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Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund

Brooklyn Community Foundation

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Deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Grant amount: Up to US $10,000

Fields of work: Racial / Ethnic Justice & Rights Disaster Relief / Humanitarian Aid Employment Services Food Access & Hunger Emergency Medical Care & Services

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Kings County, New York

Location of residency: United States

About this funder:



Brooklyn Community Foundation created the Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund to address the health, economic, and social impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, which have continued to intensify locally and have disproportionately harmed communities of color.

The Brooklyn COVID-19 Response Fund is deeply rooted in the Foundation’s values of racial equity and 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 their decisionmaking. We do this because we understand that our most vulnerable communities already exist at the margins of power and access due to historical and systemic denial of resources. 

Through engagement and consultation with our community partners, to whom we are incredibly grateful, we have gathered information about heightened needs, emerging challenges, and community-led solutions and approaches. The learnings have greatly helped us refine the focus and approach of the Brooklyn COVID19 Response Fund.

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

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • 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.