Saturday, April 02, 2022

City of Boston funding update



The Funding Update

National Endowment for the Arts, 4/21/2022
Challenge America grants primarily support small organizations for projects in all artistic disciplines that extend the reach of the arts to populations that are underserved. Grants require a $10,000 match (cash or in-kind); project costs must be $20,000 or greater.

National Endowment for the Arts, 7/7/2022
Grants for Arts Projects support public engagement with, and access to, various forms of art across the nation, the creation of art, learning in the arts at all stages of life, and the integration of the arts into the fabric of community life. Awards range from $10,000 to $150,000 and a match is required.

Occupational Safety & Health Administration, 5/6/2022
Susan Harwood Training Grants support training and education programs for employers and workers on the recognition, avoidance, and prevention of safety and health hazards in their workplaces and to inform workers of their rights and employers of their responsibilities under the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act.

National Parks Service/Historic Preservation Fund, 5/30/2022
Semiquincentennial Grants fund preservation of state-owned properties that are significant for their ability to convey the founding and development of America as a nation ending with the election of 1800. 

Health Resources & Services Administration, 6/1/2021
The Public Health Scholarship Program will support programs that incentivize individuals to pursue training and careers in public health. A total of $39M is available for an estimated 26 awards.

USDA Agricultural Marketing Service, 5/16/2022
Local Food Promotion Program grants fund projects that develop, coordinate, and expand local and regional food business enterprises that engage as intermediaries in indirect producer to consumer marketing to help increase access to and availability of locally and regionally produced agricultural products. Awards range from $25,000 to $500,000.

National Endowment for the Humanities, 6/8/2022
Digital Projects for the Public grants support projects that interpret and analyze humanities content. Max award: $400,000.

News for Applicants

In April 2022, the federal government will transition from the use of the DUNS Number to a new SAM.gov Unique Entity ID, which is required to apply for and receive federal awards. If you are registered in SAM.gov, you’ve already been assigned a new UEI.  FAQ 

Federal funding opportunities are continuously updated on grants.gov



Contact igr[at]boston[dot]gov at least 7 days before the deadline.

Executive Office of Housing & Economic Development, 4/20/2022
Applicants to the FY23 Social Enterprise Capital Grant must meet the statutory definition of eligibility, and projects must meet specific requirements. This grant is designed to support employment social enterprises that sell goods and services while providing supportive services for individuals who face significant barriers to employment. From the total available funding of $1M, EOHED expects to make a maximum of 8 awards.

New This Week

Massachusetts Service Alliance, 4/13/2022
AmeriCorps grants are awarded to eligible organizations to recruit, train, and manage AmeriCorps members who address unmet community needs. TA session 4/5/22 for this first stage of the application process.

Department of Children and Families, 4/19/2022
DCF, in consultation with the Department of Early Education and Care, is seeking interested Family Child Care Providers to provide Temporary Child Care, Monday-Friday during typical business hours for DCF children waiting for a more permanent foster care placement.

Department of Conservation & Recreation, Open through 3/15/2024
Seeking bids for Performers and Presenters for Programming in DCR State Parks. This is an open enrollment solicitation. Successful respondents to this solicitation will be placed on a pre-qualified list of vendors. Select filename DCR608, details on page 2.


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


Mayor’s Office of Housing, DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 4/12/2022
Partners With Nonprofits grants support expenses for rehabilitation or improvements to facilities that are accessible to the public. [Scroll down to the Partners With Nonprofits listing, select ACCESS DOCUMENTS, enter your email address, and download the Request For Proposals.]

Age Strong Commission, 4/7/2022
Seeks applications from organizations and individuals working to build social connections and community for Boston’s older adults. Grants will range from $5,000 to $25,000.

Small Business Development, Open
The Small Business Relief Fund 2.0 was replenished with $5 million on 3/1/2022. Boston small businesses can apply for up to $10,000 to cover outstanding debts or support business growth. These funds may only be used for expenses incurred between 3/3/2021 and 12/31/2024.

Mayor’s Office of Arts & Culture, 4/29/2022
Request for Proposals for design and installation of public art at Malcolm X Park.

Boston Planning & Development Agency, 6/15/2022
Request for Proposals for redevelopment of 555 Columbia Road and 559 Columbia Road. Seeking qualified proponents to deliver: 1) affordable housing; 2) affordable commercial space; and 3) a core and shell for a community space anticipated to be used for a branch library. 

New This Week

Property Management, 4/29/2022
Seeking bids for lease of space to operate the third floor cafe in City Hall. View Event Package 10454 on the Supplier Portal.

Parks & Recreation, 5/10/2022
Seeking bids for lease of the Boston Common Visitor's Center. Sign in to view application documents.

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


Burroughs Wellcome Fund, 4/11/2022
Climate Change and Human Health Seed Grants are intended to stimulate the growth of new connections between scholars working in largely disconnected fields who could, together, change the course of climate change’s impact on human health. Awards range: $2,500 to $50,000.

