June 19, 2019
Barr Foundation Grants $9M to 27 Massachusetts Nonprofits

December 28, 2018 — The Barr Foundation in Boston recently announced it has awarded $8,994,000 to 27 Massachusetts nonprofits to support a range of efforts that, among other goals, seek to develop a diverse pipeline of educators, strengthen leadership networks in the social sector, build organizational, and create public spaces that promote health, happiness, and well-being.

The Barr Foundation provided grants to the following:
  • The American City Coalition, Roxbury: $50,000 to engage Roxbury and North Dorchester residents in the social, recreational, educational, and economic opportunities throughout the Boston waterfront.

  • Associated Grant Makers, Boston: $100,000 to support the implementation of a new strategic plan, and $50,000 to support the Massachusetts Arts Funders Learning Group.

  • Boston Foundation, Boston: $150,000 to support the Boston Opportunity Agenda’s community engagement planning and public will campaign strategy for “College, Career, and Life Readiness.”

  • Boston Harbor Now, Boston: $25,000 to create an alliance of waterfront residents to collectively address environmental, economic, and social issues related to living at the water’s edge.

  • Boston Municipal Research Bureau, Boston: $400,000 to provide core operating and capacity building support.

  • College Bound Dorchester, Dorchester: $750,000 to support general operations.

  • Conexión, Boston: $50,000 to support capacity building to increase Hispanic/Latino leadership in the nonprofit and public sectors.

  • Conservation Law Foundation, Boston: $150,000 to provide capacity building and technical support for its TransitMatters program.

  • Empower Schools, Boston: $200,000 to provide ongoing strategic support to the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership.

  • Equity Lab Charter Schools, Lynn: $120,000 to provide supplemental support for continued planning for a new charter school in Lawrence.

  • The Harborkeepers, East Boston: $50,000 to support coastal community resiliency and environmental advocacy in East Boston.

  • Innosight Institute, Lexington: $75,000 to develop a robust data system on innovative schools.

  • Latinos for Education, Belmont: $200,000 to support advocacy work in Massachusetts and programming in Greater Boston.

  • The Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation, Wellesley: $850,000 to support a re-granting and technical assistance program for greenways and placemaking—actions that create public spaces that promote people's health, happiness, and well-being—in Greater Boston.

  • Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation, Boston: $50,000 to support research on transportation and climate-related funding in Massachusetts.

  • MASSCreative, Boston: $50,000 to support MASSCreative’s strategic planning process.

  • Mystic River Watershed Association, Arlington: $42,000 to create a North Charlestown waterfront inventory and vision plan, and $50,000 to build the capacity of Friends of the East Boston Greenway and better connect the Greenway to East Boston people and places.

  • Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, Lexington: $300,000 to support a network of municipalities working To accelerate zero energy building in Massachusetts.

  • North Shore Community Development Coalition, Salem: $100,000 to support strategic planning for the agency and for the Punto Urban Art Museum.

  • Pioneer Institute, Boston: $150,000 to support strong MBTA governance and accelerate mobility choices.

  • Teach Western Mass, Springfield: $250,000 to support its strategic planning and capacity building.

  • Third Sector New England, Boston: $400,000 to provide core support for its Teacher Collaborative project, and $32,000 to support executive coaching for the organization's senior leadership team.

  • Trustees of Boston College, Chestnut Hill: $300,000 to support an exit grant for City Connects’ work in Boston Public Schools.

  • Trustees of Reservations, Boston: $800,000 to develop signature, equitable, and climate-resilient parks on the Boston waterfront.

  • University of Massachusetts Foundation, Boston: $1,050,000 to support and elevate the Sustainable Solutions Lab's climate resilience efforts.

  • UP Education Network, Boston: $500,000 to support the implementation of UP Education Network's Strategic Plan for 2018-2020.

  • Year Up, Boston: $1,700,000 to support general operations.

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