December 8, 2019
Barr Foundation Grants $10.4M to 41 Massachusetts Nonprofits

October 3, 2019 — The Barr Foundation, based in Boston, recently announced that it granted $10,429,000 to 41 Massachusetts nonprofits to support a range of efforts, including those related to the arts, education, the environment, transportation, and capacity building.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • A Better City Initiative, Inc.: $375,000 to engage business members in modernizing Massachusetts' transportation system

  • American Antiquarian Society: $300,000 to supplement a previous grant to support priority features for the Black Box Theater

  • American City Coalition: $200,000 to support efforts to connect Roxbury and North Dorchester residents with the Boston waterfront

  • American Repertory Theatre Company: $150,000 to develop a new strategic plan

  • Beyond Walls: $150,000 to produce Street Arts Festival 2019

  • Boston Day and Evening Academy Foundation (BDEA): $400,000 for implementation and iteration of the new BDEA pathway as part of Engage New England Cohort 1

  • Boston Educational Development Foundation: $400,000 to support the continued design and capacity building at TechBoston Academy

  • The Boston Foundation: $1,050,000 to support three rounds of Live Arts Boston to provide grants, artistic, and professional development, and technical support to performing artists in Greater Boston

  • Boston Medical Center: $115,000 to support evaluation and capacity building for Vital Village Network's Certificate for Leadership and Advocacy with Urban College of Boston

  • Boston University: $1,000,000 to build the capacity of The ARTery at WBUR to increase production of arts and culture content

  • Cambridge Community Foundation: $150,000 to engage and educate the Kendall Square community on transportation policy and practices

  • Celebrity Series of Boston: $75,000 to conduct a geo-mapping analysis and brand assessment

  • Charles River Watershed Association: $150,000 to provide climate resilience training to municipal officials in the Charles River Watershed

  • Community Labor United: $750,000 to support and coordinate the Green Justice Coalition's Boston and statewide clean energy efforts

  • Emerson College: $675,000 to support HowlRound to optimize operations, strengthen, and deepen field impact, and increase financial sustainability

  • Green Energy Consumers Alliance: $5,000 to support the New England Wind Fund

  • Grub Street: $335,000 to engage and amplify voices of writers of color and other historically marginalized groups and to increase its development and marketing capacities

  • Harvard College: $300,000 to conduct research and analysis on the potential health impacts of using natural gas appliances in residential settings

  • Huntington Theatre Company: $71,500 to conduct a market research study

  • Institute for Nonprofit Practice: $200,000 to support the development and piloting of a diversity, equity, and inclusion curriculum for organizational development consultants, in partnership with TSNE MissionWorks

  • Institute of Contemporary Art: $55,000 to conduct audience focus groups and implicit bias training for staff

  • Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival: $80,000 to support the set-up of a new, comprehensive database and an Undoing Racism training for staff and select community members

  • KIPP Massachusetts: $400,000 to continue supporting the design and implementation of an improved high school experience

  • Lawrence Partnership: $60,000 to support planning regarding next steps for Lawrence Leads

  • Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center: $75,000 to provide organizational development support

  • MassINC: $450,000 to support polling and focus groups on transportation

  • MassMOCA: $125,000 to support a large-scale public art installation in downtown North Adams, and $30,000 to upgrade and optimize the Tessitura system and train staff members on use of the software.

  • Mothers Out Front: $200,000 to support GeoMicroDistrict project and the development of an organizational structure sufficient to meet clean energy priorities

  • Mystic River Watershed Association: $200,000 to support The Friends of the East Boston Greenway

  • Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Education Fund: $300,000 to strengthen grassroots organizing capacity to support the Green Justice Coalition's statewide clean energy efforts

  • Now and There, Inc.: $75,000 to support the multi-site, multimedia public artwork Augment by Nick Cave

  • Philanthropy Massachusetts: $2,500 to support 2019 Barr Foundation membership dues for Boston Education Funders

  • The Record Company: $100,000 to support facility, programmatic, and operations expansion

  • Sociedad Latina: $20,000 to support Sociedad Latina's 50th Anniversary celebration with a $20,000 sponsorship at the Fortaleciendo Familias level

  • Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership (SEZP): $130,000 to support a pilot partnership with Lynch Leadership Academy in support of SEZP's leadership development strategy

  • Teach Plus Incorporated: $250,000 to support the Commonwealth Policy Fellowship

  • Theater Offensive: $75,000 to articulate a "queer trans people of color liberatory aesthetic" and develop an implementation plan for programming

  • Union of Concerned Scientists: $300,000 to support research and communications for the Transportation and Climate Initiative

  • University of Massachusetts: $300,000 to support the New Superintendents' Induction Program

  • Veritas Prep Charter School: $300,000 to support planning and design of a new high school model

  • Yard, Inc.: $50,000 to conduct consumer research and to engage marketing and development consultants

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