December 8, 2019
Barr Foundation Grants $10M to 33 Massachusetts Nonprofits

April 5, 2019 — The Barr Foundation, based in Boston, the largest private foundation in Massachusetts, this week announced that it granted $10,032,000 to 33 Massachusetts nonprofits to support efforts focused on the arts, environment, and education, among other efforts, as well as for general operations and strategic and capacity building.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Acadia Center, Rockport: $50,000 to strengthen organizational capacity

  • African Community Economic Development Organization of New England, Roxbury: $50,000 to support capacity building, business planning, and implementation of a new strategic plan

  • American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Cambridge: $125,000 to support the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission on the Arts

  • Better Future Project, Cambridge: $240,000 to provide general operating support

  • The Boston Private Industry Council, Boston: $200,000 to support the advancement of recommendations from the Opportunity Youth Collaborative report, “New Directions: Creating Career Pathways for and with Opportunity Youth”

  • Boston Public Library Foundation, Boston: $500,000 to provide startup operating support

  • Center for Collaborative Education Metro Boston, Boston: $50,000 to support the new school development of City as Lab

  • Citizens' Housing and Planning Association, Boston: $600,000 to support a one-time exit grant for its Massachusetts Smart Growth Alliance program

  • Common Application, Arlington: $10,000 to support the 2019 Reach Higher Salon Dinner

  • Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, New Bedford: $50,000 to conduct research to inform a strategic planning process

  • Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, Springfield: $75,000 to undertake a strategic planning and visioning process

  • Conservation Law Foundation, Boston: $120,000 to support the creation of Streetsblog MASS

  • Council on Foundations, Arlington: $23500 to support 2019 Barr Foundation membership dues

  • Essex County Community Foundation, Danvers: $50,000 to develop a three-year strategic plan

  • Grub Street, Boston: $500,000 to support construction and launch of the new Narrative Arts Center for Boston at 50 Liberty Drive in Boston’s Seaport District

  • Hale Reservation, Westwood: $150,000 to support design and implementation of the next pilot phase for Intrepid Academy

  • Innovation Network for Communities, Boston: $725,000 to support core operations of the Green Ribbon Commission and its working groups

  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, Boston: $150,000 to provide core program and capacity building support for its Latina Circle program and expansion of the Amplify Latinx Initiative

  • LearnLaunch, Boston: $500,000 to provide ongoing support for the MAPLE Consortium

  • Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, Boston: $40,000 to support general operations during transition to a new Executive Director

  • Massachusetts Communities Action Network, Dorchester: $200,000 to support continued advocacy for equitable access to high-quality vocational technical education in Massachusetts

  • The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, Boston: $300,000 to develop an arts and creativity policy desk

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston: $200,000 to hire a director of Change Maker Initiatives for its HUBWeek program

  • Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Boston: $590 to support Barr Foundation 2018 membership dues

  • Massachusetts Parents United, Boston: $200,000 to provide general operating support

  • Merck Family Fund, Milton: $100,000 to support research and objective analysis to strengthen the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative

  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston: $300,000 to support mobility, clean energy, and climate resiliency planning

  • NECEC Institute, Boston: $500,000 to expand clean energy in New England by informing policy and regulatory development

  • New England Blacks in Philanthropy, Boston: $1,500 to support Barr Foundation 2018 Membership Dues

  • New England Foundation for the Arts, Boston: $950,000 to support a second round of NEFA’s Creative City, an initiative to build the field of socially-engaged public art in Greater Boston and New England

  • Philanthropy Massachusetts, Boston: $21,500 to support Barr Foundation Membership 2019 Dues.

  • Roca, Chelsea: $300,000 to support the direct service and continued expansion of Roca’s Intervention Model for at-risk young men in Boston

  • Third Sector New England, Boston: $50,000 to support a regional convening to discuss potential solutions to the challenges outlined in TNTP’s “Opportunity Myth” report

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