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Thursday, September 09, 2021

City of Boston Funding Update

 

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FEDERAL GRANTS

Department of Commerce, 10/12/2021
The STEM Talent Challenge seeks to develop or expand regional workforce capacity to support high-growth, high-wage entrepreneurial ventures and industries of the future. Max award: $250,000 over 2 years, with a required dollar-for-dollar match.

AmeriCorps, 11/8/2021
Grants will support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders and provide pathways to public health-related careers. Funding will be provided under cost-reimbursement contracts. The maximum Member Service Year cost is $28,800.

National Institutes of Health, 11/9/2021 to 12/10/2021
AWARE grants will support research that combines epidemiologic methods, digital technology, and data science approaches to better understand HIV prevention, transmission, and early care-cascade points for women living in the US. R01: Clinical Trial Optional. NIH estimates funding 3-5 awards for a maximum of 5 years.

Institute for Museum & Library Sciences, 11/15/2021
Museums for America grants support projects that strengthen their ability to serve their public. Project categories include lifelong learning, community engagement, and collections stewardship and access. Grants range from $5,000 to $250,000 over 3 years.

STATE GRANTS

Department of Housing & Community Development, 10/1/2021
The Baker-Polito Administration has proposed the creation of a $5M fund to create Permanent Supported Housing that can be used to create pathways out of homelessness for individuals in shelters. DHCD seeks public input to help define funding priorities. A listening session is scheduled for 9/15/2021.

New This Week: 


Department of Children & Families, 9/28/2021

DCF has re-opened the RFR for Legal Services & Education Advocacy to identify qualified providers who can provide sufficient geographic coverage to meet DCF's statewide needs.

Department of Conservation and Recreation, 10/1/2021 to 11/1/2021
Matching grants of $1,000 to $30,000 will support urban and community forestry efforts. Local tree departments and citizen tree groups are specifically encouraged to apply.

Department of Housing & Community Development. 12/9/2021
DHCD will work with CEDAC to make federal Housing Trust Fund and Massachusetts Rental Voucher Program funds available for priority populations. Support service funds may be attached to the MRVP vouchers. Projects intended to serve homeless families will have high priority. Projects must be ready to proceed.

 

CITY GRANTS

Office of Economic Development - BEGINNING 9/8/2021
Grants from Small Business Relief Fund 2.0 are available in two categories. A Relief Grant will provide up to $10,000 to support outstanding debts for rent or mortgage, inventory, payroll, and/or fixed expenses. A Growth Grant will provide up to $10,000 to support business growth through tools, technology, materials, personnel, or other costs associated with investing in the growth of the business.

Offices of Economic Development and Workforce Development, BEGINNING 9/8/2021
In this 3-month pilot, Restaurant Revitalization Grants will provide three levels of support: 1) All restaurants are eligible for $5,000 to cover any business-related expense. 2) Restaurants that have tipped employees are eligible to receive a $15,000 grant if they meet certain requirements. 3) At the end of the pilot, this grant will also provide a) a retention bonus of $900 per worker and 100 B-Local Points for each month, and b) employees will be eligible for free tuition towards their Associate’s degree at specific RCC, BFIT and BHCC.

Office of Food Access, 9/17/21
Community grants are available in two categories: 1) Safety Net De-stigmatization and Outreach and 2) Equity in Food Access.

Environment Department, 9/24/2021
Community Clean Air grants support efforts to 1) eliminate or otherwise address point sources of air pollution within Boston; 2) mitigate the negative health impacts of air pollution emissions within Boston; 3) enhance the ability to improve air quality in Boston communities; and 4) have a measurable impact on air quality or carbon emissions within Boston. Partnership applications are encouraged. Awards will generally max out at $50,000.

Office of Arts & Culture, 10/152021
Grants are available in two categories: Boston Cultural Council Organizational Grants provide general operating support in the range of $2,000 to $5,000, based on the organization’s budget. The Reopen Creative Boston Fund provides grants of up to $50,000 to cover costs for reopening and restarting programs.


