5K Grant for Emerging Nonprofits

We’re now accepting applications from early-state nonprofits and community leaders for our Incubator Project in partnership with Brooklyn Creative League.

The program includes 18 months of rent-free co-working space at Brooklyn Creative League for up to 3 staff members or volunteers, as well as a seed grant of $5,000.

Applications are due by Friday, May 10th at 5PM.

RSVP for one of our Incubator Project information sessions to learn more!

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$100,000 Spark Prize for Brooklyn Nonprofits

We are pleased to announce the return of our annual $100,000 Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits! We are now accepting online applications through Friday, May 10, 2019.

Any Brooklyn nonprofit organization with an annual operating budget of $350,000 or more and a minimum of five years in operation is invited to apply

Applicants must submit a 1,000-word essay addressing the following criteria:

  • Born in Brooklyn: A deep history in Brooklyn and continued commitment to serving the borough.  
  • Commitment to Equity: Examples of work to advance racial and social justice for all Brooklynites.
  • Values Driven: Articulated institutional values that permeate through all aspects of their work.
  • Vision for Future: A dynamic vision for the future of their work in Brooklyn and beyond. 

We especially encourage organizations that are not current Brooklyn Community Foundation grantees to apply!  

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Funding & Opportunities 

Brooklyn Community Foundation's YOUTH VOICE AWARDS is a youth-led grant making program that sees youth as central players in making decisions around supporting youth-centered and youth-led projects. In partnership with nonprofits and supervising adults, Brooklyn youth can apply for small grants to respond to challenges in their neighborhoods or schools. Applications must be submitted by Friday, May 3rd, 2019. Learn more at

Brooklyn Community Foundation supports local immigrant rights efforts through its Immigrant Rights Fund’s Sustained Response and Action Fund grants. Sustained Response: The Foundation has issued a Request for Conversations with immigrant-serving organizations seeking support ranging from $10,000 to $25,000 for organizing, mental health services, community safety, and legal services. Action Fund: Grant requests for up to $2,500 are considered on a rolling basis, and can support civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, public education, action planning, and event logistics. Learn more here.

The Andrus Family Fund fosters just and sustainable change in the United States. They do this by supporting organizations that advance social justice and improve outcomes for vulnerable youth ages 16-24. They are inviting innovative and bold organizations that provide and deliver high quality direct services which are developmentally and culturally appropriate for older youth to be successful and thrive. Andrus Family Fund will be accepting Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) from April 17, 2019 to May 17, 2019.

Coro New York is currently recruiting high school students for its Coro's Participatory Budgeting Youth Fellowship (PBYF) program. PBYF builds the leadership skills of young New Yorkers who are committed to lifting up youth voices and leading change. This paid program offers high school students intensive leadership training, hands-on work experience, and ongoing support to promote greater youth involvement in New York City’s Participatory Budgeting (PB) process, in which City Council members dedicate at least $1 million for local residents as young as eleven to decide how it is spent. Learn more about the program and application here.

The Brooklyn Museum announces its first-ever award for emerging Brooklyn artists. The $25,000 UOVO Prize, named for its sponsor, an NYC-based fine arts storage company, will be awarded annually to an artist living or working in Brooklyn. In addition to the cash award, the selected artist will also receive a solo exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum and a public installation on the facade of UOVO’s forthcoming Bushwick facility. Scheduled to open in fall 2019, UOVO is expected to be the largest art storage facility in Brooklyn.

Co-Impact is now inviting applications. Co-Impact supports a small number of transformative systems-change initiatives working to bring about significant and enduring improvements in the lives of millions of people in low- and middle-income countries in the Global South. Their second round of grants will focus on Early Childhood Development and Jobs, Skills, and/or Livelihoods. Applications are due before midnight EDT on April 30th.

Through the CRE Rising Fund, expert Community Resource Exchange consultants partner with small nonprofits to complete no-cost consulting engagements. These projects help the selected nonprofits further meet the needs of their target populations. To apply, organizations are asked to define a specific project requiring assistance. This program enables CRE to partner with nonprofits and community-based organizations that do not otherwise have access to our consulting, coaching, and training services. Awardees are selected through a short application process. Apply to the 2019 CRE Rising Fund, click here.

DYCD is excited to announce the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development's first-ever Luis Garden Acosta Bridging Communities mini-grant application, open now through April 22.

Kresge Foundation launches new funding opportunity to improve housing affordability, health outcomes in U.S. cities. Two-year grants of up to $400,000 will support community-led policy and system changes that reduce displacement, segregation, and gentrification; support innovative funding strategies that better connect housing and health sectors; and recognize multi-sectoral partnerships that preserve and increase the supply of stable housing in low-income communities. Applications are open until May 7, 2019.

