Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - August 2019

August 15, 2019

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Get Ready For #BrooklynGives 2019: Webinar Sept. 4

Wednesday, September 4 
1:00 - 2:00PM

#BrooklynGives is an exciting way to boost your nonprofit’s fundraising efforts and visibility across Brooklyn during the 3 weeks leading up to Giving Tuesday — the year’s biggest single day of giving! 

Learn everything you need to know about #BrooklynGives in this webinar, including how to register your organization for the big event and the features available to make your organization as successful as possible. 

Census 2020: Waivers For Temporary Census Employment Income 

The New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has released information on waivers for temporary Census employment income as it relates to TANF, SNAP, HEAP and Medicaid.

Funding & Opportunities 

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 GHR Foundation has launched its third annual BridgeBuilder competition, through which it will award $1 million to the best ideas ideas to help migrants, refugees, and displaced people. Ideas are invited from individuals and teams currently or previously experiencing displacement as well as registered nonprofit, civil society, community-based, and for-profit organizations working anywhere in the world. Deadline: August 17, 2019.

JRM Construction Management has issued an RFP for its 2020 Community Grants Program, and will award four $20,000 grants to NYC-area nonprofits in the following areas: Health, Education, Youth Services, and Housing and Food Security. Proposals due August 23 by 5 p.m.

Blue Ridge Labs has opened applications for Catalyst, a six-month incubation program to help promising social entrepreneurs turn proven concepts into scalable platforms. Selected teams receive $50K, free office space, and a host of in-kind services. Blue Ridge Labs and the National Domestic Workers Alliance’s NDWA Labs are collaborating to sponsor one team (out of four) working to improve wages, support, standards and/or working conditions for domestic workers. Application deadline: Wednesday, August 28.

The Lower East Side Printshop, a nonprofit printmaking studio, is inviting applications for its Keyholder Residency Program. Eight emerging artists will be awarded a year of free twenty-four hour access to printmaking facilities, a $1,000 stipend, storage space, basic supplies, one free class in printmaking, opportunities to show new work in exhibitions, and more. Artists from all disciplines are eligible to apply; printmaking skills not required. Deadline: September 1, 2019 11:59 PM EST.

Borealis Philanthropy is inviting organizations working in the areas of efforts to end money bail and transforming pretrial justice to apply for the Spark Justice Fund. Grants ranging from $75,000 to $100,00 per year for up to two years will be awarded, along with organizational development and capacity-building support and technical assistance and peer-learning activities aimed at fostering deeper coordination within the field.  Deadline: September 9th, 2019

The Lower Manhattan Community Council is inviting organizations based in Manhattan to apply for its 2020 Creative Engagement Grants. Grants of up to $9,000 will be awarded in support of projects being undertaken by individual artists, collectives, and small organizations in Manhattan neighborhoods, including concerts, performances, public art, exhibitions, screenings, festivals, workshops, readings, and more. Deadline: September 10, 2019.

The Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation is inviting applications for projects that support art and social justice. Grants of up to $50,000 will be awarded to ethical artistic practice designed to broaden access to the arts in the five boroughs of New York City. Applications due September 13, 2019.

The William T. Grant Foundation is accepting applications for its newly launched Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants program, which will award general operating support grants of $60,000 in support of activities aimed at strengthening the organizational infrastructure of nonprofits in New York City that provide direct services to young people between the ages of 5 and 25. Deadline: September 30, 2019.

The Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation seeks proposals for the creation of a clinical center of excellence (CCE) in in the greater New York City area (New York, New Jersey, and/or Connecticut) with the capacity to effectively treat patients suffering from Lyme and/or tickborne disease. Deadline: September 30, 2019.

The GTV Foundation is accepting Letters of Intent for its New Arts Education Initiatives program, with grants ranging between $15,000 and $50,000. The foundation is interested in programs and initiatives on the wish lists of established not-for-profits; big ideas that have not been funded and are still untested; something untried but with exciting possibilities; and programs that are an extension of a current program into a new area or that include a creative but impactful new wrinkle. Letters of Interest are due October 1.

The Nation Institute’s Wayne Barrett Investigative Fund is inviting grant applications for political news stories, to support ambitious reporting projects focused on politics and corruption in both New York City and on the national stage. The fund is designed to enable talented journalists working in print or on digital or broadcast platforms to produce deeply reported investigative projects with strong editorial guidance and support. Awards will range between $5,000 and $15,000. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

The New York State Health Foundation has issued an RFP for individuals working in community-based organizations, health departments, and other low-resource organizations to attend/present at local, state, and national conferences in the areas of healthy communities, consumer empowerment, and veteran’s health. Scholarships of up to $2,000/person will be awarded to up to two attendees from an organization (maximum of $4,000), which may be used for registration fees, travel, lodging, and incidentals while attending the conference. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis.

