July 2020: News for Brooklyn Nonprofits

July 30, 2020

Our News

Brooklynites Give $3.7 Million for COVID-19 Response

Since launching the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund on March 13, 2020, we have raised nearly $3.7 million from over 1,600 donors to address the disproportionate social, economic, and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, especially in the borough’s communities of color—making it the single largest community-funded effort in the Foundation’s 10-year history.

In Fund's first phase, which concluded this month, we distributed $3.3 million through an open application for emergency grants to grassroots organizations, unsolicited general operating support grants to prior Foundation grantees, and donation matches for nearly 150 grantees’ crowdfunding campaigns. 

More than $2 million in Immediate Response grants went to 214 community-based nonprofits coping with the acute impacts of the pandemic across Brooklyn. Of the organizations receiving Immediate Response grants, 68% are led by people of color and 35% have budgets under $500,000. See the complete list of Immediate Response grants.

New Grants Support Ongoing Fight for Immigrant Rights

We are pleased to announce $390,000 in new support from our Immigrant Rights Fund for 13 immigrant-led organizations that are advocating for systemic change and providing critical services to immigrants across Brooklyn. Read more.

Update on Spark Prize - Join Us for #BrooklynGives 2020

Due to the COVID-19 emergency and the launch of our Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund this Spring, the Foundation is unable to facilitate the Spark Prize process this year. We will, however, be offering all Brooklyn-serving nonprofits the opportunity to once again participate in #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday on our crowdfunding platform at BrooklynGives.org. Mark your calendars to register for this year's campaign, which will open in September.

COVID-19 Resources

Funding Opportunities:

The COVID Rent Relief Program will provide eligible households with a one-time rental subsidy that will be sent directly to the household’s landlord. Applicants will not need to repay this assistance. To file an application online, see if you meet the guidelines and are eligible to apply, and view a Frequently Answered Questions guide about the program, visit the DHCR website.

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:

Documented: COVID-19 Guide for Undocumented Persons

Funding and Opportunities

Nathan Cummings Foundation's Fellowship Program provides three individuals with up to $150,000 over 18 months to turn an inspired idea that advances social justice into a reality. Fellows also receive hands-on training, resources, and leadership development to scale the impact of their work. Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, September 1. 

Network for Good's grant program promotes fundraising activities and capacity building that can lead to revenue sustainability. The award is an unrestricted grant based on need and merit as determined by the grant committee at Network for Good, a certified B Corporation. Average grants range in size from $1,000-$5,000. Deadline to apply: August 15.

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.

The Workers Lab's The Innovation Fund is calling for new ideas for and from workers and leaders who are listening to them for funding up to $150,000. Innovations can be: Policy experiments; Programs that build worker agency; Multi-stakeholder partnerships; Tools for relaying real-time information on safety rules and regulations; Technology enabled health and safety solutions; Early Stage Ideas Wanted. In addition to the cash prize, winners receive technical support over 12 months to test their idea's potential for growth. Deadline to apply: Monday, August 17.

Brooklyn Arts Council Community Arts Grants: Artists, collectives, and nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to support artistic or cultural projects taking place across Brooklyn in 2021. Info Sessions will be delivered as a series of four webinars this year. Because of changes to the budget template and application, Overview and Budget Sessions are mandatory for all applicants. Deadline to apply: Friday, September 11

Nonprofit New York's Financial Management Learning Lab series will explore best practices and cover what to do now that everything is changing. Learning Labs are a five-part, cohort-based training series for nonprofit professionals looking to develop skills and implement best management practices. Learn from a team of experts from FMA and Nonprofit Finance Fund, while practicing problem-solving and experiential learning, so you can get both the tools you need and the situational understanding of how to use them. Deadline to apply: Friday, July 31

Center for Community Leadership Organizing Academy: Are you a new community organizer, or are you an experienced organizer looking to deepen your analysis and practice of community organizing? ANHD’s Center for Community Leadership trains grassroots leaders and supports community organizations with the skills and resources needed to strengthen their potential to affect systematic change. Deadline to apply: Friday, August 7.

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.

Employment Listings

Executive & Operations

Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice - Executive Director/Co-Directors
Bridging Access to Care - Chief Financial Officer
Equal Justice USA - Director of Narrative Shifting and National Organization
Red Hook Initiative - Deputy Director
Veatch Program - Operations Manager


Development & Communications

Brooklyn Filmshop - Grant Writer
CUP - Development Coordinator 
Echoing Green - Development Director
Fortune Society - Director, Individual Giving & Communications
Foundation for a Just Society - Director of Communications
FWPA - Grant Writer
Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.) - Development Director/Senior Development Associate

Programs & Services

Brooklyn Community Services - Data Management Analyst
Brotherhood / Sister Sol - Multiple Positions
DataKind - Director, Global Volunteers
Emma's Torch: Program Manager
Equality for Flatbush - Lead Organizer
Red Hook Initiative - Database & Evaluation Coordinator 
Safe Horizon - Trauma Therapist