November 19, 2017
 
Barr Foundation Grants $850K to Four Massachusetts Nonprofits

June 23, 2017 — The Barr Foundation in Boston recently announced that it awarded $850,000 to four Massachusetts nonprofits that focus on the arts, community involvement, and the environment.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation in North Adams was awarded $150,000 to support the North Adams Exchange, an initiative to activate downtown North Adams and to leverage the audiences and excitement generated by the recent opening of MASS MoCA’s Building 6. The Exchange will include a series of light and sound installations and pop-up retail and restaurants, aiming to extend museum visitors’ experiences through the North Adams shopping district.

Grants were also made to strengthen the organizing power of the Green Justice Coalition, a collaborative effort of community-based organizations to build support for a sustainable and equitable clean-energy economy in Massachusetts. Among the Coalition’s priorities are increasing access to solar energy for low-income residents and communities of color, and expanding renewable energy procurement requirements in the state.

The following grants were awarded:
  • Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE), Boston: $100,000. ACE aims to build the power of communities of color and low-income communities in Massachusetts to eradicate environmental racism and classism, create healthy, sustainable communities, and achieve environmental justice.

  • Community Labor United (CLU), Boston: $400,000. CLU brings together many of the strongest community organizations and unions in the region to drive forward policies that benefit the area’s low and moderate income people. Through collaborative research, leadership development and organizing, CLU unites organizations and communities around a common vision and plan of action.

  • Neighbor to Neighbor (N2N), Boston, Hoyoke, Lynn, Springfield: $200,000. N2N works to confront income inequality, environmental degradation, and racism, by organizing campaigns and voting drives on a range of issues, including environmental justice, the minimum wage, and health benefits.

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