星期一, 1月 11, 2021

波士頓市政府 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. ALERT: Requests for municipal support letters must be received by 12 noon on January 13, 2021.

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.

National Endowment for the Humanities, 4/28/2021
NEH expects to award 8 Fellowships that will provide recipients time to conduct research, prepare publications, and develop and incorporate multimedia components using existing technologies and platforms. Awards will range from $30,000 to $60,000.

National Archives and Records Administration, 6/9/2021
NARA expects to award 6 NHPRC-Mellon Start-Up Grants for Collaborative Digital Editions in African American, Asian American, Hispanic American, and Native American History. Funding goal: to broaden participation in the production and publication of historical and scholarly digital editions. Collaborative applications are strongly encouraged. Max award: $60,000/year for 2 years.

Foundation for Community Artists, Open
Multiple grant opportunities.

New this week: The Complete Guide to 2021 Artist Grants and Opportunities. Courtesy of Artwork Archive.

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.



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.

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.

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 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.

Deadline approaching: The Mabel A. Horne Fund, 1/15/2021
Funding focus: educational, human services and health care programming for underserved populations.

New this week: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, 2/1/2021
Now accepting applications for a new racial equity grants program for organizations led by Black, Indigenous, and People of Colo, that support BIPOC youth. Five awards of $20,000 each.

New this week: Massachusetts Service Alliance, 2/5/2021
Request for Proposals for COVID-19 relief efforts: Grants of up to $4,000 will support volunteer community service projects and volunteer capacity-building initiatives needed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

New this week: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs, 2/5/2021
Second Chance Act Youth Offender Reentry grants encourage collaboration between state agencies, local government, and community- and faith-based organizations to address the challenges that reentry and recidivism reduction pose for moderate to high-risk juvenile offenders returning to their communities from juvenile residential or correctional facilities. OJJDP expects to make 13 grants of $750,000 in two categories.

New this week: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Programs, 2/8/2021
Grants from the Opioid Affected Youth Initiative will support programs and strategies that identify, respond to, treat, and support children, youth, and families impacted by the opioid epidemic to ensure public safety. OJJDP expects to make 11 grants of up to $750,000.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Deadline approaching: Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, 1/15/2021
Sector-Specific Relief Grants target the hardest-hit small businesses that have an exceptional need of cash relief. Priority categories: Restaurants, bars, caterers, and food trucks; Indoor Recreation or Entertainment Establishments; Gyms or Fitness Centers; Personal Services; Event Support Companies; Independent Retailers. Federal 2019 tax returns are required. Eligible expenses include employee payroll and benefit costs, mortgage interest, rent, utilities and interest on other debt obligations. Max award: $75,000. Not all businesses are eligible.

US Small Business Administration, 12/31/2021
The deadline to apply for a COVID-19 pandemic Economic Injury Disaster Loan has been extended to December 31, 2021.

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), in consultation with the Treasury Department, announced today that the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) will re-open the week of January 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. To promote access to capital, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, January 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, January 13.  The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter.


Second Round of Stimulus Payments
Learn more about the status of payments, and what to do if you did not receive a payment in 2020.


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.

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.

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.

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.

New York Life Foundation, 2/1/2021
Aim High grants support afterschool and summer learning programs that help middle school students make a successful transition to high school, particularly in the face of the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants range from $25,000 to $100,000 over a maximum of 2 years.

Yawkey Foundation, 2/15/2021
The Yawkey Scholars Program is designed to make college affordable for talented, motivated, low-income, first-generation college students from Massachusetts. This is a renewable, four-year scholarship of $35,000, and the program includes mentoring and enrichment.


Check this page for test sites and schedules.

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.

New this week: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 3/16/2021
Grants from the Gus Schumacher Nutrition Incentive Program support efforts to increase the purchase of fruits and vegetables by low-income consumers participating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by providing incentives at the point of purchase through nutrition incentive grants. Funding categories: a) Nutrition Incentive Grants; (b) Produce Prescription Grants; (c) Cooperative Agreements. Awards will range from $100,000 to $500,000 and require a dollar-for-dollar match.

New this week: National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 5/4/2021
Community Food Projects are intended to bring together stakeholders from distinct parts of the food system and to foster understanding of national food security trends and how they might improve local food systems. Communities that are partially or fully located in Opportunity Zones are particularly encouraged to apply. Max award: $125,000 per year for up to 4 years.

New this week: ALDI Foundation, Open
Smart Kids grants are intended to make a positive impact on kids' health and wellness. Funding and/or ALDI gift cards in amounts up to $5,000 are available to nonprofits, K-12 schools, fire, police and local churches.


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.

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 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.



Online Resources for Grant Writers, Courtesy of Candid
Proposal writing, budget developments, sample documents
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Nonprofit Capacity Building
Courtesy of Lightful and Candid

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