Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - March 2020

March 11, 2020

Addressing Coronavirus Impact

Free Resources for Remote Work
GoToMeeting is providing critical front-line service providers, including eligible healthcare providers, educational institutions, municipalities, and non-profit organizations as well as any current LogMeIn customer with free, organization-wide use of many LogMeIn products for 3 months through the availability of Emergency Remote Work Kits.
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery Planning
Nonprofit New York is providing a free sample business continuity and disaster recovery plan to help organizations outline what to do in case of the disasters. The organization is also hosting a free Emergency Planning for Nonprofits training on April 8th and April 20th. 

Legal Assistance to Protect Your Nonprofit
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. Included on this page is a new Legal Alert for nonprofit employers.

Census 2020 

Census Events at Brooklyn Historical Society

We’re partnering with Brooklyn Historical Society on Unpacking the Census, a series examining the incredible impact the Census has had on shaping our nation, and affirms how important it is that we ensure all Brooklynites are counted this time around:

Please note: Brooklyn Historical Society is following the guidelines produced by the CDC, including enhanced cleaning and disinfecting of surfaces, encouraging staff or visitors who are ill to stay home, and making sanitizing options available at entry. As of now, its calendar of upcoming public programs will proceed as planned.

Census Funding Opportunities & Outreach

The Interfaith Census 2020 Count Coalition will be distributing $20,000 in small grants to houses of worship to support local action that may need additional resources. These grants of $50-$500 will be provided between February and June 2020 to host census awareness and completion activities and conduct select marketing and organizing strategies to get your communities counted. Deadline is May 31st at 6PM. Learn more here.

The New York State Census Equity Fund is inviting proposals from nonprofits that are working to reach, educate, and mobilize hard-to-count populations to participate in the 2020 Decennial Census. Grants will be in the range of $1,000-$4,000 and funds will be awarded on a rolling basis until expended. The expected timeline for this grant round is between February 15th and March 31st.

Census Outreach Opportunities in Prospect Park: Prospect Park Alliance and its partners invite community-based organizations to Prospect Park to conduct census outreach. The following locations and events are available for census tabling:
  • Greenmarket at Grand Army Plaza and Bartel Pritchard Square: Wednesdays + Saturdays, 9 am - 3 pm
  • The LeFrak Center at Lakeside: Daily, 10 am - 6 pm
  • Smorgasburg: Sundays (starting April 5), 11 am - 6 pm
  • Prospect Park Audubon Center at the Boathouse: (starting April 4): Saturdays + Sundays, 10 am-1 pm + Spring Break (April 9-10 + 13-17): Monday-Friday, 12 pm - 4 pm
  • Prospect Park Parade Ground Snack Bar (starting April 4): Saturdays + Sundays, 9 am - 5 pm

Please reach out to Thara Duclosel at to coordinate engagements at these sites. 

Funding & Opportunities

Brooklyn Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for our Immigrant Rights Fund's Action Fund. 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.

The William T. Grant Foundation is accepting applications for its Youth Service Improvement Grants through March 12th. Learn more and apply here.

The Discount Foundation Legacy Award annually identifies, supports and celebrates an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and contributed significantly to the workers’ rights movement in the United States and/or globally. The deadline for application is Friday, March 13th. Application and FAQs are available online.

The Funders’ Collaborative on Youth Organizing is accepting RFPs for its Moment to Movement Fund through March 13th. Learn more and submit your proposal here.

North Star Fund's Hudson Valley Organizing grant applications are open now through March 13th. Learn more and apply here.

The Rachel's Network Catalyst Award recognizes up to five mid-career women of color making an environmental impact in communities across the country. Apply or nominate a peer for the $10,000 prize here. Deadline is March 16th.

The New York Community Trust expects to award about $1.7 million in grants related to its latest request for proposals, which is open to nonprofits supporting leadership and activism among youth. Interested organizations have until March 20th to apply, with grants set to be announced in October.

The AARP is inviting applications for their 2020 Purpose Prize Award. Through the program, grants of $50,000 will awarded to a 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4) nonprofit organization founded by each of the five prize winners. Submission deadline is March 31st. View full RFP here.

The Ben & Jerry's Foundation seeks applications for social and environmental justice projects. Grants of up to $25,000 will be awarded to nonprofit community-organizing groups in the United States working to advance social and environmental justice and support sustainable and just food systems. The deadline for pre-applications is April 15th.

Employment Listings



Executive & Operations

Common Justice - Assistant Director of Operations

Common Justice - Vice President of Organizing & Policy

YMCA of Greater New York - New American Initiative Director (Flatbush YMCA)


Development & Communications

Cool Culture - Director of Development

Faith In New York - 2020 Census Manager

Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and The Jewish Vote - Director of Development

Wildlife Conservation Society - Senior Writer, Donor Communications & Marketing

Wildlife Conservation Society - Writer, Donor Communications & Marketing


Programs & Services

Common Justice - Summer 2020 Legal Intern, Bronx

Common Justice - Summer 2020 - May 2021 Legal Intern, Brooklyn

Common Justice - Trauma Support Manager, Bronx

Common Justice - Trauma Support Manager, Brooklyn

Sadie Nash Foundation - Summer Institute Faculty


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