Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - June 2021

June 23, 2021

Our News

Due Friday: $100,000 Spark Prize 

Applications for our $100,000 Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofits are due this Friday, June 25th!

In total, we will distribute $600,000 to honor the work of values-driven Brooklyn nonprofits that have demonstrated a strong commitment to advancing racial justice in our borough and have a dynamic vision for the future of their organization.

Five winners will receive $100,000 in general operating support, and 20 finalists will receive a $5,000 match as part of our 2021 #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday campaign. Finalists and winners will be selected by our Spark Prize Committee, whose membership will be announced in June. Finalists will be notified in October 2021, and winners will be announced in early January 2022. 
Learn More + Apply Here
Due 7/9: Invest in Youth Grant Program

We are accepting letters of inquiry for our Invest in Youth Grant Program, which supports Brooklyn-serving organizations working to ensure that young people of color in our borough have the opportunity and agency to achieve social and economic success for themselves and communities. 

Among other considerations, we fund organizations in the following three areas of focus:
  • Youth Development & Leadership: We support community-based organizations that offer transformational programming to youth. 
  • Youth Justice: We support both advocacy and direct-service organizations that address the far-reaching effects of young people’s encounters with the criminal legal system. 
  • Immigrant Youth: We support organizations that help immigrant youth in Brooklyn build their capacity to be bold leaders to advocate for themselves and organize for change in their communities. 

Grant awards are are up to $45,000 per year for up to three years. LOIs are due at 5pm on Friday, July 9, 2021
Learn More + Apply Here

Save the Date: #BrooklynGives 2021

We are excited to announce the return of our #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday campaign this fall. Last year, 3,500 donors came together to raise over $800,000 for 95 local nonprofits. 

We will open registration for Brooklyn nonprofits on Tuesday, September 8, 2021. The campaign's donation window will begin three weeks before Giving Tuesday on November 9, 2021. Spread the word!
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Funding & Opportunities

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation works to develop strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations working to address issues fundamental to economic mobility and social progress in low- and moderate-income communities. The foundation welcomes proposals that address economic mobility in a community context, with a focus on affordable housing, small business, and neighborhood revitalization. Grants range from $2,500 to $50,000. Deadline to apply: June 25, 2021.

JPMorgan Chase is accepting applications for its 2021 AdvancingCities Challenge. The competition aims to catalyze cross-sector partnerships that create more equitable communities by addressing systemic barriers to opportunity, or the complex issues at the root of economic inequality, with a focus on altering entrenched policies and practices that negatively affect low- and moderate- income Black and/or Latinx women, their families, and local economies. In 2021, grants will be awarded in support of four to eight collaborative efforts that advance the economic progress of Black and/or Latinx women by tackling systemic drivers of the racial and gender wealth gaps. Deadline to apply: June 28, 2021.

Quadratec is inviting applications for its Energize the Environment Grant Program. Through the program, a single grant of $3,500 will be awarded to an individual or group currently pursuing a program or initiative designed to benefit the environment in their community. Any individual, group, or organization in the United States is eligible to apply. Deadline to apply: June 30, 2021.

The Stonewall Community Foundation welcomes applications for its Amida Care Fund. Through the fund, grants ranging between $2,000 and $5,000 will be awarded in support of NYC-based programs and projects on the cutting edge of HIV/AIDS prevention and services. To that end, the foundation will support prevention and intervention strategies that engage members of the LGBTQ communities who are most at risk for HIV infection or HIV-positive but not virally suppressed or receiving necessary care. Small grassroots organizations are strongly encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply: July 16, 2021.

The Barbara McDowell Foundation is offering grants totaling $200,000 to $250,000 for the coming fiscal year for organizations engaged in systemic, social justice litigation, with a focus on access to benefits, children's rights, disability rights, discrimination, domestic violence, environmental justice, healthcare, homelessness, housing, Native American rights, prisoners' rights, refugee and immigration rights, voting rights, and veteran's rights. Deadline to apply: August 1, 2021.

The Korean American Community Foundation is offering Phase II of COVID Community Action Fund to address short- and long-term needs of the most vulnerable Korean Americans. Priority will be given to organizations that serve low-income Korean/Asian American individuals, families and communities. This grant is for one year, and the maximum grant amount is for $25,000. Deadline to apply: Rolling.

The NYC COVID-19 Just Recovery Match Fund and NYC COVID-19 Neighborhood Relief Fund provide up to $15,000 in matching dollars to ioby crowdfunding campaigns for projects that serve low-income, Black communities within the five boroughs of New York City and projects that help low-income communities respond to and recover from the economic and social impacts of COVID-19. Deadline to apply: Rolling.


Around Brooklyn

Visit the Brooklyn Resists outdoor exhibition examining the activism of Black Brooklynites across the centuries at the Center for Brooklyn History. Since the 1600s, to value Black life, Brooklynites have put their bodies on the line, promoted education as activism, turned celebration into political demonstration. and formed alliances and allyship. Using images and text to portray these four themes, the Brooklyn Resists exhibition proves that while racism persists, Brooklynites resist. Curated by historian Dr. Brian Purnell and designed by Little Mega, the Brooklyn Resists exhibit is on view at the Center for Brooklyn History through September 30, 2021

Nonprofit New York recently released their 2021 Nonprofit Compensation Survey. This survey will result in their 2021 Nonprofit Compensation Report, and the more responses they receive, the more comprehensive the report will be. Please fill it out by July 5, 2021. This survey will help them gauge the continued impact of the pandemic on the nonprofit workforce, as well as offering a detailed breakdown of trends in compensation in the nonprofit sector. Organizations based in the five boroughs of NYC, Westchester, and Long Island with at least one paid staff member are eligible to fill out the survey.

