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Saturday, April 02, 2022

City of Boston funding update

 

CITY of BOSTON

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


STATE GRANTS

FOR GRANTS REQUIRING MUNICIPAL SUPPORT LETTERS FROM BOSTON: 

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.


CITY GRANTS

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.


FOUNDATION GRANTS


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.


THE RESOURCE TABLE

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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大清早到吳弭市長家門前抗議者有5人收到罰單

                   (Boston Orange編譯) 波士頓市330日才剛通過縮短針對私人住宅抗議時間,限制在早上9點至晚上9點之間的法令,馬上就有5人在吳弭 (Michelle Wu) 市長家附近,因違反該法令被罰了。

去年1116日正式上任為波士頓市市長的吳弭,因為反對疫苗者在她和丈夫,兩個小孩,以及母親居住的兩家庭屋門外,每天一大清早高分貝抗議,長達數月後,提出這限制並縮短針對私人住宅抗議時間的法案。波士頓市議會330日一通過這提案,吳弭市長次日 (331) 大筆一揮,這條例就成為了法令。

波士頓市的噪音限制,以前不准抗議者在早上7點以前,或者晚上11點以後,過於大聲的抗議。新法令把這限制改為早上9點和晚上9點之間。

                波士頓警察證實,法令生效後,週五有5人因違反這新法令,收到罰款單。

               新法令規定,初犯罰50元,12個月內再犯罰150元,第3次,及其後的陸續再犯,罰300元。罰款結構將在12個月後重新設定。

                根據波士頓市政府,這條令並不影響行進、穿越住宅區的抗議,只針對向個別住宅或居民的抗議。而且這法令適用於任何居民,並不只是民選官員的家。

             在吳弭家門外抗議的人之一,Catherine Vitale週五在一份聲明中表示,警察是在通知抗議者們違反新規定前沒多久,才知道新條例已生效。

             她說,因此抗議者也不可能知道這不合憲法的條例已生效抗議者已找了一名律師,將再次控告吳市長

             吳弭曾把這持續的大清早騷動,形容為騷擾。她住的那個社區平常都很安靜,她的許多鄰居也一樣這樣感覺。但是有批評者說這新規定的限制,會不公平的限制了第一修正案權利。

僑委會委員長童振源在波士頓說明四大服務目標 闡述台灣民主自由經濟更上層樓

僑委會委員長童振源和僑務榮譽職人員合影。(周菊子攝)

          (Boston Orange 周菊子波士頓報導) 僑務委員會委員長童振源訪問波士頓,說明台灣的民主自由及經濟,都已更上層樓,強調設有四大目標,擴大服務僑胞,提供台灣資源協助僑胞在地深耕,鼓勵僑胞回台灣,促進台灣發展,彼此互助互利。

僑委會委員長童振源侃侃而談台灣的民主進步,以及僑委會的服務新政。(周菊子攝)
                童振源委員長這次訪問波士頓,行程緊湊,331日一大早,先與僑務職榮譽人員座談,接著參訪中華廣教學校,拜會紐英崙中華公所,和大波士頓本地40多個僑團組織代表晤談,晚上再在帝苑大酒樓餐敘。

僑委會委員長童振源率僑教,僑商等工作人員出訪。(周菊子攝)
                 曾經在政治大學教經濟相關課程18年的童振源,口若懸河,滔滔不絕。他引經據典般地引用各種數據,告訴波士頓僑胞,台灣在經濟,政治,以及民主自由上,這些年來有脫胎換骨般的進步,人民生活幸福。

                    童振源指出,在經濟上,世界經濟論壇最新的世界兢爭力報告中,台灣和美國,瑞士、德國並列為四大超級創新國;在瑞士洛桑管理學院的全球競爭力報告中,台灣排名第八,但是在人口2000萬國家中,台灣是第一名。

僑委會委員長童振源(左起)和波士頓經文處處長孫儉元頒發僑務委員聘書給新任
波士頓僑務委員陳仕維。(周菊子攝)
在政治、民主自由上,華府的傳統基金會的經濟自由度評鑑,全世界只有7個國家入列,台灣是其中之一,排名第6,也是第一次排進這名單。民主之家(Freedom House)2021年政治自由度評鑑,94分的台灣在亞洲排名第二,僅次於96分的日本。經濟學人資訊社(economy intelligence Union,簡稱EIU)的民主指數,台灣在全世界排名第8,也是完全民主國家之一。2015年時,台灣還只排名第31,在短短6年間就進步了23名。

