The Barr Foundation in Boston has announced year-end grants totaling $16.7 million and an increase in its grants budget for 2016.
The foundation awarded fourth-quarter grants in all its program areas, including arts and culture, climate, education, and global. Through its Arts & Culture program, the foundation awarded five grants totaling $4.9 million to a variety of organizations, including ArtPlace America, the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art Foundation, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, and Yard, Inc. Through its Climate program, the foundation awarded seven grants totaling $2.5 million to organizations working to advance clean energy, climate action, and cleaner transportation initiatives, including A Better City Initiative, Inc., the Alliance for Business Leadership, Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, and the Institute for Transportation and Development Policy. And through its Education program, the foundation awarded four grants totaling $7.4 million, including $5 million to Year Up, Inc. to help the organization refine and expand its proven training program, which aims to close the opportunity divide by connecting young urban adults to both educational and career opportunities. The foundation also awarded three grants totaling $360,000 as part of its effort to ensure "the responsible and thoughtful conclusion" of its Global program.
Barr Foundation president Jim Canales also announced that the foundation planned to increase its grants budget for 2016 by nearly 35 percent, from the slightly more than $52 million in grants approved in 2015 to $70 million.