Community Project Funding Successes
FY23 Community Project Funding
FY23 CPF Requests
Amount Received: $1,250,000
Location: 145 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11213
Description: Brooklyn Children’s Museum is requesting funds to replace non-functioning components, install new equipment to prolong the life of the overall system and better control energy usage in the building. These funds would go towards allowing year-round usage of BCM by the community, including our visitors, local community-based organizations, elected officials, city agencies and more. Currently, the museum must close if the temperature is too hot outside due to an inability to cool the 100,000 sq ft space. This would allow for BCM to serve as a cooling center if needed and continue being a viable resource for the community.
Amount Received: $2,200,000
Location: 592 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212
Description: This funding will cover the cost of equipment for the Brownsville Multi-Service Health Hub, a new 50,000 square foot health center as part of a re-development and expansion of the BMS flagship health center that in Brownsville. The additional space will help mitigate existing facility challenges and close the gaps in services, yielding improved clinical workflows and better healthcare outcomes for BMS patients. As one of the seven sites that are part of the BMS health center network, we envision this new re-designed site as a state-of-the-art facility that will advance BMS’ mission of improving health outcomes in central Brooklyn and addressing social determinants of health.
Amount Received: $3,000,000
Location: 1720 Church Ave, 2nd Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Description: Capital improvements for CAMBA’s headquarters building, which houses vital Human Resources, Strategic Partnerships, Fiscal, Budget, Payroll, Purchasing, COVID Response, and IT teams, totaling 103 employees who support the functioning, staff, and leadership of the agency. These administrative teams are indispensable to CAMBA’s programmatic achievements and are currently working in an environment that is in critical need of repairs and upgrades. With refurbishment, CAMBA can once more welcome visitors at Headquarters.
- Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College – Re-Envisioning Our Lives through Literature (ROLL) Program
Amount Received: $191,160
Location: 1650 Bedford Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11226
Description: Medgar Evers College’s Center for Black Literature’s ROLL Program is a partnership with elementary, middle, and high schools to help students use the literary arts as a basis for re-seeing and re-imagining their lives through reading literature that aligns with and integrates into the English Language Arts (ELA) curriculum in create ways. The program uses texts written by writers of the African Diaspora to broaden the experiences of students and expand their knowledge of diverse cultures while improving critical reading, writing, and communication skills.
Amount Received: $534,981.86
Location: 1150 Carroll Street, Brooklyn, NY 11225
The Center for Law and Social Justice (CLSJ) at Medgar Evers College proposes funds for the Esmeralda Simmons Pre-Law Program, which works closely with ten MEC juniors for one year as it engages in policy and legislative research and launches community education campaigns. The pre-law program will offer mentorship and guidance for MEC students seeking to enter the legal field; law school preparation programs like access to LSAT training, and hands-on experience applying the law to meet the needs of the community. The program will include a speaker series, workshops, conferences, and a full slate of opportunities for MEC students to strengthen their academic experience and prepare them to advocate for their communities. Students in the program, who will have completed 30 credits and achieved a GPA of 3.0 in order to qualify, will attend court and legislative hearings; meet legal practitioners to ask pragmatic questions about the practice of law; engage in community organizing and community education campaigns to assist New Yorkers in knowing their rights; students will learn about and educate their peers on key pieces of legislation such as the pending New York State John R. Lewis Voting Rights Bill and other state and federal laws that secure civil rights. Further, the Esmeralda Simmons Pre Law program will give students the opportunity to learn and practice specific skills that are key to the practice of law and to advocacy in general.
Amount Received: $250,000
Location: 1523 Avenue M, 3rd Floor, 11203
Description: COJO requests funds to establish two different educational programs for adults over the age of 18. The first is an English as a Second Language (ESL) course offered at both the beginner and intermediate/advance levels, respectively. The second program would focus on improving participants’ computer skills from the basics (how to use a computer, the internet, and email) to Microsoft suite to web design. Courses would all take place over 12-15 weeks and meet twice a week. Each course will offer daytime and evening options to maximize flexibility for the community.
Amount Received: $750,000
Location: 1077 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11230
Description: COPO requests funding to complete the purchase of three adjacent buildings at 1075, 1077, and 1079 Coney Island Avenue, where they currently rent the first floors. COPO hopes to purchase these buildings to gain a permanent home to serve the community and expand services offered. COPO has already secured $4.5 million from NYC for the purchase.