聯合國2星期前剛發布的世界幸福報告,台灣也連續第五年排名第一。

僑委會委員長童振源(左起)和波士頓經文處處長孫儉元頒發表揚狀給全美亞裔婦女會
創辦人黎雯。
(周菊子攝)
童振源指出,台灣發展如此亮麗,僑委會要如何以有限的260名總部工作人員,58名海外人員的人力,在38個據點上為全球205萬台籍鄉親,4900萬華人服務,也成為了萬眾矚目的工作。

他認為沒有服務,就沒有僑務工作,上任後訂定四大目標,要運用新科技及新模式來擴大服務僑胞;要建立平台,運用數位科技讓僑務職人員,商會,僑教系統都可以更緊密連結;要運用台灣優勢,協助僑胞在地深根;要匯聚海外僑胞能量,幫助台灣發展。

海華文教基金會董事長吳明穎做說明。(周菊子攝)
童振源透露,去年616日他上任第一天,簽的第一份公文就是要成立全球僑胞服務數位部門,先用最基本的Line,再因地制宜的用Whatsapp等社交媒體來加強聯繫。力入Line帳號,他剛上任時,僑委會在世界各地有36個據點,他們就設了37Line帳號,總部為Taiwan-World的從台灣連結世界,在波士頓就是Taiwan-Boston,讓鄉親們更容易找到僑委會。

會場。
僑委會也運用數位科技突破了疫情造成的障礙,去年舉辦了3場世界性的華語口說,歌唱,以及作文比賽。前一陣子還有僑生校友,HTC創辦人捐贈了一套元宇宙設備,僑委會也將在科技上緊隨時代潮流,以新模式來整合政府及民間資源。

例如僑委會去年3月和慈濟簽定了合作備忘錄,和工研院,資策會,35所大學簽署了產學合作聯盟等合作協議,這些都沒有用到僑委會的預算,卻把台灣的資源都帶給所有僑胞。

童振源也特地指出,生物科技產業是未來最熱門行業之一,在生物科技產業促進會的叮囑之下,該會也將全力從旁協助,為僑胞,台灣創造更多機會。

Friday, April 01, 2022

The Advancing Justice Affiliation Continues In-Language Bystander Intervention Training for the Asian American Community Nationwide

 The Advancing Justice Affiliation Continues In-Language Bystander Intervention Training for the Asian American Community Nationwide

[Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C.] – The Asian Americans Advancing Justice affiliates in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. continue to offer virtual Bystander Intervention Training – Stop Anti-Asian and Asian American and Xenophobic Harassment in 2022 and are now proud to offer trainings in Asian languages for limited English proficient members of the community.

Washington, D.C.-based Asian Americans Advancing Justice – AAJC (Advancing Justice – AAJC) and Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Los Angeles (Advancing Justice – LA) offer accessible in-language trainings in Chinese (Cantonese and Mandarin), Korean, Tagalog, and Vietnamese. Additionally, Advancing Justice – AAJC offers trainings in Hindi and Thai, provides simultaneous interpretations along with English facilitations, and uses bilingual slides. Advancing Justice – LA trains directly in Asian languages, accompanied by translated slides as part of the interactive experience. Asian Americans Advancing Justice – Chicago (Advancing Justice – Chicago) provides bilingual trainings in Mandarin, Cantonese, and Hindi, with verbal presentations in both English and the Asian language and slides in Asian languages only.

Since the Advancing Justice affiliates in Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. and Right To Be started training in the last two years, they have trained over 150,000 people. Of all people who reported witnessing harassment after completing the training, 75% reported intervening, a best practice in reducing trauma and de-escalating violence.

“The Asian American community has borne heightened discrimination as some have sought to place blame for the pandemic on us,” said Marita Etcubañez, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives at Advancing Justice – AAJC. “We have heard from many in our community about the fear and anxiety they are feeling as Asian Americans have experienced increased hate crimes and hate incidents in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic. Through our trainings, we share practical, actionable strategies that we hope our participants will be able to use to safely intervene in and stop harassment, and also mitigate the harm for the person who faced harassment.”

“It is a privilege and a testimony to our collective commitment to the Asian American community that we are able to expand and offer these culturally competent, useful trainings with more Advancing Justice affiliates,” said Dax Valdes, Senior Trainer with Right To Be. "We always look for ways to make our sessions more accessible, so we can reach more community members who may be wondering what to do when they see someone else getting harassed, on public transportation or at the grocery store, for example. Offering these trainings in Asian languages is a crucial step in meeting communities where they are.” In Hollaback's evaluation and research, they found that 98.8% of those trained reported that as a result of the training, they were able to recognize and intervene when harassment occurred.

