Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - March 2021

March 24, 2021

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Due 3/26: Community Health Outreach & Support Grants

Applications are due this Friday, March 26 for Community Health Outreach and Support grants—part of the second phase of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund.

Grants of up to $10,000 will support grassroots nonprofits providing culturally relevant, medically accurate COVID-19 education and support in 10 priority community districts as well as to key demographic groups. Funding will support:

  • Creating safer spaces for conversations with community members and credible messengers on COVID-19 related community health concerns. 
  • Outreach, engagement, and education activities to provide culturally relevant, medically accurate information about COVID-19 prevention, testing, vaccines, and related issues to support community members’ ability to make informed health decisions. 
  • Navigation for people interested in accessing COVID-19 related health services, including vaccinessuch as scheduling appointments and providing transportation.

This grant opportunity is informed by our Brooklyn Insights 2020 community engagement process, through which participants indicated a scarcity of trustworthy information and resources on COVID-19, including transmission, treatments, and vaccines. 

    In addition to financial support, the Foundation will convene grantees to share strategies and strengthen the ecosystem of organizations working to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 in Brooklyn, with expert technical assistance and coaching support that centers racial justice. 

    Join Us for Our Spring Webinar Series!

    Brooklyn Insights 2020: Findings and Community-led Solutions April 5th | 12:30PM - 1:30PM | RSVP HERE

    In Fall 2020 we launched Phase 2 of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, beginning with Brooklyn Insights 2020, an extensive community engagement process to inform an additional $2.5M in grants. Join our VP of Programs and Partnerships Marcella Tillett, our Brooklyn Insights 2020 Community Engagement Consultant Renee K. Smith, and participants from the sessions as we share the findings of these community discussions, including community-led solutions to barriers of systemic inequity. 


    Funding & Opportunities

    SparkYouth NYC (formerly The Catalog for Giving) is currently accepting proposals from New York City-based youth development organizations for membership in its ninth cohort, which will commence in January 2022. Selected organizations will receive three years of general operating support ranging from $50,000 to $70,000 a year and will be invited to participate in a leadership and management training curriculum and other activities designed to build their capacity. Deadline: March 26, 2021

    The Women's Environmental Leadership Fund will grant $1,000,000 towards the growth and sustainability of queer, trans, non-binary, non-conforming, and cis women, particularly Black, Indigenous, Women of Color (BIWOC) leaders and BIWOC-led climate justice organizations. All organizations that meet eligibility requirements are encouraged to submit an LOI hereDeadline: March 26, 2021.

    The North Star Fund's Let Us Breathe Fund supports Black-led organizations building collective power through grassroots organizing in New York City and the Hudson Valley. Grants range in size from $10,000 to $20,000 and are renewable. Deadline: April 15, 2021

    Solidaire's Movement Infrastructure Fund invests in bold visions that are often overlooked and underfunded. Supporting work that is led by those most impacted by injustice, the Movement Infrastructure Fund invests in movements that work to dismantle and disrupt extractive, exploitative, and oppressive systems. Grants will range in size from $20,000 – $200,000. Deadline to apply: April 23, 2021.

    The J.M.K. Innovation Prize will award 10 Prizes, each including a cash award of $150,000 over three years, plus $25,000 for project expenses, for a total award of $175,000. The Prize is open to non-profit and mission-driven for-profit organizations with game-changing projects or ideas in social justice/democracy, the environment, and heritage conservation. Awardees also receive guidance through the Fund and its resource network, including twice-yearly convenings with their Prize cohort and tools and training that can help turn innovative ideas into life-changing social and environmental impacts. Deadline to apply: April 30, 2021.

    Brooklyn Community Collaborative's Strong Communities Fund supports nonprofit organizations that promote health and wealth in Brooklyn in historically and currently disadvantaged communities, with a proven track record of success, as well as activities to eliminate health disparities and/or create economic opportunities. Requests should be capped at $125,000. Deadline to apply: Ongoing

    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

    City Funding for COVID-19 Equity and Outreach

    The Taskforce on Racial Inclusion & Equity (TRIE) is seeking requests for information (RFI) from community-based organizations or M/WBE certified owned businesses with a commitment to reducing equity gaps for communities of color, helping strengthen neighborhood coalitions, and promoting stronger recovery from COVID-19 by serving as TRIE Neighborhood Coordinators (TNCs)

    The City will award each TRIE Neighborhood, via the designated TNC, $20,000 for Phase I of the program support the ongoing COVID-19 response, increase the local civic infrastructure, and conduct a community needs assessment. The TNC will convene community stakeholder groups, coordinate meetings, and must be either a 501c-3 or equivalent tax status or a certified M/WBE. Upon completion of Phase I milestones, TNCs will have an opportunity to access an additional allocation of $40,000, to leverage the needs assessment to develop plans that will inform the long-term recovery process. Deadline to apply: March 29, 2021

