Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - April 2021

April 15, 2021

Our News

LOIs Due 4/30: Immigrant Rights Fund

This spring, our Immigrant Rights Fund will provide funding up to $45,000 per year in single-year and three-year grants to approximately 14-18 organizations working in the following areas: 

  • Expansion of legal rights for immigrants
  • Expansion of benefits and entitlements for immigrants including, but not limited to food access, housing, healthcare, and education
  • Direct services and navigation support for immigrants whose primary language does not fall under the 10 designated citywide languages by NYC Local Law 30

Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) are due Friday, April 30, 2021 at 5PM. All interested organizations are encouraged to join us on Tuesday, April 20 at 11am for an Informational Webinar & Application Clinic. 

Learn More + Apply Here

LOIs Due 5/7: Community-led Social Change

We are pleased to announce a new initiative of the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund that will address the unjust systems and policies that have deeply harmed Black, indigenous and other communities of color, by stifling their ability to thrive prior to and during the pandemic.

Community-led Social Change grants will focus on systemic inequities and strategies that emphasize community power: AdvocacyCommunity Organizing and Power Building, and Community Collaborations through Coalitions. Grants will provide funding of up to $75,000 per year for five years. 

LOIs are due Friday, May 7, 2021 at 5PM. 
Interested organizations are encouraged to join us for an Informational Webinar & Application Clinic Monday, April 19 at 10AM. Learn More + Apply Here

Join Us for Our Spring Webinar Series!

Join us for our Change Starts Here webinar series, featuring conversations that build on the work of organizations and communities supported through Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund. With your help, our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund has become the single largest community-funded effort in the Foundation’s history, but this work is far from over

Change Starts Here: Fighting AAPI Hate
Wednesday, April 21st | 12:30 - 1:30PM

Local community-based organizations have been mobilizing to combat racism and violence against Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities as xenophobic attacks have risen in the past weeks and months.

Join us for a conversation with WABC-TV New York Reporter CeFaan Kim (pictured at right), Chief of Staff at Chinese-American Planning Council Alice Wong, and Executive Director of Homecrest Community Services Karen Zhou as they discuss what has been missing from the greater conversation and how communities can unite in solidarity to effectively disrupt and repair the harm caused by anti-AAPI discrimination and racism. RSVP

Voter Training for Brooklyn Nonprofits

Tuesday, April 27th, 6:30PM | REGISTER HERE

Ranked Choice Voting (RCV) is being used for the first time in the upcoming primaries and special elections for all local offices including City Council, Borough President, Comptroller, Public Advocate, and Mayor. Voters overwhelmingly passed RCV in the fall of 2019, with 74 percent of the vote.

To help voters understand the methodology, the mechanics and its importance in expanding the playing field, Rank the Vote NYC is offering training to community based organizations and voters throughout New York City. 

What is Ranked Choice Voting? Instead of voting for just one candidate, voters now have the opportunity to either rank five candidates in order of preference or vote for just one like they always have. This is a major change. If no one wins with a majority (more than 50 percent), the candidate that came in last is defeated and voters' second choice votes get counted and so on until the top vote-getter of the final two is declared the winner. Learn more at


To schedule a training at your organization, contact

Funding Opportunities

Solidaire's Movement Infrastructure Fund invests in bold visions that are often overlooked and underfunded. Supporting work that is led by those most impacted by injustice, the Movement Infrastructure Fund invests in movements that work to dismantle and disrupt extractive, exploitative, and oppressive systems. Grants will range in size from $20,000 – $200,000. Deadline to apply: April 23, 2021.

Third Wave Fund's Own Our Power Fund builds stronger reproductive and gender justice movements by increasing the power, agency, and self-determination that young women, trans, and queer youth of color have over their organizations. Grants are $25,000 per year for two-year capacity building proposals for organizations with an annual budget of up to $500,000. The Own Our Power Fund does not make grants for general operating, legislative advocacy, start-up expenses, or capital campaigns. Deadline to apply: April 30, 2021.

The J.M.K. Innovation Prize will award 10 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. The Prize is open to non-profit and mission-driven for-profit organizations with game-changing projects or ideas in social justice/democracy, the environment, and heritage conservation. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network, including twice-yearly convenings with their Prize cohort and tools and training that can help turn innovative ideas into life-changing social and environmental impacts. Deadline to apply: April 30, 2021.

The Ben and Jerry's Foundation is inviting applications for its Grassroots Organizing for Social Change program. Grants of up to $30,000 will be awarded to nonprofit community-organizing groups in the United States working to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. The foundation gives preference to activities and strategies used for creating social change rather than on the specific issues an organization may be addressing. To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt or have a fiscal sponsor, and have a budget under $500,000. Deadline to apply: June 1, 2021.

Decolonizing Wealth Project's Liberated Capital is excited to announce a $1 million funding opportunity to support local, regional and national movement building and advocacy efforts for reparations. Approximately 15-25 organizations will be selected for funding and grant awards will average $50,000 in Year One. Deadline: June 4, 2021.

Citibike's Community Grant Program supports programs, events, and activities organized by nonprofit and community-based organizations that share Citi Bike’s commitment to increasing people of color and low-income New Yorkers’ access, comfortability, and usage of bike share, engage people of all ages in developing a lifelong relationship with bike share, using bike share to improve health outcomes in traditionally marginalized communities, and leveraging bike share as a tool to champion equitable access to safe streets and green space in urban areas. 2021 grants will be focused on the following neighborhoods in Brooklyn: Bedford-Stuyvesant, Bushwick, Sunset Park, Windsor Terrace.

