Community Fund Grants

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Organization Year Amountsort descending Initiative Program Project Description Neighborhoods
Brooklyn Free School 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Award recipient The Brooklyn Free School Team for "Let's Talk About It! Housing Justice," a project aimed at educating and creating a documentary on housing justice and gentrification. It will engage youth by arranging visits to town hall meetings, reading articles and watching interviews addressing housing, gentrification and justice, as well as opportunities to engage with the Mayor’s office and participate in local shelter events. As part of the project, the youth team will create a documentary and facilitate a workshop for youth on housing rights. Fort Greene, Clinton Hill
Ancient Song Doula Services 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Awarded to Sevonna Marie Brown with Ancient Song Doula Services for "Reproductive Renaissance," which uses grassroots political philosophy to foster a restorative space for women of color to come together and seek refuge in reproductive justice and education. Black girls and women of color have a history of using their personal spaces—the living room, grandma’s bedroom, the kitchen, the beauty salon, the front porch—as spaces for women-centered empowerment and healing. Bedford Stuyvesant
Common Justice 2016 Invest in Youth Invest in Youth Grant Program A victim-service and alternative-to-incarceration program based on restorative justice principles that works with young people who commit violent felonies and those they harm. Boroughwide
Eco:StationNY 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Award recipient Iyeshima Harris with Eco:StationNY for "Farm to Cafeteria," a student-led outreach project focusing on healthy eating and self-empowerment that engages students at a place and time they are thinking about food: the lunchroom. The project will use school lunch and culturally relevant food to teach youth how to healthfully and affordably prepare meals they love. Through cooking demos, students will learn how they can combine fresh produce with goods from their supermarket, instilling in them the knowledge, access, and creativity to needed to transcend and redefine what food means in a low-income neighborhood. Bushwick
Center for NuLeadership 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Award recipient Yamil Torres with the Center for NuLeadership for “Bridging the Healing Gap,” which will facilitate gatherings that provide space and educate youth who are affiliated with gangs and/or are street involved about how, why, and where gangs originated, explain political and racial history, and principles of what gangs were founded on. The second half of the project will focus on changing the way the larger community views the youth by opening up dialogue with an intergenerational event. Bedford Stuyvesant
Off the Page, Inc 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Award recipient Shaqur Williams with Off the Page, Inc for "All American Boys," a show adapted from the book by the same name that addresses different points of view between a black teenager and a white teenager in a community and the way police officers approach them. The project brings black and white actors together to work on this production and to talk about the problem facing the black community and how to work together to address it. Park Slope
Arts & Democracy 2016 Invest in Youth Youth Voice Awards Award recipient Hasiba Haq with Arts & Democracy for "Sari Project," which aims to connect young Bangladeshis with women in the community in an intergenerational exchange of stories using the idea of Saris, a traditional outfit for Bangladeshi women, to explore their immigration stories and their histories. The project will help young immigrants and second-generation youth connect with elders in their society, and help carve an identity for them in a diverse borough. Kensington
Black Alliance for Just Immigration 2017 $2,500 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Action Fund Grants To fund the organization of a political education session highlighting issues affecting Black immigrant workers—including economic inequality, unemployment, racial discrimination, and the impact of harsh immigration enforcement practices—as well as mobilizing a Black contingent for May Day 2017 that lifts up unique issues facing Black immigrant workers . Boroughwide
The New American Leaders Project 2017 $2,500 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Action Fund Grants On June 9, 2017, NALP will host “Ready to Rise,” a training for 120 first- and second-generation immigrants in New York City that will demystify the political process and embolden immigrant women to run for public office. Boroughwide
Bangladeshi American Community Development and Youth Services 2017 $2,500 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Action Fund Grants From April–June 2017, BACDYS will offer 4 free "Know Your Rights" workshops for East New York's Bangladeshi community, designed to empower immigrants and address fears by providing accurate legal education in Bengali. East New York, City Line
New York Communities for Change 2017 $2,500 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Action Fund Grants In May 2017, NYCC will launch a member-led community defense network in Flatbush to protect its Latinx, Caribbean, and Middle Eastern immigrant members and neighbors from deportations, police brutality, and mass incarceration—all of which disproportionately affect Brooklyn’s immigrant, especially Black immigrant, populations. Flatbush
OCA-NY Asian Pacific American Advocates 2017 $2,500 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Action Fund Grants In June 2017, OCA will host "Where Can Immigrants Living in Fear and Uncertainty Get Help?” a forum that brings together elected officials, government agencies, law professional, and community organizations to assist Asian immigrant communities in Brooklyn with legal advice and immigration fraud alert. The forum will be held at the Chinese Promise Baptist Church in Sunset Park. Sunset Park
The Precedential Group 2015 $5,000 Brooklyn Accelerator Incubator Project The Precedential Group, founded by Marlon Peterson in 2014, is an organization working to establish “Child Safe Zones” to reduce gun violence in Brooklyn neighborhoods by engaging young people, local police, schools, and residents. Marlon Peterson has led, advised, and supported several criminal justice reform organizations including Fortune Society, Crown Heights Mediation Center, and New Yorkers Against Gun Violence. Marlon recently received the Soros Fellowship Award from Open Society Foundation. For more information: marlonpeterson.com Crown Heights, Brownsville, East New York
Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine 2015 $5,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine is a collaborative public art project that explores art-making as a community-building tool. Funds will be used to create and distribute an accessible guide to tenants’ rights to assist long-time residents being pushed out of their homes. Crown Heights
Progress Playbook 2015 $5,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program Progress Playbook designs customized learning experiences for entrepreneurs so that they can accomplish their business goals. A $5,000 grant will provide 10 Crown Heights youth with a three-month entrepreneur training program, through which each will develop a comprehensive business plan. Three plans selected by community members will receive financial and technical assistance to launch or expand their business within Crown Heights. Crown Heights
