Boston Foundation Grants $2.2M to 26 Nonprofits

November 3, 2018 — The Boston Foundation this week announced it has awarded $2,266,000 in discretionary grants to 26 nonprofit organizations that focus on arts and culture, education, health and wellness, jobs and workforce development, neighborhoods and housing, and nonprofit development.

The Boston Foundation said the grants went to the following:

Arts and Culture
  • Arts and Business Council of Greater Boston: A $35,000, one-year general operating support grant to support services to the arts community, from legal aid to fiscal sponsorship and professional development programs.

  • ArtsBoston: A $50,000, one-year general operating support grant for essential programmatic offerings, such as the Network for Arts Administrators of Color (to enhance the visibility of leaders of color, as well as the pipeline for leadership opportunities in Boston and Greater Boston), and the Audience Lab, which helps organizations better understand, market to and grow audiences.

  • Beyond Walls: A $150,000, three-year general operating support grant in Lynn, which is working to transform the city visually and economically through public art.

  • Boston Dance Alliance: A $15,000, one-year general operating support grant to help support the organization as it undergoes succession planning and repositions itself programmatically to have the greatest impact on the arts.

  • Boston University (BU Global Music Festival): A $15,000, one-year project support grant by offering paid work, partnerships with international musicians, and visibility before both new audiences and promoters/presenters.

  • Celebrity Series of Boston: A $20,000, one-year project support grant for its ongoing Neighborhood Arts program which, in addition to providing city-wide access to art, allows Boston Foundation artist grantees to work within communities while providing access to diverse audiences for the grantees’ work.

  • The Dance Complex: A $40,000, one-year general operating grant to support affordable access to classes, rehearsal and venue space, and vibrant community programming.

  • Emerald Necklace Conservancy: A $25,000, one-year project support for its Public Art Exhibition, "Fog x FLO: Fujiko Nakaya on the Emerald Necklace,” which will activate the parcels along the Emerald Necklace with five fog sculptures created by an internationally renowned artist in an effort to understand visitorship and to activate the park.

  • Institute of Contemporary Art: A $300,000, three-year for ICA Watershed, the organization’s new satellite museum in East Boston, and the water taxi that provides transportation to the Watershed from the ICA.

  • Jose Mateo Ballet Theatre: A $20,000, one-year project support grant which will allow the organization to experiment with opening its Sanctuary Theatre space in Harvard Square to eight local artists/groups to perform in a much- needed professional-level venue.

  • Now and There: A $100,000, two-year general operating support grant to continue its artist incubator/accelerator program, which supports a cohort of six local artists annually with 13 professional development workshops, curatorial coaching, and grants for project funding, and for its ongoing, city-wide public art programming.

  • The Record Company: A $25,000, one-year general operating support grant to continue its organizational development and growth into a new space and to support its increased programming which helps Boston musicians take their art to market.

  • Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway: A $50,000, one-year project support grant toward the installation of this season’s Public Art Program with complementary public programming, and to continue the Greenway’s mission to expand awareness around what public art can be.

  • World Music: A $25,000, one-year project support grant for the second year of its Invigorating Boston Dance program, which brings local dance artists to large venues, such as the Institute for Contemporary Art, to gain critical visibility before new audiences, presenters and promoters in professionally-produced productions.
  • Center for Collaborative Education: A $100,000, one-year project grant to support a comprehensive study of pilot schools and autonomous schools.

  • I2 Learning Foundation: A $50,000, one-year general operating grant to provide general support for this year’s STEM Week and STEM Month activities.
Health and Wellness
  • Community Rowing: A $150,000, two-year general operating grant to provide continued programmatic support with a focus on strengthening its inclusion programming youth and adults with physical disabilities over the course of the 2018- 2020 school years.

  • Harvard University , T.H. Chan School of Public Health: A $100,000, one-year grant for formative research and coalition building to advance women’s health.
Jobs and Economic Development
  • New England Center for Arts and Technology: A $75,000, one-year general grant to support general programming and the expansion of programing to Everett to support the demand for a trained culinary workforce needed by the soon-to- be-opened Encore Boston Harbor.

  • Newmarket Community Partners: A $40,000, one-year general operating support grant to promote economic/neighborhood development that will result in the growth of industrial sector jobs and workforce development in the Newmarket Industrial District of Boston.

  • Resilient Coders: A $50,000, one-year general operating support grant to teach young people (ages 18-26) from traditionally underserved communities to code.

  • SkillWorks: Partners for a Productive Workforce: A $350,000, one-year general operating support grant to improve workforce development in Boston and across Massachusetts.
Neighborhoods and Housing
  • The Alliance for Business Leadership: A $25,000, one-year grant for continuation of the Business Leaders Learning Project: Mobilizing the Business Community on Workforce Housing, which seeks to engage, educate, and activate individual business leaders around the need for investments in affordable workforce housing in Greater Boston.

  • Citizens Housing and Planning Association: A $300,000, three-year general operating support grant to continue to advocate for and reduce barriers to housing production in the Commonwealth.
Nonprofit Development
  • Social Innovation Forum: An $81,000, one-year project support grant to enable the organization to create a learning track for nonprofit organizations that support youth with disabilities as they transition into adulthood.

  • YW Boston: A $75,000, one-year project support grant to YW Boston, for its YW Dialogues for Race and Ethnicity, which provide a structured space to "unpack" experiences of race and racism, enabling groups to learn to identify barriers to inclusion and work together to create solutions.