The Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund was created by the Brooklyn Community Foundation to address the health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. This impact has continued to intensify locally and has disproportionately harmed communities of color.
The Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund is deeply rooted in The Foundation’s values of racial equity and centers the Foundation’s racial justice lens, which prioritizes support for nonprofits that are led by members of affected communities, and center the voices of those directly impacted by structural racism in decision-making. We do this because we understand that our most vulnerable communities already exist at the margins of power and access because of historical and systemic denial of resources. We are grateful that through engagement and consultation with our community partners, we have gathered information about heightened needs, emerging challenges, and community-led solutions and approaches. The learnings from our community partners have greatly helped us refine the focus and approach to the Brooklyn COVID19 Response Fund.
Thank you for the work you do.
Immediate Response Grants
The Fund is accepting applications on a rolling basis for immediate response grants of up to $10,000. Organizations must work with vulnerable Brooklynites especially those who have been excluded from government-led response. Priority issue areas include:
· Anti-stigma efforts and support to address xenophobic, racist harassment and discrimination
· Access to material goods for prevention and wellness, including personal protective equipment, sanitary supplies, food access and other critical goods
· Support for low-wage workers to address economic impact of lost wages due to quarantines, layoffs, lack of access to healthcare and paid sick leave
· Community safety and liberty to protect the rights of marginalized communities during changing public policy and heightened police presence
· Other emerging, immediate needs
Prioritized communities and groups include but are not limited to:
· Older adults
· Black and Latinx people
· Undocumented immigrants
· Low-wage and nontraditional workers
· People with compromised immune systems
· People who are unhoused and housing insecure
· People who are formerly or currently incarcerated
· People who are LGBTQIAGNC+
· People experiencing domestic violence
· Vulnerable youth
Organizations must have a minimum annual budget of $50,000, or submit an application to work in partnership with an organization that does. Grant awards will not exceed 10% of the applying organization’s annual budget.