Amount Received: $450,000
Location: 546 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11225
Description: EmblemHealth requests funding to hire 2 full-time Licensed Clinical Social Workers at its Crown Heights location, as well as for series courses, per diem instructors to lead programming, support for program participants (i.e. babysitting services) and educational materials. This project would provide two approaches to addressing mental wellbeing challenges and needs: community members could opt to join one of two to six week-long series focused on family and home life or on life as New Yorkers, or they could join individual general educational sessions whenever it fits into their schedule. The family and home life series would address topics such as transitioning to new parenthood, supporting caregivers, mental wellbeing for children and teens, living alone, and more. New York City focused programming would address some of the challenges we know are exacerbated by city life such as working as an essential worker, burnout and chronic stress, financial stress, and commuting safely. General educational sessions would cover similar topics, as well as provide education and access to tools such as mindfulness, meditation, yoga, and art therapy. There would also be supportive discussion sessions specifically tailored to African American, Latinx, Asian, and LGBTQ community members.
Amount Received: $795,000
Location: 1377 Brooklyn Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Description: There has been an increase in the need to support individuals facing housing crises because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Legal services and counseling are essential to help individuals remain in their home. Clients are often referred to ENF by local elected officials and nonprofit organizations in Central Brooklyn. The requested funds will allow Erasmus Neighborhood Federation to hire legal professionals and support staff for outreach and case management in response to this growing need. This new program will offer legal services, counseling, and housing assistance to prevent wrongful evictions, homelessness, and the loss of home ownership. Funds will be used for direct program services including staffing, program supplies, advocacy and outreach services, tenancy, and office maintenance, to ensure that vital services are available in Congressional District 9 during some of the most unprecedented, critical economic times.
Amount Received: $2,200,000
Location: 2525 Kings Highway, Brooklyn, NY 11229
Description: This funding will help provide state of the art cardiac catheterization and electrophysiology services to Southern Brooklyn residents and will broaden access to critical cardiac services while ensuring clinical quality and outcomes. Patients suffering from acute myocardial infarction or cardiac arrest generally need urgent interventional cardiac care. Not having these interventional services available at NYCH forces these patients to be sent to a more distant hospital and thus causes a delay in the care of these patients for whom time is of the essence. Having a cardiac center of excellence, with the proper equipment and Cath Lab, manned by some of most renowned Specialists, within the Midwood area, could mean the difference between life and death.
Amount Received: $800,000
Location: 20 schools throughout NY09
Description: New York Sun Works is a non-profit organization that provides hydroponic farm-classrooms and related Discovering Sustainability Science curriculum to K-12th grades in New York City public schools, using hydroponic farming technology to teach STEM, sustainability, and climate education while growing food year-round in the classroom. This funding will allow NY Sun Works to bring hydroponic farm-classrooms to 20 new public schools in NY-09, reaching more than 6,000 K-12th grade students and their families, in the communities hit hardest by Covid infections and the economic effects of the pandemic. Together, the curriculum and hydroponic classroom experience provide students with science knowledge, essential 21st-century skills such as critical thinking and problem-solving, and the opportunity to learn about nutrition, health, and food justice, leveling the education playing field and building foundations for further study and future careers as we prepare the next generation of environmental leaders to confront the climate challenges of the future.
Amount Received: $2,200,000
Location: Kings County Hospital, 451 Clarkson Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Description: KCHC requests funding for the construction of a new ambulatory cancer center. Currently, outpatient cancer care and chemotherapy treatments are provided in an old building that is challenging for patients to access. This plan would move the center to the Ambulatory Care Services location, thereby providing ease of access to patients. In addition, the demand for cancer care to KCHC has outstripped current capacity, leading staff to refer patients to other system hospitals to receive care. The new center would consolidate cancer services in one location, providing a comprehensive “one-stop” service for cancer care.
Amount Received: $445,000
Location: 409 E 95th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11212
Description: Currently, The Hope Center operates a Community Food Pantry out of the 12-unit apartment complex owned by the Church of God of East Flatbush, its parent organization, and is outgrowing the space as currently constructed. Hope Center has been using several rooms to accommodate growing pantry operations. This funding for renovations will allow the building to serve as a warehouse as well as a food distribution center for our community. This renovation will also allow for an office area for HCDC, restroom, storage for pantry supplies (basement), client choice pantry distribution and storage (first floor). Additional costs will include structural work at the basement as well as the distribution/office/restroom area, and steps leading to the pantry.
Amount Received: $2,000,000
Location: 1268 E 14 Street, Brooklyn, NY 11230 (Midwood)
Description: Ohel requests funding to build out the currently vacant fourth floor of their main facility in Midwood. The project will construct classrooms, conference rooms, reception locker rooms, computer training rooms, kitchen, and dining areas (to teach self-sufficiency), a simulated office, and storage facilities for the PROS Day Program and the Prevocational and Supported Employment Program. Total square footage of the proposed construction is 13,000 square feet. This project will enhance Ohel’s capacity to provide services for adults with psychiatric disabilities as well as those with developmental disabilities. Ohel currently serves more than 2,000 clients a year from the surrounding area. Once completed, the proposed construction project will allow Ohel to significantly expand the number of clients served by about 110 a year with an additional 50 new staff members. Additionally, moving programs from its second floor makes room for 100 new clients and 4 new staff members for Ohel’s Health Homes Program (Medicaid-funded care management), which is also currently squeezed onto the second floor with the PROS and the Employment Programs. Ohel’s clients that will benefit from this project include developmentally disabled and/or people living with mental illness, many of whom are Medicaid and Social Security recipients. To qualify, a person’s income must be at or below the federal poverty line.
