Brooklyn Community Foundation is the first and only public foundation solely dedicated to Brooklyn’s charitable community. We are on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn.

Our grantmaking and community leadership programs are informed by a long track record of philanthropic excellence. Since our founding in 2009, the Foundation and our donors have provided over $20 million in grants to more than 300 nonprofits throughout the borough, bolstering vital programs and services while responding to urgent community needs and opportunities to fuel community-led change. 

In 2015, Brooklyn Community Foundation is launching three distinct core programs that will enable us to be a transformative force for Brooklyn:

INVEST IN YOUTH The Foundation’s primary grantmaking and community leadership initiative will focus on creating better opportunities and a stronger future for Brooklyn’s next generation. Grants and special initiatives will support youth development and leadership programs, youth justice reforms, and increased services for immigrant youth and families.​

NEIGHBORHOOD STRENGTH The Foundation will manage and oversee a new grantmaking approach to address key areas of concern identified by community stakeholders and experts in high-need neighborhoods. This new model of philanthropy will launch in Crown Heights, the Foundation’s new home.​

BROOKLYN ACCELERATOR A hub for strengthening Brooklyn’s vibrant nonprofit sector. Includes an annual awards program, an incubator for startup organizations within the Foundation’s office, board training and matching, and resources and information that provide capacity building for local nonprofits.

The Invest in Youth grantmaking program supports Brooklyn-serving nonprofit organizations that are working with young people, ages 16-24, toward enabling their social and economic success.  

Please be sure to review the guidelines here.

 Completed applications must be submitted online by Friday, June 28, 2019 at 5:00pm.


  1. Create an Account: Create a Submittable user account below. Your application will always be connected to your account.
  2. Saving Your Work:  
    • Once you have set up your account, you can begin filling out the Online Application Form
    • The form periodically saves to your account. However, we highly encourage you to use the "Save Draft" button at the bottom of the form before exiting. Each time you save, the latest draft will be kept for 21 days. 
    • We also recommend keeping your responses in a document offline and plugging them into the Online Application Form from there.

 Technical Support: For technical support, contact Submittable. For general inquiries about the program, contact the Foundation at


The Immigrant Rights Fund will support both the immediate and long-term needs of immigrants in our borough and across New York City, while strengthening collaboration among immigrant-serving and ally nonprofits.

The Action Fund offers support for ongoing civil resistance and organizing efforts—including community-building, bystander training, public education, action planning, and event logistics—with grants up to $2,500.

Grants will be offered on a rolling basis for immigrant-led and immigrant-serving efforts. To request funds please fill out the following Immigrant Rights - Action Fund Request Form.

Brooklyn Community Foundation