星期三, 12月 23, 2020

City of Boston Funding update



The Funding Update


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. 

LEF Foundation, 1/22/2021
Grants from the Moving Image Fund support work created by New England-based filmmakers that is provocative, heartfelt, and challenging in style and substance. The program supports long-form projects with running times of forty minutes or more in both the production and post-production phases. Grants range from $15,000 to $25,000.

National Endowment for the Arts, 1/27/2021

The Big Read supports community-wide reading programs which encourage reading and participation by diverse audiences.

National Endowment for the Arts, 2/13/2021
Grants for Arts Projects support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of excellent art across the nation, the creation of art that meets the highest standards of excellence, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Grants range from $10,000 to $150,000 and require a 50% match.

Foundation for Community Artists, Open
Multiple grant opportunities.

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

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

Applications for the Creative Capital Award open February 1, 2021.
Check this page to register for information sessions.



With our best wishes for the New Year, The Funding Update will return on January 8, 2021.


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.

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.


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.

Office on Violence Against Women, 1/22/2021

Justice for Families grants improve the response of the civil and criminal justice system to families with a history of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, or in cases involving allegations of child sexual abuse. OVW expects to make 23 grants in the range of $550,000 to $650,000.    

Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation, 1/22/2021 
Grants of up to $500 will support youth leaders ages 5-25 across the U.S. to turn their ideas into action and make an impact on the issue of childhood hunger. New this year is an option for a fundraising match grant, which includes $100 for fundraising-related costs and a $400 matching grant to a local hunger relief organization of your choice. 

National Science Foundation, 2/24/2021 
The goal of Smart and Connected Communities is to accelerate the creation of new levels of economic opportunity and growth, safety and security, health and wellness, accessibility and inclusivity, and overall quality of life. A total of $23.5M is available.

New England Grassroots Environment Fund, 3/15/2021
Seed Grants of $250 to $1,000 help volunteer groups launch and build their newly evolving projects. Requests for this program may be submitted throughout the year. Grow Grants of $1,000 to $3,500 enhance the ability of established groups to increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact.

People for Bikes, 1/12/2021
Community Grants support bicycle infrastructure projects and targeted advocacy initiatives that make it easier and safer for people of all ages and abilities to ride. Max award: $10,000.

Office on Violence Against Women, 2/2/2021
Legal Assistance for Victims grants ($600,000 to $800,000) support comprehensive services. OVW expects to award 56 grants to nonprofits.

Emergent Fund, Open
Funding priorities: Coalitions/Alliances; Mobilization; Organizing and Advocacy; Healing, Inspiration, and Liberation; Access for digital spaces and digital organizing. Population focus: Black, Indigenous and People of Color. Grants range from $10,000 to $30,000.

Harry Chapin Foundation, Open
Funding priorities: Arts-In-Education Programs, Community Education Programs; Agricultural and Environmental Programs. Funding focus: grassroots organizations with budgets up to  $500,000. Max award: $10,000.

New this week: National Parks Service, 1/26/2021
Save America's Treasures grants help preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation's rich heritage to future generations. Two categories of funding: preservation projects and collections. Eligible properties must be either currently: 1) individually listed as a National Historic Landmark or be a contributing property within a National Historic Landmark district, or 2) individually listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Grants range from $125,000 to $500,000.

New this week: New Earth Foundation, 2/1/2021
Grants support environmental initiatives aimed at eliminating pollution and saving the planet’s ecosystems, community efforts that create models of social sustainability, educational innovations that prepare youth to become the socially responsible leaders of the future, and strategies that offer economic improvement and opportunities.

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.


Massachusetts Eviction Defense Guide
Courtesy of Greater Boston Legal Services


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. 

Boston Industrial Development Finance Authority, Open
BIDFA and GreenerU have partnered to offer a financing program that helps Boston nonprofits lower their energy bills and reach the City’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Register here for the 12/9/2020 webinar on the Tax-Exempt Lease Program.

Citizens Bank, 1/8/2021
Currently accepting applications from nonprofits seeking funding for financial empowerment programs that teach good financial practices in CT, MA, MI, NH, NY, OH, PA, RI, and VT.

MassTech Collaborative, Open
The Collaborative Research Matching Grant supports large-scale projects involving two or more research organizations that have the most potential to spur innovation, cluster development, new business formation, and job growth through industry partnerships in the Commonwealth. All Grant Applications must include collaboration amongst two or more universities or research institutions.

New this week: Black Ambition HBCU Prize, 2/21/2021
Pharrell Williams has established a platform for eligible applicants to access growth capital, pitch feedback, and mentorship. The competition features two tracks: Business Concept and Early Business. Prizes range from $50,000 to $250,000.

New this week: Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, 1/11/2021
The Elevate Initiative is designed to address structural and systemic barriers to economic opportunity and ensure equitable outcomes in the American workforce. Up to ten grants of between $100,000 and $300,000 will be awarded to nonprofit organizations nationwide that demonstrate a strong commitment to intersectional racial justice, and an ability to address economic disparities that affect Black and Brown workers as the result of structural racism. Apply by either text or video.


Q&A About the Second Round of Stimulus Payments
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Monday that he expects people will start receiving their payments next week.

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.

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

Fund for Teachers, 1/21/2021
Individuals may apply for up to $5,000 and teams may apply for up to $10,000 (while team members may be from different schools, districts or states, all members must meet the eligibility criteria). Fellowships should begin after the last day of school in the spring and be completed by the first day of school in the fall, with all fellowship related expenditures made by September 9, 2021.

Health Resources and Services Administration, 1/19/2021
Nursing Workforce Diversity grants to nonprofit educational institutions provide support from enrollment to graduation. The grant term is 4 years, and the max award is $555,000 per year.

