The Barr Foundation in Boston has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling $13.7 million.
In the fourth quarter, the foundation awarded four grants totaling nearly $925,000 through its Arts & Creativity program, including $725,000 to National Arts Strategies to build on the successful pilot of its Creative Community Fellows: New England, a program serving twenty-five emerging to mid-career changemakers from across New England who are driving physical and social transformation in their communities using an arts and culture-based approach. Through its Climate program, the foundation awarded fourteen grants totaling $5.2 million, including $1 million to the University of Massachusetts Foundation in support of climate resilience research, convenings, and pilot projects at the university’s Sustainable Solutions Lab. And through its Education program, the foundation awarded fourteen grants totaling $5.9 million, including $750,000 to College Bound Dorchester in support for Boston Uncornered, a program focused on getting gang-involved youth on the path to college, and $400,000 to the Teacher Collaborative, which brings educators in the state together to collaborate on solutions to common challenges.
In addition, the foundation awarded four grants totaling $585,000 through its Sector Effectiveness program, including $100,000 to Philanthropy Massachusetts (formerly Associated Grant Makers, Inc.) to help implement a new strategic plan aimed at fostering networked and collaborative philanthropy in the state. And it awarded a $35,000 grant to Open Impact to produce a practical guide for foundations, conveners, and facilitators aimed at sustaining cross-sector leadership networks in support of community goals.
(Photo credit: National Arts Strategies)