Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - June 2020

June 10, 2020

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Deadline Extended to Friday, June 12th!

  • Launch a social media campaign
  • Create conversations on healing our communities
  • Send care packages in your community
  • Connect to a therapist to offer mental health workshops in languages other than English
  • Host virtual Open Mics
* * * Get creative we want to hear what's most important to you! * * *


Brooklyn Community Foundation's Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund addresses the health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have continued to intensify locally and have disproportionately harmed communities of color.

We are accepting applications on a rolling basis for immediate response grants of up to $10,000. Organizations must work with vulnerable Brooklynites especially those who have been excluded from government-led response. Support is prioritized for nonprofits that are led by members of affected communities and center the voices of those directly impacted by structural racism in their decision-making

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COVID-19 Grant & Loan Opportunities

NYC COVID-19 Response and Impact Fund

Resilience-NYC: COVID-19 Response & Recovery Fund Grants Recipients

Robin Hood COVID-19 Relief Fund

NYC Employee Retention Grant Program

Additional Resources


SeaChange: Think Outside the Box: How Stakeholders Can Help Nonprofits Face the Challenge of COVID-19 

Nonprofit New York: What You Need to Know About Strategic Alliances and Mergers - June 16, 10 am - 12 pm | As organizations take stock of their future, the environment may present opportunities to take advantage of mergers and/or strategic alliances as tools for protecting or enhancing your mission impact. Learn about what these options mean and about different strategies that could be right for your organization.

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:

Funding and Opportunities

New York Foundation grants support community-initiated solutions to solve local problems, constituents mobilizing for adequate and equitable resources, and groups organizing a collective voice among those whose voices have not been heard. To be considered for funding at the October Board Meeting, organizations must submit a short initial funding request by Wednesday, July 1. Learn more.

Arbor Brothers is pleased to announce an open invitation to all eligible nonprofits to apply for 2020 grants. First-year grantees will receive $75,000 in unrestricted cash as well as 200-300 hours of Arbor Brothers capacity-building consulting. Details on eligibility and process, the first-round application itself, and an FAQ are available here. Applications are due June 16.  

The van Ameringen Foundation seeks to increase the accessibility of mental health services to people and communities with limited financial means and opportunities, offer preventive and early-intervention strategies, and/or advocate for systemic change with local or national impact. To that end, the foundation welcomes Letters of Inquiry from organizations serving the five boroughs of New York City and Philadelphia. LOIs must be received by June 26.

Nonprofit New York's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Learning Lab series provides a starting point for internal conversations and folks seeking change at their organization. Nonprofit New York’s Learning Labs are a five-part, cohort-based training series for nonprofit professionals looking to develop skills and implement best management practices. The focus is on moving from improving personal awareness to organizational action. Hear from experts and practioners Cardozie Jones and Alexa Salamé, while practicing problem-solving and experiential learning, so you can get both the tools you need and the situational understanding of how to use them. Sessions run from July 16 - August 13.

The Building Racial Equity series, developed by Race Forward: The Center for Racial Justice Innovation, are interactive trainings for those who wish to sharpen their skills and strategies to address systemic racism and advance racial equity. Participants will build on and strengthen racial equity practices for themselves and their organizations and networks. Register for a virtual session this August.

Brooklyn Museum is offering weekly food distribution on a first-come, first-served basis every Monday from 4-5 pm in the parking lot behind the Museum, in partnership with The Campaign Against Hunger. Learn More.

Join Be Social Change for the Nonprofit Connector, a virtual event to unify, connect, and support the nonprofit sector on June 25 at 6pm. Hear from leaders and organizations sharing best resources and practices for nonprofits to survive during the Coronavirus. This event will also include interactive online networking where you'll meet and connect with inspiring, purpose-driven people who are leading change. Register at For a 100% discount, use the promotional code Nonprofit100 at checkout.