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September 27, 2021
King Boston Grants $225K to 45 Nonprofits to Aid Racial Equity
King Boston

May 24, 2021 — King Boston, a Boston-based nonprofit that is creating a new memorial and programs honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King, on Friday announced that it awarded $5,000 to each of 45 Massachusetts nonprofits, most located in Greater Boston, to support ongoing work to advance racial equity.

Imari Paris Jeffries, executive director of King Boston, said, “This is a moment in time that we can’t gloss over. We need to help these organizations take a stand and make an impact, and that’s what these funds will do.”

The grants were made from the Forward Fund, which was established last year 2020 in response to the federal voting process and aftermath and has since been repositioned as a fund to respond generally to heightened moments of racialized justice.

The organizations selected by the Forward Fund Advisory Committee to receive grants have missions that align with the Kings' work and legacy, including social justice groups and organizations, initiatives led by Black, indigenous and people of color, and trauma response and healing projects.

“At this challenging moment, leaders closest to communities need resources, flexibility, and autonomy to make decisions about where those resources are needed most,” said Jim Canales, president of the Barr Foundation, which provided $150,000 to the Forward Fund. “That idea is at the center of the Forward Fund, and we are grateful to be among King Boston’s many partners committed to extending that kind of support and trust to our communities.”

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Alternatives for Community Environment, Roxbury
  • Amplify Latinx, Boston
  • Asian American Resource Workshop, Dorchester
  • Blackyard, Cambridge
  • Beantown Society, Jamaica Plain
  • Boston Plan for Excellence for Greater Boston Leadership Study Circles, Boston
  • Center to Support Immigrant Organizing, Boston
  • City Life Vida Urbana, Jamaica Plain
  • Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation, Dorchester
  • Community for Us by Us, Cambridge
  • DARRC Coalition, Brockton
  • Design Studio for Social Intervention/ Social Emergency Response Center, Dorchester
  • Dorchester Art Project, Dorchester
  • Eastie Anti, East Boston
  • Elevated Thought, Lawrence
  • Essex County Community Organization, Lynn
  • Families for Justice as Healing, Roxbury
  • Front Porch Arts Collective, Cambridge
  • I Have A Future, Dorchester
  • Louis D. Brown Peace Institute, Dorchester
  • Massachusetts Democracy and Civic Education Fund, Boston
  • Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, Boston
  • Maverick Landing Community Services, East Boston
  • Mijente Boston Asamblea, Boston
  • Muslim Justice League, Boston
  • Neighborhood Network Center, Boston
  • Neighbors United for a Better East Boston, East Boston
  • North America India Center of Boston, Jamaica Plain
  • North Shore Juneteenth Association, Lynn
  • Preservation Circle, Boston
  • Print Ain’t Dead, Boston
  • Right to the City Boston, Boston
  • Roxbury Cultural District, Roxbury
  • Sisters Unchained, Jamaica Plain
  • Stinging Nettle Brujx Healing Collective, Roslindale
  • The City School, Dorchester
  • Twelfth Baptist Church, Roxbury
  • UnBound Bodies, Medford
  • Unity Circles, Mattapan
  • UTEC, Lowell
  • Violence in Boston, Hyde Park
  • We Are Better Together, Boston
  • Worcester Interfaith, Worcester
  • Youth Justice and Power Union, Boston
  • YWCA, Lawrence
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