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. 

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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. 

Application Instructions//Instrucciones: 

1)     Read the recovery guidelines below Lea las instrucciones

2)     Download the application here Por favor descarga la  solicitud  aquí

3)     Upload your application and project budget and/or organization budget at the bottom of this page Suba su solicitud completada con el presupuesto del proyecto o de su organización (puede incluir los dos presupestos sí estan disponible) al fin de esta página

Recovery Guidelines for RFP// Guía para solicitar 

Our goal with the Recovery phase of the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund is to advance and enhance initiatives, projects, organizations, and partnerships centered on catalyzing opportunities for growth and sustainability in the following key areas on the island: economic empowerment and green/climate resiliency initiatives. Strong consideration will be given to projects that include citizen-led and community-based engagement and advocacy. 

Nuestra meta en esta fase de recuperación del fondo Massachusetts Unidos por Puerto Rico es avanzar y mejorar iniciativas, proyectos, organizaciones y alianzas que puedan catalizar oportunidades de crecimiento y sostennibilidad en la isla espécialmente en las siguientes áreas: empoderamiento económico, iniciativas de resiliencia verde y climática. Se dará una gran consideración a los proyectos que incluyen el compromiso liderado por los ciudadanos y la defensa de la comunidad.

Economic Empowerment//Empoderamiento Económico 

The Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund is committed to strengthening and supporting the island’s pathway to economic recovery. We are seeking projects that are innovative and promote creative ways for small businesses and entrepreneurs to rebuild, grow and empower the local economy and their communities.  

El fondo Massachusetts Unidos para Puerto Rico está comprometido a fortalecer y apoyar el camino de la isla hacia la recuperación económica. Buscamos proyectos innovadores y que promuevan formas creativas para que pequeñas empresas y emprendedores enfoquen en reconstruir, crecer y empoderar a la economía local y a sus comunidades.

Grant consideration will be given to organizations whose projects and initiatives include but are not limited to the following:

1)      Microfinance programs that stimulate economic development throughout the island or within municipalities 

Programas de microfinanza que estimulan el desarrollo económico en toda la isla o en municipios específicos.

  a)      Capital access for businesses to reopen and grow   Acceso al capital para que las empresas reinicien operaciones y puedan fortalecerse.

  b)      Provide resources, support and guidance  Provea recursos, apoyo y consejería.

  c)      Strategic collaboration with other local organizations Lleve a cabo colaboraciones estratégicas con otras organizaciones locales. 

2)      Supporting small businesses to reopen and remain operational Apoyar pequeños negocios para volverse a abrir y permanecer operacional

  a)      Assist businesses in pivoting and using a holistic approach  to commerce Ayudar a las empresas  a pivotar utilizando un enfoque holístico para el desarrollo de su comercio

       i)        e.g. pop-up shops for businesses whose properties were destroyed e.g.   Pop-up Shops de empresas cuyas propiedades fueron destruidas.

  b)      Advocacy for small business initiatives and policies  Abogacía para impulsar pequeñas iniciativas empresariales y política pública. 

  c)      Access to capital: providing grants or loans to small businesses Acceso al capital: otorgar subvenciones o préstamos a pequeñas empresas

  d)     Create employment for their community Crear empleo para la comunidad

3)      Accelerator programs that incentivize residents, university students and overseas companies to pursue entrepreneurial ventures as an economic strategy to develop and sustain a locally driven ecosystem 

Programas aceleradores que incentivan a residentes, estudiantes universitarios y empresas extranjeras a emprender estableciendo empresas como una estrategia para desarrollar y sostener una ecosistema económico impulsado localmente

  a)      Knowledge-based business models such as technology and e-commerce Modelos de negocio basados en el conocimiento como tecnología y comercio electrónico

4)      Resources to small and micro enterprises that bolster their viability and ongoing growth Recursos a pequeñas y micro empresas que refuercen su viabilidad y crecimiento 

  a)      Access to strategic networks for mentorship, guidance, and business support Acceso a redes estratégicas para orientación y asistencia empresarial

  b)      Operational guidance, and capacity building Dirección operacional y desarrollo de capacidades

5)      Projects that empower Puerto Rico’s workforce development: retraining and skills building for local workers in globally competitive sectors

Proyectos que empoderen el desarrollo de la fuerza laboral de Puerto Rico especialmente en el readiestramiento y fortalecimiento de habilidades para trabajadores locales en sectores globalmente competitivos

  a)      Technology  La technología 

  b)      Green rebuilding  Reconstrucción ecológica 

Green and Sustainability Initiatives//Iniciativas verdes y de sostenibilidad 

Hurricane Maria delivered a level of catastrophe on the island that left its citizens immobile and many municipalities destroyed with no access to water and power. To this day, many parts of the island are surviving without electricity. 

