Barr Foundation awards $4.15 million for racial equity, COVID relief

Barr Foundation awards $4.15 million for racial equity, COVID relief

The Barr Foundation has announced grants totaling $4.15 million to advance racial equity in greater Boston area communities hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Recipients include the King Boston Center for Economic Justice, which was awarded $1 million over four years in support of action-oriented solutions aimed at eliminating the economic and social inequities affecting Boston's communities of color; the City of Boston's new Office of Equity, which will receive $200,000 in support of strategic planning, research, and community outreach efforts designed to embed equity in the policies and practices of city agencies; the New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund, which was awarded $175,000 in support of capacity building and key infrastructure initiatives as well as its stakeholder engagement strategy; and the Forward Fund, a collaborative fund managed by King Boston, which will receive $100,000 to regrant to BIPOC-led grassroots organizations that provide direct services, engage in advocacy, and provide mutual aid.

The foundation also awarded a series of grants that double the amount and length of grants it made earlier this year in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Recipients include the Black Economic Council of Massachusetts ($150,000), Centro Presente ($75,000), GreenRoots ($125,000), the Rian Immigrant Center ($150,000), and the Urban Farming Institute of Boston ($75,000).