The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling $21 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 eight grants totaling $6.8 million, including $525,000 to Edvestors to design and implement the next phase of the Boston Public Schools Expansion, a multiyear effort to expand quality arts education within the Boston public school district. Through its Climate program, the foundation awarded seventeen grants totaling $7.1 million, including $50,000 to the U.S. Green Building Council—Massachusetts Chapter in support of a green building analysis and efforts to increase the number of net-zero energy buildings in the region; $50,000 to the National Association of State Energy Officials in support of the third annual U.S. Energy and Employment Report; and $100,000 to the Metropolitan Area Planning Council to develop a successor to the MetroFuture regional plan.
Through its Education program, the foundation awarded fourteen grants totaling $6.7 million, including $400,000 to the Preparatory Foundation to help boost enrollment at Boston Preparatory Charter School, and $3.5 million to EDUCAUSE to support implementation of Mass IDEAS (Innovating Design in Education for All Students), a Next Generation Learning Challenges initiative focused on designing and launching innovative school models in the state.
And through its Cross-Program Initiatives area, the foundation awarded four grants totaling $595,000, including $225,000 to the Building Movement Project in support of research on the underrepresentation of people of color in nonprofit leadership roles and $250,000 to Independent Sector.
The foundation also awarded three Special Initiatives grants totaling $2.3 million, including two grants related to its Waterfront Initiative. A $900,000 grant to Boston Harbor Now will provide core support for the planning, advocacy, and public activation needed to create a harbor district that benefits all Bostonians, while a $1.2 million grant to the Conservation Law Foundation will support a multiyear advocacy and communications campaign to raise public awareness of climate threats posed by unchecked waterfront development and build a coalition to advocate for public access and climate-resilient construction in all waterfront projects.