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January 25, 2021
Barr Foundation Grants $3.7M to 32 Massachusetts Nonprofits
Barr Foundation

December 13, 2020 — The Barr Foundation, based in Boston, recently announced that it granted $3,675,000 to 32 Massachusetts nonprofits to advance racial equity and support communities across the state that have been hit hardest by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

The Barr Foundation granted $1 million to King Boston, a Boston nonprofit working to create a new memorial and programs honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. The four-year grant will support the King Center for Economic Justice in Roxbury, which will develop action-oriented solutions aimed at eliminating the economic and social inequities that affect Boston’s communities of color.

Barr also awarded $2,675,000 to 31 organizations, augmenting grants it made earlier this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We recognize that the effects of this pandemic will endure into and well beyond 2021, and we [are] determined it was vital to provide this additional, flexible support to organizations that are serving communities of color, and that are also primarily led and governed by people of color,” Barr Foundation President Jim Canales.

Receiving the grants were the following organizations:

  • African Community Education Program, $50,000
  • Berkshire Immigrant Center, $50,000
  • Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, $150,000
  • Black Economic Justice Institute, $50,000
  • Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston, $125,000
  • Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, $100,000
  • Boston Ujima Project, $100,000
  • Brazilian Workers Center, $75,000
  • Catholic Services of Fall River, $50,000
  • Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores, $50,000
  • Centro Presente, $75,000
  • City Life/Vida Urbana, $150,000
  • East Boston Ecumenical Community Council, $50,000
  • Gardening the Community, $50,000
  • GreenRoots, $125,000
  • Immigrant Family Services Institute, $50,000
  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción, $100,000
  • Islamic Society of Boston, $50,000
  • Justice at Work, $50,000
  • La Colaborativa, $125,000
  • Lawyers for Civil Rights, $150,000
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Family Services, $100,000
  • Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, $150,000
  • Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, $75,000
  • Neighbor to Neighbor Massachusetts Education Fund, $75,000
  • Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project, $75,000
  • Rian Immigrant Center, $150,000
  • Sociedad Latina, $100,000
  • Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts, $50,000
  • Urban Farming Institute of Boston, $75,000
  • Urban Guild, $50,000
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