星期四, 9月 17, 2020

City of Boston funding update



The Funding Update



New England Foundation for the Arts, Through October 2020

Public art grants focus on spatial justice in the time of COVID-19. Awards range from $2,000 to $10,000.

Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation, 10/1/2020
Grants support projects in arts education and general education. Max award: $7500. 

Shubert Foundation, 10/15/2020 to 12/22020

General operating grants support nonprofit, professional resident theatre and dance companies;  A limited number of development grants are also available.

New this week: GRAMMY Museum, 11/1/2020

Preservation Implementation grants of up to $20,000, and Assistance, Assessment, or Consultation grants of up to $5,000. The Scientific Research Projects category provides grants of up to $20,000 for research on the impact of music on the human condition. 

D’Addario Foundation, Open

Grants support programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing as early and as frequently as possible. Application process begins with a letter of inquiry.

Artists Relief, Open

To support artists during the COVID-19 crisis, a coalition of national arts grantmakers have come together to create an emergency initiative to offer financial ($5,000 grants) and informational resources to artists across the United States.

City of Boston, Open

Opportunity Fund grants enable artists to develop their careers and plan free arts-focused experiences and events throughout the city's neighborhoods.

The Creative Capital blog lists a variety of resources and opportunities.



City of Boston, Open
The Boston Resiliency Fund helps coordinate philanthropic efforts to provide essential services to Boston residents whose health and well-being are most immediately impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Funding priorities: providing food to Boston's children, families, and seniors; providing technology to Boston Public Schools students for remote learning; and providing support to first responders, front-line workers, and healthcare workers so they can effectively do their jobs and promote public health.

Life Comes From It, Open Process for Letters of Introduction
Grants ranging from $2500 to $25,000 support grassroots movement-building in restorative justice, transformative justice, and indigenous peacemaking, with work rooted in lived experience and relationships.

Groundswell Fund, Open
The Rapid Response Fund supports organizations on the frontlines, defending the most vulnerable communities with timely, flexible grants with an emphasis on funding in states and communities where women of color, transgender people of color, and low-income women and trans people-led organizing is under-resourced. Grants range from $1,500 to $15,000. 

New this week: Eastern Bank Foundation, Open
Grants are available in multiple categories for both nonprofits and informal groups.

People's United Bank, 10/1/2020

Community Grants support social, health and youth services, affordable housing, education, arts and culture, and low-to moderate-income individuals.

Clif Bar Family Foundation, 10/1/2020

Grants support projects that protect Earth's beauty and bounty; create robust, healthy food systems; increase opportunities for outdoor activity; reduce environmental health hazards; and/or build stronger communities.Grants are awarded for general organizational support as well as for specific projects.

Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, 10/1/2020 to 11/1/2020
Urban and Community Forestry Challenge Grants support professional management of a municipality's public tree resources through public/private partnerships. Local tree departments and citizen tree groups are specifically encouraged to apply. 

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Please be aware of significant changes to the naturalization application. Starting October 2, the cost will increase from $725 to $1,200, and the fee waiver will be eliminated for most low-income residents. USCIS is also increasing the permanent residence (green card) application fee. In addition, there will now be a fee to apply for asylum.
The Boston Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement encourages eligible Boston immigrants to APPLY FOR CITIZENSHIP BEFORE OCTOBER 2.  CONTACT PROJECT CITIZENSHIP at 617-694-5949 for free, high-quality legal help with their application.  


Confirm your City of Boston residency here, as part of the annual city census. This also protects your voting rights.

Learn More About Voter Registration and the 2020 Election Process Here.




City of Boston, Open
The Reopen Boston Fund was established to help small businesses minimize risk and manage economic recovery. Eligible costs include Personal Protective Equipment, safety partitions for customers and employees, and managing outdoor space that’s approved for business use. The grants are for brick-and-mortar businesses, with fewer than 15 employees, where people work close to each other or to customers.

New this week: Boston Local Development Corporation, Open
The Standard BLDC Loan Fund is available for existing businesses, new
ventures, and businesses relocating to Boston. Loans range from $25,000 to $150,000. The Backstreets Boston Back-up Loan Program provides financing of up to $250,000 for Boston companies in the industrial and manufacturing sectors. Also, BLDC recently received a $693,000 CARES Act Recovery Assistance grant from the Economic Development Administration at the US Department of Commerce to capitalize and administer a Revolving Loan Fund to provide loans to coronavirus-impacted small businesses in Boston. For more information, contact Bill Nickerson or Gisella Soriano.

