February 20, 2020
Barr Foundation Grants $8.8M to 15 Massachusetts Nonprofits

January 4, 2020 — The Boston-based Barr Foundation recently announced it awarded $8,790,000 to 15 Massachusetts nonprofits to support efforts related to the environment, education, the nonprofit sector, general operations, and other program areas.

The grants, awarded in December, were part of the foundation's fourth quarter grantmaking process.

Receiving the funding were the following organizations:
  • Berkshires Tomorrow, Pittsfield: $250,000 to build a community-driven portrait of a high school graduate

  • The B.E.L.L. Foundation, Westwood: $950,000 to support four grantee learning communities

  • The Boston Foundation, Boston: $150,000 to support data analysis for Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's district governance

  • The Boston Higher Education Resource Center, Boston: $165,000 to build a community-driven portrait of a high school graduate

  • Boston University, Boston: $600,000 to support research on extreme heat impacts and interventions in Chelsea and East Boston

  • Clean Water Fund, Boston: $600,000 to support organizing and policy education to ensure that Massachusetts and Connecticut reach their clean energy goals

  • Conservation Law Foundation, Boston: $1,350,000 to support advocacy and communications efforts to achieve an accessible, equitable, and climate-resilient Boston waterfront

  • Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, Boston: $375,000 to provide general operating support

  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Boston: $750,000 to support its Arts & Culture Department in expanding and refining its arts and culture strategies, tools, and data to support thriving communities

  • Mount Wachusett Community College Foundation, Gardner: $250,000 to build a community-driven portrait of a high school graduate

  • Preparatory Foundation, Hyde Park: $175,000 to build a community-driven portrait of a high school graduate

  • PRX, Cambridge: $800,000 to provide general operating support for PRX to expand and deepen its training and networking across Massachusetts, and to conduct a statewide asset map of opportunities and talent for further investment

  • Teach Western Mass, Springfield: $800,000 to support general operations

  • Trustees of Reservations, Boston: $975,000 to support its One Waterfront initiative to develop signature, equitable, and climate-resilient parks on the Boston waterfront

  • Union of Concerned Scientists, Cambridge: $600,000 to support analysis, outreach, and policy education on climate impacts and resilience

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