FY2023 Community Project Funding Requests

FY23 CPF Requests

  1. Brooklyn Children’s Museum – Upgrade Interior Exhibit Spaces’ HVAC System

Amount Requested: $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.

  1. Brownsville Community Development Corporation – Brownsville Multi-Service Health Hub

Amount Requested: $2,875,000

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. 

  1. CAMBA, Inc. – Capital Improvements for CAMBA Headquarters

Amount Requested: $3,500,000

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. 

  1. Center for Black Literature at Medgar Evers College – Re-Envisioning Our Lives through Literature (ROLL) Program

Amount Requested: $300,240

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. 

  1. Center for Law and Social Justice at Medgar Evers College – Esmeralda Simmons Pre-Law Program

Amount Requested: $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.   

  1. Council of Jewish Organizations of Flatbush – Adult Education Classes

Amount Requested: $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.

  1. Council of Peoples Organization – Community Service Center

Amount Requested: $2,833,889

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.

  1. EmblemHealth – Mental Wellbeing Education and Support for New Yorkers at Neighborhood Care

Amount Requested: $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.

  1. Erasmus Neighborhood Federation – Community Development and Housing Initiative

Amount Requested: $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. 

  1. New York Community Hospital – Cardiac Catheterization and Electrophysiology Laboratory

Amount Requested: $3,762,071

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.

  1. New York Sun Works – STEM with Hydroponic Farming in the Classroom

Amount Requested: $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.

  1. NYC Health and Hospitals (KCHC) – Construction of new Ambulatory Cancer Center

Amount Requested: $4,000,000

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.

  1. The Hope Center Development Corporation – Construction of Community Food Pantry

Amount Requested: $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.

  1. Ohel Children’s Home and Family Services – Renovation of 4th Floor Headquarters 

Amount Requested: $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.

  1. Sesame Flyers International – Renovation of Cultural Center

Amount Requested: $1,000,000

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.