Saturday, February 19, 2022

City of Boston funding upfates


The Funding Update

Housing & Urban Development, 3/28/2022
The Secretary’s Awards are presented annually to honor projects that exemplify excellence in Affordable Housing Design, Community Planning, Cooperative public/Private Efforts, Healthy Housing Innovation, and Historic Preservation. 

Office on Violence Against Women, 3/28/2022
Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations support victim services to adult or youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, or stalking. Max award: $450,000.
Grants for Training and Services to End Violence Against Women with Disabilities support collaborative relationships; build organizational capacity; support needs analyses and service plans. Max award: $500,000. 

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, 3/28/2022
Connecting Kids to Coverage HEALTHY KIDS 2022 - the funding goal is to reduce the number of children who are eligible for, but not enrolled in, Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and to improve retention of eligible children who are enrolled in the programs. Max award: $1.5M.

USDA/US Forest Service, 4/8/2022
The Urban and Community Forestry 2022 Challenge aims to create a national messaging campaign that raises awareness of the need to plan, grow, and manage urban forests to benefit all. Max award: $1,000,000; a 1:1 match is required.

National Institutes of Health, through 10/3/2024
Targeted BRAIN Circuits (R01 Clinical Trial Not Allowed) grants will fund research projects that use innovative, methodologically-integrated approaches to understand how circuit activity gives rise to mental experience and behavior. The BRAIN Initiative intends to commit up to $15M per year, for 5 years, to fund 20 awards.  R34 Planning grants are also available; $225,000 max.


Federal funding opportunities are continuously updated on grants.gov


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.

Contact igr[at]boston[dot]gov with sufficient lead time to meet application deadlines.

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. Submit an Expression of Interest form through the One Stop for Growth portal to receive early guidance from program partners.

MassDevelopment, Open
Commonwealth Places offers Seed Grants ranging from $2,500 to $15,000, and Implementation grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000. Seed grants must be matched with local funding or in-kind donations. Implementation grants must be matched with crowdfunding donations.Open to both nonprofits and community groups. A municipal letter of support is required in the second stage of the application process. 

Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, 6/4/2022

The Community One Stop for Growth is a single application portal and collaborative review process for community and economic development grant programs that make targeted investments based on a Development Continuum. Single- and multi-year grants awards will be made from various programs through EOHED, DHCD, and/or MassDevelopment via the One Stop Full Application. Expressions of Interest will be accepted through 3/18/2022

MA Life Sciences Center, Multiple Deadlines
Workforce Development Capital Grants (up to $750,000) are intended to seed, enhance and/or expand training programs that address critical skills and talent supply gaps facing the state’s life science industry. Allowable costs include the purchase and installation of life sciences equipment, lab furniture, materials, supplies, and/or technology.
STEM Equipment and Professional Development grants support teacher professional development and the purchase of equipment, materials, supplies, and technology needed to support new or expanded curriculum. Awards range from $20,000 to $200,000.
Other opportunities include Life Sciences Apprenticeships for students 
and adults.

New This Week

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, 3/3/2022
Seeking a vendor to provide coaching and develop norms and expectations to address how to interact with a focus on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Details in Attachment a.

Massachusetts Teachers' Retirement System, 3/10/2022
Seeking a qualified vendor to provide a records matching service to identify deaths of System participants, retirees or beneficiaries. Fee for service contract.

Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, 4/1/2022
Strong Entrepreneur Ecosystems grants will help entrepreneurs launch and grow companies in Massachusetts. Nonprofit Entrepreneur Support Organizations are eligible to apply for $25,000 grants to complete a strategic planning process and apply for a $100,000 Implementation Grant.

Coming Soon

Department of Public Health
Improving Equity in Public Health through Support for Community-led Interventions: RFR to be posted by 2/25/2022.

Executive Office of Health and Human Services, 4/29/2022
EOHHS intends to procure a vendor to perform independent, external quality review and related activities for its Managed Care Organizations, Accountable Care Partnership Plans, Senior Care Organizations, One Care Plans, and Behavioral Health Vendor, as well as its Primary Care Accountable Care Organizations and Primary Care Clinician Plan.


Scroll down to "Important Links" on CommBUYS to see Newly Posted Bids.


Still Open:

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.

Department of Neighborhood Development, 2/22/2022
1. Assessment of the City of Boston Inclusionary Development Policy (IDP) and the Feasibility of Changes to the Policy
This study will look closely at what the City can require of market-rate housing developers in terms of providing income-restricted housing, whether within the market-rate development, or though off-site units or contributions to the IDP Fund. The study will look at a range of options, including increasing the percentage of units that are income-restricted, increasing contribution fees, and refining the income limits so as to better meet Boston’s housing needs.
2. Nexus Study on the Relationship Between Non-Residential Development and the Cost and Supply of Housing and Employment Opportunities for all Boston Residents
This study will look closely at the relationship between new commercial development and the need for new, income-restricted housing and job training. The study will look at increasing the “Linkage” fees, lowering the square footage that triggers Linkage fees, and examine how different uses (labs, offices, etc.) may be able to support different fee structures.

Chief of Policy & Strategic Planning, 2/21/2022
Requests proposals for Executive Search Consultant Services for the position of Police Commissioner of the Boston Police Department. The selected search firm will work with the City to solicit applications, maintain communication with candidates, screen and recommend a set of candidates for interviews, and provide advice and/or support to the Search Committee on all aspects of the search.

Office of Workforce Development, 3/18/2022
Requests proposals for federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act - Youth alternative education, career exploration, and training programs for young adults, and also for City-funded alternative education programs where youth also receive wrap-around services and develop workforce readiness skills.

Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, 2/25/2022
Requests proposals for design and installation of public art at Boston City Hall Plaza.

Boston Public Schools, 3/1/2022
SCOPE OF WORK includes: Vended meals for School Breakfast Program, National School Lunch Program, After School Meals/Child and Adult Care Program, Summer Food Service Program, and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program.

New This Week

Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development, 4/1/2022
Requesting proposals for Community Development Block Grant Public Services. Bidders Conference will be held on 2/25/2022.

Boston Public Schools, 4/4/2022
Expanded contracts will support for-profit and nonprofit providers for Boston Universal Pre-K Beginning Quality threshold.

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


Nathan Cummings Foundation, Open
Funding priorities: Climate Change; Inequality; Corporate & Political Accountability; and Voice, Creativity & Culture. The application process begins with a letter of inquiry.

Chronicle of Philanthropy, 2/25/2022
The one-year Philanthropy & Nonprofit Accountability Fellowship will give journalists based at their local, regional, and nonprofit news organizations the opportunity to develop and publish articles about the people and organizations in their regions that are trying to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems and improve the quality of life for all. Newsrooms selected will each receive a $15,000 stipend to subsidize the work of reporters and editors on projects for publication at their own organizations and in the Chronicle.

Robert F. Schumann Foundation, 2/28/2022
Funding priorities: environmental sustainability, education, arts and humanities.  Priority on organizations located in the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and East Coast regions. 

Moses Kimball Fund, 3/1/2022
The trustees emphasize grants to organizations which either provide jobs to minorities and disadvantaged members of the Greater Boston Community, or links between educational institutions and needy members of the adjacent communities.

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, 3/1/2022
Funding priorities: humanities, arts, higher education, and cultural heritage. The application process begins with an inquiry.

Windgate Charitable Foundation, 3/1/2022 & 7/1/2022
Funding priorities include career development programs for craft artists, educational outreach, visual arts, and supporting children and youth via programs addressing equity in health, nutrition, shelter, and education. The application process begins with an inquiry form.

Frank Reed & Margaret Jane Peters Memorial Fund, 3/1/2022
The Summer Fund is a donor collaborative that supports summer camps serving low-income urban youth from Boston, Cambridge, Chelsea and Somerville. The funder encourages applications for general operating support in the range of $10,000 to $40,000. 

Ashoka + TMobile Foundation, 3/10/2022 - 3/31/2022
The Changemaker Challenge is looking for bold ideas from young leaders ages 13 to 18 with plans for driving digital empowerment, putting equity into action, and supporting a thriving planet.

Whole Kids Foundation, 3/11/2022
Garden Grants ($3,000) are available to turn outdoor spaces into hands-on learning gardens that connect kids with food, spark their curiosity, and support classroom curricula. 

Goldman Sachs Foundation, 3/11/2022
Black Women Impact grants will support community-driven charitable nonprofit organizations created by and for Black women and girls. General operating grants will range from $50,000 to $250,000 over two years.

Boston Scientific Foundation, 3/15/2022
Funding priorities: health improvement and STEM education. Target populations: economically disadvantaged persons in communities where Boston Scientific employees live and work. Grants range from $10,000 to $25,000. 

Lumina Foundation, 3/15/2022
The Million Dollar Community College Challenge will support brand building and strategic marketing efforts, along with technical assistance to develop actionable brand building and marketing strategies.

Grey Muzzle, 3/30/2022
Funded programs must benefit senior dogs exclusively, have well-defined goals, and include measurable outcomes. Grants generally range from $2,500 to $10,000. 

NFL Foundation + LISC, 3/31/2021
Grassroots capital grants provide non-profit, neighborhood-based organizations with financial and technical assistance to improve the quality, safety, and accessibility of local football fields. Max award: $250,000.

Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund, 4/1/2022
Funding priorities: medicine, social welfare, visual arts, land conservation, land conservation, and historic preservation.

Voya, 4/8/2022
The Unsung Heroes program provides grants to K-12 educators nationwide utilizing new teaching methods and techniques that improve learning. Each year 50 finalists are selected to receive a $2,000 award. Of the 50 finalists, three are selected for additional awards: $25,000 for first place, $10,000 for second place, and $5,000 for third place.

Tri-M Foundation, 4/15/2022
Grants ($3,000 to $10,000) support arts projects, events, and festivals by regional non-profit arts organizations.

Fisher House Foundation and Military Times Foundation, 4/28/2022
Chairman’s Award gants support nonprofit organizations that improve quality of life for service members, veterans, and their families.

Mary Kay Ash Foundation, 4/30/2022
Each year, the Foundation's Domestic Violence Shelter Grant Program awards grants of $20,000 to at least one domestic violence shelter in every state. Remaining funds are distributed based on state population. 

Cabot Family Charitable Trust, 9/1/2022 
Funding priorities: arts & culture, education & youth development, environment & conservation, health & human services, and civic & public benefit. Population focus: children, youth and young adults.  Awards range from $5,000-$50,000. Concept papers are accepted 9/1 and 2/1,annually.

National Grid Foundation, 10/31/2022
Funding priorities include:​ classroom-based education for​ K-12 students, innovative scholarship and university partnerships that support and advance underserved members of our community, and skills training for people of all ages to lead more productive lives. Awards range from  $5,000 to $20,000.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Open
Evidence for Action funding is focused on studies about upstream causes of health inequities, which influence individuals’ options and behaviors. Research should center on the needs and experiences of communities exhibiting the greatest health burdens and be motivated by real-world priorities. It should be able to inform a specific course of action and/or establish beneficial practices,

McKeen Fund, Open
Grants support medical, educational and social service organizations and programs that address the needs of vulnerable children and their families, and the elderly.  

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