BCL Partners with Brooklyn Community Foundation to Support Community Incubator Project

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Brooklyn Creative League is proud to announce its partnership with Brooklyn Community Foundation, a nonprofit organization on a mission to spark lasting social change, mobilizing people, capital, and expertise for a fair and just Brooklyn. At BCL, we’re committed to using coworking as a tool to nurture “community capitalism,” and we believe that practicing generosity while also building a more just and equitable society is good business. We’re excited about this partnership because it’s a testament to the commitments in our business principles.

Brooklyn Community Foundation is currently accepting applications for an 18-month Incubator Project, which will award up to five, emerging and innovative organizations at the early stages of development. In addition to receiving a $5,000 grant for general operating costs, these organizations will get free coworking space here at BCL.

You have until Friday, May 10th at 5pm to submit your application: https://www.brooklyncommunityfoundation.org/brooklyn-accelerator/incubator-program/how-apply.

Incubator Project Benefits

This Incubator Project will support nonprofits, community groups, and community leaders working to advance equity and racial justice in one or more of the following focus areas: Arts and Culture, Criminal Justice, Economic Justice, Environmental Justice, Gender Justice, Housing Rights, Immigrant Rights, Reproductive Justice, and Worker Rights.

Those who are selected for the Incubator Project will also receive the following:

  • 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 starting June 1, 2019 for up to 3 staff members or volunteers as well as access to its community events, lunches, happy hours, workshops, and industry working groups;

  • Fiscal sponsorship support from Brooklyn Community Foundation;

  • Participation in peer support and learning community with fellow Incubator Project members;

  • Access to convenings and capacity-building workshops with other Brooklyn Community Foundation grantees;

  • Use of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Crown Heights headquarters for meetings and events.

According to the Brooklyn Community Foundation, priority for the Incubator Project will be given to nonprofits, community organizations, and leaders that serve Brooklyn’s communities; 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; have a stable and committed board of directors or advisory board; and have an operating budget of $250,000 or less.

The Incubator Project is a signature program of Brooklyn Community Foundation’s Brooklyn Accelerator, a hub of information, idea exchange, and gathering of philanthropic resources across the borough.