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Friday, August 12, 2022

City of Boston funding updates

CITY of BOSTON

The Funding Update


Department of Energy + National Community Solar Partnership, 10/7/2022
The Sunny Awards are a competition with three levels of recognition.  Teams will nominate either a community solar project or program by submitting a narrative application and a set of appropriate, complete, and verifiable supporting evidence. Awards range from $1,000 to $10,000.

USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, 10/7/2022
Grants will be awarded in 3 categories: Training and Technical Assistance; Planning; and Community Food Projects. Public food program service providers, tribal organizations, or private nonprofit entities, including gleaners, are eligible to apply. Awards will range from $5,000 to $400,000.


National Endowment for the Humanities, 11/30/2022
Public Scholars grants are awarded to individual authors for research, writing, travel, and other activities leading to the creation and publication of well-researched nonfiction books in the humanities written for the broad public. Awards range from $30,000 to $60,000.


Federal funding opportunities are continuously updated on grants.gov


STATE GRANTS

Executive Office of Elder Affairs, 9/19/2022
The purpose of this RFQ is to establish a multi-year contract with a Vendor to provide EOEA with project management and oversight services, including strategic planning and project execution support and reporting for 13 EOEA-led initiatives funded through ARPA – HCBS. These services will require coordination and collaboration across EOEA programs and policy initiatives, including the State Home Care Program, Councils on Aging, communication and outreach, finance and accounting, business services, and other EOEA functions. Bidders are encouraged to establish partnerships.


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


CITY GRANTS


Mayor’s Office of Housing, 8/17/2022
Requests proposals from non-profit organizations and units of local government to implement and facilitate Boston’s Youth Action Board.


Community Preservation Act, 8/31/2022

Grants support historic preservation, open space, and recreation projects. The application process begins with submission of an eligibility form for review by the Community Preservation Act Office. Following the review, eligible candidates will be invited to submit full project proposals between 10/5/2022 and 11/9/2022.

New This Week


Mayor’s Office of Arts and Culture, 8/31/2022
Seeking submissions of fresh, original and contemporary works of art created by local artists for the Fay Chandler Emerging Artist Exhibition. Art will be displayed at Boston City Hall in the Scollay Square Gallery in September and October 2022. Prizes range from $1,000 to $2,500.

Mayor’s Office of Housing, through 6/30/2024
Requests proposals for the annual Affordable Commercial Assistance Fund, for development and operation of commercial ground-floor spaces in affordable housing buildings. 

Mayor’s Office, Multiple Deadlines
American Rescue Plan Act grants are available in the following categories: Community Violence Fund, Rental Relief Fund, Food Navigation, Emergency Foreclosure Prevention Fund, Essential Worker Childcare Fund, and Stimulus and Stability Fund for Childcare Centers.


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


FOUNDATION GRANTS

Ida B. Wells Fund, Multiple Deadlines
Awards will support aspiring Black artists by investing in projects that critique dominant social and historical narratives and embody artistic attributes: commitment, communal meaning, disruption, cultural integrity, emotional experience, risk-taking, coherence, openness, stickiness, and resourcefulness. The Short Film Fund (deadline 8/27/2022): Grants of $15,000 each will be awarded to support five filmmakers with producing a short film running between nine and 18 minutes. The Visual Art Fund (deadline 9/1/2022): Grants of $2,000 each will be awarded to six visual artists. The Creative Placemaking Fund (opens 10/1/2022): Grants of $25,000 will be awarded to support four creative placemakers.

Pillars Foundation, 9/1/2022
Funding focus: Amplifying leadership, narratives, and talents of Muslims in the United States. The Catalyze Fund issued a Call for Ideas for grants to support 1) reimagining public safety, 2) promoting mental health and wellness, and 3) building civic power. 

Petco Foundation, 9/1/2022
Funding is intended to improve lifesaving outcomes for animals taken in at shelters/foster rescues.

GivingTuesday, 9/1/2022
Applications are invited for the Starling Collective Fellowship, a global learning community and innovative fellowship for grassroots organizers, activists, artists, and changemakers to discover and share best practices for increasing generosity and driving systems change. The program is specifically designed for grassroots organizers, activists, artists, and changemakers from under-represented and under-resourced communities. Max award: $2,000.

