The Boston Foundation has announced quarterly grants totaling $4.3 million to nonprofits working to expand opportunities in the greater Boston area.
The second-quarter grants include nineteen single and multiyear discretionary grants ($2,160,375); twenty-five single-year Open Door grants ($541,500); and small, between-cycle discretionary grants awarded through other programs ($1,615,356).
Discretionary grants awarded in the areas of arts and culture, education, health and wellness, and jobs and economic development include $300,000 over three years to EdVestors in support of the Boston Public Schools Arts Expansion Initiative, an effort to deliver better educational outcomes for all students in Boston; $400,000 over three years to the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association in support of the organization's efforts to advocate for conditions that enable the charter sector to thrive; $100,000 to Health Care for All to assess and promote meaningful collaboration between MassHealth Accountable Care Organizations and local community-based organizations; and $300,000 over three years to Per Scholas, which provides accelerated, full-time training in IT support and a full-time, tuition-free opportunity leading to professional certifications.
Open Door grants include $47,000 to the University of Massachusetts Foundation in support of the Massachusetts Prisoner Pre-Release Re-Entry Mediation Pilot Extension, which, with the goal of reducing recidivism and homelessness, seeks to ensure that appropriate pre-release planning for prisoners with their community connections takes place and that realistic, workable agreements are developed. And grants awarded through the Boston Foundation Grassroots Fund include $15,000 to the New Democracy Coalition in support of its nonpartisan Boston Voter Education Project and Mountain Top Collaborative.
"With this round of grants, the Boston Foundation continues our efforts to support organizations that expand opportunities to new groups in Greater Boston," said Boston Foundation president and CEO Paul S. Grogan. "At a time when the tight job market opens doors for people with the right training to access our twenty-first century economy, many of these grants are an investment in ensuring everyone in Boston has ways to access these opportunities."