COVID-19 Resources

The NYC Mobile Vaccine Bus Is Coming To The Brooklyn Museum This Week! Get your shot from 6/23-25 between 11am-7pm, no appointment necessary. Learn more at

Wondering If Your Nonprofit Can Mandate COVID-19 Vaccines? Lawyers Alliance for New York's Legal Alert addresses how the availability of COVID-19 vaccines may open new possibilities for nonprofits and whether they can require employees, clients, and others with whom they interact to be vaccinated. Find answers to these questions and more here.

Need Help Scheduling Vaccine Appointments? East Village Neighbors mutual aid group is helping fellow New Yorkers who need a hand signing up for a COVID vaccine appointment, with a focus on essential workers, the elderly or disabled, those without access or ability to navigate the internet, people with language barriers, etc. Learn more at 

New York State "Roll Up Your Sleeve" Campaign: All houses of worship can begin to serve as points of distribution for the COVID vaccine starting in April. As part of this new campaign, medical providers are being asked to volunteer to partner with houses of worship to conduct vaccination clinics, furthering the state's commitment to ensure fairness and equity in the vaccine distribution process. Faith leaders who would like to request that the COVID-19 vaccine be distributed at their place of worship should fill out the form below.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

Brandworkers - Executive Director
Brooklyn Community Foundation - President and CEO
Brooklyn Community Services - Chief Human Resources Officer
Change Machine - Chief Operating Officer 
Chicken & Egg Pictures - Operations Coordinator
Communities United for Police Reform - Executive Director
Donors of Color Network - Executive Assistant
Edible Schoolyard NYC - Executive Director 
Emgage, NY Metro - Executive Director
Fair Housing Justice Center - Executive Director
Hi-ARTS - Executive Director
Immigrant Defense Project - Executive Director
KAVI - Executive Director
Kings County Tennis League - Executive Director
Little Essentials - Executive Director
Partners for Dignity and Rights (Formerly NESRI) - Co-Executive Director
Resource Generation - Executive Director
Youth Engagement Fund - Executive and Operations Assistant

Development & Communications

American Civil Liberties Union - Associate Director of Content Marketing
Anat Gerstein - Public Relations Account Executive
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - VP for Strategic Engagement
Black Alliance for Just Immigration - Multiple Positions
Black Freedom Project - Multiple Positions
Black Futures Lab - Finance Director
Black Movement Center - Development Associate
BRIC - Multiple Positions
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Multiple Positions
Brooklyn Community Services - Multiple Positions
Brooklyn Movement Center - Development Associate
Center for Popular Democracy - Multiple Positions
Chinese-American Planning Council - Director of Communications
Citizens Budget Commission - VP of Strategy and Communications
Common Justice - Multiple Positions
Communities United for Police Reform - Director of Development
Earthjustice - Individual Gifts Officer
Echoing Green - Senior Manager, Corporate and Foundational Giving
Grantmakers for Girls of Color - Senior Director of Strategic Partnerships
Green City Force - Director of Development
Hi-ARTS - Marketing Assistant
Kite's Nest - Multiple Positions
Lower Eastside Girls Club - Communications Associate
Mekong NYC - Development Coordinator
Movement for Black Lives - Director of Resource Strategy & Development
National Black Theatre - Director of Development
New York State Black Freedom Project - Communications Coordinator
Organizing Upgrade - Executive Editor
Project Guardianship - VP of External Affairs
Riders Alliance - Director of Fundraising and Organizational Development
Sadie Nash Leadership Project - Multiple Positions
South Asian Youth Action - Chief Development Officer
Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund - Major Gifts Officer
YA-YA Network - Communications Director

Programs & Services

Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) - VP of Programs
Black & Pink - Support Services Manager
Brooklyn Boatworks - Program Operations Manager
Brooklyn Movement Center - Community Canvasser
Center for Anti-Violence Education - Upstander Instructor
Chinese-American Planning Council - Director of Policy
Families and Workers Fund - Senior Program Manager
Flatbush Development Corporation - Housing Director
Footsteps - Director of Clinical Services
Foundation for a Just Society - Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning
Funders for Justice - Multiple Positions
Girls for Gender Equity - Multiple Positions
Girls Who Code - Chief Program Officer
Grantmakers for Girls of Color - Office Manager
Kids In Need of Defense - Program Coordinator
Lower Eastside Girls Club - Program Operations Manager
Make the Road NY - Immigration Paralegal
Meteor Fund - Program Director
New York City Capacity Building Collaborative (NYCBC) - Coordinator
North Star Fund - Philanthropy Programs Director
Piper Theater Productions - General Manager
Rise - Policy Coordinator
S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective - Multiple Positions
Transgender Law Center - Multiple Positions
Vision Change Win - Rapid Response Coordinator
Women's Organizing Network - Program Director


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