    Around Brooklyn

    Final Week to Participate in Engage New York's Mapping Project: Engage New York's Mapping Project is developing a tool to help foundations identify grantees, and assist nonprofit leaders to understand the ecosystem and identify colleagues for advocacy, program delivery, and collaboration. Organizations that choose to participate will self-describe the work that they do and the methods they use to achieve their programmatic impacts in the attached survey. This Story Map ( will explain the background of the project and a preview of what the map will look like when it is complete, its functionality, and its utility. The map is expected to be published in July 2021.To join the map, you must complete the by March 31, 2021. If you have questions about the map, please direct them to Engage New York’s Project Director, Lisa Fasolo Frishman at

    CUP is looking for community and advocacy organizations to partner on the next 2021 issues of Public Access Design (PAD)! CUP seeks organizations that are working to address a policy issue that would benefit from visual explanation, and where the lack of understanding of this issue is leading to social injustice. CUP is seeking groups who work directly with the constituency impacted by the issue and who can directly distribute the completed tool to that audience. Applicants should be interested in engaging in a collaborative design process and, most of all, interested in explaining an aspect of public policy. PAD projects are short, intensive collaborations that result in a visual tool that meets a New York City-based advocate’s organizing needs as they arise. They are concise in scope, cover urgent topics, and take around 4-6 months to create. Deadline: April 5, 2020.

    The Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City, for the benefit of NYC Service’s Love Your Block initiative, invites eligible New York City resident-led groups to apply for a block beautification project. Love Your Block provides a unique opportunity for resident-led groups to transform and beautify their neighborhood while leveraging City services. Resident-led groups (grantees) receive a $1,000 grant to transform a city block in their neighborhood. In addition to the funding, grantees receive support with City services, including, but not limited to: trash collection, vacant lot cleanup, providing woodchip mulch for gardening projects, repair of and installation of street signs and street lights, traffic safety surveys, and more. Deadline: April 23, 2021.

    COVID-19 Resources

    Frontline Nonprofit Workers Eligible for COVID-19 Vaccines: Nonprofit workers providing public-facing services to New Yorkers in need became eligible to receive COVID-19 vaccines on March 17. The expanded eligibility applies to workers providing direct services – largely in the social services sector – that interact with the public. This designation won’t apply to some other nonprofit workers who might also work in-person, such as museum staff. Workers who don’t provide direct services, such as those doing administrative work, also don’t qualify. Some essential workers at food banks, certain homeless shelters and child care programs have already become eligible under state guidelines. Learn More.

    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.

    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:

    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

    Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - Executive Director
    Brandworkers - Executive Director
    CUFFH - Chief of Staff
    The Door/Broome Street Academy - Executive Director
    Emgage, NY Metro - Executive Director
    Immigrant Defense Project - Executive Director
    Jerome L. Greene Foundation - Managing Director
    Kings County Tennis League - Executive Director
    New York Foundation - Executive Director
    New York Immigration Coalition - Executive Director
    Little Essentials - Executive Director
    Pitkin Avenue BID - Executive Director
    Resource Generation - Executive Director

    Development & Communications

    Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Multiple Positions
    Brooklyn Community Services - Director of External Relations and Advancement
    Brooklyn Legal Services Corporation A - Director of Development & Communications
    Brooklyn Movement Center - Development Associate
    Citizens Budget Commission - VP of Strategy and Communications
    Confluence Philanthropy - Development & Communications Director
    Echoing Green - Senior Manager, Corporate and Foundation Giving
    Equity in the Center - Director, Content and Stakeholder Engagement
    Good Call NYC - Director of Development
    International Contemporary Ensemble - Business and Finance Manager
    Ladies of Hope Ministry - Multiple Positions
    New York State Black Freedom Project - Communications Coordinator
    Make the Road NY - Government and Grants Coordinator
    Project Guardianship - VP of External Affairs
    Repair the World - Development Manager

    Programs & Services

    Academy of Medical and Public Health Services - Multiple Positions
    Brooklyn Movement Center - Community Canvasser
    Chinese-American Planning Council - Director of Policy
    Girls for Gender Equity - Multiple Positions
    Girls Who Code - Chief Program Officer
    Lantern Community Services - Program Director
    Meteor Fund - Program Director
    Movement for Black Lives - Director of Resource Strategy & Development
    Piper Theater Productions - General Manager
    Women's Organizing Network - Program Director

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