Resist, a foundation that supports people’s movements for justice and liberation, is accepting applications for their General Support, Multi-Year, Accessibility, and Rapid Response grants. Learn more about the grants and application instructions here.

NoVo is launching The Life Story Grants, a new $10 million, 3-year commitment for programs in the U.S that open exit ramps and close on-ramps to commercial sexual exploitation. These new grants will complement and deepen our longstanding work by funding system-focused strategies that help close on-ramps into commercial sexual exploitation and open exit ramps across six “moments”: housing, medical needs, law enforcement, trauma and mental health, immigration, and systems impacting youth. They are inviting Letters of Inquiry for the new funding opportunity now through April 19, 2019. Details here.

TD Charitable Foundation is accepting applications for its nonprofit employee training program. Grants of up to $1,000 will be awarded to eligible community-based organizations so that employees can attend an approved class/course that enhances their job performance. Learn more here.

The Weinberg Foundation is seeking high-quality capital projects in Maryland, Northeastern Pennsylvania, Hawaii, Chicago, New York City, San Francisco, rural communities throughout the United States, and the State of Israel. The Foundation will consider capital projects that incorporate evidence-based best practices and provide direct services for low-income and vulnerable populations, including older adults, families, children, and youth. Projects will receive full consideration regardless of the requested grant amount—whether $100,000 or more than $1 million. Learn more here.

J.M. Kaplan Fund is pleased to announce the launch of the 2019 edition of The J.M.K. Innovation Prize. The Prize seeks to identify, support, and elevate innovators who are spearheading transformative early-stage projects in the fields of the environment, heritage conservation, and social justice. In 2019, we will award up to ten Prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 for project expenses, for a total award of $175,000. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network, providing trainings and tools for ascendant changemakers. The application deadline is April 30, 2019.

The Pelican Foundation for Creative Education is offering grants of $500 to New York City teachers of all disciplines. They will fund innovative projects for classroom teachers who seek to enhance their classroom lessons with creative activities. Access the application here.

Around Brooklyn  

The Youth Open Up! Conference is on April 20th, 2019. Join our Youth Activists at the YWCA Brooklyn from 1-7pm to learn more about youth change making in our community! RSVP.

BREATHE Circles For My Brothas will be holding a four part healing workshop series for men between ages 13-18 at 1000 Dean Street, Suite 307. These events occur every Saturday from April 6th to April 27th. Participants are expected to attend all four sessions. Email for more information.

Rebellious Root is excited to launch our inaugural 3-day urban retreat and youth worker institute called “Seeding Possibilities” on May 30-June 1, 2019 in Brooklyn, NY. Deadline to apply: Friday, April 19th. For questions, please email:

Lifetime Arts offers Creative Aging training and networking in April and MayStaff members from NYC senior centers are invited to attend upcoming free Creative Aging programming training and networking events in April and May offered by Lifetime Arts in partnership with the borough arts councils and LiveOn NY. In May, attend Creative Aging Residencies: Reflecting on Partnerships & Preparing for the Culminating Event. Register today!
Brooklyn Historical Society and Pratt Institute are pleased to announce the opening of the student-curated exhibition The Photographs of Builder Levy: Humanity in the Streets, on display at Brooklyn Historical Society from April 26 through August 11, 2019. This exhibition showcases a selection of images documenting everyday life in New York City from the 1960s to 1980s, through the lens of Brooklyn-bred photographer Builder Levy. In connection with the exhibition, Brooklyn Historical Society is hosting a public program on May 2, 2019 at 6:30 pm, titled Photography through a Civic Lens: Builder Levy and Brian Palmer in Conversation with Bonnie Yochelson. The program brings together Levy, and visual journalist Brian Palmer to reflect on the common threads in their art. Bonnie Yochelson, photo-historian and independent curator, moderates. Tickets are available at

Win $20,000 to start your own business in Brooklyn! Enter Brooklyn Public Library's PowerUP! Business Plan Competition to gain valuable financial and marketing skills, learn from local business mentors, and compete for our biggest cash prize ever to help fund your dream.

BRIC is has announce the third annual BRIC OPEN, an arts and ideas festival. This year’s festival interrogates the possibilities of justice and empathy and creates space to find freedom in self-expression and to witness others in their full humanity. All events are FREE.

All Good Work Foundation is offering donated workspace in for nonprofits and social enterprises across Brooklyn (and Manhattan), including spaces in Red Hook, Sunset Park, Crown Heights, Bushwick, Williamsburg, and Greenpoint. Space includes shared desks or private offices in coworking spaces or business centers for a program fee of $25-$50/person/month. Learn more here.

