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April 16, 2021
Boston Foundation Grants $150K to Nonprofits Tackling COVID-19

March 2, 2021 — The Boston Foundation recently announced that it granted $750,000 to five local nonprofits led by Black, indigenous, and people of color in connection with its ongoing efforts to support communities that have been most directly impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.

The grants were funded by Facebook, which recently announced $20 million in funding for community foundations across the country to improve racial equity and support Black-serving organizations.

“We are grateful to Facebook and the dozens of other businesses that have made significant gifts to the COVID-19 Response Fund,” said Paul Grogan, president and CEO of The Boston Foundation. “Through their donations and hundreds of others, large and small, from individuals and organizations throughout the Boston Foundation community, we have been able to distribute more than $11 million in COVID-related grants, making it possible for nonprofits to take on the triple pandemic of COVID and the racial and economic injustice it has laid bare.”

Each of the following received a $150,000 general operating support grant:

  • Brookview House, a multi-service organization that works for justice, equity and systemic change for low-income women and children in Boston experiencing homelessness, to sustain and expand direct services such as its full day on-site learning pod for youth and on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinic.

  • Caribbean Integration Community Development, a housing and community development organization that creates and maintains affordable housing in areas of Boston where large numbers of people of Caribbean descent reside, to expand direct housing services and emergency relief for families experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

  • Fathers’ UpLift, Boston’s first outpatient mental health center for child, parental health and male engagement, to sustain and expand direct services such as mental health counseling and its father-to-father coaching programs.

  • Immigrant Family Services Institute, which works to expedite the successful integration of recent immigrants into the social and economic fabric of the United States with justice and dignity, to sustain and expand direct services such as its on-site learning pod for youth and partnerships with immigrant families to ensure food, technology, and immigration services access.

  • Mattapan Community Health Center, which works to improve the health and quality of life for diverse residents of Mattapan and surrounding communities through primary care and preventive health and social services, for on-site COVID-19 vaccination and testing services and sustaining related community outreach and health education efforts.
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