Barr Foundation Awards $760K to 9 Massachusetts Nonprofits
September 14, 2018 The Barr Foundation, based in Boston, recently announced it awarded $760,000 to nine Massachusetts nonprofits that support and partner with immigrants and refugees, Muslims, communities of color, and LGBTQ communities to support civil rights protections and strengthen community capacity to respond to new challenges.
Two-year grants were awarded to the following organizations:
BAGLY will use the funds to support and expand the organizations statewide infrastructure through which it can train, support, and educate LGBTQ and youth about their potential to be leaders and advocates for civil rights.
The funds, from Barr's Civil Rights Fund, were part of $1.26 million distributed to 14 organizations across New England. Barr said it originally intended to distribute $1 million, but the 92 organizations responding to its request for proposals was "overwhelming" to the extent it increased its allocation.
The Barr Foundation noted, "When our values are under attack, when the rights of residents and neighbors are being stripped away, and when those who do vital work on the front lines are overwhelmed by the demand for their services, we must ask ourselves: What can we do to help?"