Brooklyn Community Foundation Now Accepting Applications For Home Repair

The Brooklyn Community Foundation is now accepting applications from local residents looking for funding to rebuild and repair their homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy.

This latest effort by the BCF, known as the Community Grant Rebuilding Program, is focused on physically improving homes and buildings located in Brooklyn’s coastal communities. They are centering their efforts on mold removal, the replacement of heating and electrical systems and structural repairs for one to four family homes, non-profit facilities and buildings used by small businesses.

Here are the relevant details:

Priority will be given to proposals from community development and non-profit housing corporations and other qualified organizations with deep knowledge of and experience with mold removal, mold remediation, and housing and building repair/maintenance. We require partnerships between applicants and local service providers and organizations from each impacted community. Together the partnership should demonstrate an ability to provide an up to date community needs assessment about the status of building repair and a plan of action to help individuals, businesses, and institutions move from “rescue” to recovery and rebuilding.  In Red Hook and Coney Island, we will require that all grantees work in partnership with the collaboratives that have been funded through BRF’s first round of recovery grants and will provide you with the information necessary to connect to these organizations.All funding requests are due no later than Monday, February 4, 2013. We will make every effort to have all funding decisions made by Monday, February 11, 2013.
Target Neighborhoods:

Brooklyn coastal communities that experienced severe storm damage: Red Hook, the Coney Island peninsula, Sheepshead Bay, Canarsie, and Gerritsen Beach.

Grant Amounts:

A limited number of grants are available, up to $200,000 per impacted community (Red Hook, the Coney Island peninsula, Sheepshead Bay, Canarsie, and Gerritsen Beach).

  • Community development and non-profit housing corporations and other qualified organizations who have established or can demonstrate an ability to establish close working relationships with local nonprofits serving communities or residents impacted by Super Storm Sandy.
Application Guidelines:
  • Provide brief mission statement and history of your organization.
  • What qualifications do you possess to address mold removal, mold remediation, and building repair/maintenance? How will you partner and coordinate with organizations physically located in the impacted community? If you already have an established relationship, who is your/are your partner(s) and what type of partnership currently exists?
  • What nonprofits, government entities, and/or community groups have you been working with to address recovery and rebuilding needs?
  • If you received prior funding from the BRF, how does this request complement your previous request?
  • How will you define and measure the success of this project?
  • Be sure that your application includes full contact information (address, telephone, email) for this request’s point person; also include the community where this work will take place.
  • Only ONE grantee per impacted community will be selected.
  • Please limit your request to no more than 3 pages; not including attachments.
  • Required Documents:1.   Organization budget2.   Project budget3.   Most recent IRS 990 Form4.   Most recent Financial Audit (note:  if your organization uses a fiscal sponsor, please provide its audit and 990)5.   Board of DirectorsSubmit via email or fax requested narrative and attachments by Monday, February 4, 2013 to:Toya WillifordProgram DirectorBrooklyn Community Foundation45 Main Street, #409Brooklyn, NY  11201twilliford@bcfny.orgFax:  718-722-5757Any questions please contact Toya Williford at 718.722.5352 or