The Brooklyn Community Foundation, the Office of the Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce on Friday announced the release of two Requests for Proposals from Brooklyn nonprofit organizations working with the communities and individuals most affected by Hurricane Sandy.
The RFP funding will be administered through the recently established Brooklyn Recovery Fund.
“While Sandy was devastating, her wake has brought out the best in so many of us. Countless Brooklynites are initiating local fundraising efforts, and it is particularly gratifying to see that many of them have designated the Brooklyn Recovery Fund as the beneficiary,” says Marilyn Gelber, president of the Brooklyn Community Foundation, which is administering the Fund.
The first RFP is for Community Collaborations, which will provide three initial grants of $100,000 to nonprofits working to improve community-wide coordination efforts, in Red Hook (CB 6); Coney Island/Brighton Beach/Sea Gate (CB 13), and Sheepshead Bay/Gerritsen Beach/Canarsie/Manhattan Beach (CBs 15 and 18).
The second RFP is for Emergency Funding, to provide up to $10,000 to Brooklyn-serving nonprofits grappling with Sandy’s aftereffects. This two-pronged approach allows the Fund to address immediate emergency needs while laying the groundwork for broad based, long-term community rebuilding
The Brooklyn Recovery Fund has raised more than $1 million thus far, with support from a broad spectrum of local donors—including founding contributions from Barclays Center, the Brooklyn Nets, and Forest City Ratner—as well as hundreds of individual donations via online and mobile giving.
Applications for both RFPs are due Friday, November 16 and are posted here.
Additional RFPs will be announced in the coming weeks to address emerging recovery and rebuilding needs.
“Grants from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund will respond to large-scale community-wide coordination work as well as more narrowly focused rebuilding and service provision efforts. .”