October 22, 2018
Barr Foundation Awards $17M to 33 Massachusetts Nonprofits

December 16, 2017 — The Barr Foundation, the largest private foundation in Massachusetts, last week announced it recently awarded $17,025,000 to 33 Massachusetts nonprofits that focus on the arts and creativity, education, climate, civil society, and other areas.

The following organizations received the grants:
  • Alliance for Business Leadership, Boston: $75,000 to increase business leader engagement in support of action on clean energy in Massachusetts

  • The American City Coalition, Boston: $100,000 to engage Roxbury and North Dorchester residents in the social, recreational, educational, and economic opportunities throughout the Boston waterfront

  • Artists for Humanity, Boston: $75,000 to produce a multi-site "Our Waterfront" collaborative painting project and exhibit

  • Arts Boston, Boston: $75,000 to complete a comprehensive three-year strategic and financial plan

  • Berklee College of Music, Boston: $300,000 to support planning for the creation of the Music + Health Institute

  • The Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, Sheffield: $500,000 to pilot the Berkshire Arts and Creativity Initiative to increase access to the arts for Berkshire County residents

  • Boston After School & Beyond, Boston: $200,000 to support general operations and enhance the ACT Skills Framework

  • Boston College, Chestnut Hill: $400,000 to support City Connects in Boston Public Schools

  • The Boston Foundation, Boston: $150,000 to support the Boston Opportunity Agenda, and $650,000 to support the next two rounds of Live Arts Boston to provide grants, artistic and professional development, and marketing supports to performing artists in Greater Boston

  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Boston: $675,000 to support the Pao Arts Center on defining and building its long-term programmatic and operational capacity

  • Boston Harbor Now, Boston: $75,000 to create an alliance of waterfront residents to collectively address environmental, economic, and social issues related to living at the water's edge

  • Boston University, Boston: $2,000,000 to provide capital and programming support for WBUR CitySpace

  • Center for Effective Philanthropy, Cambridge: $550,000 to provide core support and to support a systems automation project

  • Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, New Bedford: $500,000 to support the Arts, Culture, and Creativity: What’s Next? Initiative

  • Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Springfield: $300,000 to design and deliver a 20-month knowledge-building program customized to the needs of the five community foundations in Barr’s Creative Commonwealth Initiative, and $500,000 to support the Advancing Arts + Creativity in the Pioneer Valley and the Hilltowns Program

  • Conservation Law Foundation, Boston: $200,000 to support research, analysis, and advocacy on energy efficiency programs in New England

  • E4TheFuture, Framingham: $100,000 to support the development phase of a replicable community microgrid project in Worcester

  • Emerson College, Boston: $675,000 to deliver ground-breaking, culturally-relevant new work, meaningfully engage Boston’s diverse audiences, clarify and communicate its vision and values, and build its fundraising capacity

  • Essex County Community Foundation, Danvers: $500,000 to support the Creative County Initiative

  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester: $500,000 to support the Creative Arts Grant and Community Convening Initiative

  • The Harborkeepers, Boston: $95,000 to support coast community resiliency and environmental advocacy in East Boston

  • Irish International Immigrant Center, Boston: $75,000 to support legal and wellness services

  • Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, Becket: $1,100,000 to strengthen artistic and community engagement programs and develop plans to upgrade its main theater

  • The Marion Institute, Marion: $300,000 to support community engagement and technical analysis for Bus Rapid Transit pilots

  • Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation, North Adams: $300,000 to increase MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program’s capacity to respond to needs of artists by shoring up existing funding, expanding its services, and testing new revenue streams, $900,000 to increase capacity to support new and innovative artists, projects, and partnerships, and enhance visitor experience

  • Merck Family Fund, Milton: $200,000 to support research and objective analysis to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

  • Mystic River Watershed Association, Arlington: $100,000 to build the capacity of Friends of the East Boston Greenway and better connect the Greenway to East Boston people and places, and $85,000 to create a North Charlestown waterfront inventory and vision plan

  • PRX, Cambridge: $465,000 to build organizational capacity to train podcast producers

  • Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Boston: $125,000 to complete a five-year business plan, $600,000 to present innovative, artistically-bold public art on the Greenway that reimagines civic space in Boston, and fosters a deeper appreciation by audiences

  • Third Sector New England, Boston: $30,000 to support analysis, documentation, and presentation of "Race to Lead: Massachusetts Nonprofits and the Racial Leadership Gap"

  • Trustees of Reservations, Boston: $200,0,000 to develop signature open space on the Boston waterfront

  • World Music, Cambridge: $600,000 to support strategic initiatives around artistic innovation, institutional visibility, audience building, and organizational capacity

  • Yard, Chilmark: $950,000 to continue its trajectory to become a year-round center for excellent dance programs by increasing its capacity and planning for mission-critical capital improvements

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