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Friday, June 25, 2021

City of Boston - Funding update

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FEDERAL GRANTS

Small Business Administration, Multiple Deadlines
Paycheck Protection Loans, Economic Injury Disaster Loans, Shuttered Venues grants, and other debt-relief resources are available. 


Small Business Administration, 7/23/2021
Through the Community Navigator Pilot Program, SBA will engage with states, local governments, SBA resource partners, and other organizations in targeted outreach for small businesses in underserved communities. Awards will range from $1M to $5M over 2 years.


Housing & Urban Development, 7/29/2021

Seeking applications from nonprofits, small businesses and higher education institutions to provide technical assistance to distressed cities and their nonprofit partners serving communities that are experiencing long-term economic hardship. HUD expects to make 6 awards, ranging from $750,000 to $6.8M.


National Endowment for the Arts, 8/5/2022
Our Town creative placemaking grants support projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. There are multiple opportunities to apply, either as lead or partner with a municipal agency. Awards range from $25,000 to $150,000 and a 1:1 match is required.
You can request the required municipal support here.

Health & Human Services, 8/17/2021
Seeking applications for projects to develop and implement the Minority Leaders Development Program fellowship program to provide training in health equity issues and leadership to early career individuals to improve the health of racial and ethnic minorities and other disadvantaged populations. HHS expects to make 3 awards in the range of $500,000 to $750,000.

National Institutes of Health, 2/23/2024
Short-Term Research Education Program to Enhance Diversity in Health-Related Research (R25 Clinical Trial Not Allowed). Priority areas: Sleep Disorders; Cardiovascular Diseases; Lung Diseases; Blood Diseases and Resources;  Translation and Implementation Science. NIH expects to make 9 awards of $154,000 max.

Consumer Product Safety Commission, 7/19/2021
Pool Safely grants aim to prevent drowning and drain entrapments of children in pools and spas  through state and local government programs. Awards range from $50,000 to $400,000.

STATE GRANTS

Massachusetts Service Alliance, now through 7/30/2020
MSA seeks to engage a consultant who can provide subject-matter expertise in the area of youth service and service-learning to support program development, with a focus on Gateway Cities. One-year contract, up to $20,000.

Massachusetts Growth Capital Corporation, until all funds are disbursed
The goal of the Biz-M-Power grant operates in two phases: first, small businesses develop a partnership with an organization from MGCC’s network of Small Business Technical Assistance Providers, who will sponsor the applicants. Once MGCC and Patronicyt approve the application, small businesses can utilize Patronicity’s crowdfunding platform to leverage community support and raise funds to match the amount requested in their grant application. 
Grants of $5,000 are also available for Development of Digital Capabilities, where small businesses are sponsored by Patronicity to work with a Qualified Professional in the area of their greatest digital need(s) to pursue a digital development plan.


MassDevelopment, 7/2/2021

Grants from the Collaborative Workspace Program accelerate business formation, job creation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities by supporting infrastructure that fuels locally based innovation. Seed grants (up to $15,000) support feasibility studies; Fit-out grants (up to $100,000) support new equipment or building improvement costs, including adjustments to meet sector-specific COVID-19 Workplace Safety Standards. 
Boston Applicants: contact ECONDEV[at]boston[dot]gov to request a Municipal Letter of Support. Deadine: 6/28/2021.

Executive Office of Health & Human Services, 7/6/2021
Requesting applications for potential new bed capacity from congregate care providers in Massachusetts, for possible referral to the Unaccompanied Children Program of the Office of Refugee Resettlement/US Department of Health and Human Services.

Cannabis Control Commission, 7/9/2021
Requesting bids for consulting services to review existing policies, practices and procedures and to facilitate discussion and decision between the Commissioners and Executive Director, resulting in the drafting and finalizing of written document(s) establishing governance processes between the two parties and their respective staffs. Initial 12-month contract may be extended for an additional 12 months.

Office for Refugees and Immigrants, 7/30/2021
Requesting bids for the Comprehensive Refugee Employment Services/Vocational Skills Trainings program.

Department of Transportation, 8/10/2022
Through the DBE Supportive Services Program, MassDOT implements business development and technical assistance programs to enhance the strategic growth and sustainability of the pool of Disadvantaged Business Enterprises engaged in MassDOT public works projects. The program focuses on certified, but underutilized DBEs with potential for success that are bidding on MassDOT work but rarely win contracts. A key program objective is to increase the growth and development of DBE firms engaged in highway construction. Select the document dated 2019 in the list of File Attachments.



