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Thursday, October 22, 2020

City of Boston Funding Update

 

CITY of BOSTON

The Funding Update

 

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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: Classics for Kids Foundation, 12/31/2020
Matching grants are available to K-12 schools and nonprofit organizations to help purchase stringed instruments.

Mass Cultural Council, 1/15/2021
MassDevelopment is pleased to approve the opening of another round of the Cultural Facilities Fund, a critical resource for helping cultural organizations across the Commonwealth build, renovate, and improve their facilities – including through upgrades that address COVID-19-related health and safety infrastructure needs. 


The Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture lists additional funding resources here.


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.


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.


Beacon Hill Community Fund, 11/1/2020
Funding priorities: Arts and Education, Youth Sports and Recreation, Day Care Centers, Playgrounds, activities for Seniors and persons with Special Needs and Disabilities, Community Gardens and Spaces, Affordable Housing, Social Services, and other activities that serve the public interest. Grants range from $500 to $10,000. 


Act now: City of Boston, 11/9/2020
Youth Development Fund grants are available through the Mayor’s offices of Public Safety and Health & Human Services. Funding priorities: violence prevention, intervention, or response services. Max award: $100,000.

New this week: National Geographic Society, 11/15/2020
The COVID-19 Emergency Fund for Journalists is intended to support journalists worldwide who are delivering news to underserved populations, particularly where there is a dearth of evidence-based information getting to those who need it. Grants range from $1,000 to $8,000.

New this week: Haymarket People’s Fund, 12/2/2020
Funding objective: strengthening the movement for social justice throughout New England. Funding categories: Sustaining Grants and Urgent Response Grants. Use of funds: General Operating and Project-Specific. Awards range from $4,000 to $10,000.

New this week: US Department of Labor, 12/31/2020
Stand Down grants of $7,000 or $10,000 will support one- to three-day events that connect homeless veterans to supplies and services, such as food, shelter, clothing, health screenings and VA Social Security benefits counseling. Veterans can also receive referrals to other assistance such as health care, housing solutions, employment, substance use treatment and mental health counseling. Stand Downs are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, the Department of Labor, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers.

New this week: Citizens Bank, Open
Funding priorities: hunger/food insecurity; money management/financial literacy; economic development; job training; small business development; affordable housing; neighborhood revitalization. Funding focus: direct service to low- or moderate-income populations. 


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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. 

Act now: City of Boston, Open
The Rental Relief Fund will help income-eligible tenants in the City of Boston who do not have access to expanded unemployment benefits, or because of the nature of their jobs, the unemployment benefits they will receive represent a significant reduction in their actual income. Application materials are available in multiple languages.

New this week: The US Small Business Administration has released a simpler loan forgiveness application for Paycheck Protection Program loans of $50,000 or less. Here are the instructions. 

Act now: Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, 11/12/2020
COVID-19 grants help businesses adversely impacted by the pandemic. Preference will be given to small businesses whose owners are women, minorities, veterans, and members of other underrepresented groups, who are focused on serving Gateway Cities and those most negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Preference will also be given to applicants that have not been able to receive aid from other federal programs related to COVID-19.

New this week: US Department of Commerce, 12/3/2020
The SPRINT Challenge seeks to rapidly address the economic, health, and safety risks caused by the COVID-19 pandemic through entrepreneurship and innovation. Registration is now open for the webinar on 10/28/2020 at 2PM Eastern, which will provide a strategic overview, highlight program goals, and address technical application questions. Awards range from $500,000 to $750,000.


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

 

Bezos Scholars Program, 1/11/2021
Seeking passionate and intellectually curious young people who are rising leaders in their schools and communities. Student applicants are required to identify and a trusted adult from their school to become their educator nominee. A formal recommendation is also required.

National Science Foundation, 1/15/2021 and Continuing
Law & Science grants support research that explores connections between human behavior and law, legal institutions, or legal processes; or the interactions of law and basic sciences, including biology, computer and information sciences, STEM education, engineering, geosciences, and math and physical sciences. Past awards have ranged from $25,000 to $1M.


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.


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: Sanofi Genzyme, 11/15/2020
Requests for Community Relations Contributions are reviewed quarterly; applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

New this week: Movember, 11/23/2020
In partnership with The Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride, Movember is proud to announce a new mental health grants funding program in support of First Responders, as well as their families. Grants will support current programs showing promise in improving the mental health of men and to build the evidence for effective interventions.

New this week: National Institutes of Health, 12/1/2020
Community Interventions to Address the Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Health Disparity and Vulnerable Populations grants support implementation and evaluation of community interventions that test the impacts of mitigation strategies to prevent COVID-19 transmission in NIH-designated health disparity populations and other vulnerable groups. The program also supports the implementation or evaluation of existing, new, or adapted interventions to address the adverse psychosocial, behavioral, and socioeconomic consequences of the pandemic on the health of these groups. This R-01 grant allows for multiple, distinct submissions, and also re-submissions. Pre-award costs are allowed. Max budget: $500,000.


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.


Act now: Borealis Philanthropy
The goal of the REACH Fund is to resource racial equity practitioners - the individuals and institutions working closely with nonprofit groups on the ground to advance their racial equity work internally and externally - who are independent consultants, a team of individual consultants, capacity building organizations, or firms.

New this week: Temper of the Times Foundation, 12/15/2020
Grants support marketing concepts to increase awareness about wildland ecosystem conservation and restoration initiatives. Grants range from $5,000 to $15,000.


Bank of America and Philanthropy Massachusetts, 11/18/2020
The Nonprofit Learning Institute is a series of technical assistance and capacity building sessions with the goal of fostering and empowering leaders in the Massachusetts nonprofit sector. Funding focus: supporting nonprofit leaders who are Black, Indigenous and People of Color. The applicant’s annual operating budget should be between $500,000 and $2M

Red Sox Foundation, Open
Funding focus: children, families, veterans, and communities in need. Funding priorities: health, educational, and recreational opportunities. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000.


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.

THE RESOURCE TABLE

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WEBINAR: How Nonprofits Can Use Crowdfunding to Raise More Money
11/10/2020 at 1pm Eastern

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ONLINE LEARNING: Time Management for Grantwriters
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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


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



Mel King Institute

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


XPRIZE Challenge Ideation Workshop
“CRAZY IDEAS WANTED”

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.
Click here to contribute ideas that the world needs to focus on now.



Best Times to Post on Social Media
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5 Powerful Strategies for Your 2021 Annual Fundraising Plan
Courtesy of Mobile Cause and Constant Contact
10/27/2020 at 1PM Eastern


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

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