Simone Leigh 2015 $5,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program Resident Simone Leigh is receiving a $5,000 grant to support an innovative series of drumming classes and workshops for black women and girls in Crown Heights, which seeks to build bridges across cultures and communities and provide a nurturing environment where participants can relax, learn new skills, exercise, and connect in a non-competitive way. Crown Heights
Young Movement 2015 $5,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program Young Movement provides research, advocacy, and partnerships on socio-economic issues like financial literacy and employment alternatives for young adults. Funds will support the Weeksville Entrepreneurship Project to train 10 young adults from the Weeksville section of Crown Heights in tools to find and create sustainable solutions to employment, financial, and health disparities in Weeksville. Crown Heights
Be More 2015 $5,000 Brooklyn Accelerator Incubator Project Be More aims to raise awareness about race-based disparities, train change agents with tools to reduce unconscious bias to eliminate racial inequities, and foster leadership to enable multiracial social change movements. In the coming year, Be More will launch its second #Vision2040 social media video campaign, organize community gatherings to heal from racism, and prototype a training to reduce unconscious bias using evidence-based techniques. Boroughwide
Domestic Workers United 2015 $5,000 Brooklyn Accelerator Incubator Project DWU is an organization of Caribbean, Latina and African caregivers and housekeepers—concentrated in Crown Heights and Flatbush—that organizes to end exploitation and oppression for all workers whose labor is based primarily in homes and is not protected by most labor laws in New York City. DWU has adopted a model that centers on the development of strong, low-income immigrant women of color leaders who have the drive, training, and sensitivity to lead a movement for social change. Crown Heights, Flatbush
Arab American Family Support Center 2017 $10,000 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Immediate Response Grants For outreach, social services, and leadership development in Brooklyn’s Muslims communities, particularly for Yemeni residents Boroughwide
Brooklyn Clergy Action Network 2015 $10,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program The Brooklyn Clergy Action Network mobilizes faith leaders and the community to end gun violence in low and moderate-income communities in Brooklyn. Funds will be used to establish a mentorship program for 12 to 17-year-old males designed to reduce and prevent violence by training them in methods of communication as an alternative to violence. Crown Heights
Black Alliance for Just Immigration 2017 $10,000 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Immediate Response Grants For organizing and legal clinics and language support of Black Muslim immigrants Boroughwide
Brooklyn Defender Services 2017 $10,000 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Immediate Response Grants For rapid legal defense for affected individuals Boroughwide
DRUM, Desis Rising up and Moving 2017 $10,000 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Immediate Response Grants For advocacy, organizing, and the “Hate Free Zone” initiative launched in Kensington, Brooklyn Boroughwide, Kensington
Global Kids 2015 $10,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program Global Kids’ mission is to educate and inspire underserved youth to become successful students, global citizens, and community leaders. Funds will be used for the Human Rights Activist Project in three Crown Heights public schools to empower youth to advocate for community and global issues through interactive workshops on community organizing, social action, digital and social media, policy, and root causes. Crown Heights
Make the Road New York 2017 $10,000 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Immediate Response Grants For advocacy and organizing across immigrant populations and support for multi-step “Our Plan to Resist Trump” initiative Boroughwide, Bushwick
NYC Coalition for Educational Justice 2015 $10,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program NYC Coalition for Educational Justice is a parent-led movement that seeks to affect policy change and create a more equitable educational system. Funds will support local parent engagement around the Department of Education's Community Schools Initiative, which will bring over a million dollars in new resources to three Crown Heights schools. Crown Heights
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice 2017 $10,000 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Immediate Response Grants For ally-building and trainings to create connections between anti-Islamophobia and anti-Semitism organizing Boroughwide
Bangladeshi American Community Development & Youth Services 2016 $10,000 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Emergency Grants Support for neighborhood-based, immigrant-led organizations working on the frontlines to address legal, safety, and civil rights issues. East New York, City Line
Council of Peoples Organization 2016 $10,000 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Emergency Grants Support for neighborhood-based, immigrant-led organizations working on the frontlines to address legal, safety, and civil rights issues. Flatbush, Midwood
Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project 2016 $10,000 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Emergency Grants Support for neighborhood-based, immigrant-led organizations working on the frontlines to address legal, safety, and civil rights issues. East Flatbush, Canarsie, Crown Heights
Weeksville Heritage Center 2015 $10,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program Weeksville Heritage Center is an historic site museum and community cultural center that preserves the legacy of the original Weeksville community founded in 1838 – one of the first and most prolific free African American communities in the United States. Funds will support a performance project featuring new oral histories and collaborations with local performing artists and teens to mark the 25th anniversary of the 1991 Crown Heights Riots. Weeksville will also host a community dinner for residents of its immediate vicinity. Crown Heights
Mixteca 2016 $10,000 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Emergency Grants Support for neighborhood-based, immigrant-led organizations working on the frontlines to address legal, safety, and civil rights issues. Sunset Park, Bay Ridge, Coney Island, Bensonhurst, Park Slope, Red Hook
Arab American Association of New Yotk 2016 $10,000 Immigrant Rights Fund Immigrant Rights Fund Emergency Grants Support for neighborhood-based, immigrant-led organizations working on the frontlines to address legal, safety, and civil rights issues. Boroughwide, Bay Ridge
The Youth Farm 2015 $10,000 Neighborhood Strength Crown Heights Grant Program The Youth Farm is a one-acre farm on the Wingate Campus that grows approximately 15,000 pounds of fresh, culturally relevant crops for the Crown Heights community each year. Funds will support a year-round youth program, an advanced organic farming training program for adults, and a paid summer youth employment program. Crown Heights

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