Lowe's/LISC Small Grants for Businesses

Grants of $20,000 are available to small business owners to help meet their most immediate needs. Eligible expenses include: payroll, rent and utilities, outstanding debt to vendors, technology or infrastructure upgrades, and other immediate operational costs.

Short Deadline: Coalition to Back Black Businesses, 9/21/2020
Each year, 280 grants of $5,000 are awarded to support Black-owned small businesses. Additional support includes Mentorship, Enhancement Grants ($25,000), and Online Resources. Applicant businesses must be located in an economically vulnerable community. The application process begins with a 10-question expression of interest.

Citizens Bank, Open

Sponsorships are considered from a wide range of organizations. The bank encourages creativity and innovation to develop partnerships that are of mutual benefit to community organizations and the bank.

Equality Can’t Wait Challenge, Now through 9/22/2020

Pivotal Ventures, Melinda Gates’ investment and incubation company, with additional support from MacKenzie Bezos, will award $30 million to help expand women’s power and influence in the United States by 2030. Grants will be awarded to the organizations or coalitions of organizations with the most compelling proposals. The organizational assessment period is underway now through August.

Kazanjian Economics Foundation, 9/10/2020
Funding focus: economics education. Applicants must have 5 years of operating experience. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Environmental Protection Agency, 9/22/2020 to 10/28/2020
The Brownfields Program provides direct funding for brownfields assessment, cleanup, revolving loans, environmental job training, technical assistance, training, and research. Multiple funding opportunities are available.

Hello Alice, 9/25/2020
$250,000 in growth grants will be awarded to Business for All applicants, as a critical step towards tackling entrepreneurs’ single greatest barrier to success: access to capital.

Cigna Foundation, 9/30/2020
The Healthier Kids For Our Future global program will provide up $5 million in grants to community-based organizations over the next year.

US Economic Development Administration, 10/4/2020

STEM Talent Challenge grants will support efforts to boost local STEM talent and workforce development models across the nation’s growing innovation economies. Max award: $300,000



School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network, Open
Grants will support licensed mental health professionals to coordinate behavioral health services utilizing Telehealth technology and academic coordination activities with school administration in collaboration with school district designated program personnel. Max award: $250,000. Funding is available until depleted.

National Endowment for the Humanities, 9/30/2020 
Humanities Connections grants support partnerships among humanities faculty and their counterparts in the business, engineering, health sciences, law, computer science, and other technology-driven fields, in order to encourage and develop new integrative learning opportunities for students. Awards range from $35,000 to $100,000.

Nellie Mae Foundation, 9/30/2020

Rapid Response: Educators for Black Lives grants support educators who have been at the forefront of facilitating necessary and courageous conversations and practices centered on eradicating anti-Blackness in their virtual classrooms, schools, and communities across New England.

Nordstrom, 10/1/2020
Grants support programs that care for kids and empower youth and benefit a local community served by Nordstrom. Max award: $25K.

New this week: Toshiba America Foundation, 10/1/2020 
Seeking applications from K - 5 teachers for innovative STEM projects. Max award $1,000.


Institute of Museum and Library Services, 10/2/2020 
The Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program supports developing a diverse workforce of librarians to better meet the changing learning and information needs of the American public.

Nellie Mae Foundation, 10/22/2020
Educators for Black Lives Matter - grants will support organizing; holding classroom, school, educator, and/or community conversations; culturally responsive training sessions for schools or districts; culturally sensitive therapy/community healing; activities intended to center Black youth and families; attending trainings or conferences. Max award: $30,000. 

New this week: First Nations Development Institute, 10/22/2020
The Luce Indigenous Knowledge Fellowship program will honor and support a cohort of 10 outstanding Native knowledge holders and knowledge makers engaged in meaningful work that will ultimately lead to broad, transformative impacts for Indigenous communities. Award: $50,000.

Coca Cola Scholars Foundation, 10/31/2020

High school seniors are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. 150 scholarships of $20,000 each. Additional scholarship programs and resources are listed on the website.

AAUW, 11/15/2020
Career Development Grants provide funding to women who hold a bachelor’s degree and are preparing to advance or change careers or re-enter the workforce in education, health and medical sciences, or social sciences. Primary consideration is given to women of color and women pursuing their first advanced degree or credentials in nontraditional fields. Awards range from $2,000 to $12,000. Additional funding opportunities are listed on the website.

New this week: NEA Foundation, 12/1/2020
Applications are now being accepted for Learning & Leadership Grants that promote professional development, as well as Student Success Grants. Awards range from $2,000 to $5000. Additional funding opportunities are listed on the For Educators page.

