2020 Grants for Community Service and Civic Engagement

In 2017 the Kornfeld Foundation resolved to address increasingly complex and timely community concerns in New York City, focusing on fair treatment for immigrant and minority youth. In 2020 this category was expanded to include civic engagement grants, to respond to the increasing threats to our democracy arising from and reflecting our divided society, including, but not limited to, meaningful work on voting rights and against voter suppression.

Arab-American Family Support Center (AAFSC)

Mental health services for over 200 people across all AAFSC programs, including Young Adult, health, domestic violence survivors, and adult education classes. Reallocated to Human Resources Manager due to COVID-19 exigencies (Brooklyn). First annual installment of two-year $90,000 grant.

Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Support for program planning and enhancements at the Brooklyn Academy of Science and the Environment (BASE) high school, founded by and partnered with BBG, in furtherance of strengthened experiential education for environmental students and community collaboration.(Brooklyn). Second annual installment of two-year $100,000 grant.

Brooklyn Museum

Education and social justice program, “InterseXtions: Gender and Sexuality,” providing LGBTQ teenagers with opportunities for paid internships, small group discussions, study and art-making in a museum setting, and planning and producing large scale events (Brooklyn). First annual installment of two-year $50,000 grant.

CAMBA (Church Avenue Business Merchants’ Association)

New College Bound program, combining Collegiate Express and Leading to College programs, supporting high school students who will be the first in their families to attend college, with advisement, academic support, financial advice, intensive pre-college courses and workshops, college tours and summer opportunities, and a “Parent-Coaches” network (Brooklyn).

Campus Election Engagement Project (CEEP)

National program assisting college and university staff and student leaders to engage students in federal, state and local elections, using non-partisan educational material, in an effort to increase student voting (nationwide).

Center for Popular Democracy (CPD)

Training, technology and support to grass-root organizations for voter registration drives in low-income, immigrant, and communities of color (nationwide).