Boston Awards $180K to Five Nonprofits for Fenway Projects
March 3, 2016 Five Boston nonprofits recently were awarded $180,000 by the city to undertake a range of projectsto install murals, restore woodland, complete a sculpture, and other improvementsthat will help enhance the Fenway neighborhood.
The funds, from the Boston Redevelopment Authority, stem from the Fenway Park Demonstration Project, an agreement made with the Boston Red Sox in September 2013 for certain game and event day easements on Yawkey Way.
Receiving the funds were the following:
- Artists for Humanity (AFH) $39,250 to design, paint, and install two large-scale murals on Ipswich Street that provide passersby with a bright and vibrant welcome to the community. Trans National Properties will support AFHs project by matching the funding awarded by the BRA. AFH works to bridge economic, racial, and social divisions by providing under-resourced urban youth with the keys to self-sufficiency through paid employment in art and design.
- The Emerald Necklace Conservancy $40,750 to conduct the Gatehouse Woodlands Restoration Project in conjunction with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The organization was founded in 1998 to maintain, restore, and protect the parks of the Emerald Necklace
- The Fenway Civic Association (FCA) $50,000 to complete a community-inspired, musically-themed sculpture by Jacob Kulin at Symphony Community Park in East Fenway. FCA was founded in 1961 by a group of East Fenway friends and neighbors in order to clean their streets, beautify their surroundings, and protect their residents.
- Fenway Community Development Corporation $25,000 to sign a contract with an organization called Geese Police that specializes in Canadian goose population control, or initiate the construction and maintenance of a pair of solar-lit bulletin boards to help coordinate and broadcast community events in the East and West Fens. Fenway CDC works to improve the lives of low- and moderate-income residents by providing affordable housing, social support services, adult education, workforce development, financial literacy, and civic engagement.
- The Trustees $25,000 to beautify the Symphony Road Community Garden in East Fenway, which now hosts 42 individual garden plots. The Trustees works to preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.
The grants were awarded through an open application process. A second round of funding is due to be released in the spring.