Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - May 2021

May 28, 2021

Our News

Due 7/9: Invest in Youth Grant Program

We are now 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, June 9, 2021. Interested organizations are encouraged to join us for an Informational Webinar & Application Clinic on Thursday, June 10 at 3PMRSVP here.
Learn More + Apply Here

Due 6/25: $100,000 Spark Prize 

We are thrilled to announce the return of our $100,000 Spark Prize for Brooklyn nonprofitsThe application is now open through 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. 

All interested organizations are invited to join us on Tuesday, June 8th at 10AM for an informational webinar to learn more about the prize, the application and eligibility criteria, our review process, and the role of the Spark Prize Committee. RSVP.

Learn More + Apply Here

Funding & Opportunities

The Ben and Jerry's Foundation is inviting applications for its Grassroots Organizing for Social Change program. Grants of up to $30,000 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 foundation gives preference to activities and strategies used for creating social change rather than on the specific issues an organization may be addressing. To be eligible, applicants must be tax exempt or have a fiscal sponsor, and have a budget under $500,000. Deadline to apply: June 1, 2021.

The COVID-19 Vaccine Equity Partner Engagement Project, issued by the Fund for Public Health in New York City (FPHNYC) on behalf of the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Center for Health Equity and Community Wellness, supports equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines and vaccine information by funding community partners to lead outreach, engagement and navigation in the 33 Taskforce on Racial Inclusion and Equity (TRIE) neighborhoods, which have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, systemic racism, and disinvestment. While award amounts will vary, the average award size is expected to be approximately $200,000. Deadline to apply: June 1, 2021.

The Case for Reparations RFP, issued by the Decolonizing Wealth Project, is a funding opportunity aims to source both the spaces and places where reparations campaigns are taking hold, provide vital funding to fuel their efforts and utilize our platform as a reparations fund and field disruptor to document and share this reparations movement ecosystem with our network of national philanthropic institutions and donors. Deadline to apply: June 4, 2021.

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.

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 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

Next100, a new kind of think tank built for a new generation of policy leaders, was launched in 2019 to change the face and future of progressive policy and to build a more inclusive, equal, and just America. Next100 just announced that it is launching a second two-year cohort cycle. The new cohort of Next100 Policy Entrepreneurs will conduct original research, develop new policy ideas, hone their leadership skills, and work together to build an inclusive, effective organizational environment and culture. Learn more about Next100's new cohort and apply here

Citizens Union has launched a nonpartisan public education campaign for the upcoming NYC election in which New Yorkers will remake our city. At, you can find everything you need to know about the issues affecting your district, the candidates running to represent you, what they can actually do that impacts your life, and how you can vote on the future of New York City.

Catalogue for Philanthropy is hosting the National Small Nonprofit Summit (NSNS), which will be held virtually on June 3rd and 4th. The summit will cover fundraising, communications, board management, along with a panel on remote staff engagement for small nonprofits and plenty of time for peer to peer conversation and learning. Register for free here.

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.

BKC and ASMPNY (American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter) have created an exciting new joint summer program for emerging photographers called The Bridge. Applications are open right now through June 1st! Students, recent graduates, and emerging professionals aged 18-26 can apply for this 16-week free photography mentorship program here.

COVID-19 Resources

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.

Paycheck Protection Program: The deadline for the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) has been extended to May 31, 2021. The program provides loans to help businesses keep their workforce employed during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. SBA is currently offering:

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

Brandworkers - Executive Director
Brooklyn Community Services - Chief Human Resources Officer
Change Machine - Chief Operating Officer 
Chicken & Egg Pictures - Operations Coordinator
Church of the Ascension - Business Manager
Communities United for Police Reform - Executive Director
Donors of Color Network - Multiple Positions
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
Kings County Tennis League - Executive Director
Little Essentials - 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
Arcus Foundation - Digital Communications Associate
Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - VP for Strategic Engagement
Black Alliance for Just Immigration - Multiple Positions
BRIC - Multiple Positions
Brooklyn Botanic Garden - Multiple Positions
Brooklyn Community Services - Multiple Positions
Brooklyn Movement Center - Development Associate
Center for Fiction - Marketing and Public Relations Manager
Chinese-American Planning Council - Director of Communications
Citizens Budget Commission - VP of Strategy and Communications
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
Hi-ARTS - Marketing Assistant
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
National Domestic Workers Alliance - Director, Individual Giving
New York State Black Freedom Project - Communications Coordinator
Organizing Upgrade - Executive Editor
Osborne Association - Executive VP of Development and Communications
Project Guardianship - VP of External Affairs
Rebuilding Together NYC - Director of Development
Student Leadership Network - Associate Director of Individual Giving
South Asian Youth Action - Chief Development Officer
Vital Strategies - Multimedia Manager
YA-YA Network - Communications Director

Programs & Services

Brooklyn Boatworks - Program Operations Manager
Brooklyn Movement Center - Community Canvasser
Candid - Associate Data Engineer
Center for Anti-Violence Education - Upstander Instructor
Chinese-American Planning Council - Director of Policy
Echoing Green - Programs Assistant 
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
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
Philanthropy New York - Director, Member Engagement 
Piper Theater Productions - General Manager
Pratt Center - Director of Policy and Planning
S.O.U.L. Sisters Leadership Collective - Restorative Justice Manager
Women's Organizing Network - Program Director


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