September 25, 2018
Barr Foundation Grants $7M to 33 Massachusetts Nonprofits

October 13, 2017 — The Barr Foundation in Boston this week announced that it has granted $7,065,000 to 33 Massachusetts nonprofits to help develop innovative high school models, revitalize regional arts districts, and strengthen community engagement in clean energy.

Included was $200,000 to the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation for a special initiative to support the Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund.

Grants were made as follows:
  • A Better City Initiative, Boston: $2,500 to sponsor the 2017 Norman B. Leventhal Excellence in City Building Awards.

  • Associated Grant Makers, Boston: $2,500 to support 2017 Barr Foundation Membership Dues for Boston Education Funders.

  • Boston Community Capital, Boston: $50,000 to support a process evaluation of the Working Cities Challenge's sustainability intervention.

  • Boston Educational Development Foundation, Boston: $300,000 to support the redesign process for TechBoston Academy as part of the Education Program’s regional project aimed at nurturing the development of high school models that leverage the wider learning ecosystem.

  • Center for Collaborative Education Metro Boston, Boston: $300,000 to support the redesign process for Somerville High School as part of the Education Program’s regional project aimed at nurturing the development of high school models that leverage the wider learning ecosystem.

  • Ceres, Boston: $10,000 to support "An Evening with Ceres."

  • Chelsea Collaborative, Chelsea: $40,000 to support its executive leadership transition.

  • City of Providence, Providence: $270,000 to leverage clean energy to drive equitable economic development in Providence, Rhode Island.

  • Clean Water Fund, Boston: $400,000 to support organizing and policy education to ensure that Massachusetts and Connecticut reach their clean energy goals.

  • Community Labor United, Boston: $100,000 to support transit justice advocacy.

  • Conservation Law Foundation, Boston: $300,000 to advance waterfront advocacy efforts and to plan for a multi-year waterfront campaign.

  • Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, Roxbury: $75,000 to support strategic planning.

  • Environmental League of Massachusetts, Boston: $350,000 to provide general operating support.

  • Equity Lab Charter Schools Inc., Lynn: $100,000 to support Equity Lab Charter School’s Commonwealth charter school application process.

  • GreenRoots, Chelsea: $45,000 to support community engagement in East Boston for waterfront and public realm improvements.

  • GreenRoots, Chelsea: $300,000 to support community organizing in East Boston for waterfront and public realm improvements.

  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Boston: $25,000 to support the Amplifying Latino Power and Impact (ALPI) Initiative.

  • Massachusetts Charter Public School Association, Hudson: $200,000 to support general operations.

  • Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation, Boston: $200,000 to support the Greater Boston Delivering on the Dream collaborative fund in support of immigrant and refugee communities through legal assistance, community outreach, and network infrastructure.

  • Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Boston: $300,000 to support capacity building in technology and business development.

  • Neighborhood Development Associates, Lynn: $200,000 to support the installation, marketing, and documentation of the 2017 Beyond Walls public art project in Lynn, and planning for 2018 and for strategic planning.

  • Neighborhood House Charter School, Dorchester: $500,000 to support Neighborhood House Charter School high school expansion.

  • New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston: $75,000 to develop a two- to three-year strategic plan.

  • Strategies for Children, Boston: $400,000 to support general operations.

  • The Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation, Wellesley: $400,000 to support a re-granting and technical assistance program for greenways and place making in Greater Boston.

  • The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, Boston: $100,000 to research local accountability policy and practice to support education innovation.

  • The Trust for Public Land, Boston: $290,000 to support green infrastructure in the Metro Mayors’ Coalition region.

  • TSNE MissionWorks, Boston: $75,000 to conduct and evaluate the Emerging Consultants Training program.

  • Trustees of Reservations, Boston: $150,000 to support strategic outreach and communications counsel for Trustees' work on the Boston waterfront.

  • Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge: $600,000 to support analysis, outreach, and policy education on climate change impacts.

  • United Way of Central Massachusetts, Worcester: $50,000 to support Worcester Public Schools strategic planning efforts.

  • University of Massachusetts Foundation, Boston: $75,000 to provide technical assistance for the Sustainable Solutions Lab.

  • WGBH Educational Foundation, Boston: $300,000 to expand investigative reporting capacity.

  • Worcester Center for Performing Arts, Worcester: $750,000 to activate the Worcester Theatre District.

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