Wednesday, January 16, 2019

City of Boston funding updates


The Funding Update


Multi-Arts Production Fund, 2/15/2019
Funding focus: original live performance projects that embody a spirit of deep inquiry, particularly works created by artists who question, disrupt, complicate, and challenge inherited notions of social and cultural hierarchy. Grants range from $10,000 to $45,000.


Seventh Generation Fund, 2/1/2019
This Indigenous identity-based organization is dedicated to the self-determination of Native Peoples and the sovereignty of distinct Nations. It mobilizes financial, technical, and informational resources directly to Native communities to empower action. Funding categories: a) Thriving Women; b) Land Defender and Water Protector; c) Community Empowerment and Cultural Vitality; d) Traveling Song Initiative; e) Mini Grants. Grants range from $250 to $50,000.

Massachusetts Census Equity Fund, 3/1/2019
MCEF seeks to increase participation in the 2020 Census in communities that are at significant risk of being undercounted. The grant program will support community based organizations to educate, organize and empower residents in hard-to-count communities. Grants will range from $5,000 to $20,000; some grants in higher amounts may be awarded.

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Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office, 2/8/2019
The Trauma-Informed Care for Young Children Grant Program is geared specifically toward funding training and other efforts to improve the capacity of early education and care providers to address the needs of children experiencing trauma. A total of $355,000 is available.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation of Massachusetts, 2/15/2019
Special Initiatives grants provide one-time support for innovative projects that expand access to healthcare for low-income consumers. Funding priorities: protecting the availability of coverage and care for the most vulnerable people in the state; supporting linkages between social services in housing and food security and healthcare. Maximum grant: $50,000

Massachusetts Department of Public Health, 2/20/2019
Funding focus: gun violence among youth living in high-crime communities. Funding goals: 1) Address disparities/inequities in exposure to gun violence; 2) Promote/enhance effective services to reduce violence; 3) Support behavioral health programming. Grants range from $250,000-$600,000.


Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development has posted a Request for Information relative to the Emergency Assistance Program to inform an upcoming Request for Responses. Homes For Families offers a thoughtful analysis of how this process is intended to work.


The Boston Foundation, 1/25/2019
Seeking Equality Fund proposals that address unmet or under-met needs, issues or problems facing LGBTQ+ populations in Massachusetts. Maximum grant: $20,000

United Way, 1/25/2019 Intent to Apply
Funding priorities: housing, jobs, financial well-being, school readiness, college/career success. The Venture Fund is a catalyst for getting promising new ideas for driving population-level change into practice. A competitive, juried selection process will result in up to 4 awards of up to $75,000 each to nonprofits that have the experience, community presence, and relationships to approach a big problem in a new way, but need funding and a thought partner to bring that idea to life.

Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation, 2/7/2019
Small Capital Grants support one-time expenses that directly enhance a nonprofit’s ability to serve its clients and achieve its mission. Grants may be used for facility improvements, vehicles, equipment purchases, and other non-expendable assets. Grants range from $10,000-$50,000.

Bigglesworth Family Foundation, 2/14/2019
Multiple CYSTEM funding opportunities to increase diversity in the Interactive Software industry:
a) I & R Grants target projects that allow sector leaders to test new models that have the potential to help their individual organizations and when replicated, to help their peer organizations. 
b) Recruitment and Retention Grants focus on the recruitment and retention of individuals from underrepresented communities. 
c) Advocacy Grants fund efforts to support the diversification of the Industry. 
d) Organizational Development Access Grants seek to strengthen an organization's ability to efficiently deliver services to clients.

NBCUniversal Foundation, 2/15/2019
Funding Ctegories: Community Engagement, Culture of Inclusion,
Next Generation Storytellersand Youth Education.

World of Children Award, 3/31/2019
The program was created to recognize individuals who make a difference in the lives of children in the United States and across the globe, regardless of political, religious, or geographical boundaries.The Awards honor individuals in categories that include Protection, Education, Humanitarian, Health, and Youth. Awards range from $25,000 to $50,000


NEA Foundation, 2/4/2019
The Global Learning Fellowship provides global education professional development opportunities for K-12 public school educators.

Also availablefrom NEA: Student Achievement Grants for classroom resources - deadline 2/1/2019. Grants range from $2000 to $5000.

Kuehn Charitable Foundation, 2/11/2019
The 2019-2021 Kuehn Fellowship offers a two-year placement with a Greater Boston housing non-profit.

FEDERAL GRANTS - Subject to Availability of Funds

Office on Violence Against Women, 2/13/2019
Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations support direct services and capacity-building. Grants range from $400,000 to $450,000.

Environmental Protection Agency, 2/15/2019
Environmental Justice Small Grants support and empower communities working on solutions to local environmental and public health issues. Maximum grant: $30,000         


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