Hi Everyone,

If you plan on attending the EdTalks meeting on March 31st from 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm, please fill this form out by March 13th. Dinner will be provided and your wisdom and tips is greatly appreciated!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Joyce.Huang@tbf.org! Thank you!

 Request for Proposals 

  

The Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico (MUPR) Fund was created at the Boston Foundation in 2017 in response to the devastation in Puerto Rico caused by Hurricane Maria. Since its inception, MUPR has invested nearly $3M in support of more than 80 organizations to address relief and recovery efforts on the island and to assist relocated Puerto Rican evacuees in Massachusetts.  Examples of past MUPR-supported projects may be found on our website.

MUPR is now entering its final phase which will culminate on May 13, 2020 with a celebration of the fund’s accomplishments; the remainder of funds will also be awarded at this event. For this final phase of the fund, MUPR seeks to lift up and invest in innovative and creative projects that demonstrate vision for impact on the Island and the ability to scale ideas and projects that will make Puerto Rico more resilient and sustainable today and for years to come. 

In particular, MUPR would like to promote transformative ideas and projects that strengthen the island in the following areas: 

  • Alternative, green energy (e.g. projects that enable more sustainable, localized energy sources such as wind, solar, hydropower, electric micro-grids, etc.);
  • Sustainable agriculture (This category is focused on ensuring food security. Practitioners of sustainable agriculture seek to integrate three main objectives into their work: a healthy environment, economic profitability, and social and economic equity. This could also include using methods to promote soil health, minimize water use, and lower pollution levels on the farm. [source: U.C. Davis]); 
  • Innovation, with a focus on local economic empowerment or development (LED) (This category includes but is not limited to cross-sector collaborations whereby public, business and non-governmental sector partners work collectively to create better conditions for economic growth and employment generation.” [World Bank Urban Development Unit 2003:4]).

Projects demonstrating creativity, scalability, and big ideas for long-term, innovative solutions to the island’s resiliency will be considered for grants up to $150,000. 

Key Requirements

  • Puerto Rican led non-profit organization or collaborative;
  • 501(c)3 status or fiscal sponsor with 501(c)3 status;
  • Project or idea falls into at least one of the MUPR areas: green energy, sustainable agriculture, innovation;
  • Successful completion of the application below;
  • You've made sure to attach a viable project budget using this template. Your budget should include the full costs to design, manage and implement the proposed project or initiative.


Preference will be given to organizations that collaborate with local government, other community based non-profits, and private sector partners with the capacity to implement projects of the scale proposed. Other preferred criteria include the following:

  • Investment from other funders;
  • Strong collaborations/partnerships;
  • Sound organizational infrastructure;
  • Capacity to complete project or create a viable implementation plan;
  • Address more than one of the MUPR areas (e.g. a green energy project that supports local economic development.)

Proposals are due by March 9th. 

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Solicitud de Propuestas

  

La Fundación de Boston creó el Fondo Massachusetts Unidos por Puerto Rico (MUPR) en 2017 como una respuesta a la devastación causada en Puerto Rico por el huracán María. Desde su creación, el fondo ha invertido casi 3 millones de dólares en apoyo a las más de 80 organizaciones que han colaborado  con las actividades de socorro, reubicación y recuperación de la isla. El fondo presta apoyo en tres ejes principales: Resistencia, Recuperación y Reubicación. En nuestra página web se encuentran ejemplos de proyectos apoyados por el Fondo MUPR en el pasado-página web/enlace: website.

El Fondo MUPR ya en su fase final, culminará el 13 de mayo de 2020 con una celebración que destacará los logros del fondo; también se entregarán en este evento. Para esta fase final El Fondo MUPR busca apoyar e invertir en proyectos innovadores y creativos que demuestren un alto impacto en la Isla y la capacidad de escalar ideas y proyectos para que hagan a Puerto Rico más resistente y sostenible ahora y en los años venideros. 

Algunas de las áreas en que El Fondo MUPR busca promover ideas y proyectos transformadores que fortalezcan a la isla son: 

  • Energía alternativa y verde (por ejemplo, proyectos que permitan el uso de fuentes de energía más sostenibles y localizadas como la eólica, la solar, la hidroeléctrica, las micro-redes, etc.)
  • Agricultura sostenible (Esta categoría se centra en garantizar la seguridad alimentaria. Los especialistas en agricultura sostenible tratan de integrar en su trabajo tres objetivos principales: un medio ambiente sano, la rentabilidad económica y la equidad social y económica. Esto también podría incluir el uso de métodos para promover la salud de la tierra, minimizar el uso del agua y reducir los niveles de contaminación en la granja. (fuente: U.C. Davis).
  • Innovación con enfoque en el empoderamiento o desarrollo económico local (LED). (Esta categoría incluye pero no se limita a colaboraciones intersectoriales mediante las cuales los participantes de los sectores público, empresarial y no gubernamental trabajan colectivamente para crear mejores condiciones para el crecimiento económico y la generación de empleo". [Unidad de Desarrollo Urbano del Banco Mundial 2003:4]).

Los proyectos que demuestren ser creativos, un potencial para posibilidades de ampliación y grandes ideas de soluciones innovadoras a largo plazo para la resistencia de la isla serán considerados para subvenciones de hasta $150,000. 