El huracán María provocó un nivel de catástrofe en la isla que dejó a sus ciudadanos inmóviles y muchas partes de la isla destruidas sin acceso al agua y la energía. Al día de hoy, muchas partes de la isla sobreviven sin electricidad.

Despite the devastating effects the hurricane had on the island’s infrastructure, it also underscores an opportunity to rebuild Puerto Rico with an eye towards resiliency. The Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund is looking to local organizations committed to enhancing the island’s infrastructure and sustainability capacity through green initiatives and demonstrates new or best practices that can be replicated throughout the island. 

A pesar de los efectos devastadores que el huracán tuvo en la infraestructura de la isla, existe la oportunidad de reconstruir Puerto Rico resiliente. El fondo Massachusetts Unidos para Puerto Rico busca organizaciones locales comprometidas con mejorar la infraestructura de la isla y la capacidad de sostenibilidad a través de iniciativas verdes y que demuestra nuevas y mejores prácticas que pueden ser replicadas a través de toda la isla.

A project that incorporates its local leaders and stakeholders to tap into innovative solutions that strengthen a community’s resiliencey and provide a long term economic benefit is critical.

Un proyecto que incorpore sus líderes locales y a las comunidades interesadas en acceder soluciones innovadoras que fortalezcan la resiliencia comunitaria para proporcionar un beneficio económico a largo plazo es fundamental.

We are supporting organizations whose work, projects and initiatives focus on the following:

Apoyamos a organizaciones cuyo trabajo, proyectos e iniciativas se centran en lo siguiente:

1)      Supporting entrepreneurs focused on green opportunities with a multiplier effect on the island’s ability to be resilient

Apoyar a los emprendedores enfocados en oportunidades verdes cuyo impacto tenga un efecto multiplicador en la capacidad de la isla para ser resiliente

  a)      Water access/filtration systems   Sistemas de acceso/filtración de agua

  b)      Food sustainability/Agriculture/Farming Seguridad alimentaria/agricultura

  c)      Green energy Energía verde 

  d)     Transportation  Transportación 

  e)      Citizen engagement especially on parts of the island that were severely impacted Participación ciudadana, especialmente de las comunidades en la isla, que fueron gravemente impactadas  

2)      Resiliency projects  Proyectos de resiliencia  

  a)      Sustainable farming/food  Agricultura sostenible y de alimentos 

  b)      Community based agriculture   Agricultura de base comunitaria   

  c)      Climate/Environment  Clima/medio ambiente  

  d)     Supporting local farmers   Apoyo a los agricultores locales  

  e)      Clean water solutions and infrastructure systems   Soluciones de agua potable y sistemas de infraestructura 

       i)       Reduces flooding   Reducción de inundaciones  

       ii)      Provides reliable drinking water supplies   Ofrece una calidad de agua potable y confiable

  f)       Community collaboration with key stakeholders   Colaboración comunitaria con actores clave

3)      Green energy  Energía verde  

  a)      Strategic placement of green solutions in critical infrastructure areas and community assets: schools, community health centers and hospitals

La colocación estratégica de soluciones verdes en áreas críticas de infraestructura y activos comunitarios: escuelas, centros de salud comunitarios y hospitales 

  b)      Champion engaged communities to access green solutions especially those without power since Hurricane Irma

Comunidades comprometidas y totalmente involucradas en acceder soluciones verdes, especialmente aquellas sin electricidad desde el huracán Irma   

       i)        Mountain/rural areas  Montaña/ zonas rurales 

       ii)      Deeply affected municipalities  Municipalidades everamente afectados 

       iii)    Educating communities on policy issues and advocacy  Educación a comunidades en asuntos de política pública y abogacía

4)      Rebuilding sustainable infrastructure   La reconstrucción de infraestructura sostenible 

  a)      Rebuilding projects should include a high level of community engagement and insights as part of its process

Los proyectos de reconstrucción deben incluir un alto nivel de participación y conocimientos comunitarios que es parte del proceso 

  b)      Retraining, skills building and job training for local residents        Readiestramiento, desarrollo de destrezas y adiestramiento laboral.  habilidades y capacitación laboral para residentes locales

  c)      Partnerships with employers, employment centers, companies, universities, and schools as an economic vehicle to create jobs for local residents.  Alianzas con empleadores, centros de empleo, compañías, universidades y escuelas como un vehículo económico para crear opportunidades de empleo para residentes locales

Summary of Grant Details and Information

Grants allocated for the Recovery Initiative will range from $20,000 to $50,000. 

Las subvenciones asignadas para la Iniciativa de Recuperación se extenderán de $20,000 to $50,000.

Timeline: We request responses be submitted by May 1st.

Solicitamos que las respuestas sean enviadas antes del 1 de Mayo. 