Amount Received: $750,000
Location: 3510 Church Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Description: Sesame Flyers International requests funding for equipment for the proposed Main Office and Cultural Center which will house small and medium sized community center-like spaces for classes, performances, and events to support our community. Sesame Flyers Cultural Dance Company and Steel Pan Orchestra will rehearse and record their audiovisual presentations in one of the two recording and sound studios. A mobile outdoor performance space and storage containers will extend to outdoor audiences as well. Sesame’s Carnival costume Presentations will be displayed and incorporated into costume making classes. Dance Company participants will learn a variety of Caribbean, African and South American dances. Steel Pan Orchestra participants will learn to play an instrument, receive an introduction to a variety of musical forms and genres. All arts participants will learn about the culture and history behind their chosen medium, including creative writing, visual arts, and drama.
FY22 Community Project Funding
1. City of New York – Girls Club Community Center
Amount Received: $3,000,000
Location: 444 Thomas S. Boyland St. Brooklyn, NY
Description: This project consists of the construction of a girls club/community center space on the site of an existing City-owned multi-service center. The existing building, which is in poor condition, will be demolished. The new building will be designed to accommodate both the current multi-service center tenants and the new girls club. This project addresses a specific need identified by community members, local elected officials, and other community stakeholders in Brownsville: the need for a space designed to nurture girls in middle and high school by providing a safe space to explore programming in the arts, sciences, leadership, entrepreneurship, and wellness at no cost to families
2. Brooklyn Museum – Arts of Africa Collections
Amount Received: $3,000,000
Location: 200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY 11238
Description: This grant will support critical costs for the upcoming creation of our first-ever permanent galleries for our world-renowned collection of African Arts. Located in the heart of Central Brooklyn, the Brooklyn Museum was the first major museum in the United States to collect and exhibit the Arts of Africa as art rather than ethnography, transforming how our visitors understood and appreciated African cultures for decades to follow. Focusing primarily on historical works from Western, Central, Southern, and Eastern Africa — with particular strengths in art from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, and Ghana — the collection represents approximately 400 peoples (ethnic groups) and thirty-one primarily sub-Saharan countries
3. City of New York – Cure Violence
Amount Received: $3,000,000
Location: New York’s 9th Congressional District located in Brooklyn
Description: This grant will support Cure Violence initiatives led by community organizations within the 9th Congressional District, including the neighborhoods of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, and Prospect Lefferts Gardens. Cure Violence (CV) is a community-based public health model for preventing gun violence in targeted areas, which has been deployed both nationally and internationally. The core CV program staff include Outreach Workers, Violence Interrupters, and Hospital Responders who are the frontline teams identifying potential incidents of gun violence and preventing and intervening in conflicts in real time that may lead to gun violence and retaliation. CV staff follow up in the immediate aftermath of shooting incidents to connect impacted parties to essential services and resources within the network to initiate positive lifestyle changes.
4. SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University – Downstate Community Health Network
Amount Received: $1,925,000
Location: 450 Clarkson Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11203
Description: There is a dire need in central Brooklyn for integrated and coordinated primary care and social services. Compared to the rest of Brooklyn and New York City, the residents of central Brooklyn experience less access to health care, more social determinants of health, less preventative health care and worse health outcomes. This grant will help to develop a connected artificial intelligence (AI) driven primary care technology hub infrastructure and establish a network of five care and community connected sites that will integrate primary care, mental health and social services in central Brooklyn. The purpose of this request is to design and operationalize the technology enabled population health infrastructure hub and build out and operate the first connected primary care practice pilot site. SUNY Downstate will contribute funding in support of this pilot and infrastructure set up, including equipment, IT data management platform connectivity, contracted services, and provider salaries by using operating funds.
5. West Indian American Day Carnival Association – Caribbean Cultural Arts Education Program
Amount Received: $1,000,000
Location: 323-325 Rogers Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11225
Description: WIADCA functions on four core tents: education, culture, music, and community. We have played a critical role in enabling society acceptance and appreciation of the Caribbean culture by engaging, exposing and educating others through year-round programs that centers culture, arts, history and traditions. Arts education and expression has shown to reduce incarceration, make communities safer and stronger, and contribute to positive youth outcomes. This $1,000,000 funding will enhance that as we aim to provide a sustainable cultural approach to enhance historical relevance, cultural stewardship, and knowledge of Caribbean contributions for participants. Students will learn about the background and culture of Caribbean communities and their contributions to the United States.
