The Boston Foundation has announced quarterly grants totaling $12.5 million to nonprofits working to expand opportunity in the greater Boston area.
Awards issued in the first quarter of the fiscal year that began on July 1 include nearly $1.6 million in single- and multiyear discretionary grants to nineteen organizations, $11.3 million in between-cycle discretionary grants, and $200,000 in grants awarded through the Free for All Fund, which supports classical and orchestral music events and performances.
Discretionary grants awarded by the foundation were focused on efforts to address systemic racism and job inequities through support for advocacy and workforce-related programs. The grants include awards of $350,000 to SkillWorks, which provides resources focused on expanding employer engagement and job quality for graduates of workforce development programs; $150,000 to the Business Equity Fund, in support of efforts to provide "patient" investment capital to minority-owned businesses; $175,000 to MASSCreative, in support of its advocacy for increased investment in arts and culture at the local, state, and federal levels; $150,000 to the New Commonwealth Racial Justice and Social Equity Fund, which is focused on addressing systemic racism and racial inequality; and $75,000 to the Citizens' Housing and Planning Association, which works to encourage the production and preservation of affordable housing for low- and moderate-income families and individuals.
Free for All Fund grants include $25,000 to A Far Cry, a self-conducted orchestra that rotates leadership among the members of the orchestra; and $50,000 to Boston Baroque, an ensemble that performs baroque and classical music using period instruments and performance techniques that reflect the period in which the music was composed. Additional grants include $10,000 to the American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Massachusetts for The Future We Dare Create: Rally with Angela Davis, and $25,000 to the Latina Circle to provide technical assistance to Latinx-owned businesses.
"The pandemic has put a significant strain on nonprofits [in the region], but they are attacking it with creativity, innovation, and determination," said Boston Foundation president and CEO Paul S. Grogan. "These grants, in combination with our targeted COVID-19 support grants and the unprecedented generosity of our community of donors, are providing critical resources in support of organizations having a tremendous impact in difficult times."
(Photo credit: SkillWorks)