Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - January 2020

January 15, 2020

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward 

Our News


Immigrant Rights Fund: Now Accepting Proposals for Action Fund

We are currently accepting applications for our Immigrant Rights Fund's Action Fund and we will be releasing updated information for our Sustained Fund in the upcoming weeks. The Action Fund offers support for ongoing civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, bystander training, public education, action planning, and event logistics—with grants up to $2,500. Grants will be offered on a rolling basis for immigrant-led and immigrant-serving efforts, and will be awarded to nonprofits or fiscally sponsored groups.

Now Hiring: Communications Intern

We are seeking a talented writer and content creator to join our team for a paid part-time internship starting in January 2020. Learn More

Funding & Opportunities 

Citizens Committee for New York City has opened the application process for its Neighborhood Grants program, which provides funding of up to $3,000 and project planning support for neighborhood improvement initiatives. Applications are due January 20, 2020.

The New York Women’s Foundation’s Justice Fund for women and families affected by incarceration, is accepting applications until January 22nd

Brooklyn Arts Council extends an invitation to Brooklyn arts organizations of all disciplines to submit a Letter of Interest for a Destination>Brooklyn grant. Destination>Brooklyn is designed to amplify the city’s appeal as a culturally vibrant destination by funding the promotion of not-for-profit arts and cultural events and programs in all five boroughs. Five (5) $3,000 awards will be issued to selected grantees. Letters of Interest are due on January 24th at 11:59pm.

North Star Fund is accepting applications for new and returning grantseekers in New York City. The application deadline is February 14th at 5:00 p.m. Join Program Officer Catherine Eusebio on Monday, January 27 from 4:00–5:00 pm for a webinar on How to Apply for a North Star Fund grant.

The Open Society Foundations seek applicants for their Soros Equality Fellowship, which aims to support long-term leaders influencing the racial justice field. The fellowship award provides individuals with $100,000 to support the production of an innovative racial justice project over the course of 18 months. All applicants must submit a full and completed application by the deadline of February 13th.

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 Bank Charitable Foundation is seeking applications for their TD Ready Challenge initiative, which awards $1 million (CAD) in grants every year to 10 organizations in the areas of Financial Security, Vibrant Planet, Connected Communities and Better Health. View eligibility criteria

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.

Around Brooklyn  

Applications for 2020 Community Board appointments and re-appointments are due by Friday, February 14th, and can be filled out on the borough president’s website. Applicants 16 or older are encouraged to apply. 

Brooklyn Historical Society is now seeking applicants for its Teen Council Museum Internship Program. Members meet after school in the spring semester to curate history and art exhibitions. Teens collaborate with peers and mentors, practice new skills, and receive stipends for their participation. Applications are now open. The program begins on February 4, 2020, and is held on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm from February through June. APPLY NOW

BRIC is inviting applications for the BRIClab Performance Residency, a commissioning and residency development program for New York City-based performing artists. Through the program, artists receive a stipend of $1,750, mentoring, exclusive use of the BRIC House Artist Studio for up to twelve days, technical support from BRIC’s production staff, two work-in-process showings, and documentation of showings. Applications are due Thursday, January 30th.

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

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) - Director of Human Resources

Brooklyn Public Library - Assistant Director, Central Library

Common Justice - Operations and Development Coordinator

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) - Director of Campaigns & Organizing

Girls for Gender Equity (GGE) - Operations Coordinator

Korean American Community Foundation (KACF) - Executive Coordinator

Nathan Cummings Foundation - Operations Manager

Participatory Budgeting Project - Operations Coordinator

Prospect Park Alliance - Senior Director, People + Culture

Red Hook Initiative - Director of Finance & Administration

Young New Yorkers - Associate Director


Development & Communications

Arab American Association of New York - Development Manager

BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music) - Vice President of Marketing and Communications

Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Manager, Individual Giving & Special Events

Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Manager of Major Gifts

Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Data Entry Associate

Brooklyn Conservatory of Music - Grant & Strategic Communications Writer

Brooklyn Historical Society - Institutional Giving Manager

Brooklyn Public Library - Development Associate

Common Justice - Operations and Development Coordinator

Communities United for Police Reform - Communications Director

Communities United for Police Reform - Development Manager

Footsteps - Senior Director of Development

Good Shepherd Services - Assistant Executive Director of Grants and External Relations

Green City Force - Development Manager

Groundswell Fund - Communications Director

Mark Morris Dance Group - Grants Coordinator

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

New York Immigration Coalition - Interim Parental Leave Coverage – NYIC Development & Communications

Programs & Services

826NYC - After School Tutoring Program Coordinator

Common Justice - Vice President for Organizing and Policy

Common Justice - Vice President of Programs

Data Kind - Director of Global Volunteers

Groundswell Fund - Director of Capacity Building

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

Red Hook Initiative - Red Hook Community Health Network Coordinator

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