Barr Foundation Awards $16.6 Million in Grants

The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced third-quarter grants totaling $16.6 million in the areas of arts and creativity, climate, education, and cross-program initiatives.

Through its Arts and Creativity program, which invests in organizations working to become more adaptive and relevant and so as to better serve the region’s increasingly diverse population, the foundation awarded seven grants totaling $6 million. Recipients include WBUR, which was awarded $1 million to expand and diversify the content and contributors to its ARTery portal, a popular destination for news on Boston’s arts and culture scene; and Emerson College, which will receive $700,000 to upgrade the technology behind its HowlRound platform, a popular online destination for the Boston area’s theater community.

Through its Climate program, the foundation awarded twelve grants totaling nearly $2.7 million, including $500,000 to Ceres, a nonprofit organization that advocates for business leadership on sustainability and clean energy issues; $700,000 to Transportation for America in support of its efforts to help metropolitan planning organizations in Massachusetts and elsewhere incorporate greenhouse gas emissions reductions data into their decision-making; and $330,000 to the UMass Boston McCormack Graduate School in support of the second phase of its Climate Ready Boston program.

In the Education area, the foundation awarded fourteen grants totaling $6.9 million, including $2.2 million to Match Education to help scale its efforts to help young adults from low-income backgrounds earn a college degree and secure employment; and $1 million to uAspire to conduct and disseminate timely research on college affordability best practices, with a focus on low-income and first-generation students.

And in support of cross-program initiatives, the foundation awarded four grants totaling $700,000, including $225,000 to Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, which will use the grant to experiment in its approach to emergent issues in philanthropy, identify new approaches to advancing institutional change, and boost its presence and partnerships in New England.

"Barr Foundation Announces $16.6 Million in New Grants." Barr Foundation Press Release 09/26/2016.