Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - January 2021

January 20, 2021

Our News

Brooklyn Insights 2020

Earlier this year, thousands of Brooklynites came together to support the urgent needs of their neighbors through our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, making it the single largest community-funded initiative in our history. Last month we launched the Fund’s next phase, which begins with an ambitious community engagement process:

Through virtual conversations with leaders and residents in communities of color most harmed by the pandemic, we are taking full stock of the devastating health, economic, and social disparities experienced over the past year. And, more critically, we are elevating stories of resilience and community-led solutions for how to move forward. At the conclusion of this phase, we plan to invest an additional $1.5 million in strategies that fight for long-term change. 


$12.7M to Meet Unprecedented Need in 2020

2020 was a year of extraordinary grassroots generosity, enabling us to distribute $12.7 million to nonprofits, breaking all Foundation records. The remarkable scale and urgency of this grantmaking to address overwhelming community need was made possible by over 3,000 donors, also a milestone for our institution.


Join Our Team!
Brooklyn Community Foundation is growing! We are pleased to announce three job openings as we expand our team to serve Brooklyn's communities:

Please forward these opportunities to your networks to help us connect with passionate individuals who believe in our vision for a fair and just Brooklyn.

Funding & Opportunities

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 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

NBC Universal's Project Innovation grant application is now open. Grants support local nonprofits that are helping to move communities forward by encouraging a culture of equity and inclusion, creating pathways for individuals to participate and volunteer in community engagement efforts, fostering the next generation of storytellers and providing youth with the tools they need to succeed across multiple disciplines including entrepreneurship. Deadline to apply: February 12, 2021.

The New York City Council is accepting applications for community organizations interested in applying for discretionary funding for the upcoming fiscal year. Deadline to apply: February 16, 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 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

Management Center: Getting through our jobs in the midst of COVID-19 and the pervasive reality of systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence against Black people is beyond hard. The Management Center is offering online resources and opportunities for online discussion with others who are learning how to manage through these times.

Around Brooklyn


Black American Library Card Project: This summer, Brooklyn Public Library will release a limited-edition library card celebrating Black culture and history in Brooklyn and America. The card will be released as part of BPL's Juneteenth 2021 celebrations, the first year this holiday will be recognized as a City, State, and public school holiday. Designs will be reviewed by a panel of BPL staff and community stakeholders. Finalists may have their works displayed and the selected design will receive a $2,000 stipend for their work. Deadline to apply January 31, 2021 

Join Your Community Board: Brooklynites looking to become more engaged in advocating for their community are encouraged to apply for an opening on one of Brooklyn’s 18 local community boards. Community boards are tasked with dealing with land use issues, weighing in on the issuance of permits such as liquor licenses, assessing neighborhood needs, and addressing community concerns. Deadline to apply February 12, 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

Asylum Connect - Executive Director
New York Immigration Coalition - Executive Director
Restaurant Workers' Community Foundation - Executive Director

Brooklyn Community Foundation - Finance Manager
Brotherhood Sistersol - Accountant

Development & Communications

Big Duck - Strategist
Brooklyn Community Foundation - Multiple Positions
Brooklyn Legal A - Director of Development and Communications
Common Justice - Director of Communications
Girls for Gender Equity - Senior Director of Institutional Advancement
New York State Black Freedom Project - Communications Coordinator
Safe Horizons - Manager, Corporate Partnerships and Engagement

Programs & Services

Academy of Medical and Public Health Services - Multiple Positions
Brooklyn Boatworks - Program Director
Brooklyn Movement Center - Community Canvasser
Foundation for a Just Society - Program Officer, Global

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