CommBUYS Search Tip: Consulting opportunities are listed under “Management and Business Professionals and Administrative Services” when you search the Show Bids for Categorydrop-down menu. Competitive bids are in the “Open Market” category.

 

CITY GRANTS

Reopen Boston Fund, Open
Grants help small businesses put in place the necessary public health guidance requirements needed to reopen. This fund is intended to support businesses with a majority of employees working in close proximity to their clients and each other.


Department of Neighborhood Development, Open
 

Applications are still being accepted for the Rental Relief Fund. Requests up to $15,000 are being processed by Project HOPE, Neighborhood of Affordable Housing and Metro Housing|Boston. 

Boston Public Health Commission/Health & Human Services Cabinet, 6/29/2021
Through the Vaccine Equity Grant Initiative II, the City of Boston is seeking organizations to work as community partners to increase equitable vaccine access, acceptance and uptakes in zip codes with vaccination rates below 50%. Max award: $150,000 over 4 months.

Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, through 6/30/2021

The Transformative Public Art program, now in its third year, is open to artists to create murals and temporary projects.


Department of Neighborhood Development, through 6/30/2021
The Grassroots Open Space Program makes land and funding available specifically for the development of open space projects such as community gardens, urban farms, food forests, and passive open space. These awards are intended to assist nonprofit neighborhood initiatives with development of such projects, as well as capital improvements to existing open space projects, which are located on land that is not in DND’s inventory.


Treasury Department, 6/30/2021
Accepting consultant proposals for Community Preservation Program strategic planning. Questions may be directed to sara[dot]zimmerman[at]boston[dot]gov. 

Office of Public Service & Community Engagement, 7/1/2021
Grants of $500 are available to residents and groups to celebrate their neighborhood with a block party. OPS can provide resource tables, and will help with permitting, if needed. 


Office of Women’s Advancement, 7/16/2021
The Childcare Entrepreneur Fund supports home-based family childcare businesses with grant funding, coaching, and technical assistance. It also assists early educators in sharpening their entrepreneurial skills. Businesses may apply for $3,500 of flexible grant funding.


Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, through 3/31/2024
Seeking proposals from consultants to provide technical assistance services to cannabis equity applicants, under a maximum 3-year contract.

Boston Local Development Corporation, Open
Loans are available for small businesses in Boston to be used for working capital, equipment, utilities, expansion, and other business needs. Terms are flexible and there are no prepayment penalties. Loans range from $10,000 to $150,000.

FOUNDATION GRANTS

Sony, 6/30/2021, 07/29/2021 and 8/30/2021
CREATE ACTION grants are designed to make a long-lasting impact for local organizations and the communities they serve. Grantees will receive $50,000 in direct funding, Sony Electronics products worth $50,000 and a custom-created promotional film, along with opportunities for collaboration, partnership and marketing support.

Cummings Foundation, 7/1/2021
This place-based philanthropic initiative supports nonprofits in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk County, Massachusetts. 100 grants of $100,000 are awarded annually.

National Community Care Corps, 7/9/2021
Requesting Proposals for innovative local models in which volunteers assist family caregivers or directly assist older adults or adults with disabilities with non-medical care to maintain their independence. Awards range from $30,000 and $150,000

Park Foundation, 7/9/2021 and 9/24/2021
Funding priorities include civil society, public interest media, environment, animal welfare.


Social Innovation Forum, 7/12/2021
Applications are now being accepted for the Social Innovation Accelerators programs. SIF seeks to welcome eight Greater Boston nonprofits into the 2021-2022 cohort, which will receive 24 months of capacity-building support.

Applicant organizations will address these social issue tracks:
1. Anything Goes: Innovative, Effective, and Sustainable Approaches to Our Region's Toughest Social Issues
2. Building and Sustaining Social Capital
3. Community Approaches to Advancing Racial Justice
4. Comprehensive & Innovative Approaches to Supporting Communities Affected by HIV/AIDS
5. Pathways to Intergenerational Wealth in BIPOC Communities
6. Promoting Career Exploration for Youth Through Civic Engagement
7. Women and Girls: Addressing Health and Wellness Inequities
8. Work-Based Learning and Mentorship Opportunities for Youth and Young Adults

NextFifty Initiative, 7/16/2021
What need do you see in the aging community (ages 50 and older) and how will a Flexible Support grant help you address it? Grants may range from less than $25,000 to more than $250,000. A limited number of grants will be awarded outside Colorado. Contact a staff member to discuss your application before submitting.

AstraZeneca, 7/16/2021
Funding categories: community health and wellbeing; youth STEm and career readiness. Max award: $25,000.