It’s time to make your block bloom! 25th Annual Greenest Block in Brooklyn Contest. Enter online until June 1. Round up your neighbors and enter your block in Brooklyn’s friendliest competition. The contest is open to all residential and business blocks in Brooklyn. See photos of last year’s winners at

The New Museum's NEW INC is a shared workspace incubator program supporting an interdisciplinary community of 100 people each year. The year-long program runs from September to August and is designed to support creative practitioners as they pursue a sustainable practice or bring new business to life. Individuals and teams of up to four people who work at the intersection of art, design, and technology are invited to apply. Deadline: April 20, 2019 Learn more

Join New York State Senator Zellnor Myrie for these upcoming events:

  • Know Your Rights: Tenant Rights. Tuesday, April 23, 6-8pm at CAMBA Home Base 1117 Eastern Parkway.
  • Budget Town Hall. Saturday, May 4, 3-5pm at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf, 260 Eastern Parkway.
  • Housing Forum. Thursday, May 9, 7-9pm at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf, 260 Eastern Parkway.
  • Get Civic Minded: Housing Series, Part 2 with Assembly member Diana C. Richardson. Saturday, May 18th, 2-4pm. MS 61, 400 Empire Blvd

BRIC Stoop Share is a subsidized rental program for nonprofit organizations in the BRIC House neighborhood. The BRIC House neighborhood is defined as zip codes 11201, 11205, 11211, 11217, 11238, and 11251.

Maharlika Cleaning Cooperative is a worker-owned business whose mission is to create sustainable, just and healthy workplaces for our community, clients and member-owners. Committed to providing high quality, eco-friendly office cleaning services while creating stable and decent jobs through promotion of democratic decision-making, education and living wages, Maharlika is seeking new clients in in the New York City area.

Spoke the Hub, a multidisciplinary arts center with spaces in Park Slope and Gowanus, offers low-cost rentals for rehearsals, classes, auditions, performances, events, meetings, film screenings, and more. For more information, email Lori Jorgensen:

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

Brooklyn Defender Services - Chief Operations Officer

Brooklyn Defender Services - Chief Technology Officer

Brooklyn Heights Association - Executive Director

Drive Change - Chief Operations Officer

Footsteps - Director of Economic Empowerment

Hook Arts Media - Director of Finance and Operations

New York Immigration Coalition – Senior Grants Associate

The New York Women's Foundation - Junior Accountant and a Vice President of Finance

North Brooklyn Coalition Against Family Violence - Executive Director

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) - Executive Director

Red Hook Initiative – Director of Finance and Administration

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Operations Manager


Development & Communications

Brooklyn Youth Chorus - Director of Marketing & Communications

Campaign Against Hunger - Development Director

Communities United for Police Reform - Digital Organizing Strategist

Communities United for Police Reform - Director of Communications

Dancewave - Communications, Marketing & Design Manager

The Door - A Center of Alternatives - Managing Director of Individual Giving

Drive Change - Senior Development Manager

Emma’s Torch – Development Coordinator

Footsteps – Communications Manager

Good Call – Part time Development Manager

Hot Bread Kitchen - Development Associate

iMentor - Director of Development

Immigrant Justice Corps - Development Director

Immigration Equality - Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager

International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region - Associate Director, Digital Strategy

New American Leaders – Development Manager

New York Immigration Coalition – Manager of Development, Individuals and Events

NYC Kids RISE - Director of Communications

YWCA Brooklyn – Director of Philanthropy

YWCA of NYC - Director of Events and Major Giving


Programs & Services

Blue Ridge Labs – Program Assistant

Brooklyn Community Pride Center - Program Manager

Chinese-American Planning Council, Inc. - Policy Associate

Foundation for a Just Society - Program Associate, Francophone West Africa

Heights and Hills – Case Manger

Immigrant Justice Corps - Administrative Assistant

Mothers Out Front - New York State Organizing Manager (Remote)

New York City Council 34th District - Community liaison / community organizer

Propel Capital – Program and Operations Assistant. (If interested email a resume and cover letter to with “Program & Operations Assistant” in the subject line.)

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Legal Director

UNICEF - Manager, Humanitarian Response

University Settlement Society of NY and The Door - Grants Officer

U.S. Census Bureau – Administrative Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Area Census Office Manager

U.S. Census Bureau - Information Technology Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Lead Census Field Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Recruiting Manager

Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) - Co-op Preservation Project Associate (Bilingual)



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