The Barr Foundation in Boston has announced grants totaling $1.26 million in support of New England communities under threat and to ensure a fair and accurate 2020 Census count in the region.
Awarded through the New England Civil Rights Fund, a special initiative established by the foundation in 2017, the grants will help fund organizations working in support of, and in partnership with, immigrants and refugees, Muslims, communities of color, and LGBTQ communities to bolster civil rights protections and strengthen communities' capacity to respond to new challenges.
Grant recipients include African Community Education in Worcester, Massachusetts, which was awarded an operating support grant of $80,000; the Boston Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth, which will receive $100,000 to bolster its support for the statewide Alliance of Gay and Lesbian Youth Network; the Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, which will receive $100,000 to help underwrite its support for the Immigration Strategic Funders Collaborative of Connecticut; and Kids In Need of Defense in Washington, D.C., which was awarded $100,000 in support of its New England-based activities.
"We live in times that compel us to work differently," wrote James E. Canales, the foundation's president, in a blog post. "At a moment when so many of our neighbors are targeted and marginalized as a direct result of the policies and directives of our current president and his administration, we cannot pretend it is business as usual."