Foundation for Opioid Response Efforts, 7/19/2021
Grants of up to $300,000 will support projects that use an innovative approach to address long-standing and complex issues related to all aspects of stemming the tide of the nation’s opioid crisis. Funding priorities: patient-centered solutions; health equity; reaching diverse high-risk populations.


Kids Gardening, 7/30/2021
Little Seeds Pollinator Pals grants support youth garden programs. 18 programs will be awarded $500 to support the development of pollinator gardens in communities across the United States. 

Brady Education Foundation, 8/1/2021
Requesting proposals focused on evaluating programs with the potential to help close the opportunity and resulting achievement gaps associated with race and family income. 

Barbara McDowell and Gerald S. Hartman Foundation, 8/1/2021
Grants support cases that litigate social justice issues that will significantly improve the well-being, social conditions, and/or civil liberties of a large number of disadvantaged persons and groups throughout the US. Grants are expected to range from $40,000 to $200,000. 


NEXT for AUTISM, 8/1/2021
Accepting letters of intent for Color the Spectrum Community Grants, which provide $25,000 to help students on the autism spectrum transition from school to adulthood. Funding categories: work, school, social.

Doree Taylor Charitable Foundation, 9/1/2021
Funding priorities: food, housing, shelter; humane care of animals; health care services for the underserved; and public radio or television. 


New England Grassroots Environment Fund, 9/15/2021
Grow Grants of $1,000 to $3,500 enhance the ability of established groups to increase capacity, collaborate, and leverage impact. 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.


Fundación Mapfre, 10/11/2021
Ignacio H. Larramendi research grants promote projects related to obesity prevention, physical exercise, personal injury assessment, healthcare management and longevity. These grants are also open to researchers interested in promoting projects related to the challenges of insurance and social protection, for a maximum of 15,000 euros. 


Rockland Trust, 10/15/2021
Funding priorities: affordable housing, community development, education, financial literacy, health, and youth. Grants support programs, operating support, or capital projects, and also event sponsorships. Awards range from under $1,000 to over $10,000.

Charles H. Farnsworth Trust, 11/15/2021
Funding focus: affordable housing options and support services to older adults.


Blue Cross Massachusetts Foundation, Open
Catalyst Fund grants up to $5,000 help community-based health care organizations respond to COVID-19. 

American Battlefield Trust, Open
The Field Trip Fund reimburses K-12 teachers for transportation, meals, admission costs and other fees for visits to battlefields, museums and historical sites. Awards range from $250 to $1,500. 

Nathan Cummings Foundation, Open
Focus areas: Inclusive Clean Economy; Racial and Economic Justice; Corporate and Political Accountability; and Voices, Creativity, and Culture. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry. 


Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation, Open
The Foundation seeks to dramatically improve the lives of people and the world around us through innovative strategies, systems changing approaches, and disrupting technologies. Our goal is to find social entrepreneurs with dynamic ideas and nurture them at the early stages with maximum leverage and total commitment.Exceptional entrepreneurs receive 3 years of unrestricted capital (totaling $300,000) and rigorous on-going support.

Finra Investor Education Foundation, Open
The Foundation welcomes applications for research projects that use data from the National Financial Capability Study (and other existing data sets) to advance understanding of the relationships among financial literacy, financial capability and financial well-being. Priority is also given to projects that further financial inclusion and address systemic financial inequities based on race, ethnicity, gender, disability status, and other social differences. Awards range from $50,000 to $100,000.

 

THE RESOURCE TABLE

Massachusetts VaxMillions

Fully vaccinated residents 18 and older will have the opportunity to enter to win one of five cash prizes of $1M. Fully vaccinated residents between 12-17 years of age may enter for the chance to win one of five scholarship grants of $300,000. Beginning July 1, drawings will be held once a week for five weeks.


Registration is Now Open
for BCYF Summer Programs

325 slots are available for youth ages 8- 18, for programs that run from July 12 to August 20, 2021.


Age-Friendly Resource Page

Courtesy of the Massachusetts Healthy Aging Collaborative


Walk-In Covid Vaccination is now available. 


The City of Boston Office of Housing Stability

helps residents find and maintain stable, safe, and affordable housing.


Boston Public Schools Summer Stuff

Summer 2021 - camps, jobs, enrichment, academic services, meals, arts, health services, and so much more. Sign up now!


Emergency Broadband Benefit

Families and households that struggle to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic, can get connected to jobs, critical healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and more. Benefits include a $50/monthly service credit and a $100 allowance toward a computer or tablet. Only one of each benefit is available per household. Apply online or contact a local broadband service provider.


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