Friday, January 07, 2022

City of Boston Funding update



The Funding Update


National Endowment for the Arts, 1/26/2022

Big Read grants support promotional materials designed to support widespread community involvement in programs that promote reading. Max award: $20,000.

National Endowment for the Humanities, 4/13/2022
Fellowships support individual scholars pursuing projects that embody exceptional humanistic research, rigorous analysis, and clear writing. Awards range from $30,000 to $60,000.

Federal funding opportunities are continuously updated here


Department of Youth Services, 3/1/2022
Seeking proposals from vocational and higher education, unions, businesses, nonprofit and community based organizations for career, technical, workforce training and employment programs and services for DYS youth in residential and community settings.

Department of Public Health, through 6/30/2024

BASAS seeks Opioid Treatment Programs, including mobile services.

MA Cultural Council, 1/24/2022
Direct grants to artists to recognize exceptional creative work: Artist Fellowships are $15,000, Finalist awards are $5,000. 

MA Department of Education, 1/28/2022
Seeking bids to establish and support a statewide Adult Education Virtual School system branded as MassLinks. Contracts will be based on costs per service of $2,800 to $3,500 and may be renewed for up to 2 years.

MassDevelopment, 3/18/2022
Collaborative Workspace grants support innovation centers, incubators, makerspaces, artists’ spaces, collaborative kitchens, and coworking spaces to accelerate the pace of new business formation, job formation, and entrepreneurial activity in communities. Fit-out grants: up to $100,000; Seed grants: up to $15,000 for planning.
1. Submit an Expression of Interest form through the One Stop for Growth portal to receive early guidance from program partners.
2. If a municipal support letter is needed, reach out to igr[at]boston[dot]gov with sufficient time to meet the deadline.


ARPA legislation has been approved by the Governor.

Significant funding is allocated for job training, youth violence prevention, economic development and housing. The next step is for state agencies to announce when they will release funding guidelines. 

If any applications require municipal letters of support, reach out to igr[at]boston[dot]gov, giving sufficient time to meet deadlines.

Check the “Other Resources” column on CommBUYS for Newly Posted Bids.


Open Bids:

Public Facilities Commission/Department of Neighborhood Development, 5/2/2022
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. Max award: $100,000.

Mayor’s Office of Economic Development, 1/3/2023
The Small Business Unit requests proposals to provide technical assistance to small businesses in the City of Boston.


Office of Workforce Development, 1/18/2022
Seeks proposals for a consultant to work with a cohort of Adult Basic Education providers to develop individualized needs assessments that focus on digital literacy capacity building. Contract maximum: $100,000. Register here for the Virtual Bidder’s ConferenceAdditional funding opportunities 

Office of Arts & Culture, 1/28/2022
More than $240,000 in grants are available to local artists for support with career development and community arts experiences.

Bids are updated continuously on the City of Boston Supplier Portal.


Adolph & Esther Gottlieb Foundation, 1/14/2022
Individual Grants ($25,000) support mature painters, sculptors, and printmakers who have been creating art for at least 20 years and who are in financial need.

Rumphius Foundation, 1/15/2022
Funding focus: racial equity, environmental justice, social justice. There is a priority on applications from BIPOC-led organizations and those that can demonstrate how their project aligns with Foundation priorities. 

Frank W. & Carl S. Adams Memorial Fund, 1/15/2022
Funding is available for academic access, enrichment and remedial programming for children, youth, adults - including older adults -  that focuses on preparing individuals to achieve while in school and beyond. Applicants may apply for either program or general operating support. 

Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, 1/20/2022
Family Strengthening Small Grants are available to volunteer, resident-led groups in the Greater Dudley, Grove Hall, and Uphams Corner neighborhoods of Boston. Awards range from $500 to $5000. Additional funding opportunities are available.

The Boston Foundation, 1/26/2022
The Equality Fund will award $450,000 in grants for general operating support, to organizations serving the LGBTQ+ community in Greater Boston and the Boston’s Foundation catchment area.

Parkinson’s Foundation, 1/28/2022
Community grants support education and outreach programs that address unmet needs in the Parkinson’s community. Awards will range from $10,000 to $25,000.

First Up, 1/28/2022
Fifty full-time child care teachers will be presented with Terri Lynne Lokoff Teacher Awards, which include a $1,000 grant, a paid trip to Philadelphia to attend the Awards ceremony (COVID permitting), and other prizes.

Tow Foundation, 1/28/2022
The Innovation Fund is focused on mental health, early intervention efforts in schools, and public health approaches to reducing gun violence. Eligible locations: CA, CT, MA, NY, NC, or PA. Priority on organizations working alongside historically marginalized communities, have BIPOC leaders or demonstrate a proven commitment to incorporating BIPOC leadership, and address the needs of communities.

