Applications for the Brooklyn Community Foundation’s annual Spark Prize — which celebrates exceptional Brooklyn nonprofits — are now open.

The Spark Prize gives more than $600,000 each year to organizations with a strong track record of addressing critical challenges and opportunities in Brooklyn.

Each year, five nonprofits are selected to receive the $100,000 prize by the Spark Prize Committee and 20 finalists receive up to $5,000 in matching funds through the #BrooklynGives on Giving Tuesday campaign — celebrated each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving.

Brooklyn Community Foundation said in a statement that it aimed to celebrate organizations that demonstrate a commitment to equity and racial justice, creativity and impact, strong institutional values, and a dynamic vision for the future of their work in Brooklyn and beyond.

Organizations are asked to address four primary criteria in their applications: 

  • Born in Brooklyn: Organizations that have a deep history in Brooklyn and a continued commitment to serving the borough.
  • Commitment to Equity: Organizations that address systemic challenges and advance racial and social justice for all Brooklynites.
  • Values Driven: Organizations that have articulated values that permeate through all aspects of their work.
  • Vision for Future: Organizations that have a strong vision for the future work of their work in Brooklyn and beyond.

To apply, organizations must submit a brief organizational description and a 1000-word essay addressing the Spark Prize criteria, and submit required documentation.

Applications are due by June 25. For more information and to apply, click here.


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