December Newsletter: $2.5M For Youth, Decided By Youth - Spark Breakfast Returns - More from Your Community Foundation

December 16, 2021

$2.5M For Youth, Decided By Youth

We are proud to announce $2.5M in grants to 55 organizations through our Invest in Youth initiative in 2021—determined for the first time in partnership with our new council of youth advisors. 

This marks the Foundation’s full transition to a participatory grantmaking approach across all of our unrestricted grant programs. Sharing decision-making power with community members who have lived experiences on the issues we're addressing reflects our belief that those who are closest to the challenges in Brooklyn, are closest to the solutions. 


The Spark Breakfast Will Return in 2022!

Meet Our New CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey

Get to know our new President and CEO Dr. Jocelynne Rainey in this series of videos where she talks about her deep connection to Brooklyn, her experience and leadership style, and why this is her dream job:


Together with our community, we are taking bold steps towards a fair and just future for all of Brooklyn. 
But social change does not happen overnight, and 
it cannot happen without the generosity of friends, neighbors, and supporters like you.

​New RFP for Substance Abuse and Harm Reduction Programs

We are now accepting applications for our new Wellness and Recovery Fund, which will support organizations working to ensure that those who navigate the difficult road of substance abuse and addiction do so with reliable support that honors their agency and dignity.

A community advisory council will help determine $2.2 million in grants for community-led responses to substance abuse treatment, substance misuse, addiction, harm reduction services, and systems change efforts that directly impact the lives of people in recovery and people living with addiction. Applications are due Friday, December 31st.

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