星期五, 11月 20, 2020

City of Boston funding update



The Funding Update



Deadline Extended: Boston Cultural Council, 12/14/2020
Grants (up to $5,000) support innovative arts, humanities, and interpretive science programming that enhance the quality of life in our city.

MassDevelopment, 1/15/2021
The Cultural Facilities Fund provides capital and planning grants for acquisition, design, repair, renovation, expansion, and construction of nonprofit and municipal cultural facilities. 

New this week: National Endowment for the Arts, 1/27/2021
The Big Read supports community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.

Butts in the Seats

A blog with musings on practical solutions for arts management

The Mayor's Office of Arts & Culture provides an Artist Resource Desk.

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.

Bob Barker Company Foundation, Open
Grants, ranging from $5,000 to $50,000, support programs that prepare formerly incarcerated individuals for successful reentry into society.

Are you struggling with rent or mortgage payments
because of COVID-19?
There are resources available.
You can also call 211.
Talk to your landlord to create a plan.


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. 

Applications Still Being Accepted: 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.

The US Small Business Administration
has released a simpler loan forgiveness application for
Paycheck Protection Program loans of $50,000 or less.

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. Awards range from $500,000 to $750,000.

New this week: Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, 12/18/2020
Urban Agenda grants support community economic development that is grounded in collaboration and local leadership development. Funding focus: COVID-19 economic recovery strategies. Max award: $100,000. Info Session: 11/30/2020. Applications should describe significant community challenges and collaborative approaches to address them. See page 6 for examples of responsive programming. Two letters, evidencing mutual support, are required with the application. Questions on Boston applications: contact igr[at]boston[dot]gov.


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


National Geographic, Open
The COVID-19 Remote Learning Emergency Fund will distribute grants ranging from $1,000–$8,000 to individual educators to use the power of science, social studies, and/or geography to help students understand the challenges and impacts of critical issues.

New this week: American Mathematical Society, 12/15/2020
Epsilon Fund provides grants of up to $15,000 for existing summer programs that support mathematically talented high school students. 

Nellie Mae Education Foundation, 12/04/2020
Requesting proposals for programs that prioritize Mental Wellness Amidst Virtual Learning. Examples of eligible initiatives include peer support groups, individual or group counseling or remote tutoring, space for youth to learn self-agency or where they can get help/assistance, opportunities that offer safe physical interactions, supports for youth who are being targeted because of their race, self-care kits or events, technology needs not being met by the district, and quiet safe places where students can go to get online for remote learning. Max award: $20,000. Funds are available until expended.

Brown Rudnick, Open
Community Grants support front-line education workers in Boston, Hartford, New York City, Providence and Washington, D.C. 

Boston College, Center for Retirement Research, 1/31/2021
Sandell Grants 
provide the opportunity for junior or non-tenured scholars to pursue research on retirement or disability policy. Three awards of $45,000 will be provided. Dissertation Fellowships support doctoral candidates studying retirement or disability policy. Three awards of $28,000 will be awarded.

Amelia Peabody Foundation, 1/5/2021
Grants support youth service programs with a priority on making real changes in neighborhoods.  

Toshiba and the National Science Teachers Association, 2/10/2021
ExploraVision challenges students to envision and communicate new technology 20 years in the future through collaborative brainstorming and research of current science and technology. Student prizes include savings bonds, travel to the award ceremony and other incentives.


Check this page for mobile testing sites in Boston.

Upswing Fund for Adolescent Mental Health, 11/16/2020 to 12/4/2020
Surge Capacity grants provide immediate resources to direct-service organizations that provide mental health care to adolescents who are of color and/or LGBTQ+. Systems Enabler grants support innovative approaches for adolescent mental health services that make more resilient systems to enable access to care. Grants range from $10,000 to $500,000.

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.

New this week: Massachusetts Medical Society and Alliance, 1/15/2021 Letter of Intent
Funding priorities: quality healthcare services for the un- and under-insured; behavioral health services when not available; improved access to healthcare; health promotion through proactive prevention, education, and outreach; and social determinants of health. Awards range from $5,000 to $25,000.


GrantStation offers a searchable database of COVID-19 funding.

People’s United Community Foundation Grants, 11/30/2020
Funding priorities: basic needs, financial literacy programs, education, including ESL, certification and degree programs; programs that promote economic stability and self-sufficiency, small business development and entrepreneurial programs, workforce development, job skills training and job placement programs. Average grant is $5,000. 

Resist, 12/4/2020
Grants support grassroots organizations working to advance justice and liberation. Max award: $4,000. 

W.K. Kellogg Foundation, 1/28 to 2/25/2021
Racial Equity 2030 is a $90 million global challenge to drive an equitable future for children, families, and communities across the world. Solutions may tackle the social, economic, political, or institutional inequities we see today. Applications must embrace and reflect the values of racial equity and justice, and proposed solutions should be led by an experienced team that includes communities closest to the issue as part of leadership in the project. Teams of visionaries, change agents, and community leaders from every sector are invited to join.

Robert F Schumann Foundation, 2/28/2021
Funding priorities: environmental sustainability, education, the arts and humanities. 



Tech Networks of Boston

Now accepting applications for the
Black Lives Matter Nonprofit Accelerator.
Get support with filing the 1023-EZ, applying for technology and advertising grants, and hosting for email and productivity apps.


The Massachusetts Community Foundations Partnership presents:

How to Build, Launch, and Promote a Digital Fundraising Campaign:
12/3/2020 at 10AM
Details and registration

COVID-19 Resource Guide
Courtesy of the Suffolk County DA’s Office


ONLINE LEARNING: Time Management for Grantwriters
Courtesy of GrantStation


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.


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