THE INCUBATOR PROJECT is a signature program of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn Accelerator, a hub for building capacity and resources in the borough’s flourishing nonprofit community. The Incubator Project aims to support promising local leaders and organizations.
This year we will be partnering with the Brooklyn Creative League as our coworking space partner. Over an 18-month period, we will help build the capacity of three to five emerging, innovative organizations at the early stages of development who are dedicated to sparking change for a more fair and just Brooklyn, especially those working to address racial justice.
AREAS OF FOCUS
The Incubator Project will support nonprofits, community groups, and community leaders working in one or more of the following areas of focus:
- Arts and Culture
- Criminal Justice
- Economic Justice
- Environmental Justice
- Gender Justice
- Housing Rights
- Immigrant Rights
- Reproductive Justice
- Worker Rights
Groups selected for the Incubator Project will receive:
- A seed grant of $5,000 to be used over 18 months for legal fees, web development, meeting and travel costs, and other start-up costs;
- Rent-free co-working space at Brooklyn Creative League in Gowanus, Brooklyn for up to 3 staff members or volunteers per organization starting June 1, 2019. Organizations will also be connected to Brooklyn Creative League’s thriving and collaborative community which includes: (1) Participation in regular schedule of events, lunches, happy hours, workshops, and industry working groups to build relationships based on shared interests, knowledge, and trust and (2) other perks and amenities
- Fiscal sponsorship support by the Foundation if your organization requires tax-exempt status in order to receive gifts and provide donors with evidence of their tax-deductible contribution.
- Participation in peer support and learning community with fellow Incubator cohort members;
- Access to convenings and opportunities to connect with ecosystem of BCF grantees in other portfolios;
- Use of our large conference room and kitchen space in Crown Heights for meetings and events;
- Connections to interested donors and potential funders; and
- Access to issue-focused workshops and customized capacity building opportunities.
FUNDING CRITERIA AND PRIORITIES
The Incubator Project will support organizations that:
- Serve people and communities of Brooklyn;
- Have a track record working on more of more of the Incubator Project’s focus areas;
- Have a demonstrated commitment to racial justice and a community-driven approach;
- Are led by directly affected communities and people of color;
- Have been in operation for at least a year;
- May or not be registered as a 501(c)(3), but have (1) a stable and committed board of directors or advisory board and (2) an operating budget of $250,000 or less.
Online applications are due at 5PM on Friday, May 10, 2019. Late submissions will not be considered.