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Park Slope Civic Council Launches Neighborhood Grants

By Leslie Albrecht | October 17, 2012 8:46am

PARK SLOPE — Neighborhood groups that need a few extra dollars could get a helping hand soon from the Park Slope Civic Council.

The Civic Council has launched its annual season of handing out mini grants to local organizations, and will be accepting grant applications until Nov. 2.

The Civic Council will give out several $500 grants and one $2,000 grant to groups serving Park Slope. Last year the Civic Council handed out almost $8,000 to 13 organizations.

Last year's round of grants helped fund the preservation of four community gardens in Park Slope, self-defense classes for teen girls, Brooklyn Conservatory of Music performances, and recycling stations in P.S. 10's cafeteria, among other projects.

A grant to BRIC Arts Media helped cover the cost of "Sesame Street" actor Roscoe Orman (Gordon) reading Ezra Jack Keats' "A Snowy Day" at the annual Ezra Jack Keats Family Concert in Prospect Park.

Grant applicants must be nonprofits that serve Park Slope.

Money for the grants comes from the Civic Council's annual House Tour event, where brownstone owners open their doors to the public. The Civic Council also gives out scholarships to high school seniors, and recently held a benefit food-tasting event to boost the funding for the scholarship program.