9/12 deadline: NYC Reuse and Repair Grant

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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 www.SparkPrize.org 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 www.SparkPrize.org. 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 www.SparkPrize.org/How-to-Apply.

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 www.SparkPrize.org/How-to-Apply.

The Congressional Award: Amercia’s Award For Youth

The Congressional Award is the United States Congress’ award for young Americans. Our Foundation remains Congress’ only charity. The program is open to all youth ages 14 to 23 and is non-partisan, voluntary, and non-competitive. Young people may register when they turn 13 1/2 years old and must complete their activities before their 24th birthday.

Participants earn Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Certificates and Bronze, Silver, and Gold Congressional Award Medals. Each level involves setting goals in four program areas: Voluntary Public Service, Personal Development, Physical Fitness, and Expedition/Exploration. Earning The Congressional Award is a fun and interesting way to get more involved in something you already enjoy or something you’d like to try for the first time. You move at your own pace – on your own or with your friends. This is not an award for past accomplishments. Instead, you are honored for achieving your own challenging goals after registering for the program.

Regardless of your situation, you can earn The Congressional Award. The Congressional Award has no minimum grade point average requirements. It accommodates young people with special needs or disabilities who are willing to take the challenge.

For more information or to register online, please visit www.congressionalaward.org

Recap: “How to Apply for City Council Funding”



On Wednesday, January 18th, I was joined by over 100 individuals who were eager to understand and ultimately engage in the application process for City Council funding. The potential growth of cultural institutions and nonprofit organizations is often intertwined with their capacity to secure funding to cover operational costs, expand programming, or undergo critical upgrades.

As the representative of Brooklyn’s Cultural District and a member of the Committee on Cultural Affairs, I understand how vital it is to create opportunities and provide the necessary resources that will sustain their progress and increase their positive impact within our communities. Through this workshop, we were able to show every participant how to successfully navigate the application process. Thank you to Leora Estersohn of Nonprofit HelpDesk and our participants! I wish you all the best! See below for a recap on what we covered during the event, as well as important documents and contact information.

-Council Member Laurie A. Cumbo

Important Deadlines

  • Discretionary funding application due Tuesday, February 21, 2017.
  • All arts and cultural organizations seeking fiscal support from the Department of Cultural Affairs should note that all applications must be received by February 13th , 2017. 

Important links


Important documents

Forms in application

Contact Information

  • Presenter
    • Name: Leora Estersohn, NonProfit HelpDesk
    • Phone number: 718 449 5000 x 2267
    • Email address: leora@nphd.org
  • District 35 Budget Director
    • Name: Matthew Pitt
    • Phone Number: 718-260-9191
    • Email address: mpitt@council.nyc.gov
  • City Council Finance 
    • Email address: discretionary@council.nyc.gov

Community Exchange Series Event Schedule






1/23/17 Deadline: Citizens Committee for NYC Neighborhood Grant Program

citizens-committee-for-nyc-ng-flyerHave a great idea for a community improvement project? Apply for our Neighborhood Grant! Citizens Committee for New York City awards grants of up to $3,000 to resident-led groups to work on community and school improvement projects addressing issues that they identify as important to them.

Our next grant deadline is January 23, 2017. For a grant application and for more info, contact Imani at 212.822.9567 or ibrown@citizensnyc.org

Applications can be completed online or downloaded from our website.

11/7 Deadline: Love Your Block Grant

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