Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Grant Opportunity: $100,00.00 'No Strings Attached' Brooklyn Organizations only. Deadline: May 3, 2024


Brooklyn Org invites applications for Spark Prize

Brooklyn Org (formerly known as the Brooklyn Community Foundation) invites applications for the Spark Prize, which is designed to honor organizations with a long history in Brooklyn. 

Each year, through the prize, five nonprofits are selected to receive the $100,000 ‘no strings attached’ award. Brooklyn Org centers its work with a racial justice lens due to disparities in opportunities and access that are caused by structural and systemic issues rooted in racism and other forms of oppression that have impacted the Brooklyn community. The Brooklyn Org Spark Prize committee assesses whether organizations use race and other forms of identities to understand these structural challenges and create forward-thinking solutions to disrupt traditional hierarchies of power in favor of empowering our communities of color.

In addition to general operating support, we provide capacity building support in the following areas: racial justice, fundraising, strategic communications, board development, executive transition, financial management, advocacy, direct action, community organization, and leadership development.

A virtual application clinic will be held April 2, 2024, with applications due May 3, 2024, at 5:00 p.m. ET. Finalists will be announced in the fall, and winners will be announced in January, 2025. 

To be eligible, applicants must serve the people and communities of Brooklyn, be in operation for longer than five years, can show a minimum organizational budget of $200,000 for its most recent fiscal year, have a 501(c)(3) letter or a memorandum of understanding (MOU) from a fiscal sponsor, and have an active governing body (e.g., Board of Trustees, Advisory Board, etc.).

For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Brooklyn Community Foundation website.

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