The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling $13.4 million in the areas of climate, arts and creativity, and education.
Through its climate program, the foundation awarded grants totaling $10.7 million to twelve organizations, including a $3 million grant to the Energy Foundation in support of a new partnership aimed at accelerating energy efficiency and the adoption of renewables across the Northeast; and $4.25 million to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to support analysis, planning, and technical assistance aimed at incorporating clean energy, improving climate resiliency, and advancing a low-carbon economy in the greater Boston region.
In the area of arts and creativity, the foundation awarded grants totaling $685,000 to two organizations with the goal of stimulating public support for the arts, including a grant of $385,00 to MASSCreative to strengthen its internal systems and staff capacity for advocacy work and external partnerships; and a grant of $300,000 to the New England Foundation for the Arts to produce and share the third installment of the Creative Economy Employment Report.
And through its education program, the foundation awarded grants totaling $1.7 million to six organizations, including a grant of $250,000 to the Center for Collaborative Education for the launch, in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the National Center on Time and Learning, LearnLaunch, and BPE, of the Massachusetts Personalized Learning Network.
The foundation also awarded $200,000 to the Massachusetts Nonprofit Network in support of staffing and new policy initiatives aimed at increasing member engagement and elevating public understanding of the nonprofit sector and its role in the state.