The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced fourth-quarter grants totaling $19.3 million in the areas of arts and creativity, climate, education, cross-program initiatives, and special initiatives.
Through its Arts and Creativity program, the foundation awarded fifteen grants totaling nearly $12.2 million, including $2 million to Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, which will support the efforts of ArtPlace America to build a strong national field of creative placemaking and strengthen practice and strategic partnerships in Massachusetts. Through its Climate program, the foundation awarded ten grants totaling nearly $2.1 million, including $100,000 to E4TheFuture to support the development of a clean energy microgrid in Worcester; $30,000 to the Vermont Energy Investment Corporation to develop modular homes that achieve net-zero carbon emissions; and $300,000 to the Marion Institute, which will support three Bus Rapid Transit pilots serving more than thirty thousand riders in Arlington, Everett, Cambridge, and Watertown.
Through its Education program, the foundation awarded eight grants totaling $2.9 million, including $300,000 to Central Falls School District in Rhode Island in support of a redesign of an instructional program at Central Falls High School aimed at improving student achievement and better meeting the needs of all learners; $300,000 to Waltham Public Schools for a redesign planning process that seeks to transform the student experience at Waltham High School; and $150,000 to the Boston Foundation in support of a public/private partnership aimed at dramatically increasing the pace and scale of change in education for all residents of Boston. The foundation also awarded sixteen grants totaling $3.9 million in support of its Cross-Program Initiatives, including up to $1.2 million in support of professional and organizational development activities for its 2017 Barr Fellows, as well as organizational costs associated with each fellow's sabbatical and exploratory projects.
And through its Boston Waterfront Initiative, the foundation awarded six grants totaling $530,000 in support of community-engagement and constituency-building efforts designed to advance a long-term vision for the redevelopment of the city's the waterfront. New partners in this initiative include the American Cities Coalition, Artists for Humanity, the Fort Point Neighborhood Association, Friends of the East Boston Greenway, Harborkeepers, and the Mystic River Watershed Association.