Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - February 2021

February 25, 2021

Our News

Apply Today: Community Health Outreach & Support Grants

We are pleased to announce a new grant opportunity from our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund for grassroots nonprofits providing culturally relevant, medically accurate COVID-19 education and support in 10 priority community districts as well as to key demographic groups.

The new grant opportunity aligns with our commitment to racial justice and is informed by conversations with Brooklyn residents in communities of color, who indicated a continuous scarcity of trustworthy information and resources on COVID-19, including transmission, treatments, and vaccines. 

The Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund will provide Community Health Outreach & Support grants of up to $10,000 for community-led organizations’ work in the following areas:

  • Creating safer spaces for conversations with community members and credible messengers on COVID-19 related community health concerns. 
  • Outreach, engagement, and education activities to provide culturally relevant, medically accurate information about COVID-19 prevention, testing, vaccines, and related issues to support community members’ ability to make informed health decisions. 
  • Navigation support for people interested in accessing COVID-19 related health services, including vaccines--from scheduling appointments to providing transportation.

In addition to financial support, the Foundation will convene grantees to share strategies and strengthen the ecosystem of organizations working to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 in Brooklyn, with expert technical assistance and coaching support that centers racial justice. Applications are due Friday, March 19, 2021.

Learn More + Apply Here

Help Lead Our Immigrant Rights Fund Grantmaking!

We are now seeking applicants for the inaugural cohort of our Immigrant Rights Fund Advisory Council to lead a new participatory grantmaking process at Brooklyn Community Foundation.  

The Immigrant Rights Fund Advisory Council will be a cohort of 10-15 Brooklyn residents who will work alongside our Programs staff to inform the overall strategy of our Immigrant Rights Fund and distribute $400,000 in grants annually.

Advisors will be compensated for their participation through Fall 2021, for a commitment of up to 70 hours total. Applications are due Friday, March 12, 2021.

Learn More + Apply Here

Funding & Opportunities

UJA-Federation's Vaccine Education and Accessibility grants support the safety of all New Yorkers by increasing accessibility to the COVID-19 vaccine and combatting COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and the lack of education in target communities. Grants of up to $7,500 will support community-based organizations that work directly in neighborhoods or with populations with anticipated heightened levels of vaccine hesitancy and/or challenges around vaccine access. For more details and the complete RFA, contact Rina Cohen, Planning Executive, Caring & Network Departments at Deadline to apply: February 25, 2021.

The Visionary Freedom Fund (VFF) supports youth to build power, articulate new visions and lead transformative organizing work to put us on the path towards becoming incarceration and punishment-free communities youth wish to live in. VFF's Power Table — an intergenerational cohort of directly impacted youth and funders — will collaboratively make the grantmaking decisions to distribute approximately $2.5 million in general operating grants, in $25,000 – $100,000 increments, over the next three years. Deadline to apply: February 26, 2021.

The William T. Grant Foundation's Youth Service Improvement Grants (YSIG) program supports activities aimed at improving the quality of direct services for young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the five boroughs of New York City. The goal is to strengthen existing services by helping youth-serving nonprofit organizations address challenges or remedy problems at the point of service, where staff and youth interact. Awards are $25,000 each and will support projects lasting one year, starting September 1, 2021. Deadline to apply: March 11, 2021.

The 2021 Discount Foundation Legacy Award
 annually identifies, supports, and celebrates an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributed significantly to workers’ rights movements in the United States and/or globally. Through public recognition and a $20,000 stipend, the award recognizes and amplifies the work of individuals at the intersections leading the way toward justice for low-wage workers of color. Deadline to nominate: March 11, 2021.

The North Star Fund has announced its 2021 grant opportunities for new and emerging organizations, first-time applicants and former grantees:

Read the eligibility criteria and ask questions before submitting an application. All grants are unrestricted. Grants range in size from $10,000 to $20,000. The typical grant is $10,000. Grants are renewable.

The Unitarian Universalist Funding Program welcomes applications to its Fund for a Just Society. Through the program, grants of up to $15,000 (though most will be between $6,000 and $8,000) will be awarded to non-Unitarian Universalist groups in the U.S. and Canada that are engaged in community organizing to bring about systemic change leading to a more just society; are mobilizing those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from resources, power, and the right to self-determination; and have an active, focused campaign to create systemic change. Deadline to apply: March 15, 2021.

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.

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 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

NYC Service's NYC Civic Corps program that places AmeriCorps members at nonprofit sites is accepting applications from nonprofits interested in hosting a member. Participating nonprofits must be in the “early or rebuilding stages of volunteer programming” and provide a supervisor for the AmeriCorps members they may host to provide guidance, management and coaching. Deadline to apply: March 1, 2021.

The BRIC Media Share is an NY Emmy award winning, in-kind grant program for Brooklyn-based and Brooklyn-affiliated nonprofit organizations. BRIC has adapted the education & production grant to create a 6-8 month remote program. Staff from selected organizations will take media classes and collaborate with a Producing Mentor to co-create video and/or podcast projects. Finished projects will air on Brooklyn Free Speech channels and on the organization's website and social media platforms. Deadline to apply: March 11, 2021

COVID-19 Resources

Paycheck Protection Program
The Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering:

COVID Rent Relief Extension Program - Deadline to Apply: Monday, February 1
The COVID Rent Relief Extension Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. The Covid Rent Relief Extension Program is not first come, first served. Applications will be accepted throughout the application period. The state agency Homes and Community Renewal will prioritize eligible households with “greatest economic and social need." Learn more here.

GiveGab: COVID-19 Crisis Relief Resources- Digital Fundraising, Operations, & Ways to Give

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

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - Executive Director
Asylum Connect - Executive Director
The Door/Broome Street Academy - Executive Director
Immigrant Defense Project - Executive Director
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
Pitkin Avenue BID - Executive Director
Resource Generation - Executive Director
Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation - Executive Director
Brotherhood Sistersol - Accountant

Development & Communications

Brandworkers - Development Coordinator
Communities United for Police Reform - Director of Development
Confluence Philanthropy - Development & Communications Director
Equity in the Center - Director, Content and Stakeholder Engagement
Girls for Gender Equity - Senior Director of Institutional Advancement
Korean American Community Foundation - Communications Officer
Ladies of Hope Ministry - Multiple Positions
New York State Black Freedom Project - Communications Coordinator
Repair the World - Development Manager
Safe Horizons - Manager, Corporate Partnerships and Engagement

Programs & Services

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services - Multiple Positions
Brooklyn Movement Center - Community Canvasser
Chinese-American Planning Council - Director of Policy
Movement for Black Lives - Director of Resource Strategy & Development
Piper Theater Productions - General Manager
Women's Organizing Network - Program Director

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