AJ Muste Institute, 4/11/2022
The Social Justice Fund makes grants for grassroots activist projects in the US, giving priority to those with small budgets and little access to more mainstream funding sources. Max award: $5000.

Niantic, 04/15/2022
Project for Public Spaces will support a placemaking project in one American city or town to help a major destination engage and improve the visitor experience for underserved members of the community. 

Together Women Rise, 4/24/2022
This giving circle funds programs that foster good health, education, and economic self-sufficiency in developing countries and are devoted to educating and inspiring individuals to make a difference and fight global poverty and gender inequality through the power of collective giving.

Landscape Conservation Catalyst Fund, 4/22/2022
The Fund makes strategic investments in strengthening the collaborative infrastructure and coordination capacity of place-based, community-grounded Landscape Conservation Partnerships. A portion of the Fund is reserved specifically to advance Indigenous leadership in landscape conservation. Max award: $25,000.

Fisher House Foundation, 4/28/2022
The Chairman's Award recognizes programs that improve the quality of life for active duty, reserve, or National Guard and/or veterans and their families. A total of $250,000 is available. 

Dennis Schuman Charitable Foundation, 5/1/2022
Funding focus: qualified Jewish organizations and charities. Priorities: Arts, culture, and humanities; Education; Health; Human Services; Public benefit; Religion.

Emma Carey Groh Trust, 5/1/2022
Funding focus: children. Priorities: children with disabilities, who live in group homes, orphanages, and homeless shelters. Average grant: $4,000 

Andy Warhol Foundation, 4/12 - 5/18/2022
The Arts Writers Grant ($15,000 to $50,000) is awarded in three categories: articles, books and short-form writing. The program supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts.

Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, 5/15/2022
Grants (up to $20,000) support hospitals and schools; museums, performing arts and cultural programs; skills training, educational, and other programming for seniors, youth, and people with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other programs that address community needs.

NEA Foundation, 5/1/2022
Envision Equity Grants ($1,000 to $5,000) enable educators to test creative new ideas and innovations, demonstrating exemplary teaching and learning. They also support project-based learning and help educators to advance students' cultural understanding and appreciation, anti-racism commitments, and understanding of civic engagement and democracy. 

Pedigree Foundation, 5/8/2022
Funding focus: dog shelters and rescue programs. Funding categories: 1) Dogs Rule -  A single grant of up to $100,000 for an initiative focused on increasing adoptions rates. 2) Program Development - Grants of up to $15,000 for programs/projects on transporting, fostering, behavior, or matching to increase adoption rates. 

NFL Foundation + LISC, 5/31/2022
Athletic fields can help transform neighborhoods by offering opportunities for recreation, education and relaxation that contribute to the local quality of life. The Grassroots Program seeks to redress the shortage of clean, safe and accessible football fields in low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. Max award: $250,000.

Amazon Web Services, 6/1/2022
The goal of the IMAGINE grant is to empower nonprofit organizations to prioritize technology as a mission-critical component of their projects and to provide support for organizations pursuing technology-driven goals. Grants of up to $150,000 and in-kind support will be provided via The Momentum to Modernize Award and The Go Further, Faster Award. 

Restaurant Giving Circle, 6/1/2022
A single grant ($120,000) will be awarded to a program or project by a qualified nonprofit that will improve the lives of restaurant workers in one or more of the following areas: 1) Health, 2) Education, 3) Economic independence, 4) Social well-being, or 5) Human rights.

Rea Charitable Trust, 8/15/2022
Priority: organizations that promote the arts. Average grant size: $25,000 to $75,000. If your organization’s legal name begins with letters M - Z, please submit your application between July 1 and August 15 to be considered at the Fall grant meeting.

Gratis Foundation, Deadlines Vary
Funding priorities: education, health care and medical research, humanitarian services, abused and neglected children, and assisting U.S. Military personnel and their families. 

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


ESA Foundation Scholarships, 4/15/2021
ESA is building a pipeline of future video game professionals.  To inspire future creators in the video game industry and encourage diversity in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM), the ESA Foundation established a scholarship fund providing support for women and minority students across the United States. Since 2007, the program has awarded more than 450 scholarships, to power the dreams of underrepresented students earning a computer science or video game arts and sciences-related degree.

The Write Her Future Scholarship, 5/20/2022
Scholarships of $10,000 will be awarded to 40 individual Black students and students of color who identify as female, pursuing an undergraduate degree. Applicants must be graduating high school seniors enrolling in a four-year tax-exempt academic institution. In addition, applicants must be a member of the NAACP and be registered participants of the ACT-SO program. 

Webinar: Moving Up the Charity Ladder, 4/19/2022
Courtesy of Grant Station
Social entrepreneur Mindy Muller will explore the motivation behind giving, and ways to engage and court donors.

Supporting Small Businesses: Hello Alice
From a grant to jazz up your online storefront to a loan to help you stock up on inventory, the Small Business Funding Center connects you with the capital you need to launch and grow your small business.


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