November-January: Grant Info Sessions



Loans and Grants to Keep Homes Healthy and Safe

This brochure provides information about low-interest loans and grants to help owners of homes and apartment buildings in New York City fix health and safety hazards. Owners may be eligible even if they don’t earn enough to qualify for a typical bank loan.

Loans and grants can be used to:
• Repair lead paint hazards
• Replace or repair leaky roofs or
• Replace old windows
• Upgrade electrical wiring
• Make repairs and upgrades to meet
New York City Housing Code

Click here to learn more.

New Grant Opportunity: Up to 25K for Nonprofits in Williamsburg & Bushwick!

We are very excited to announce the creation of OPEN—ODA’s Public Engagement in Neighborhoods!

OPEN is a 501(c)(3) organization that was launched in September 2017. Our goal is to make a positive impact in the communities in which we operate by giving local nonprofits the resources they need to develop projects that unite, engage, and empower residents of diverse backgrounds. We support projects in the following four categories: Community Green Space, Media & Technology, Design & Architecture, and Public Art.  Selected projects will be awarded between $10,000 – $25,000 each, with OPEN providing a grand total of $100,000 in funding. All completed projects must be made free and accessible to the public, in order to serve more people and help build lasting relationships.

To apply for a grant and/or watch a short video about OPEN please visit

Please don’t hesitate to email me at with any questions you may have.

11/6 deadline: Love Your Block Grant

2018 Love Your Block FlyerDo you Love Your Block?  Show it! Citizens Committee for New York City and the NYC Service invites your neighborhood group to apply for a Love Your Block Grant.  Grants of up to $1,000 are awarded for block beautification projects that utilize City services from the NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation, NYC Dept. of Environmental Protection,  NYC Dept. of Transportation, and the Dept. of Sanitation of NYC. The grant deadline is November 6, 2017 and the online application link and .doc formatted form can be downloaded at

For more information, please contact Shawn at or 212-822-9563

8/3 Event: Grants Info Sessions in Crown Heights

The Brooklyn Arts Council (BAC) is hosting a grants information session in Crown Heights, Brooklyn on August 3rd to support individual artists and organizations learn about grant opportunities available through BAC.

Info Session for BAC Community Arts Grants

Thursday, August 3, 12-2pm

Five Myles

558 St. Johns Place (Between Classon and Franklin Avenues), Crown Heights

2/3/4/5 to Franklin Avenue | S to Botanic Garden

Applications for BAC’s Community Arts Grants are open now through September 20, 2017. Individual artists, collectives, and small nonprofit organizations are invited to apply for up to $5,000 to support arts and cultural events, exhibitions, concerts, reading series, publications, theater productions and more, taking place in Brooklyn in 2018.

Click Here to RSVP

5/12 deadline: Brooklyn Nonprofits Can Apply for $100,000 Spark Prize


Brooklyn Community Foundation to Award $600,000 to Outstanding Local Organizations

Eligible organizations are invited to apply online at starting Monday, April 10th through Friday, May 12th.

Five Brooklyn-based organizations will receive the “no strings attached” $100,000 Spark Prize, chosen through a competitive selection process by a committee of distinguished Brooklyn civic, business, and neighborhood leaders. Applicants will be narrowed to 20 finalists in October, and the five award recipients will be announced in January 2018. Spark Prize Committee members will be announced in May following the close of the online application.

The Spark Prize recognizes nonprofits with a deep history of service to Brooklyn’s communities as well as strong organizational values, and a dynamic vision for the future of their work in Brooklyn and beyond. The Prize also supports Brooklyn Community Foundation’s vision for a fair and just Brooklyn by lifting up organizations working to advance equity and racial justice.

Brooklyn Community Foundation created the Spark Prize to bolster the borough’s nonprofit sector and spotlight exceptional organizations that have made a lasting impact in its communities. Brooklyn is home to over 2,000 nonprofits, yet they collectively receive less than 5% of funds distributed by New York City foundations, according to a Foundation Center report.

In addition to the five $100,000 Spark Prize recipients, the Foundation will donate up to $5,000 in matching funds to each of the 20 finalists through the Brooklyn Gives campaign on Giving Tuesday—the national day of giving observed the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Last year’s finalists collectively raised over $270,000 with the added support of Brooklyn Industries and other local businesses.

The Spark Prize is presented in partnership with the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.


How to apply: Any Brooklyn nonprofit organization with an annual operating budget over $350,000 and a minimum of five years in operation is invited to apply for the Spark Prize starting Monday, April 10 through Friday, May 12, 2017 at Organizations who applied for the Spark Prize last year are encouraged to apply again, including finalists—last year’s winners are not eligible to apply. Organizations do not need to be previous grantees of the Foundation to be eligible. Detailed application criteria and guidelines are available at

Application Clinics for interested nonprofits will be held at Brooklyn Community Foundation’s offices at 1000 Dean Street in Crown Heights on Monday, April 10th from 10-11:30AM and on Thursday, April 20th from 2-3:30PM. Organizations are asked to RSVP in advance at