Boston Foundation Grants $2.1M to 21 Greater Boston Nonprofits

April 11, 2019 — The Boston Foundation yesterday announced it recently awarded $2,148,000 to 21 area nonprofits that provide services relating to education, health and wellness, jobs and economic development, neighborhood and housing, nonprofit effectiveness, and other issues.

Paul Grogan, president and CEO of The Boston Foundation said the new grants include "a number of longstanding partners who continue to do remarkable work."

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Boston Plan for Excellence: A $178,000, one-year general operating support grant to use school autonomies to provide BPS students with high-quality education through two autonomous Teaching Academies, and to prepare outstanding BPS teachers through the Boston Teacher Residency.

  • Boston University – College Advising Corps: A $50,000, one-year general operating support grant to provide college advising services that increase college enrollment and completion among low-income, first-generation college students from Boston.

  • Boston University School of Public Health: A $110,000, two-year project support grant to support the Activist Lab, a program that works with local partners to identify public health problems and advocate for change, to convene two community committees that will work to curate stories that illustrate community health concerns.

  • Center for Science in the Public Interest: A $70,000, one-year grant to support the establishment of a healthy SNAP workgroup in Massachusetts, where 1 in 10 residents are food insecure.

  • Community Servings: A $300,000, three-year grant to support the Medically Tailored Meal Program for Mobility-Impaired Individuals and Families Affected by Illness.

  • Ellis Memorial & Eldredge House: A $75,000, one-year emergency project support grant to support the replacement of the heating system at the Early Education Center located at 58 Berkeley Street, Boston.

  • Empower Schools: A $25,000, one-year project support grant to complete the Boston Opportunity Zone initiative, that will include completing and releasing a Zone study for Boston, engaging the community and catalyzing a Zone in Boston.

  • English for New Bostonians: A $100,000, one-year general operating support grant to increase access to high-quality English learning opportunities for immigrants by providing grants and technical assistance to organizations that offer ESOL programs and to serve as an advocacy voice for the sector

  • Greater Boston Interfaith Organization: A $130,000, two-year general operating support grant for support of their work to create a long-term, three-year affordable homeownership campaign, in collaboration with Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, that will enable 1,000 low-to-moderate income tenants to become first-time homeowners in the City of Boston over a five-year period..

  • GreenLight Fund: A $50,000, one-year project support grant to support the Boston program's 12th and 13th investment cycles and community needs assessments.

  • Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation: A $30,000, one-year project support grant to support The Contractors of Color Success Lab, an intensive pilot project to test and measure strategies for improving the capacity, stability, and bottom lines of small minority-owned construction firms in Boston.

  • Mass Alliance of HUD Tenants: A $55,000, one-year general operating support grant for their work organizing and supporting HUD and MassHousing tenant groups in privately-owned, government-subsidized multifamily housing, with the goal of revitalizing toxic buildings and improving outcomes for public housing tenants whose units are undergoing privatization.

  • Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations: A $125,000, one-year general operating support grant for its work with its members and allies to expand housing opportunities in Greater Boston, by advocating for land use, zoning and development policies in the City of Boston that will spur sufficient housing development, and to organize their suburban members and help them to advocate for more housing production by finding effective tools to work with local government.

  • Mass Insight Education and Research Institute: A $100,000, one-year project support grant for its work with the Grove Hall Alliance, a partnership of schools in the Grove Hall neighborhood of Boston.

  • Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education: A $25,000, one-year project support grant for the Credentials for Success initiative to expand access for high school students to earn industry-recognized credentials in high-wage, high-demand fields in our state's fastest growing sectors.

  • Massachusetts Public Health Association: A $300,000, three-year grant to support its strategic planning and to pursue its health equity policy agenda.

  • Metro Housing | Boston: A $100,000, one-year grant to Metro Housing|Boston, an organization that seeks to connect low- to moderate-income Greater Boston residents with safe, maintained homes they can afford, for their work to create an electronic case management system with a data warehouse to bridge required tracking systems, with the goal of better tracking the impact of its services and the changes that occur for the participants.

  • MetroFuture: A $180,000, two-year project support grant for its work publishing anti-displacement research with the goal of developing at least one new anti-displacement measure at the local or state level. In addition, MetroFuture Inc. expects that over the next year the Metropolitan Mayors Coalition Regional Housing Task Force will have adopted more detailed regional production or preservation targets for affordable, family, senior and accessible units.

  • Project Bread: A $40,000, one-year grant to examine the history of food insecurity in Massachusetts, with a particular focus on the impact of race and ethnicity.

  • Smarter in the City: A $50,000, one-year general operating support grant to support the growth of small businesses in underrepresented communities, and help local entrepreneurs launch and grow new businesses and advance their technology-focused businesses.

  • Social Innovation Forum: A $55,000, one-year general operating support grant to Social Innovation Forum, Inc. (SIF), an organization that connects individuals from nonprofits, philanthropy and government to create positive social change in Greater Boston.