June 22, 2018
Boston Foundation Grants $1.4M to 28 Massachusetts Nonprofits

April 14, 2017 — The Boston Foundation yesterday announced that it has awarded $1,466,784 in discretionary grants to 28 Massachusetts nonprofits, primarily in Boston, that focus on arts and culture, education, neighborhoods and housing, media, nonprofit effectiveness, and youth.

Included were 15 so-called Open Door Grants, totaling $405,000, made through a program designed to benefit small organizations, grassroots efforts, and other nonprofit programs that do not fall within the foundation’s major strategic areas.

Following were grants distributed by The Boston Foundation:
  • Alliance for Business Leadership, Boston: $25,000 for one year to support the 2017 Business Leaders' Learning Project: $Workforce Housing Boot Camp, which will engage business leaders on policies around workforce housing and the connection between housing and economic growth.

  • Asian Community Development Corporation, Boston: $19,500 for one year to support the Comprehensive Housing Opportunities Program, which offers financial literacy, homeownership classes, and housing counseling for Chinese speakers of Mandarin and Cantonese in Malden.

  • Boston Children's Chorus, Boston: $25,000 for general operating support for one year.

  • Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools Foundation, Boston: $185,000 for one year general operating support.

  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Dorchester: $25,000 for one year to support a feasibility study to explore the potential for a major capital campaign to support expansion and enhancement of the organization's facilities.

  • Casa Esperanza, Roxbury: $50,000 for one year to support work with a consultant to identify relevant, culturally appropriate outcomes that capture success for its clients and document its integrated, culturally focused, trauma-informed model of care.

  • Citizen Schools, Boston: $50,000 for one year to support its pilot Catalyst co-teaching model, which seeks to embed project-based learning in the classroom.

  • Company One, Boston: $20,000 for one year of general operating support for its theater productions and arts education programming.

  • English for New Bostonians, Boston: $100,000 for one year of general operating support.

  • Health Law Advocates, Boston: $40,000 for one year for its Health Care for Kids with Disabilities Project, which will provide pro bono legal representation to advocate for children in low-income households with disabilities to live at home instead of in institutions.

  • Home Funders Collaborative, Boston: $40,000 for one year of general operating support grant to increase extremely low income housing across Massachusetts

  • Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation, Jamaica Plain: $16,000 for one year to 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.

  • Lynn Shelter Association, Lynn: $40,000 for one year of general operating support.

  • Massachusetts Foundation for Teaching and Learning, Taunton: $25,000 for one year to support its JET Program, which provides a pathway to the teaching profession for public school paraprofessionals.

  • Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Boston: $300,000 for three years of general operating support.

  • Museum of African American History, Boston: $20,000 for one year to support its education programs for students and teachers.

  • Mystic River Watershed Association, Arlington: $24,755 for one year for its Herring Migration Project, through which 1,500 school children from six districts will learn about river herring in the Mystic River using underwater video cameras, a website, data gathering, curriculum, and field visits.

  • New Profit, Boston: $100,000 for two years to support the launch of the College Access and Success Learning Lab, which will bring together key social entrepreneurs, funders, college and K-12 leaders, and researchers to accelerate learning, build a cross-sector network, and surface high-potential collaborations for investment.

  • Nubian United Benevolent International Association, Roxbury: $10,000 for one year of general operating support.

  • Phillips Brooks House Association, Cambridge: $20,000 for one year project for the Y2Y Harvard Square, a new student-run, six-month shelter serving homeless young adults ages 18-24.

  • Posse Foundation, Boston: $50,000 for one year of general operating support grant.

  • Root Cause Institute, Cambridge: $30,000 for one year to support research done in partnership with City Awake, the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce's civic innovation lab, on economic mobility in Boston.

  • Social Innovation Forum, Boston: $50,000 for one-year of general operating support grant.

  • Transformative Culture Project, previously known as Press Pass TV, Boston: $20,000 for one year for its Beyond Creative program, through which they train youth in media and connect them to paid employment opportunities while connecting them to trauma-informed wrap around services such as life skills workshops.

  • University of Massachusetts Foundation, Boston: $100,000 for one year for The Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, which will seek to close the opportunity gap for young children by mobilizing entrepreneurial leadership within the early care and education workforce.

  • Wediko Children's Services, Boston: $30,000 for one year for the Living with Loss Grief Support Program, which provides a safe and caring environment for underserved children and families in Boston as they explore the complexities of grief and to support professional development for frontline staff.

  • Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston: $11,529 for one year for the Students Loving Applied Mathematics program, which seeks to expose Boston Public School high school sophomores and juniors to applied mathematics in an effort to determine which strategies and activities will best inspire females and underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in applied mathematics.

  • Zumix, East Boston: $40,000 for one year for support of ZUMIX Creative Technology programs, which provide Boston teenagers free training in 21st century skills relating to music technology and radio production.

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