星期五, 12月 04, 2020

City of Boston funding updates



The Funding Update



Massachusetts Cultural Council, 12/11/2020

Cultural Organization Economic Recovery grants support nonprofit cultural organizations negatively impacted by the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic. 

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. 

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

New this week: 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


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.

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.

Walmart, 12/31/2020

Applications accepted for local efforts, with funding in the range of $250 to $5000.

New this week: 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.    

New this week: 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.

New this week: 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 this week: 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.

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.

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. 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.  REQUESTS FOR MUNICIPAL SUPPORT LETTERS FOR BOSTON APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY 12/11/2020. Email igr[at]boston[dot]gov with any questions.

New this week: Massachusetts Downtown Initiative, 12/18/2020
Through the Local Rapid Recovery Planning program, applicants will be matched with consultant teams to provide technical assistance for effective strategies to stabilize business districts. There is no direct funding available. Only one application will be accepted from each eligible municipality in the state. Nonprofit entities such as Business Improvement Districts, Main Street organizations or Community Development Corporations are also eligible to lead the planning process - with local government support. The application webinar is scheduled for 12/9/2020 at 1:30 PM. Please direct inquiries about municipal support letters to igr[at]boston[dot]gov by 5pm on 12/11/2020.

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

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.

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. 

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

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

New this week: 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.
Note: This is a preliminary notice. Should funds become available in the final FY21 federal budget, HRSA will process applications and award funds as planned.


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.

New this week: 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.

New this week: The Mabel A. Horne Fund, 1/15/2021
Funding priorities: Education, Health, Human Services.  

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. 

New this week: 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..

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

New this week: 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.



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.