Boston Foundation Awards $30 Million in Quarterly Grants

The Boston Foundation has announced quarterly grants totaling nearly $30 million to nonprofit organizations in the greater Boston area.

In support of the Success Boston college completion initiative, the foundation awarded $850,000 to six organizations working to help students and their families get ready for, into, and through college. Recipients include uAspire ($200,000), the Boston Private Industry Council ($150,000), Bottom Line, Inc. ($150,000), the Hyde Square Task Force ($150,000), American Student Assistance ($100,000), and Freedom House, Inc. ($100,000). In addition, the foundation awarded $184,000 to Boston Plan for Excellence in support of its efforts to recruit a talented, diverse pool of teachers, and $94,000 to Boston Public Schools and the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education in support of the Massachusetts Vision Project.

Other grants announced by the foundation include $225,000 over three years to the Family Independence Initiative in support of the organization's policy agenda and an expansion of its site; $150,000 over three years to Root Cause in support of the State Street Foundation-initiated Youth Violence Prevention Funder Learning Collaborative; $75,000 over three years to the Mattapan Food and Fitness Coalition in support of its efforts to increase access to healthy, affordable food and promote active lifestyles among Mattapan residents; and $60,000 to More Than Words, which provides training and support to youth who are in foster care, court-involved, homeless, or out-of-school.

"We are excited to continue our work in key areas with this round of grants," said Boston Foundation president and CEO Paul S. Grogan, "But we want to especially note the great work being done by all the partners in the Success Boston initiative, including the grantees, the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools, UMass-Boston, and our other college partners. As the recent report (96 pages, PDF) by Andy Sum of Northeastern University found, Success Boston is moving the needle when it comes to keeping students in higher education, and is worthy of this continued investment."

For a complete list of grant recipients, visit the Boston Foundation Web site.