Requisitos Fundamentales

  • Organización sin fines de lucro dirigida por puertorriqueños;
  • Estado de exención de impuestos 501(c)3 o patrocinador fiscal con estado de exención de impuestos 501(c)3;
  • Proyecto o idea cae en al menos una de las áreas MUPR: energía verde, agricultura sostenible, innovación;
  • Finalización exitosa de la aplicación a continuación;
  • Por favor, envíe un presupuesto viable para su proyecto utilizando esta plantilla/enlace: template. El presupuesto debe incluir los costos totales de diseño, gestión y ejecución del proyecto o iniciativa propuesta, así como el presupuesto total de su organización. this 


Se dará preferencia a las organizaciones que colaboren con el gobierno local, otras organizaciones comunitarias sin fines de lucro o que estén asociados con el sector privado con capacidad para ejecutar proyectos de la escala propuesta. Otros criterios preferidos son los siguientes:

  • Inversión de otros financiadores.
  • Colaboraciones/alianzas sólidas.
  • Infraestructura organizacional sólida.
  • Capacidad para completar el proyecto o crear un plan de ejecución viable.
  • Abordar más de una de las áreas del fondo MUPR (por ejemplo, un proyecto de energía verde que apoye el desarrollo económico local).

Las propuestas deben ser enviadas antes del 9 de Marzo 2020.

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Grassroots Grant-Making


Purpose of Grassroots Grant-Making

Grassroots grant-making at the Boston Foundation is set up to respond quickly to community needs, with the Grassroots Fund proactively providing grants that range from $200 to $10,000 to grassroots organizations. These grants help people come together, establish relationships, strengthen political will, form caring connections, heal divides and build efficacy, clout and resilience. 


The Grassroots strategy provides early support for grassroots ideas and neighborhood-based innovation by making a range of small and speedy grants through the Grassroots Fund


The lessons learned and connections made through this process have enriched the Foundation’s grant-making. Ideas funded over the past five years have ranged from targeted events to transformational opportunities — each starting with the power of people.


Grassroots Fund Applications & Process

Applications for the Action Fund are accepted on a rolling basis.


Successful applications will:

  • Be complete, and follow application guidelines
  • Demonstrate resident participation and diverse perspectives
  • Show careful planning and appropriate budget allocations
  • Reflect the neighborhood’s ability to implement the proposed project


Priority will be given to projects that accomplish one or more of the following

  • Make your neighborhood safe, vibrant, clean or green; 
  • Have leaders that represent the communities with which they work;
  • Include diverse perspectives and participation by residents of all ages;
  • Increase participation by residents, organizations and businesses in 
  • Neighborhood activities and community associations; 
  • Increase residents’ confidence to do other projects;
  • Build partnerships with residents, community-based organizations, schools,
  • Religious institutions, local merchants or others. 


For questions about the application process, contact:

Natanja Craig, Director, Grassroots Programs, (617) 338-2678

Cairo Mendes, Grassroots Program Associate, (617) 338-4276


Hello,

Thank you for your most recent partnership with the Grassroots Strategy here at the Boston Foundation. 

In order to measure the impact of the work, we ask you to please fill the following evaluation as a complete evaluation is required to be considered for future funding through the Grassroots Fund. 

For any questions please email Cairo Mendes, cairo.mendes@tbf.org. 

_______________________________________________________________________

The Grassroots Strategy is one of the 7 impact areas operated by the Boston Foundation. We seek to recognize, include, and support the leaders and communities that have historically been excluded. 


There are three core components to our work: 

Activating Grassroots Leaders

We recognize the leadership and vision of community members and seek to support their growth and work. We do this by sponsoring professional development opportunities for grassroots leaders, connecting leaders to resources and other support systems, and hosting the Boston Neighborhood Fellows. 


Seeding Grassroots Ideas

Grassroots grant making at the Boston Foundation is set up to respond quickly to community needs, with the Grassroots Fund proactively providing grants that range from $200 to $10,000 to grassroots organizations and efforts led by leaders with lived experiences in the issues we work to address through all of our grant making. 


Deepening Grassroots Connections

We work to deepen grassroots connections by partnering with leaders to co-create safe and welcoming spaces and opportunities for community members, grassroots nonprofit leaders and Foundation staff to meet together, exchange stories and discuss lessons learned from community action to ensure that voices of communities historically excluded are present in all of our work


For any questions please email Cairo Mendes, cairo.mendes@tbf.org. 

Hello,

Thank you for your most recent partnership with the Grassroots Strategy here at the Boston Foundation. 

In order to measure the impact of the work, we ask you to please fill the following evaluation as a complete evaluation is required to be considered for future funding through the Grassroots Fund. 

For any questions please email Cairo Mendes, cairo.mendes@tbf.org. 

_______________________________________________________________________

The Grassroots Strategy is one of the 7 impact areas operated by the Boston Foundation. We seek to recognize, include, and support the leaders and communities that have historically been excluded. 


There are three core components to our work: 

Activating Grassroots Leaders

We recognize the leadership and vision of community members and seek to support their growth and work. We do this by sponsoring professional development opportunities for grassroots leaders, connecting leaders to resources and other support systems, and hosting the Boston Neighborhood Fellows. 


Seeding Grassroots Ideas

Grassroots grant making at the Boston Foundation is set up to respond quickly to community needs, with the Grassroots Fund proactively providing grants that range from $200 to $10,000 to grassroots organizations and efforts led by leaders with lived experiences in the issues we work to address through all of our grant making. 


Deepening Grassroots Connections

We work to deepen grassroots connections by partnering with leaders to co-create safe and welcoming spaces and opportunities for community members, grassroots nonprofit leaders and Foundation staff to meet together, exchange stories and discuss lessons learned from community action to ensure that voices of communities historically excluded are present in all of our work


For any questions please email Cairo Mendes, cairo.mendes@tbf.org. 

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