Brooklyn Accelerator: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits - October 2020

October 5, 2020

Our News


We are pleased to share with you a special report on the first phase of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund, from March - July 2020. Through data, videos, and animations, the report offers a detailed look at the immense efforts of Brooklyn nonprofits, donors, and the Foundation's Board and staff, who united together to form the single largest community-funded emergency response in our history. 

This Fall, we will embark on an ambitious Phase 2 of the Fund, beginning with extensive community engagement. This process will enable us to learn from—and partner with—leaders and residents in communities of color who have been most harmed, in order to identify and fund the most critical needs and promising approaches going forward.  

Join Us for #BrooklynGives 2020!

Calling all Brooklyn-serving nonprofits: Register today for #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday! Powered by Brooklyn Community Foundation, #BrooklynGives unites donors and nonprofits across our borough in support of social change on Giving Tuesday, the year’s biggest single day of giving! Last year, our annual local giving campaign raised over $800,000 for over 80 Brooklyn organizations. ICYMI: Stream last week's Getting Ready for #BrooklynGives webinar recording

RSVP: Spark Change Webinar Series

This Fall, Brooklyn Community Foundation presents Spark Change for Justice: Critical Conversations for Community-Led Change, a series of virtual conversations with Brooklyn leaders exploring how we can achieve racial, social, and economic justice for all. Join us for our next program:
Wednesday, October 14 at 12:30PM
Join us for a discussion on how school's can implement restorative justice in order to create racially just communities that care for, develop, and respect every studentwhether they are in the classroom or learning remotely. 

The conversation will center lessons learned from the Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project—a four-year initiative led by Brooklyn Community Foundation in partnership with the NYC Department of Education (NYC DOE) and the Mayor’s Leadership Team on School Climate and Discipline. Panelists include Brooklyn Restorative Justice Project Evaluator Dr. Anne Gregory (Rutgers University), Kenyatte Reid (NYC DOE Executive Director, Office of Safety and Youth Development), Ashley Ellis (Co-Founder of Breathe Circles and former Restorative Justice Director at the School for Democracy and Leadership), and Anthony Soto (graduate of the School for Democracy and Leadership). 

Funding & Opportunities

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Community Solutions for Health Equity program seeks to elevate the voices of communities of color and other communities left out of discussions when local healthcare systems in the United States are creating policy. A total of nine grants of up to $300,000 over three years will be awarded in support of efforts by diverse consumer groups and community-based organizations to identify a problem that negatively affects consumers; envision solutions to the problem; and partner with healthcare systems to implement those solutions. Deadline to apply: October 7, 2020. 

Borealis Philanthropy's Spark Justice Fund has issued a call for proposals COVID-related rapid response grants. Grants of up to $50,000 (though most are anticipated to be in the range of $15,000 to $25,000) will be awarded to grassroots organizing groups working to transform pretrial justice to meet urgent needs emerging out of the COVID-19 pandemic in jails and communities. Deadline to apply: October 21.

Resist: General Support — Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded to groups that are building movements for justice and liberation and resisting systemic oppression through grassroots/cultural organizing, art-making, and resilience building. Accessibility — Grants of up to $4,000 will be awarded in support of efforts that specifically enables a group's work to be more accessible. Examples of potential accessibility needs include interpretation services, wheelchair ramps, childcare, transportation for folks with mobility aids, etc. To be eligible, applicants must have an organizational budget under $150,000 a year. Deadline to apply: December 4. 

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

Management Center: Getting through our jobs in the midst of COVID-19 and the pervasive reality of systemic racism and state-sanctioned violence against Black people is beyond hard. The Management Center is offering online resources and opportunities for online discussion with others who are learning how to manage through these times.

Around Brooklyn

Blue Ridge Labs Fellowship gives talented people the time, access, and support they need to discover and launch high-impact startups. Fellows spend two months doing intensive, community-centric research to scope and define potential solutions. They then have another two months to build, test, and launch their ideas. Past Fellows have built venture-backed companies, tech-enabled nonprofits, open source projects, and more. Applications are due by October 12, 2020. 

CUP Public Access Design seeks organizations 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. 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. Applications are due by October 12, 2020.

COVID-19 Resources

Empire State Development Expands New York Forward Loan Fund to Include Paycheck Protection Program Recipients: Small businesses and nonprofits that have received federal Paycheck Protection Program loans will now be able to get help through a new state loan program. Community development financial institutions processing applications for the fund will contact previously ineligible applicants to see if they are still interested. Only small businesses and nonprofits with 20 or fewer employees that received PPP loans of up to $50,000 will be eligible to apply. Nonprofits can apply for a 60-month loan at a 2% fixed interest rate to cover expenses like payroll, utilities and property taxes. Learn more.

GiveGab: COVID-19 Crisis Relief Resources- Digital Fundraising, Operations, & Ways to Give

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/Co-Directors
Common Justice - Chief Operating Officer
Footsteps - Operations Assistance 
Red Hook Initiative - Deputy Director
Weeksville - President and Chief Executive Officer

Development & Communications

Brooklyn Filmshop - Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Brooklyn Legal Services A - Development & Communications Associate
Brooklyn Legal Services A - Senior Grants & Contracts Manager
The Door - Grants Officer
Gowanus Canal Conservancy - Director of Development
North Star Fund - Development Associate
Power of Two - Chief Advancement Officer
Race Forward - Director of Development and Partnerships

Programs & Services

Black Women's Blueprint - Racial Equity Trainer
Brooklyn Community Services - Program Director, Beacon Program
CUP - Program Manager
Ford Foundation - Program Officer
St. Nick's Alliance - NORC Program Director
Women's Organizing Network - Program Director

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