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December 3, 2021
Grants to Improve Air Quality; New App Aids Mission; Grant Deadline

October 19, 2021 — City of Boston awards $96K to help two nonprofits improve air quality. Partnership produces app to boost impact for Catie’s Closet. Cape Cod Foundation invites nonprofits to apply for grants.

City of Boston Awards $96K to Help Two Nonprofits Improve Air Quality

The City of Boston yesterday announced that it awarded $96,184 to two local nonprofits to support their locally-driven projects that will produce meaningful air quality improvements in the city. Receiving the Community Clean Air Grant were:

  • $51,764 for Mothers Out Front East Boston, a nonprofit focused on fighting for a livable climate Mothers Out Front Its East Boston Home Daycare Air Purification project, Mothers Out Front will collaborate with the East Boston Social Center and Air Partners/Olin College to install HEPA purifiers in 27 East Boston home daycares.

  • $39,420 for Home Energy Efficiency Team (HEET), a women-owned nonprofit seeks practical solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while helping people live healthier and less expensive lives. HEET’s project, Breathe Easy with Induction Cooking, aims to improve indoor air quality for residents who have asthma and use a gas stove by providing 100 to 200 electric portable induction cooktops.

Deadline to apply for the next round of Community Clean Air Grants: Jan. 28. Details.

Partnership Produces App to Boost Impact for Catie’s Closet

Catie’s Closet, a Dracut nonprofit that provides an in-school resource of clothing and basic necessities to students living below the poverty line, yesterday announced the launch of a newly developed mobile app which enables individuals to use their smartphones or tablets to provide essential clothing and toiletry items to students preK-12.

App users can make monetary donations, request a pre-paid shipping label to donate gently used clothing, shop directly from the organization’s Amazon Wish Lists to purchase brand-new items, and contact Catie’s Closet.

In 2020, Catie’s Closet began an extensive partnership project with GEneration Impact, a grassroots organization that provides pro-bono consulting opportunities for volunteers who work at GE. The team dedicated their time and knowledge to develop the app from start to launch.

“This is a very exciting milestone for our organization. Our new mobile app makes it extremely easy and convenient for our supporters to make an impact. Essentially, they can support local students from wherever they are,” said Mickey Cockrell, co-founder and CEO of Catie’s Closet. “We are so grateful to GEneration Impact for granting us the expertise of two incredible employees who made this endeavor possible.”

The app is available for download in the Apple Store and Google Play Store.

Cape Cod Foundation Invites Nonprofits to Apply for Grants

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, recently announced that it is inviting nonprofit organizations serving the Falmouth community to apply for up to $100,000 in grants.

The Falmouth Fund is seeking proposals for programmatic and capacity building projects, with successful proposals supporting diverse needs across the community in the areas of health and human services; education, youth, and recreation; arts and culture; or the environment.

Deadline to apply: Dec. 15. Details.

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