Know of a fantastic (and maybe underfunded) community project in Red Hook, Fort Greene or Brownsville? Check out Healthy Communities Community Grant Program, a public health-oriented initiative to fund projects like community gardens, safe space networks for young mothers and teen chef programs. Applications for grants ranging from $2,000 to $10,000 are due July 21.
The grant program is working in collaboration with Added Value, Brownsville Partnership, the Myrtle Avenue Revitalization Project and the Brooklyn Food Coalition to select grant recipients. Each non-profit selects members of the community to serve in a decision-making body that chooses the final recipients. Each neighborhood will have $10,000 to disperse among two or three projects, and the vetting process includes site visits and extensive discussion.
The grants will be dispersed in a few months, and all recipients will have a chance to gather and meet their cohort. “Ongoing support will come from the anchor non-profits [in each neighborhood],” says Liane Stegmaier of the foundation. “But Brooklyn Community Foundation is continuing to bring everyone together and celebrate the work they’re doing. We’ll share, learn from each other, and go visit each other.”
Interested in finding out more about the Brooklyn Community Foundation? They’ve launched Brooklyn Accelerator, which provides trainings, technical support, capacity building and donor networking to non-profits in our borough. Check out their website for more information.