Brooklyn Community Foundation has selected six local organization for the next cohort of its 2019-2020 Incubator Project. 

The program boosts emerging social justice nonprofits dedicated to sparking change for a fairer Brooklyn by providing them with a $5,000 seed grant, 18 months of free co-working space at Brooklyn Creative League and professional development support. 

Launched in 2015, the Incubator Project is a partnership with the Brooklyn Creative League and a signature program of BCF’s Brooklyn Accelerator. Among its many roles, Brooklyn Accelerator connects donors and nonprofits, sponsors capacity-building efforts and technical assistance services, provides training on equity, cultural competence and anti-racism, and incubates promising local leaders and organizations.

The six local nonprofits of the 2019 – 2020 Incubator Project cohort are:

BlackSpace, a collective of Black residents, changemakers, urban planners, architects, artists, activists, designers and leaders working to protect and create Black spaces. By bridging the gaps between policy, people and place, the platform allows for the greater understanding, access and cooperation needed to address inequality and injustice.

Co-working space at Brooklyn Creative League. Photo credit: LExC

BUFU: By Us for Us, a group of four Brooklyn-based queer femme artists and organizers facilitating conversations on the sociopolitical relationship between black and Asian diasporas.

Documented, a nonprofit news site devoted to covering New York City’s immigrants and the policies that affect their lives. The new site provides original reporting on the ground-level impact of shifts in labor policy, law–enforcement practices and bureaucratic requirements and on the effects of new federal directives.

Incredible Credible Messengers, a Brownsville-based organization developed by credible messengers with lived experience in the justice system to serve returning citizens and their families. ICM’s model takes a trauma-informed approach that centers healing as the pathway to transformative reintegration.

Rebellious Root, a New York City-based, worker-owned cooperative dedicated to equity, social justice and collective liberation that works towards justice and social change through trainings, curriculum design and intentional conversations.

The Women’s Organizing Network, a network that advances the leadership of women organizers, particularly women of color, and supports social justice community organizing groups to integrate an intersectional gender analysis to issue campaigns.

The nonprofits will be working out of Brooklyn Creative League’s co-working space in Gowanus.

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Andrea Leonhardt

“Made in Germany,” Andrea Leonhardt is the managing editor for BK Reader. Andrea holds a bachelor’s degree in political science, with minors in American studies and education, and a master’s...

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