Sky Ranch Foundation, 1/31/2022
Grants support comprehensive services for troubled youth between the ages of 11 to 18, with priority given to services for 11- to 15-year olds. Awards range from $5,000 to $40,000.

Charles F. Bacon Trust, 2/1/2022
Funding focus: education, human services, and health care for underserved populations. Special consideration for services to elderly women. Average grant: $20,000.

Beveridge Family Foundation, 2/1/2022
Grants support higher and secondary educational institutions attended by the Beveridge family; social service and youth agencies; community development; culture; health; minorities; ecological programs; and religious organizations attended by the Beveridge family. 

Motorola Solutions Foundation, 2/1/2022
Focus areas: technology and engineering education; first responder programming; and first responder programming + technology/engineering education programs. Max award: $50,000. 

Boston Foundation, 2/1/2022
Open Door Grants support efforts to serve and build power in communities historically excluded from institutional philanthropy and whose leadership reflects the demographic composition and lived experiences of the communities they serve. Awards fund general operating costs of $50,000 over two years.

The Episcopal Church, 2/4/2022
The focus of this year’s Thank Offering grants is Care of Creation: Turning love into action by caring for God’s creation to protect the most vulnerable—who will bear the largest burden of pollution and climate change—through justice, advocacy, environmental reparations, or the development of formation materials.

MacDowell Colony, 2/10/2022
Applications are invited from emerging and established artists for its fall fellowship program in the following disciplines: architecture, film/video arts, interdisciplinary arts, literature, music composition, theater, and visual arts. The fellowship includes exclusive use of a studio, accommodations, and three prepared meals a day for up to six weeks.

Davis Family Foundation, 2/10/2022
Funding priorities: Educational, Medical and Cultural/Arts organizations. 

Open Society Foundations, 2/14/2022
The Soros Equality Fellowship program supports individual leaders who are influencing and transforming the racial justice field. Fellows generally receive $130,000 for the 8-month period.

Kessler Foundation, 2/22/2022
Signature Employment Grants (up to $250,000/year for up to 2 years) support pilot initiatives or demonstration projects for models that increase employment for individuals with disabilities.

Bank of America Charitable Foundation, 2/28/2022 & 6/24/2022
Economic Mobility Focused on Needs of Individuals and Families grants support workforce development, education, and basic needs. Economic Mobility Focused on Needs of the Community grants support affordable housing, neighborhood revitalization, and small businesses. 

Sustainable Arts Foundation, 2/25/2022
Unrestricted cash grants of $5,000 will be awarded to up to 20 artists and writers with children under the age of 18. Awards are based on demonstrated excellence within the discipline.

New England Foundation for the Arts, 2/28/2022
National Theater Project Creation & Touring Grants support artist-led, ensemble, and devised theater projects. Awards range from $80,000 to $130,000.

Richard & Susan Smith Family Foundation, 3/2/2022
The Foundation invests in organizations that improve human health, raise educational attainment, increase economic security, and meet community needs. Capital grants range from $10,000 to $50,000.

D'Addario Music Foundation, 03/10/2022
Funding focus: stringed instruments and also band and orchestral instruments. Grants can support educational programs, events, and performance-based activities.

Ludcke Foundation, 3/15/2022 
Funding priorities: education, medicine, and human services, with emphasis on  programs that focus across those priorities and leverage funding from other donors with similar objectives. Grants will be in the $25,000-$100,000 range. 

Biogen Foundation, Quarterly
Funding priorities: Disaster Relief, STEM Education, Strong Communities.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Open
Grants support improved learning opportunities for children throughout the country. Funding is intended to prepare children for success in school, the workforce, and beyond. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry.

Stand Together Foundation, Open
The Foundation is searching for nonprofit leaders and organizations who are already impacting their communities and have the potential to transform the way our country thinks about, talks about, and tackles the problems of poverty. Catalysts will receive 1) individualized leadership and management coaching; 2) connect to a peer network where leaders get advice and partnership from “those who have walked in their shoes”; 3) access to a suite of business tools, including free legal services and software to help them run their nonprofit more effectively; and 4) a $25,000 grant.

Ronald W. Burkle Foundation, Open
Funding priorities: programs that strengthen international understanding, foster worker’s rights, empower underserved communities, nurture the arts and architecture, engage children in learning and advance scientific research. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry and supporting documents.

Check the Funding Update Archives for back issues with open deadlines.


Donor-Advised Fund Factsheets
Courtesy of Schwab Charitable

Office of Workforce Development

Request for Public Comment

Deadline: 1/21/2022

In January 2022, OWD plans to issue an open and competitive Request for Proposals for the FY23 Community Development Block Grant for Public Services.
In preparation for the release of the RFP, OWD staff have developed a policy principles document to help guide the selection of CDBG programs for FY23.

Public comments are welcomed, via email to sarah.soroui[at]boston[dot]gov.




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