September 19, 2019
Barr Foundation Awards $13.5M to 34 Massachusetts Nonprofits

April 5, 2018 —The Barr Foundation, the largest private foundation in Massachusetts, recently announced it has awarded $13,583,000 in grants to 34 nonprofits, primarily located in Boston, aimed at enhancing the arts, clean energy initiatives, education, and organizational capacity, among other purposes.

Receiving the Barr Foundation grants, which cover a period from six months to three years, were the following organizations:
  • A Better City Initiative, Boston: $80,000 to support increasing Boston business engagement and leadership on clean energy, and $75,000 to support an organizational capacity assessment.

  • American Repertory Theatre Company, Cambridge: $900,000 to support the commissioning and development of theatrical works.

  • Associated Grant Makers, Boston: $21,500 to support 2018 Barr Foundation membership dues.

  • Boston Harbor Now, Boston: $900,000 to provide core support.

  • Collaborative for Educational Services, Northampton: $200,000 to support the planning and redesign of Turners Falls High School.

  • Conservation Law Foundation, Boston: $600,000 to support advocacy for a regional transportation agreement and to increase representation of equity-based groups in the T4MA Coalition.

  • Conservation Law Foundation, Boston: $1,200,000 to support advocacy and communications efforts to achieve an accessible, equitable, and climate-resilient Boston waterfront.

  • EdVestors, Boston: $525,000 to support Boston Public School Arts Expansion Phase IV, and $250,000 to support Zeroing in on Math (ZioM) initiative.

  • Emerson College, Boston: $40,000 to support transition planning and a staff re-structuring assessment for ArtsEmerson and HowlRound.

  • Environment America Research and Policy Center, Boston: $75,000 to provide general operating support for Environment Massachusetts.

  • FSG, Boston: $25,000 to support the development and use of materials to engage boards and trustees in learning and evaluation.

  • Hale Reservation, Westwood: $135,000 to support the planning of Intrepid Academy.

  • Huntington Theatre Company, Boston: $900,000 to evolve its business model, increase collaborative initiatives, and undertake community engagement research.

  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Boston: $25,000 to support the Let's Build 50 event.

  • Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston: $900,000 to increase collaboration and interdisciplinary artistic programming and to engage new audiences.

  • Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston: $900,000 to undertake a new co-curation model that emphasizes multidisciplinary collaboration.

  • LearnLaunch, Boston: $250,000 to provide ongoing support for the MAPLE Consortium, and $7,500 to support the 2018 LearnLaunch Across Boundaries conference.

  • Lenny Fund, Boston: $95,000 to support sustainability and transition planning and implementation.

  • Massachusetts Energy Consumers Alliance, Boston: $100,000 to accelerate the deployment of clean energy in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

  • Massachusetts Historical Society, Boston: $3,000 to support public programs on the history and future of open space preservation in Massachusetts.

  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston: $100,000 to plan for the development of MetroFuture's successor.

  • National Consumer Law Center, Boston: $90,000 to advance equitable clean energy solutions in the region.

  • New England Blacks in Philanthropy, Boston: $1,500 to support 2017 Barr Foundation membership dues.

  • Peabody Essex Museum, Salem: $900,000 to develop an innovation and creativity framework, and to increase learning and leadership opportunities for staff.

  • Preparatory Foundation, Boston: $400,000 to support Boston Preparatory Charter Public School’s capital campaign to serve 300 more students

  • Stand for Children Leadership Center, Boston: $100,000 to provide an exit grant for general operating support for Stand Massachusetts.

  • Technical Development Corporation, Boston: $1,434,500 to co-design a cohort learning agenda, organize convenings, and provide coaching and grants for market research.

  • Theater Offensive, Boston: $375,000 to support the OUT in Your Neighborhood: Power and Agility five-year initiative.

  • The Boston Foundation, Boston: $250,000 to support Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund relocation services grantmaking and overall staffing.

  • The Marion Institute, Marion: $600,000 to support Bus Rapid Transit pilots and invest in local leadership.

  • Third Sector New England, Boston: $225,000 to support Building Movement Project's “Race to Lead” research agenda, and $50,000 to provide core support for its Teacher Collaborative Project.

  • Toxics Action Center, Boston: $600,000 to organize grassroots groups to inform the development of clean energy policies across New England.

  • University of Massachusetts, Boston: $200,000 to refine the New Superintendents' Induction Program.

  • USGBC Massachusetts Chapter, Boston: $50,000 to support analysis and education on the costs and benefits of green buildings.

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