Brooklyn Community Collaborative's Strong Communities Fund supports nonprofit organizations that promote health and wealth in Brooklyn in historically and currently disadvantaged communities, with a proven track record of success, as well as activities to eliminate health disparities and/or create economic opportunities. Requests should be capped at $125,000. Deadline to apply: Ongoing

The Emergent Fund supports emergent strategies that help communities respond to rapidly changing conditions and efforts seeking long-term social justice and economic justice in a political and social climate that seeks to dismantle such efforts. Deadline to apply: Ongoing

Around Brooklyn

The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, for the benefit of NYC Service’s Love Your Block initiative, invites eligible New York City resident-led groups to apply for a block beautification project. Love Your Block provides a unique opportunity for resident-led groups to transform and beautify their neighborhood while leveraging City services. Resident-led groups (grantees) receive a $1,000 grant to transform a city block in their neighborhood. In addition to the funding, grantees receive support with City services, including, but not limited to: trash collection, vacant lot cleanup, providing woodchip mulch for gardening projects, repair of and installation of street signs and street lights, traffic safety surveys, and more. Deadline: April 23, 2021.

PennPAC is now accepting applications for Fall 2021 pro-bono consulting projects from NYC-based nonprofits. Your organization can be considered for an 8-10 week project or a 6-8 week mini project launching in October 2021. Deadline: April 30, 2021. 

Would you benefit from paid interns being assigned to your organization to help beautify local businesses, community organizations, and neighborhoods as the City reopens? The Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island (JCCGCI) has been engaged to administer a segment of the citywide Enhance NYC paid internship initiative, which will employ low-income New Yorkers as paid interns and assign them to beautification projects across the city. Interns will work full-time or 40 hours per week for 8 consecutive weeks at rate of $19.33 per hour. For additional information, please click here.

COVID-19 Resources

Need Help Scheduling Vaccine Appointments? East Village Neighbors mutual aid group is helping fellow New Yorkers who need a hand signing up for a COVID vaccine appointment, with a focus on essential workers, the elderly or disabled, those without access or ability to navigate the internet, people with language barriers, etc. Learn more at 

Frontline Nonprofit Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines: Nonprofit workers providing public-facing services to New Yorkers in need became eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines on March 17. The expanded eligibility applies to workers providing direct services – largely in the social services sector – that interact with the public. This designation won’t apply to some other nonprofit workers who might also work in-person, such as museum staff. Workers who don’t provide direct services, such as those doing administrative work, also don’t qualify. Some essential workers at food banks, certain homeless shelters and child care programs have already become eligible under state guidelines. Learn More.

New York State "Roll Up Your Sleeve" Campaign: All houses of worship can begin to serve as points of distribution for the COVID vaccine starting in April. As part of this new campaign, medical providers are being asked to volunteer to partner with houses of worship to conduct vaccination clinics, furthering the state's commitment to ensure fairness and equity in the vaccine distribution process. Faith leaders who would like to request that the COVID-19 vaccine be distributed at their place of worship should fill out the form below.

Paycheck Protection Program: The deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended to May 31, 2021. The program provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering:

SeaChange: Think Outside the Box: How Stakeholders Can Help Nonprofits Face the Challenge of COVID-19 

Lawyers Alliance provides legal assistance and information to strengthen nonprofits that are providing critical human and social services throughout New York City during this unusual time. It has created a webpage, which will be updated as the coronavirus situation evolves and is better understood. 

Debevoise and Plimpton:  Coronavirus Checklist for Employers 

Communications Tools: DocumentedCOVID-19 Guide for Undocumented Persons

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Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - Executive Director
Brandworkers - Executive Director
Brooklyn Community Services - Director of Human Resources
Center for Anti-Violence Education - Deputy Director
Common Justice - Chief Operating Officer
Edible Schoolyard NYC - Executive Director
Emgage, NY Metro - Executive Directormmigrant Defense Project - Executive Director
International Contemporary Ensemble - Business and Finance Manager
Jerome L. Greene Foundation - Managing Director
Kings County Tennis League - Executive Director
Little Essentials - Executive Director
New York Foundation - Executive Director
New York Immigration Coalition - Executive Director
Opportunities for Better Tomorrow - Chief Executive Officer
Resource Generation - Executive Director

Development & Communications

Arcus Foundation - Digital Communications Associate
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Multiple Positions
Brooklyn Community Services - Director of External Relations and Advancement
Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A - Director of Development & Communications
Brooklyn Movement Center - Development Associate
Citizens Budget Commission - VP of Strategy and Communications
Documented - Director of Development
Echoing Green - Senior Manager, Corporate and Foundation Giving
Good Call NYC - Director of Development
Ladies of Hope Ministry - Multiple Positions
Make the Road NY - Government and Grants Coordinator
National Domestic Workers Alliance - Director, Individual Giving
New York State Black Freedom Project - Communications Coordinator
Project Guardianship - VP of External Affairs
Third Wave Fund - Communications Associate

Programs & Services

Brooklyn Movement Center - Community Canvasser
Center for Anti-Violence Education - Upstander Instructor
Chinese-American Planning Council - Director of Policy
Echoing Green - Programs Assistant 
Girls for Gender Equity - Multiple Positions
Girls Who Code - Chief Program Officer
Lantern Community Services - Program Director
Meteor Fund - Program Director
Movement for Black Lives - Director of Resource Strategy & Development
Philanthropy New York - Director, Member Engagement 
Piper Theater Productions - General Manager
Pratt Center - Director of Policy and Planning
Women's Organizing Network - Program Director