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.