September 24, 2018
 
Barr Foundation Awards $760K to 9 Massachusetts Nonprofits

September 14, 2018 — The Barr Foundation, based in Boston, recently announced it awarded $760,000 to nine Massachusetts nonprofits that support and partner with immigrants and refugees, Muslims, communities of color, and LGBTQ communities to support civil rights protections and strengthen community capacity to respond to new challenges.

Two-year grants were awarded to the following organizations:
  • African Community Education (ACE), Worcester, $80,000 to provide core support

  • Boston Alliance of LGBTQ and Youth (BAGLY), Boston, $100,000 to support the statewide Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth (AGLY) Network

  • Catholic Social Services of Fall River, Fall River, $80,000 to support its Immigration Law Education & Advocacy Project (ILEAP)

  • Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores, New Bedford, $60,000 to provide core support

  • Community Legal Aid, Worcester, $100,000 to support the Central West Justice Center

  • East Boston Ecumenical Community Council (EBECC), Boston, $100,000 to provide core support

  • Justice at Work, Boston, $80,000 to provide core support

  • Massachusetts Immigrant & Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), Boston, $80,000 to support the Berkshire Immigrant Center

  • Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, Worcester, $80,000 to support its Civil Rights Program
“We are grateful for the financial support and vote of confidence from the Barr Foundation,” said Grace Sterling Stowell, executive director of Boston Alliance of LGBTQ and Youth. “At a time when the very identities of transgender and gender non-conforming youth are under attack, this funding will help us push back against local, regional, and national attempts to curtail civil rights.”

BAGLY will use the funds to support and expand the organization’s statewide infrastructure through which it can train, support, and educate LGBTQ and youth about their potential to be leaders and advocates for civil rights.

The funds, from Barr's Civil Rights Fund, were part of $1.26 million distributed to 14 organizations across New England. Barr said it originally intended to distribute $1 million, but the 92 organizations responding to its request for proposals was "overwhelming" to the extent it increased its allocation.

The Barr Foundation noted, "When our values are under attack, when the rights of residents and neighbors are being stripped away, and when those who do vital work on the front lines are overwhelmed by the demand for their services, we must ask ourselves: What can we do to help?"

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