National Endowment for the Humanities, 12/16/2020
The Public Scholars program offers grants to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to publication.  Writers with or without an academic affiliation may apply, and no advanced degree is required. Awards: $5,000 per month for 6 - 12 months.

National Science Foundation, 12/15/2020 to 1/28/2021
The Computer and Information Science and Engineering Community Research Infrastructure program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of Computing and Communication Foundations; Computer and Network Systems; and Information and Intelligent Systems.

Lexmark, Open
Funding focus: educational excellence/STEM, diversity, and employee volunteerism.

Brown Rudnick, Ongoing

Community Grants simultaneously 1) encourage those involved broadly with the Brown Rudnick Center for the Public Interest to actively think about the educational needs in the communities of Boston, 2) recognize, encourage and collaborate with the front-line educators who often do not have a voice in funding decisions; and 3) provide funding to assist with small, concrete projects or needs which will improve education in underserved communities, within a year of the grant award. 

ECMC Foundation, Open
Funding priority: requests that address the immediate challenges and opportunities arising from the pandemic, with emphasis on implementing systemic reforms to increase college success and career readiness for students from underserved backgrounds.


Cigna Foundation, Open
For World of Difference grants, the funding focus is Health Equity: helping people overcome barriers to their health and well-being related to factors such as ethnicity, race, gender, age, geography, or economics. Additional priority is given to community health navigation projects. Average grant: $25,000.

One Young World, Open
The COVID-19 Young Leaders Fund supports young leaders around the world who are tackling the COVID-19 pandemic on the front lines. 

New this week: National Institutes of Health, 10/18/2020 - 6/15/2022
The HEAL Initiative: Non-addictive Analgesic Therapeutics Development to Treat Pain  is a milestone-driven, phased cooperative agreement program involving participation of NIH program staff in the development of the project plan and monitoring of research progress.

Papoose Conservation Wildlife Foundation, 10/1/2020

Funding focus: wildlife science and children’s experiences in nature. Goal: to help children become the scientists of tomorrow working to preserve wildlife diversity. Max award: $5,000. 

US Health Resources and Services Administration, 10/6/2020
Healthy Tomorrows Partnership for Children grants support innovative, community-based initiatives to improve the health status of infants, children, adolescents, and families in rural and other underserved communities.
Average award: $50,000.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 10/7/2020
Community Solutions for Health Equity grants will focus on elevating the voices that have been left out of discussions when local health care systems in the United States are creating policy. RWJF will award 9 grants of $300,000.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 10/15/2020 (Round One)
The Culture of Health Prize elevates compelling stories of places throughout the country where residents are working together to transform education, jobs, transportation, housing, and more so that better health flourishes for all. Up to 10 winning communities will each receive a $25,000 cash prize and have their success stories shared broadly, with the goal of raising awareness and inspiring locally-driven change across the United States.

LiveStrong, 10/16/2020 Letters of Interest
Funding priorities include post-treatment care, patient and caregiver education, comprehensive quality of life services, and streamlining systems and care. Awards range from $5,000 to  $20,000.

Fundación MAPFRE, 10/30/2020

Ignacio H. de Larramendi Research Grants support health promotion strategies such as obesity prevention, patient education, physical injury assessment, and health management. This is a worldwide competition. Max award: $30,000 euros.

AIDS United, Rolling

The Relief, Recovery, and Resilience Fund is currently supporting nonprofit organizations that are experiencing challenges meeting the needs of people living with, and at risk for, HIV and AIDS because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The focus of the Fund is on access to HIV care, housing, food, etc. Priority populations: people who use drugs or communities of color, especially Black communities  Max award: $15,000.  Applications will be reviewed as long as funds are available. 


Massachusetts Service Alliance

COVID-19 Resiliency, 9/14/2020
Grants of up to $4,000 will support volunteer community service projects and volunteer capacity-building initiatives.
Youth Development Volunteer Initiative, 9/18/2020
Grants of up to $10,000 will support capacity-building opportunities to nonprofits and Volunteer Connector Organizations to better engage volunteers in youth development programming.
AmeriCorps, 9/4 - 9/25/2020
Grants support members who engage in community service interventions to strengthen communities.

New this week: People's United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts, 10/1/2020
Funding priorities: Affordable Housing, Arts and Culture, Education, Social and Youth Services. Geographic restrictions apply.

HAND Foundation, 10/1/2020

Grants support organizations working to reduce and prevent child sex abuse. Grants range from $5,000 to $150,000. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry. 

New this week: Impact Fund, 10/6/2020
Grants support nonprofit legal service providers, private attorneys, and/or small law firms seeking to advance justice in the areas of civil rights, human rights, anti-poverty, and environmental justice cases that affect a marginalized group. Grants typically range between $10,000 and $50,000, primarily for class actions, but multi-plaintiff and environmental justice cases are encouraged.

