The Strong Communities Fund has been awarding grants on a rolling basis since April 23, 2020 to support Brooklyn community-based organizations, develop civic infrastructure to address community priorities with flexible funds, and amplify community-led voice and impact.
As of March 2021, the Strong Communities Fund has awarded $2.4 Million to 33 organizations across Brooklyn. Please find our press releases linked below and a list of grantees:
Anne Kastor Brooklyn Free Clinic: $18,639 to support personnel for free clinic
Arab American Family Support Center: $50,000 for remote services support, mental health clinician overtime, PPE, Emergency Fund, and indirect costs.
Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health: $94,842 to provide information on COVID-19 and resource referrals through the Institute’s network of barbers and stylists
Arts East New York, in partnership with WEB Center: $102,100 for virtual summer internships for youth to produce content based on the impact of COVID-19 on their communities
Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation: $125,000 to expand economic mobility programs, benefits screenings, financial counseling, job training and placement, emergency cash assistance, digital upskilling, and support local food procurement and distribution
Brooklyn Community Services: $115,000 to support a Mobile Shower Unit, bringing the fundamental right of cleanliness to the homeless, along with outreach services and healthy meals
Brooklyn Perinatal Network and Ft. Greene SNAP: $250,000 for personnel expenses, supplies and administrative costs, and a merger between the two organizations
Brooklyn Queens Long Island AHEC: $75,000 for personnel expenses, student stipends, and supplies.
CAMBA: $60,500 for 500 cell phone data plans for 3 months, 50 phone cases, and indirect costs
Camp Friendship: $75,600 for produce, storage and digital resources to support food pantry expansion
Christopher Rose Community Empowerment Campaign, Inc. (CRCEC): $30,000 for a community health worker to provide comprehensive risk assessment and connections to needed care and services
Elite Learners: $25,000 for personnel expenses and supplies like telephones and uniforms.
Exalt Youth: $50,000 for critical core and alumni youth stipend and equipment necessary to implement/transition to a virtual platform
FAN4Kids: $92,000 for preparation and execution of digital content for students and families.
Flanbwayan Haitian Literacy Project: $30,000 for additional academic and digital literacy support to Haitian immigrant youth to support remote learning
Foundation for the Advancement and Rehabilitation of the Marginal (FARM): $58,000 for Census outreach in East Brooklyn Communities
GrowHouse International: $20,152 for technology supplies for Youth Leadership program
Haitian American Community Coalition: $49,437 for personnel expenses and costs related to virtual resources for clients
Haitian Americans United for Progress, in partnership with Diaspora Community Services: $125,000 for case management and legal services, including undocumented individuals
Her Village: $40,920 for period supplies and diapers to support expansion to Brooklyn
I AM GYM Foundation INC: $121,000 to provide fitness and entrepreneurship workshops for youth
Kings County Tennis League: $25,000 for increase tennis based programming for NYCHA residents, as well as phone outreach to current program participants to determine needs.
Little Essentials: $50,000 for costs related to expansion in Brooklyn as they continue to provide early childhood care supplies for families
Myrtle Avenue Brooklyn D.M.A., Inc.: $14,000 for costs related to food delivery services
National Association on Drug Abuse Problems, INC: $49,163 for case management services and free smart phones and monthly plans for clients
Neighborhood Technical Assistance Clinic: $23,000 for creating a network of black clergy women, who are frontline support to community members during COVID-19 crisis, and a resource guide with different community resources.
New Heights Youth INC.: $50,000 to provide athletic and academic support to Brooklyn’s at-risk youth.
Reaching Out Community Services, INC: $50,000 for food pantry support, education assistance and social services assistance.
Red Hook Initiative in partnership with with Alex House Project, NYU Langone, Red Hook Justice Center, and Good Shepherd Services: $36,000 for mini relief grants for Red Hook residents
Services for the Underserved, INC: $125,000 for smartphones, tablets, and data plans for individuals that are served by the organization, PPE, and upgraded HVAC systems and HEPA air filtration
Teens for Food Justice INC, in partnership with Ace Endico, BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers, Brooklyn Packers, Collective Fare Catering, Grow NYC, and Universe City: $250,000 to supply and distribute boxes of fresh produce and shelf-stable items that can be purchased weekly, using cash, card, or EBT benefits at a discounted rate
The Campaign Against Hunger: $125,000 for food distribution, social services assistance, and transportation
Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls: $45,000 to support its arts education curriculum for girls and trans youth in the digital environment