June 18, 2019
Boston Foundation Grants $4.3M to Advance Area Nonprofits

December 21, 2018 — The Boston Foundation announced it recently granted $4.3 million to dozens of Greater Boston nonprofits that focus on arts and culture, civil society, health and wellness, housing, education, environment, immigration, legal services, mentoring, nonprofit management, nutrition, youth, and other services.

“As we enter our third year of the Open Door Grants program, we continued to be both amazed by and proud of the caliber of organizations we can support through the program,” said Paul S. Grogan, president and CEO of The Boston Foundation (TBF).

The following discretionary grants were awarded:

Arts and Culture

  • New England Foundation for the Arts: $225,000, three-year project support for the Regional Dance Development Initiative. Payment is conditional upon approval of a program design that serves the Greater Boston dance sector.
Health and Wellness
  • Health Resources in Action: $100,000, one-year project support to build capacity at the municipal level to create a sustained approach for healthy eating and active living, specifically in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Malden.

  • Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health: $100,000 for formative research and coalition building to advance women’s health.
Jobs and Economic Development
  • Best Corp. Hospitality Training Center: $35,000 to fund the Mel King empowerment program, an initiative to move more U.S-.born African Americans into quality hotel jobs.

  • Center for Women and Enterprise: $30,000 for its Community Classrooms, a program designed to support inner-city entrepreneurs who lack the social capital to access mentors and technical assistance, and for its Entrepreneurs Microloan Fund initiative.

  • Commonwealth Kitchen: $70,000 to help strengthen operations and build the organizational capacity needed to effectively scale growth.

  • Urban Farming Institute of Boston: $25,000 to Urban Farming Institute, a nonprofit located in Mattapan that develops urban farming and trains inner-city residents of Boston for green-collar jobs, for its Urban Farmer Training Program where trainees will learn farming techniques and business skills.

  • Venture Café: $40,000 for the Venture Café Foundation, an organization that connects the innovation community and builds a more inclusive innovation economy through spaces, programs and conversations.
Neighborhood and Housing
  • Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corp.: $175,000 to improve transit access and employment opportunities for residents while advocating for policies to allow residents to remain in their neighborhoods.

  • Suffolk University Law School: $82,252 for the Housing Discrimination Testing Program to support its research study that will examine the relationship between discrimination based on source of income (vouchers) and race in the Metro-Boston area.
Nonprofit Effectiveness
  • Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston: $25,000 for its Capacity Institute, a program that engages nonprofits in Boston to improve participant outcomes as a measure of mission effectiveness.

  • Trinity Boston Foundation: $35,000 for project support grant.

  • Boston Foundation Equality Fund: $50,000, one-year grant to support grant making to the most innovative nonprofits serving the diverse members of the LGBTQ community.
The following Open Door grants were awarded:
  • Boston Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth: $30,000 for the gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth communities.

  • Boston Area Rape Crisis Center: $30,000 to support its strategic planning efforts due to increased demand for services following the #MeToo movement.

  • Boston Ballet: $20,000 for its Boston Ballet/Boys & Girls Club youth arts partnership.

  • Boston Higher Education Resource Center: $20,000 for the Passport to College program.

  • Boston Medical Center Corp.: $25,000 to support Child Witness, a program that provides direct clinical services to children and their families exposed to trauma or violence, and builds the capacity of community agencies and providers to identify and provide appropriate intervention for children affected by violence.

  • CAIR-MA: $25,000 to further enhance the understanding of Islam, encourage dialogue, protect civil liberties, empower American Muslims, and build coalitions that promote justice and mutual understanding in Massachusetts and Greater Boston.

  • Center to Support Immigrant Organizing: $30,000 to advance its Youth Ubuntu Project.

  • Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England: $25,000 for the development of the Chinatown Immigrant Heritage Visitor Center.

  • Clean Water Fund: $29,000 to develop a larger donor program to bring in new donors and increase the giving of existing donors.

  • Community Boat Building: $20,000 to provide educational experiences to economically disadvantaged students in Boston that focus on STEM learning in a nontraditional classroom setting.

  • Community Health Network Area 17 (CHNA 17): $10,000 to promote racial equity and mental health in the communities of Arlington, Belmont, Cambridge, Somerville, Watertown, and Waltham.

  • DEAF: $15,000 for its Independent Living Services program.

  • Economic Mobility Pathways (EMPath): $35,000 for expanding its Career Family Opportunity Program to prepare women for good careers and financial independence.