New this week: Santander Bank, 10/15/2020
Funding priorities: Community Development Financial Institutions, Economic and Workforce Development, Affordable Housing, and Financial Education and Inclusion. Funding focus: programs that make a measurable difference in the lives of low- and moderate-income individuals and communities. Average award: $30,000

Ben & Jerry's Foundation, 10/15/2020
Social Justice grants support grassroots organizations & movements throughout the U.S. working to change underlying conditions in order to bring about a more equitable society. Max award: $25,000.

Community Consulting Teams, 10/16/2020

Midsize nonprofits, often at a stage of re-focusing or new growth, face one or more challenging business issues, and can often benefit from pro bono business consulting services. By working with a CCT project team, nonprofits can increase their capacity to address the causes they serve and improve sustainability.

New this week: Resist, 12/4/2020
Grants ($4,000) support community organizing and anti-racism projects, economic justice, environmental protection, LGBTQ rights, labor organizing, and Native American organizing, among others.

Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation, Open
The Foundation is awarding $1M in emergency hunger relief grants for underserved communities in 2020.

New this week: National Endowment for the Humanities, 1/15/2021
Digital Humanities Advancement grants support  Articles; Digital Materials and Publication; Workshops; Reports; Teaching Resources; Digital Infrastructure; Software. Awards range from $50,000 to $325,000.

New this week: Agnes M. Lindsay Trust, Open
Funding Priorities: Health and Welfare, Dental/Oral Health, Camp Scholarships, Education, and Homeless Shelters, our newest initiative. Special focus on Food Pantries. Applicants must be located in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont. For new applicants, the process begins with a Letter of Inquiry.

New this week: Cornell Douglas Foundation, Open
Funding focus: environmental health and justice. Grants generally range from $15,000 to $50,000

GrantStation offers a searchable database of COVID-19 funding.



Connecting Communities to Opportunity

Courtesy of Winn Companies
Use CONNECT to search for free and reduced cost services like food, healthcare, job opportunities, benefits enrollment, rent assistance and more.

Family Resources

Emergency Childcare
Good Neighbors
Coping Skills for Youth

Harvard Business School Community Action Partners 
Now seeking nonprofit clients for pro bono consulting projects. Alumni from Harvard's Business and Kennedy schools offer expertise in strategic and business planning, market research and marketing strategy, financial planning and analysis, board development and governance, and organizational development. In response to the ongoing pandemic, CAP is offering SHORT (2-4 months) and CLASSIC consulting projects. The 9/11/2020 deadline may be extended upon request. Contact CAP Executive Director, Kathy Le: info[at]cap-hbsab[dot]org 

Microsoft Digital Skills Center for Nonprofits - a collaboration with TechSoup Courses

Boston Public Library

Appointments are now available to use computers.
Career Skills Workshops are available via ZOOM
Resume Writing: September 21
Happiness: September 25

How to Find Monthly Donors and Grow Your Monthly Giving Program
Courtesy of Donor Perfect

WEBINAR: Walk Your Talk: Anti-Racist Grantmaking for White Funders
9/21/2020 at 1:15 PM Eastern
Courtesy of Camelback Ventures
Learn more, RSVP, and submit a question for the panel here.

WEBINAR: Grant Writers,
9/22/2020 at 2PM Eastern

Courtesy of GrantStation
Learn how to increase your expertise in grant research, proposal writing, grant management, and strategic planning, no matter your level of expertise or role in your organization.

WEBINAR: Introduction to Project Budgets
9/23/2020 at 2PM Eastern

Courtesy of Candid.

WEBINAR: Giving Tuesday and Welcome Wednesday:
Tips, Strategies, and Templates

eptember 29, 2020 at 1PM Eastern
Courtesy of Donor Perfect

Learn how to stand out on Giving Tuesday and turn new donors into long-term advocates by celebrating Welcome Wednesday with the same enthusiasm through a dynamic and engaging new donor welcome series.

One on One: A Giving Pledge Donor Calls for Change in a Time of Tumult
9/30/2020 at 2PM Eastern

Courtesy of The Chronicle of Philanthropy

Mel King Institute

Expand your knowledge on community development topics through virtual training courses.

Fundraising Tactics During Unprecedented Times

Courtesy of Salesforce/The Chronicle of Philanthropy
Nonprofit pros offer tips on how to keep your organization running during a global crisis.

Visit the Intergovernmental Relations Resource Page for a wide variety of  fundraising tips, along with back issues of The Funding Update.