Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - June 2019

June 19, 2019

Moving Brooklyn's Nonprofits Forward 

Our News

Last Call For LOIs for Invest in Youth (Due June 28)

We are still accepting Letters of Inquiry for our 2019-20 Invest in Youth Grant Program. Invest in Youth supports Brooklyn-serving nonprofit organizations that are working with youth ages 16-24 to:

  • Expand opportunities for transformational youth development and authentic leadership
  • Increase educational and economic opportunities for court-involved youth
  • Reduce school suspensions and preventing youth involvement in the criminal justice system
  • Empower immigrant youth to create and access necessary resources and services

For organizations who are not currently funded through Invest in Youth, the LOI submission deadline is due Friday, June 28th at 5PM. Grants of up to $50,000 will be given with the majority of grantees receiving general operating support.

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Census 2020: Citizenship Question Toolkit

The National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) Educational Fund has created a Census 2020 Citizenship Question toolkit that lays out the potential decisions and consequences of the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the inclusion of the citizenship question in the 2020 Census, expected next week. The toolkit includes potential decision scenarios, FAQs, social media messages, and more.

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 Edward & Ellen Roche Relief Foundation was established in 1953 to support organizations serving disadvantaged women and children. Funding will be provided to nonprofits that specifically help ensure the well-being and self-sufficiency of low-income women and their families. Deadline to apply for a grant is June 30, 2019.

The van Ameringen Foundation is accepting LOIs from nonprofits serving metropolitan New York for direct service and non-direct service grants. Direct Service Grants of up to $75,000 and Non-Direct Service Grants of up to $250,000 will be awarded in support work addressing mental illness. Letters of Intent must be received no later than July 12.

The Ford Foundation has issued a Request for Proposals from individuals and organizations that are generating evidence on the benefits and challenges of participatory grantmaking. The foundation expects to award approximately five to fifteen grants in support of proposals that provide clear and persuasive arguments and/or empirical evidence that demonstrates the value and impact of participatory grantmaking. The deadline is July 15, 2019. 

William G. McGowan Charitable Fund Invites Letters of Inquiry for Projects That Address Homelessness The fund awards grants in support of programs and initiatives in Colorado, Kansas/Missouri, New York, and Pennsylvania that seek to correct, and ultimately eliminate, the circumstances contributing to the condition of homelessness. The deadline is July 15, 2019.

OPERA America is inviting applications for its IDEA Opera Grants. The IDEA grants support the promotion and development of new works by artists of color who may not have worked previously in the field. Grants of up to $12,500 will be awarded to composer and librettist teams in support of costs associated with the production of a workshop, reading, or other performance-based event. Letters of intent are due July 29.

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

651 ARTS - Executive Director

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Director of Government and Community Affairs

Breaking Ground - Director of Institutional and Major Gifts

Common Justice - Vice President for Organizing and Policy

Common Justice - Vice President of Programs

Common Justice - September 2019 - May 2020 Legal Intern

Footsteps - Executive Assistant

Hook Arts Media - Director of Finance and Operations

Legal Services NYC (LSNYC) - Project Director, Brooklyn Legal Services

Peer Health Exchange (PHE) - NYC Executive Director

PowerPlay NYC - Director of Accounting and Finance

RiseBoro Community Partnership - Chief Financial Officer

StoryCorps - Associate, Human Resources

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Legal Director

WITNESS - Executive Assistant


Development & Communications

American Society of Mechanical Engineers - Major Gifts Officer

Bend The Arc - Development Associate

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Data Entry Associate

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Membership Associate/Clerical Associate IV

Brooklyn Botanic Garden (BBG) - Photography/Video Producer

Brotherhood / Sistersol - Development Associate & Grant Writer

Candid - Visual Designer

Common Justice - Operations and Development Coordinator

Children's Aid - Development Associate

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

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research - Development Associate, Principal Gifts & Revenue Strategy

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

Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research - Marketing Associate (Audience Development/Engagement)

Studio Museum in Harlem - Special Events Associate

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund - Director of Development

United Nations Children's Fund - Manager, President’s Office and Internal Communications


Programs & Services

Breaking Ground - Assistant Program Director (East Flatbush)

Breaking Ground - Housing Specialist (Williamsburg)

Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) – Director of Programs and Strategy

Brotherhood / Sistersol - Office Manager

Common Justice - Bilingual Intervention Manager

Common Justice - Outreach Manager (Brooklyn)

Common Justice - 2019 Social Work Intern

Common Justice - Trauma Support Manager

Drive Change - Culinary Director

FPWA (Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies) - Policy Associate

Jeremiah Program New York - Family Coach New York (Part-Time)

Make the Road New York - Long Island Organizer

Safe Horizon - Case Manager - DV Shelter

Safe Horizon - HelpLine Chat Specialist, Brooklyn

Safe Horizon - Hotline Supervisor/Team Leader

Safe Horizon - Senior Case Manager - Brooklyn Community Program

U.S. Census Bureau – Administrative Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Area Census Office Manager

U.S. Census Bureau - Information Technology Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Lead Census Field Manager

U.S. Census Bureau – Recruiting Manager

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


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