According to Christina Yang, General Counsel and Pro Bono Director at Advancing Justice – LA, “It is essential for us to train directly in Asian languages and make bystander intervention trainings more accessible to broader audiences, especially those who are still under attack and scapegoated for the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“As an organization that strives towards racial equity through community organizing, it is imperative that we respond to the requests from different communities and partners across the Midwest. We are excited to be a part of a strong affiliation and movement to make this training more inclusive for so many.” said Catherine Shieh, Anti-Hate Training Coordinator at Advancing Justice – Chicago.

僑委會委員長童振源訪波士頓晤僑胞 (圖片)



















 

波士頓市長吳弭巡視華埠內壁畫等公共藝術

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波士頓市長吳弭向HUD遞文件啟動公平房屋月

MAYOR MICHELLE WU KICKS OFF FAIR HOUSING MONTH WITH SUBMISSION OF FAIR HOUSING DOCUMENTS TO HUD
Mayor Michelle Wu
BOSTON - Friday, April 1, 2022 - Mayor Michelle Wu today launched Fair Housing Month by announcing the submission of the City of Boston’s Assessment of Fair Housing to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. With this submission, Boston is complying with federal fair housing requirements first established by the Obama administration. Fair Housing Month is celebrated annually during the month of April in commemoration of the anniversary of the Fair Housing Act of 1968.

“Housing stability and affordability must be the foundation of our recovery,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. “I’m grateful for the years of advocacy of the community advisory committee. Their leadership has made Boston a national leader in fair housing and will help ensure that we’re a city everyone can call home.”

Mayor Wu announced that implementation of the fair housing requirements will be led by a monitoring committee comprised of the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Community Advisory Committee (CAC), which previously spearheaded a multi-year community engagement process to identify fair housing challenges, priorities and action steps to advance a fair housing agenda in Boston, and the Executive Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equity, Will Onuoha. Onuoha will now serve as Chair of the Monitoring Committee. 

Following the submission to HUD, the monitoring committee will now create individual work plans for the Office of Fair Housing and Equity, the Mayor’s Office of Housing, the Boston Housing Authority, and the Boston Planning and Development Agency as required by the Executive Order. The committee will meet quarterly to track progress. The committee will also review development projects by assessing and monitoring the effectiveness of the Boston Interagency Fair Housing Development Committee (BIFDC) and report to the Chief of Equity and Inclusion on the progress of implementation. With the submission, Boston now has five years to meet all 108 fair housing goals in order to successfully implement the plan to affirmatively further fair housing across City departments.

“I’m grateful for the advocates who have worked so hard to advance fair housing and build a city for everyone,” said Mariangely Solis Cervera, Chief of Equity & Inclusion. “We look forward to working alongside the Monitoring Committee to ensure we are embedding equity in everything we do.”

“Housing is a human right. I want to thank Mayor Wu for her courageous leadership,” said Will Onuoha, Executive Director of the Office of Fair Housing and Equity. “She signed the AFFH executive order in her first 100 days and today’s action renews Boston’s commitment to ensure all residents can secure fair and equitable housing. It shows that this administration is serious about diversity and inclusion at all levels of City government.” 

In January, Mayor Wu signed an Executive Order Relative to Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing adopting the City of Boston’s Assessment of Fair Housing, intended to instill the practice of fair housing and racial equity throughout all levels of City government. Mayor Wu is building on Boston’s legacy as a leader in fair housing and civil rights after Boston became the first major city to embed fair housing in its zoning code in 2021. The zoning amendment requires developers  to consider impacts on area residents historically discriminated against so that steps can be taken to reduce those impacts, provide new housing opportunities, and address past histories of exclusion. The amendment was spearheaded by State Senator Lydia Edwards. 

“The Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Community Advisory Committee (CAC) is deeply grateful to Mayor Wu for signing the Executive Order adopting the Assessment of Fair Housing (AFH) that was developed over several years with input from hundreds of Boston residents and community groups,” said Lincoln Larmond, Chair of the CAC. “The CAC is proud to have succeeded in creating a substantive fair housing mechanism with the city. We realize many challenges and a great deal of hard work remain to live up to the letter and promise of the executive order.  The CAC looks forward to working on behalf of Boston residents and is hopeful we will be able to continue to work with the city to create a Boston in which all voices are heard and respected.