Friday, October 09, 2020

City of Boston - The Funding Update


The Funding Update



City of Boston, 11/16/2020
Boston Cultural Council grants are available to medium-sized organizations with budgets under $2 million. Grants support arts programming including music, film and video, folk and traditional art, visual art, theater, dance, humanities, literary arts, performance or time-based arts, social and civic practices, and multi-disciplinary arts. Max award: $5,000.

New this week: Craft Futures Fund, 10/31/2020
One-time, unrestricted grants of $5,000 will support craft-based education projects that seed resilience, foster community, and amplify impact. 

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.

Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 10/14/2020
COVID-19 Community Grants will engage community- and faith-based organizations in the development and delivery of effective messages and further support hard-hit communities with education, training, and funding to effectively meet their communities’ specific needs and build upon existing local and state efforts. 

City of Boston, 10/16/2020
Now seeking eligibility forms to be reviewed for Community Preservation Act applications. The scope of work must address affordable housing, open space, or the preservation of historic sites.

City of Boston, 10/28/2020
The Parks and Recreation Department requests proposals from an Urban Forest planning consultant to develop an equitable vision for the protection and expansion of the City's tree canopy goals.

New this week: Dining for Women, 10/24/2020
This giving circle invites Letters of Intent for projects that support women and girls living in extreme poverty in developing countries. Priorities: Education/Training; Health/Clean Water/Sanitation; Economic Empowerment; Healtjhy Environment; Food security/Regenerative Agriculture/Nutrition; Human Trafficking; Leadership Training/Advocacy. Grants will range from $25,000 to $35,000.


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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.

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.

The Mayor’s Office of Economic Development holds
Virtual Office Hours on Wednesdays from 11AM to 1PM.

Learn about becoming a City of Boston-certified Minority/Woman-Owned Business



New this week: US Department of Education, 11/4/2020
Center for Excellence grants encourage institutions of higher education to develop model programs to support veteran student success in postsecondary education by coordinating services to address the academic, financial, physical, and social needs of veteran students. Max award $450,000.

New this week: American Association of University Women, 11/1/2020 - 12/1/2020
American Fellowships support women scholars who are pursuing full-time study to complete dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research full time, or preparing research for publication for eight consecutive weeks.
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.
Community Action Grants support innovative programs that promote education and equity through projects focused on encouraging girls to select, before entering college, the physical sciences or engineering as a career.

New this week: BOKS, 11/30/2020
The Defenders of Physical Activity award ($10,000) will recognize one exemplary, existing BOKS program that not only changes the health and wellness of kids in their community but sets an example for other schools to do the same.

New this week: Samsung, 12/13/2020
The Solve for Tomorrow contest is designed to boost interest and proficiency in STEM, and challenges public school teachers and students in grades 6-12 to show how STEM can be applied to help improve their communities. Awards include Samsung technology packages. The competition opens with first-round ideas.

New this week: JAMS Foundation/Association for Conflict Resolution, 1/11/2021
The Initiative for Students and Youth provides grants for conflict prevention and dispute resolution programs for K-12 students and for adults working with youth populations in ways that directly transfer conflict resolution education skills from adults to youth. Grants will range from $15,000 to $40,000 in Year One.


New this week: Fit For Life Foundation, 11/23/2020
Every year, the Foundation awards grants of $100,000 each to 3 non-profit organizations or social enterprises that are pioneering projects to promote life-long fitness and health around the world.

New this week: Health Resources & Services Administration, 1/21/2021
Funding goal: to increase the supply of behavioral health professionals while also improving distribution of a quality behavioral health workforce and thereby increasing access to behavioral health services. A special focus is placed on the knowledge and understanding of children, adolescents, and transitional-aged youth at risk for behavioral health disorders. Max award: $480,000.

School-Based Healthcare Solutions Network, Open
Grants support under-resourced public and charter schools to implement and expand access to quality behavioral health and general pediatric services on school campuses. Community Grants (up to $100,000) require a 40% match. Principal Grants provide up to $5,000 per academic year to principals of K-12 schools in selected states, as well as a mental health professional to support student behavioral health services on campus. 


GrantStation offers a searchable database of COVID-19 funding.

This just in: Rockland Trust, 10/15/2020
Funding focus: Affordable Housing, Community Development, Education, Financial Literacy, Health and Human Services, Youth Programs. Awards range from $1,000 to $5,000.

New this week: Lawrence Foundation, 10/31/2020
Funding priorities: environment, human services, Covid-19 and other causes. Awards range from $5,000-$10,000.

New this week: Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, 11/10/2020
Grants support museums, cultural, and performing arts programs; schools, hospitals, educational and skills training programs, programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and their programs. Awards range from $1,000 to $20,000​

New this week: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 11/24/2020
The Foundation has issued a new call for proposals: Policies for Action: Public Policy Research to Advance Racial Equity and Racial Justice that will translate findings into actionable evidence about how, and how well, policies work to improve racial equity and racial justice. A total of $2M is available.

New this week: National Science Foundation, 1/29/2021
The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; education; mathematics; statistics; and social, behavioral, and economic sciences. Awards will range from $50,000 to $3M.

New this week: America Walks, 11/9/2020
The Community Change Grant supports the growing network of advocates, organizations, and agencies using innovative, engaging, and inclusive programs and projects to create change at the community level. Max award: $1,500.



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XPRIZE Challenge Ideation Workshop

In this session, the XPRIZE team will share the signature elements of competition design thinking. Pandemic Alliance Partners will break out into small groups to discuss COVID-19 solution gaps in key areas. The goal is to identify problems that could be solved through collaboration between Pandemic Alliance partners or through XPRIZE competitions.
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