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Thanks to You, We Gave Out $58k in DUMBO Sandy Grants

The DUMBO Improvement District’s fundraising in the weeks following Hurricane Sandy raised a total of $58,000, all of which has been distributed as grants ranging from $1000 – $8500 to 13 physically impacted businesses and art spaces in the neighborhood.

The funds included those raised at the November 14 fundraiser and auction at Galapagos Art Space, a Bower Hill Society fundraiser thanks to the JAR Group, funds donated via our website and from proceeds donated by non-impacted retailers during Small Business Saturday. The funds also include a $10,000 grant from the Brooklyn Recovery Fund (a partnership of the Brooklyn Community Foundation and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce). Many many thanks to all who participated through donations of auction items, hard work and monetary contributions!

Just before the holidays, the DUMBO BID convened a committee of community members including Andy Hamingson – St. Ann’s Warehouse; Chris Havens – Local Broker; Ella Weiss – Brooklyn Arts Council; Randi Song – DUMBO resident and owner of Half Pint Citizens; and Michael Burke – Brooklyn Community Foundation to award DUMBO recovery grants to the businesses and art spaces who suffered physical damages from the storm. Grants were distributed based on physical damages to all 13 businesses and arts spaces who applied, ranging from $1,000 to $8,500.

Grantees include: Smack Mellon; Galapagos Art Space; Governor; Almondine, 66 Water Street; One Girl Cookies; Punto Bianco; White Wave; Brooklyn Roasting Company; PowerHouse Arena; Aegir Board Works; Creatively Wild Art Studio and Rabbit Movers.

Once again, we want to mention our amazing supporters:

Please continue to support the affected DUMBO retailers by contributing to their fundraising (links can be found here) or just stopping in and supporting these small businesses.