New this week: US Education, 1/11/2021
The School Ambassador Fellowship is a one-year professional learning community designed to improve educational outcomes for students by leveraging the expertise of school-based practitioners in the creation, evaluation, and dissemination of information around national education initiatives.

New this week: JAMS Foundation, 01/11/2021
Grants support Conflict Resolution Education and training for young people. The funding focus in 2021 is on CRE activities that increase resilience in youth ages 16 to 18 who are in foster care, homeless shelters, domestic violence shelters and youth correctional facilities. Grants range from $15,000 to $40,000 in the first year; and $20,000 if extended to a second year.

New this week: United States-Japan Foundation, 1/15/2021
Funding focus: K-12 education. Grants support innovative education projects that help American and Japanese youth learn about each other’s society, culture, and country as well as learn to work together on issues of common concern. Multiple funding opportunities.

New this week: US Education, 1/21/2021
Institute of Education Sciences Small Business Innovation Research provides up to $1.1M in funding in 2 phases: Phase I for $200,000 for 8-months for rapid prototype development and evaluation and Phase II for $900,000 for full-scale product development and evaluation.

New this week: First Up, 1/29/2021
Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards acknowledge the critical role of childcare teachers in providing quality early care and education. Fifty selected teachers will each receive a $1,000 grant. Of those, one will receive the Helene Marks Award, which includes an additional $1,000 grant.

New this week: American Honda Foundation, 2/1/2021
Funding priorities: STEM education for youth; the environment; job training; and literacy. Grants range from $20,000 to $75,000.


Check this page for mobile testing sites in Boston.

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.

Tufts Health Plan Foundation, 1/22/2021
Funding focus: healthy aging and older people in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island. Current funding opportunities include Systems & Best Practices and Collaboration & Community Engagement.


GrantStation offers a searchable database of COVID-19 funding.

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. 

Agnes M. Lindsey Trust, Open
Funding priorities: Health, Education, Homeless Shelters and Food Access. Applications for Camp Scholarships are due March 1, annually. Grants range from $1,000 to $5,000 and support nonprofits in Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation, Open
Funding priorities:entrepreneurs of color, affordable housing, early childhood education, and workforce development.

Yawkey Foundation, Open
Funding priorities: health care, education, human services, youth and amateur athletics, arts and culture, and conservation and wildlife. Categories: Program & Small Capital Grants – up to $100,000; Strategic Investment Grants – up to $1 million, typically payable over multiple years; Transformational Capital Grants – up to $5 million, typically payable over multiple years.

Peace Development Fund, 12/29/2020
DeColores Rapid Response Fund
grants (average $5,000) support grassroots, power-building organizations that are aligned with PDF’s four pillars of grantmaking: Organizing to Shift Power; Working to Build a Movement; Dismantling Oppression; and Creating New Structures.

The Impact Fund, 1/12/2021
Recoverable grants in the range of $10,000 to $50,000 are awarded to legal services nonprofits, private attorneys, and/or small law firms who seek to advance justice in the areas of civil and human rights, environmental justice, and/or poverty law.

National Trust for Historic Preservation, 1/15/2021
The African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund is designed to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscapes. Grants support Capital Projects, Organizational Capacity Building, Project Planning, and Programming and Interpretation. Awards range from $50,000 to $150,000. 

Les Paul Foundation, 1/15/2021
Grants support music innovation and engineering, as well as medical research on hearing loss.

Looking Out Foundation, 2/1/2021
Funding priorities include disadvantaged youth; health; community development; women/gender equality; the environment; the arts; human and civil rights; and the hungry and the homeless. Grants range from $1,000 and $5,000.

Amgen Foundation, Open
Funding focus: Science Education and Community Life. Local grants range from $5,000 to $50,000.

Hearst Foundations, Open
Funding priorities: Culture, Education, Health, Social Services.The most common first grant size is $75,000.

Cruise Industry Charitable Foundation, Open
Funding priorities: Civic and Community Development, Education and Training, Environment, Public Health. Funding focus: economically disadvantaged populations. Grants range from $2,500 to $15,000.

New this week: Save America’s Treasures, 1/26/2021
The Save America's Treasures Grants program helps preserve nationally significant historic properties and collections that convey our nation's rich heritage to future generations. The program has separate applications for preservation projects (for properties listed on the National Register of Historic Places for national significance or listed as a National Historic Landmark) and for projects involving collections (including artifacts, museum collections, documents, sculptures, and other works of art) 

Boston Foundation, 02/21/2021
New and existing nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston that are not currently aligned with the strategies, goals and approaches pursued in the Foundation's five Impact Areas to  consider Open Door Grants for support of their efforts to meet existing needs or test new ideas and innovations that address the most critical challenges and biggest opportunities facing our community. Open Door Grants are especially focused on organizations serving and building power in communities historically excluded from institutional philanthropy and whose leadership reflects the communities they serve. 

New this week: Truist Foundation, 3/31/2020
Funding priorities: leadership development, economic mobility, thriving communities and educational equity. Grants support one-time needs that are sustainable and don’t commit funds to recurring expenditures. Capital requests will be considered when the campaign is 60% complete toward its fundraising goal.

New this week: Santander Bank Charitable Foundation, 1/2/2021 - 10/15/2021
Funding priorities: Financial Empowerment, Small Business and Entrepreneurship, Affordable Housing, and Healthy Neighborhoods. Max award: $30,000. Quarterly funding decisions.



Webinar: Four Fundraising Trends for 2021 and Beyond
Courtesy of Nonprofit Tech for Good + Classy
1/12/2021 at 1PM Eastern
Register Here


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.


Ten Website Design Best Practices for Nonprofits
Courtesy of Nonprofit Tech for Good


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.

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