The Barr Foundation in Boston has announced sixteen grants totaling $6.5 million in support of local and international initiatives.
In the area of Arts & Culture, the foundation awarded two grants totaling $700,000, including $500,000 to the New Dance Complex in operating support and to transform its Cambridge storefront into an ADA-accessible dance studio and revenue-generating event space. In support of education, Barr awarded three grants totaling $2.6 million, including $2 million to Boston After School & Beyond to strengthen partnerships and deepen the knowledge base contributing to its out-of-school-time program quality, and $400,000 to Strategies for Children to continue its work to strengthen early-education policy.
In its Climate program, the foundation awarded six grants totaling $2.4 million. Recipients include the Environmental League of Massachusetts, which will coordinate the Global Warming Solutions Project, a network of nonprofit organizations that monitors the state's implementation of clean-energy and climate policies, and the Clean Water Fund which will provide outreach, organizing, and education to help ensure that Massachusetts meets its climate goals.
In addition, the foundation awarded five grants totaling $800,000 through its Global program, including awards to the Fondation pour la Protection de la Biodiversité Marine for its work in the Parc National des Trois Baies in northeast Haiti; and the Global Footprint Network to enhance its sustainable development return on investment metric in India.