February 19, 2019
Funds for Trails and Art Center; Meeting Space for Nonprofits

January 30, 2018 — The Essex County Trail Association receives $55K to support trail work...The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center gets $20K for arts center...Free meeting space in Seaport offered to nonprofits.

Essex County Trail Association Receives $55K to Support Trail Work

The Essex County Trail Association, a Wenham nonprofit that to protect access to the trails and open lands in Hamilton, Wenham, Ipswich, Topsfield, Essex and West Newbury, recently announced it has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Institution for Savings in Newburyport.

The funds will support its five-year plan to assess, upgrade, and maintain trails in the six towns where it operates, according to a report in Wicked Local Hamilton.

In addition, the organization reported receiving a $5,000 grant from the New England Biolabs Foundation to help fund culvert replacement on Trail #44 on the border of Topsfield and Ipswich in Willowdale State Forest. The original culvert had collapsed, and the ground surrounding the temporary wooden bridge that covered the culvert had eroded, posing a safety issue for trail users, according to a report in Wicked Local Wenham.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Gets $20K for Arts Center

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), a nonprofit based in Boston and Quincy that provides education and family services to Asian immigrants and the Asian American community of Greater Boston, last week announced it has received a $20,000 grant from the Boston Foundation to support its Pao Arts Center.

“With the support of the Boston Foundation, the Pao Arts Center will provide more support and opportunities to a diverse range of artists in underrepresented communities like Chinatown,” said Giles Li, BCNC executive director. “BCNC established the Pao Arts Center last year as a place for families, artists, and other stakeholders to connect and build community together. This generous award helps make that mission a reality.”

This grant will support the Pao Arts Center, Chinatown’s first community-based arts center and Boston’s newly dedicated Asian American and Asian immigrant cultural space. Since the center opened last May in partnership with Bunker Hill Community College, more than 1,000 people have attended classes, gallery exhibits, book signings, film screenings, and performances.

Free Meeting Space in Seaport Offered to Nonprofits

The Aloft Boston Seaport, a hotel located in the rapidly developing Seaport district of Boston, recently launched a new program that offers free meeting space to regional nonprofits.

The offer, intended to give nonprofits space "to innovate, create, meet, debate and advance their missions," can be used for board meetings, presentations, small community sessions, and other nonprofit activities.

Meeting rooms include a 50” flat-screen TV for presentations, a water service station, and fast free Wi-Fi service.

The hotel is located across the street from the Boston Convention Center at 401-403 D Street For booking information, nonprofits should contact Erin McGrath at erin.mcgrath@marriott.com or call 617-530-1600.

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