  • FriendshipWorks: $50,000 to support its Medical Escort Service for elders.

  • Hearth: $30,000 to support its Homelessness Prevention Outreach Program.

  • Housing Families: $50,000 for the Disabled Family Leasing Program.

  • La Alianza Hispana: $40,000 to support the Aliancianos Senior Center.

  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice: $20,000 to support a capacity-building cohort for organizations led by and serving people of color.

  • Lionheart Foundation: $20,000 for continued development and dissemination of EQ, an emotion-regulation program for direct-care staff working with system-involved and trauma-impacted youth.

  • Lynn Youth Street Outreach Advocacy: $20,000 to empower high-risk youth in their community to reach a positive purpose in life.

  • MAB Community Services: $30,000 for services to individuals who are blind or visually impaired.

  • Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness: $25,000 for services to Massachusetts Native Americans and to advance public knowledge and understanding of Native American history and identity.

  • Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition: $25,000 to promote the rights and integration of immigrants and refugees.

  • Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition: $35,000 to make healthy and affordable food, opportunities for active living, and safe and inviting recreational spaces and streets readily accessible to all Mattapan residents and residents of surrounding communities.

  • Maverick Landing Community Services: $15,000 to support its capacity building for sustainability efforts.

  • Metropolitan Council for Educational Opportunity (METCO): $25,000 to support the METCO Moves into Action strategic planning efforts.

  • National Organization on Disability: $20,000 to support its Campus to Careers Jobs for Students with Disabilities project.

  • Piers Park Sailing Center: $20,000 for the Inclusive Youth Development program.

  • Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project: $30,000 to support services that provide free legal services to asylum seekers and promote the rights of detained immigrants.

  • Science Club for Girls: $25,000 to provide mentorship for girls in underrepresented communities interested in STEM fields.

  • Team IMPACT: $15,000 to support the Team IMPACT Technology Initiative.

  • Union Capital: $35,000 for the evaluation of its Network Nights model.

  • Unitarian Universalist Urban Ministry – Roxbury: $15,000 to support program evaluation for Roxbury Youth Program and the Renewal House and Believe in Success programs serving domestic violence survivors.

  • Veterans Legal Services: $20,000 to support free, accessible legal services to low-income, homeless, and at-risk veterans.

  • Welcome Project: $35,000 for programming for youth and adults that develops leadership skills, builds civic engagement, and strengthens immigrant voices across the city.

  • YMCA of Greater Boston: $40,000 to support health and wellness programs for seniors at its Wang YMCA facility in Chinatown.

  • Zumix: $25,000 to support its Creative Media & Technology Programs.
TBF also made the following grants totaling $335,000 during the past quarter. Following are selected grants over $3,000:
  • African Community Economic Development of New England: 5,000 for the Girls Leadership Development Project

  • Black Economic Justice Institute: $7,500 for the Black Market Dudley capacity building effort

  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center: $7,500 for Boston’s First API Arts Network

  • Boston Police Athletic League, Inc.: $3,000 for the Boston Police Department B-3 Annual Community Harbor Cruise

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston, Inc.: $10,000 for support of the Mattapan Teen Center

  • Feminine Empowerment Movement Slam: $3,700 for support of the FEMS Grand Slam Poetry Festival

  • Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Inc.: $10,000 for support of Family Reunification work in response to the 2018 border crisis

  • Massachusetts Association of Minority Law Enforcement Officers, Inc.: $5,000 for support of the Supreme Team cookout event

  • Mattapan’s Finest Back to School First Cut: $5,000 for the free Cut and Curl back to school even

  • The Resilient Sisterhood Project $10,000 for support of the Racial Biases in Reproductive Health and Pregnancy in Black Women project

  • Union Capital Boston: $10,000 for support of Grove Hall Nights
Other between-cycles and special fund grants announced by TBF included:
  • Boston Public Library Foundation, Inc. : $50,000 for the Executive Director Search for the new Boston Public Library Fund

  • Friends of the Boston Schoolyards : $27,024 to support the work of the former Boston Schoolyard Funders Collaborative, to maintain BPS schoolyards

  • Grants previously shared publicly in Boston Foundation-sponsored announcements:

  • Innovation Network for Communities : $25,000 for the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and the Climate Ready Boston Initiative

  • Stop Handgun Violence, Inc. : $50,000 to onboard new leadership to assist with operations

  • University of Massachusetts-Boston : $15,000 to support the Changing Face of Greater Boston research project

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