The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced third-quarter grants totaling $18.5 million in support of organizations working in the areas of climate change, education, and the arts.
Through its Arts & Creativity program, the foundation awarded eight grants totaling nearly $2 million, including a grant of $1.3 million to the Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MassDevelopment) in support of local arts and cultural activities in Attleboro, Barnstable, Chelsea, Chicopee, Everett, Leominster, Lynn, Malden, Methuen, Peabody, Quincy, Revere, Salem, Taunton, and Westfield. Through its Climate program, the foundation awarded twenty-five grants totaling $6.9 million, including a grant of $800,000 to Smart Growth America in support of its Transportation for America program and efforts to inform federal transportation policy, and a grant of $225,000 to the Alliance for Business Leadership in support of its efforts to encourage progressive business leadership in the areas of transportation solutions, housing, and climate change. And through its Education program, the foundation awarded twenty-six grants totaling $7.5 million, including a grant of $750,000 to Holyoke Public Schools in support of the ongoing implementation of a redesigned high school model aimed at preparing students for post-graduation opportunities.
In addition, through its Special Initiatives program, the foundation awarded twenty-four grants totaling $1.8 million, including grants totaling $1.36 million to nonprofit organizations working to support Black communities impacted by COVID-19.