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.

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.

Public Welfare Foundation LOIs for criminal justice, youth justice and workers' rights programs are open and accepted on a rolling deadlineThe Public Welfare Foundation has a two-step application process that includes both a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and a full proposal. We invite full proposals after reviewing letters of inquiry. We only consider full proposals we have invited that fit within the program guidelines and available resources.

Around Brooklyn

Looking for delicious and meaningful food for your next gala or event? Emma's Torch, a non-profit social enterprise that provides culinary training and job placement services to refugees, is here to help. From multi-course seated galas to cocktail parties we are eager to work with other non-profits to provide unique and delicious catering services. Please be in touch!

All Good Work Foundation is offering donated workspace 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.

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 Botanic Garden (BBG) - Manager, Corporate Giving

Children’s Environmental Literacy Foundation – Director of Operations

Common Justice - Vice President for Organizing and Policy

Common Justice - Vice President of Programs

Common Justice - September 2019 - May 2020 Legal Intern

Family Foundation - Executive Director

Green Guerillas - Executive Director

Hook Arts Media - Director of Finance and Operations

I Challenge Myself - Director of Programs

New York Restoration Project – Chief Executive Officer

The Osborne Association - Vice President of Children, Youth & Family Services 

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) - NYC Executive Director

Reach Out and Read of Greater New York – Executive Director

Safe Horizon - Administrative Assistant, ILP

Safe Horizon - Director Clinical and Forensic Services, Brooklyn

Safe Horizon – Director Community Program

St. Francis Friends of the Poor – Executive Director 


Development & Communications

ACJ – Assistant to the Chief Development Officer

ALS Association Greater New York Chapter – Development Manager

Advocates for Children of New York - Assistant Director of Development

Advocates for Children of New York - Communications Manager

American Museum of Natural History – Developmental Associate, Corporate Relations

Bend the Arc - Development Associate

Blue Meridian Partners – Director, Development and Investor Relations

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Marketing and Communications Manager

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Photography/Video Producer

Brooklyn Public Library - Manager of Individual Giving & Campaigns

Common Justice - Operations and Development Coordinator

FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies) - Director of Communications & Marketing

Green City Force - Development Manager

Immigrant Justice Corps - Development Director

Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) – Director of Development

Little Flower Children and Family Services of New York - Development Manager

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research - Advancement Officer

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research - Associate Director, Annual Giving

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research - Marketing Specialist

New York Immigration Coalition - Manager of Communications, Digital Campaigning and Marketing

New York Immigration Coalition - Manager of Communications, Press Secretary

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

Prospect Park Alliance - Marketing and Communications Coordinator

RiseBoro Community Partnership - Development Associate

RiseBoro Community Partnership - Marketing Associate - Digital Engagement

StoryCorps - Manager, Corporate Partnerships

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Development Associate


Programs & Services

Bend the Arc - 2020 Jeremiah Cohort National Organizer

Bend the Arc - National Organizer

Bend the Arc - Senior National Organizer

Breaking Ground - Clinical Coordinator, East Flatbush

Breaking Ground - Outreach Coordinator, Williamsburg

Breaking Ground - Housing Advocate, Williamsburg

Common Justice - Bilingual Intervention Manager

Common Justice - Outreach Manager (Brooklyn)

Common Justice - 2019 Social Work Intern

FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies) – Director

Green City Force - Youth Developer- Social Worker [Part Time]

New York Immigration Coalition - Immigrant Service Events Associate

New York Immigration Coalition - Research and Policy Associate

The Osborne Association - Youth Development Specialist (Part-Time) 

Public Health Solutions – Community Health Worker – Healthy Families

Red Hook Initiative - Academic Advisor

Red Hook Initiative - High School Social Worker

Red Hook Initiative - Middle School Social Worker

Safe Horizon - Case Manager - Helpline Community Program

Safe Horizon - Client Advocate Specialist

Safe Horizon - Coordinator, Comprehensive Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention (CAPP)

Safe Horizon – Senior Case Manager - Family Justice Center

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

WITNESS - Program Coordinator- Emerging Threats And Opportunities

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