6. New York Community Hospital – Infusion Center at New York Community Hospital
Amount Received: $975,000
Location: 2525 Kings Hwy, Brooklyn, NY 11229
Description: The Infusion Center at New York Community Hospital (NYCH) will provide specialty infusion therapy, used to deliver antibiotics, pain medications and other infusion treatments as needed for patients to fight cancer and ensure sufficient access to these services which are critical for population health, particularly among marginalized communities in southeast Brooklyn. Through a partnership with Maimonides Medical Center (MMC), the joint program will expand the reach of MMC’s world class cancer care in the borough by extending a core of community-based hematology and oncology providers to NYCH. The center will focus initially on breast, colorectal, and prostate cancers for community patients, with higher-complexity cases being referred to MMC’s Cancer Center to provide the right care close to home in Brooklyn, ultimately ensuring coordinated, high-quality care for cancer patients that will in turn reduce cancer mortality in Brooklyn.
7. Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center Local Development Corporation – GMDC Brownsville Industrial Center
Amount Received: $2,500,000
Location: 803 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11212
Description: This funding will support the development of a first-of-its-kind mixed-use project in Brownsville, Brooklyn. This project is expected to become a strong anchor for investment in manufacturing in Brownsville, and is expected to be a catalyst for job growth in East Brooklyn. The building will offer a haven to small manufacturing businesses by offering affordable rents, long-term leases, and the opportunity to build business networks. The small businesses in GMDC’s multi-tenanted facility will play a critical role in stabilizing and strengthening the surrounding communities by providing employment to New Yorkers from every strata: high school to college graduates; life-long NYC residents to recent immigrants; and workers just developing their skill set to those trained in specific trades. Manufacturing jobs will pay well above a living wage, providing upward mobility and an entry into the middle class for workers. GMDC will connect all tenants with New York’s Workforce1 training program and New York City’s HireNYC program, which emphasize local hiring.
8. One Brooklyn Health System, Inc. – Medical Equipment
Amount Received: $425,000
Location: 1545 Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, New York 11213
Description: These funds will support the effective coordination of patients’ care across the One Brooklyn Health service continuum and with community physicians and federally qualified health centers. Specifically, this funding will enable Interfaith Medical Center (IMC) to better serve Central Brooklyn residents in need of acute inpatient care through the purchase of life-saving medical equipment. This project will improve the quality, access, and patient satisfaction of healthcare for the populace of Central and South Brooklyn.
9. Brownsville Community Development Corporation / BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers – BMS: Workforce & Training Center Initiative
Amount Received: $1,000,000
Location: 408 Rockaway Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11212
Description: As a Federally Qualified Health Center, BMS Family Health and Wellness Centers serves as a critical health and wellness resource for members of Brownsville and East New York communities and beyond. Through this project, BMS aims to ensure our community partners have a “seat at the table” as groundbreaking technology is developed and deployed, such as Telehealth, advanced Electronic Health Record (HER) analysis, and emerging treatment strategies that are currently being deployed in the health care industry. Funds will go towards the implementation and startup costs of a community workforce and training initiative centered on building BMS workforce and professional capacity building services, through a multitude of strategies, with the ultimate goal of increasing the number of our residents entering occupations within the health care industry. One aspect of workforce capacity building will come in the form of trainings in health and information technology educational courses aimed at preparing participants for careers in the rapidly changing healthcare industry.
10. Brooklyn Communities Collaborative – Expanding Access to Specialty Services Through eConsults
Amount Received: $875,000
Location: 4802 10th Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11219
Description: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, healthcare providers have rapidly implemented and expanded telemedicine programs to deliver needed care with the convenience and safety of virtual visits. An electronic consultation, or eConsult, involves remote, asynchronous communication between referring providers and specialty providers. In particular, eConsults have been linked to reduced wait times for specialty care, showing that for patients requiring an in-person specialty care visit, the median wait time decreased by as much as 50%. To expand on early success with telemedicine, this grant will support an eConsult program to provide efficient, asynchronous consultations to scarce specialties that are most appropriate for eConsults, such as endocrinology, thereby improving access and efficiency while decreasing wait times for patients most in need of in-person consultations. The program will license and configure a shared platform for referral access across a network of community providers and Federally Qualified Health Centers throughout Brooklyn, including the Brownsville Multi-Service Family Health Center, Maimonides Medical Center, One Brooklyn Health, and SUNY Downstate. Following a traditional pilot model, the program will begin with two high-demand specialties in months 1-6 and then expand to additional specialties.
Yvette D. Clarke has been in Congress since 2007. She represents New York’s Ninth Congressional District, which includes Central and South Brooklyn. Rep. Clarke is a Senior Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and a Senior Member of the Committee on Homeland Security.