The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced fifty-one grants totaling $12.3 million in the areas of arts and creativity, climate, education, cross-program initiatives, and special initiatives.
In addition to grants totaling $3.6 million announced earlier in the quarter, the foundation awarded seven grants totaling nearly $1.3 million through its Arts and Creativity program, including one of $750,000 to the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts to help revitalize the Worcester Theatre District and a grant of $300,000 to National Arts Strategies to support the development of a nine-month Creative Community Fellows program aimed at nurturing creative placemaking leadership in communities across the region.
In addition, the foundation awarded thirteen grants totaling $4.6 million through its Climate program, including a grant of $500,000 to the State Smart Transportation Initiative, a coalition of state departments of transportation working to create sustainable transportation options; and one of $270,000 to the City of Providence to engage community members and businesses in equitable economic development planning that provides clean energy benefits for all residents of the city.
The foundation also awarded seventeen grants totaling nearly $7.8 million through its Education program, including a grant of $3 million to SRI International for an evaluation of the foundation's Engage New England initiative, which is working to create innovative educational models for students not on track to graduate from high school; and four grants totaling $450,000 in the area of Cross-Program Initiatives, including one of $75,000 to TSNE MissionWorks (formerly Third Sector New England) in support of the organization's Emerging Consultants Training program, which is helping a community of diverse leaders hone their organizational development skills and build consultant practices aimed at strengthening social-change organizations and movements.
In addition, as part of a time-limited special initiative, the foundation awarded a $200,000 grant to the Massachusetts Legal Assistance Corporation in support of the Greater Boston Immigrant Defense Fund, and a $300,000 grant to WGBH Educational Foundation to boost the capacity of the Boston-based public radio station's investigative reporting unit.