The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced second-quarter grants totaling $13.3 million in the areas of arts and creativity, climate, and education.
Through its arts and creativity area, which focuses on investing in organizations working to become more adaptive and relevant and on serving increasingly diverse populations, the foundation awarded four grants totaling $1.9 million. Recipients include creative writing center Grub Street, which was awarded $657,000 in support of its efforts to engage new students, faculty, and staff as well as diversify its income streams in order to support programmatic risk-taking; and West End House, which was awarded $1 million in support of its efforts to meet the growing demand among Boston teens for its programs and services.
In the climate area, the foundation awarded nine grants totaling $2.1 million, including $300,000 to the Merck Family Fund for research aimed at informing design choices by the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative; and $300,000 to the Lawrence and Lillian Solomon Foundation to establish a new grants and technical assistance program for greenways planning and design in the greater Boston area.
And in the education area, the foundation awarded seventeen grants totaling $9 million, including more than $2.4 million to the Gateway to College National Network to strengthen its early-college alternative to traditional high school and introduce it to the rest of New England; and $500,000 to New Classrooms Innovations Partners to pilot "Teach to One: Math," a competency-based, personalized-learning approach to the teaching of middle-school math.