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.

New This Week: 


Boston Police Department, 9/30/2021
Shannon Community Safety Initiative grants support regional and multi-disciplinary approaches to combat gang and youth violence through coordinated prevention and intervention, law enforcement, prosecution, and reintegration programs. Minimum 25% match is required.

Office of Economic Development, 10/1/2021
Seeking a firm or consultants to provide a broad range of technical assistance services to cannabis equity applicants. Select EV00009089.

Boston Public Schools, 10/5/2021
Requesting qualifications for House Doctor services. Scope of Work includes: investigating, evaluating, and preparing certifiable assessments, studies and/or final design and construction administration services for new construction, renovation, alteration, modernization, and/or additions to various facilities and sites.

Environment Department, 10/15/2021
Requesting proposals for training and job placement services to connect Boston residents to green job and mobility job opportunities.

Treasury Department, 10/22/2021
Requesting proposals from qualified firms with demonstrated experience in strategic planning with respect to the Massachusetts Community Preservation Act.

FOUNDATION GRANTS

The 1954 Project, 9/20/2021
Seeking to radically redesign how philanthropy connects with diverse Black leaders in education by providing those leaders with ample, flexible support, the Luminary Award will provide 5 Black leaders of nonprofit educational organizations with a grant of $1M over 3 years. Focus areas include Economic Mobility, Diversity in Education, and Innovation in Teaching & Learning.

Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, 9/24/2021
Signature Grants support replicable initiatives and projects that have the potential to improve the quality of everyday life for people and families affected by autism. The funding priority for this cycle is alleviating financial distress. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry.

Barr Foundation, 10/1/2021
New England school districts can apply for a landscape analysis to help understand and improve the diversity of their educator workforces. Over the course of 8 months, grantees will partner with a national nonprofit to better understand their current talent landscape and identify opportunities to recruit and retain more teachers of color.

Herb Block Foundation, 10/6/2021
Defending Basic Freedoms grants support nonprofit organizations nationwide that seek to safeguard the basic freedoms guaranteed in the Bill of Rights, to help eliminate prejudice and discrimination, and to assist government agencies to be more accountable to the public. Grants range from $5,000 to $25,000. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry.

National Park Trust, 10/6/2021
Every Kid Outdoors Transportation Grants (up to $5,000) support nonprofits and schools that are connecting elementary students to public lands. 

Sparkplug Foundation, 10/11/2021
Funding priorities: Education, Community Organizing, Music. Grants go to start-up nonprofits or new projects of established nonprofits. Grants range from $1,000 to $20,000.

Discover Financial Services, Open
Funding focus: Education. 

The Yawkey Foundation, Open
Funding priorities: Health Care, Education, Human Services, Youth and Amateur Athletics, Arts and Culture, and Conservation and Wildlife. The Foundation reviews initial proposals to determine whether applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal.

 

THE RESOURCE TABLE


Foreclosure Prevention Fund

An Eviction Moratorium is currently in effect in Boston.
Homeowners who are behind on mortgage payments will be able to apply for the Foreclosure Prevention Fund. The Boston Home Center offers a wide variety of resources to renters and property owners.


Small Business Financial Assistance

The COVID-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan provides up to $15,000 in funding from SBA that does not need to be repaid. 


2020 Census Research

Courtesy of Boston Planning & Development Agency Research Division


COVID-19: Help for Boston Residents

Resource listings for food, technology, health, housing, and more.


Map of Food Resources in Boston



Emergency Broadband Benefit

Families and households that struggle to afford internet service during the COVID-19 pandemic, can get connected to jobs, healthcare services, virtual classrooms, and more.
Households may qualify for either a $50/monthly service credit or a $100 allowance toward a computer or tablet. 
Apply online or contact a local broadband service provider.


Housing Search Workshop

Courtesy of Boston Center for independent Living


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