USA Football, 9/1/2022
Accepting applications for equipment grants to youth, middle school and high school football programs.

Windgate Foundation, 9/1/2022
Funding focus: Contemporary craft and visual arts education. Applicants may submit an Inquiry Form. Matching or challenge fund requests are considered favorably. In general, the Board prefers program support over capital funds.

Cummings Foundation, 9/9/2022
Funding priorities: human services, education, healthcare, and social justice.To be eligible, applicants should be local organizations that are not only headquartered in but also provide at least 50 percent of their services in the Massachusetts counties of Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk. Begin the application with a Letter of Inquiry.

Graham Foundation, 9/15/2022
Grants are awarded to individuals exploring contemporary ideas that introduce new
narratives, histories, and perspectives to expand and challenge the canons of architecture and
Design. Funding categories: Production + Presentation: up to $20,000 over two years; Research + Development: up to $10,000. 

Teiger Foundation, 9/15/2022
Grants up to $150,000 will be awarded for a single project at a nonprofit exhibition space with an annual budget above $3M, or three years of programming at a smaller organization with an annual budget below $3M. The current call for proposals is for curators in the United States and territories only.

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation, 8/19/2022
The Health Justice Partnership & Grant Program seeks to build a more sustainable, community-driven, and resilient future by supporting not-for-profit organizations that address the physical and social drivers that lead to environmental degradation on underserved communities and cause health inequities. Max award value: $110,000. 

American Bar Endowment, 9/23/2022
Opportunity Grants support local organizations and projects that advance social justice and legal assistance in communities across the country.

Caplan Foundation for Early Childhood, 9/30/2022
Funding goal: to provide seed money to implement imaginative proposals in the areas of Early Childhood Welfare, Early Childhood Education and Play, and Parenting Education. Begin the application with a Letter of Inquiry.

Aura Cacia Positive Change Project, 9/30/2022
Grants support organizations committed to helping women and girls facing difficult life situations make transformational improvements in their lives.

Music Man Foundation, 10/31/2022
Grants support organizations advocating for positive changes in the arts. Approximately $800,000 is available.

Sparkplug Foundation, 10/31/2022
Grants (up to $10,000) support projects that educate or support communities, make systemic change and/or shift power to create justice, or bring music to communities.  

Hello Alice Foundation, 10/31/2022
Starting August 1, 2022, eligible small businesses can apply to The Entrepreneurial Spirit Fund by SIA Scotch. Eleven recipients will each receive a $10,000 grant plus mentorship with Carin Luna-Ostaseski, the founder of SIA Scotch Whisky and a first-generation Cuban American who overcame a myriad of challenges during her entrepreneurship journey. 

Mockingbird Foundation, Inc, 1/23/2022
The Foundation is particularly interested in projects that foster creative expression in all musical forms, and encourages applications associated with diverse or unusual musical styles, genres, forms, and philosophies. Grants range from $100 to $10,000.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Open
Education grants help all children, especially those in underserved communities, develop the knowledge, skills and behaviors they need to succeed in college, career pathways and life.


 

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


THE RESOURCE TABLE

Boston Parks and Recreation Department, 8/16/2022

Boston Children’s Rec Fest at Franklin Park Playstead Field
Family Zumba, a puppet show, face painting, arts + crafts, inflatable attractions, and hands-on clinics hosted by tennis, baseball and soccer professionals -- along with treats from H.P. Hood, Polar Beverages, Driscoll Berries, N.E. Dairy Council, and more!


Capacity Building
The Progressive Multiplier seeks to grow the revenue generation capacity of progressive organizations to help build a progressive movement in the U.S. Progressive Multiplier provides nonprofits in progressive program areas with paths to quickly build their mass market revenue generation capacity and ensures that investment is available to meet the sector's growing need. 


The Proposal as the Tip of the Iceberg

Courtesy of Grantsmanship Center
A lot of work needs to be done before, and in preparation for, a terrific proposal. 



New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund

NCF is a funding and support resource for Black, Latino, and Indigenous entrepreneurs, innovators, and nonprofits. To learn more about their FY23 grant-making strategy and ask questions, you can register for an information session on September 7, September 20, October 13, or October 17.



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