For RFP inquiries please contact Evelyn Barahona at  evelyn.barahona@tbf.org

Para cualquier pregunta sobre la solicitud, por favor comuníquese con Evelyn Barahona at evelyn.barahona@tbf.org 

Eligibility/Elegibilidad:

1)      Organizations must be 501(c)3 or have intermediary/fiscal agent based in the US.

Las organizaciones deben ser 501(c)3 o intermediario o agente fiscal basada en los Estados Unidos. 

  a)      Letter agreement designating fiscal sponsorship is required

Se requiere una carta de acuerdo con un patrocinio fiscal 

  b)      All applicants must provide proof of 501(c)3 status

Todos los solicitantes deben presentar una prueba de 501(c)3 

2)      Demonstrated track record working in the communities they are looking to serve

Demostrar un historial trabajando en las comunidades que buscan servir 

Top considerations/Consideraciones principales:

  •        Demonstrate collaboration and partnerships with other local organizations that show a multiplier effect on key impacts

Demostrar la colaboración y alianzas con otras organizaciones locales que muestran un efecto multiplicador sobre los impactos principales

  •        Demonstrate geographic reach, especially organizations serving remote areas and those most impacted by the disaster

Demostrar alcance geográfico, especialmente las organizaciones que atienden áreas remotas y más impactadas por el desastre

  •        Promote community and citizen engagement

Promueva el compromiso y la participación del ciudadana

RFP Check List/RFP lista de cotejeo:

  •       Attachment of application Anejo de la solicitud application
  •       Attachment of project and/or organization budget   Anejo de presupuesto del proyecto o de la organización    
  • Awardee information and Reports/Metrics   Información del solicitante e información sobre métricas y resultados 
  •         Grant Awardees will receive an award letter from the Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Boston Foundation via email.     Los seleccionados recibirán una carta por correo electrónico de la Vicepresidente y Director de Filantropía de Boston Foundation.
  •         Upon receipt, awardees will be given follow up instructions for grant disbursement.  Una vez recibida la notificación, recibirán las instrucciones para el desembolso.  
  •         Grant awardees will need to submit a final report on their progress toward accomplishing their project.   Tendrán que presentar un reporte final sobre su progreso hacia la realización de su proyecto.


 

Application Instructions

1)      Read the relocation guidelines below

2)      Download the application here

3)      Upload your application and project budget and/or organization budget at the bottom of this page

Relocation Guidelines for RFP

Since Hurricane Maria, thousands of Puerto Ricans have fled the island, and according to the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, approximately 15,208 came to Massachusetts, 2,556 of which are students. Currently, Massachusetts has the second highest population of Puerto Ricans receiving federal shelter benefits from FEMA, and with this year’s recent developments from the agency, many families are now being impacted. It is important to note this is one of the many challenges facing self-evacuees in MA.

Our goal with relocation is funding initiatives, projects and organizations that demonstrate or show a regional coordinating approach to helping evacuees. This includes collaboration, partnerships and a thoughtful process to offering the most critical services for self-evacuees to rebuild their lives. The fund will take measures to see that those displaced by Hurricane Maria can begin to create a new chapter and thrive socially and economically in their new home communities. 

Grant consideration will be given to organizations whose projects and initiatives include but not limited to the following:

1)      Provide direct service to the largest concentrations of self-evacuees

  a)      Ability to report number of PR evacuees being supported

       i)        Documented history of service to evacuees and/or the Latino community

       ii)      Cultural competency and bilingual/bicultural staff

2)      Exhibit levels of collaboration with public agencies and other key stakeholders: school districts, community-based organizations, hospitals, employment services and/or universities

  a)      Use a coordinated process and approach to helping evacuees

  b)      Regional outreach/contacts

  c)      Prior history working with this population

3)      Providing services and support to evacuees on critical issues being experienced today

  a)      Housing/Living 

       i)        Help those with FEMA challenges take alternative routes to housing

       ii)      Identifying services to help individuals find temporary housing: single adults and elderly

  b)      Employment support

       i)        Provides job placement for evacuees 

       ii)      Provides English learning opportunities

       iii)    Provides transportation assistance to enable travel from home to work 

c)      Health/Mental health

       i)        Direct services to ensure those with medical needs are being treated

       ii)      Providing services needed for those suffering from mental distress

  d)     Other initiatives of consideration

       i)        Family stabilization supports; i.e. benefits enrollment, educational support services to help families navigate school selection. 

       ii)      Access to emergency food services and/or other long term support for food access 

Summary of Grant Details and Information


Grants allocated for the Relocation Initiative will range from $20,000 to $50,000. 

Timeline: We request responses be submitted by May 1st.

For RFP inquiries please contact Evelyn Barahona at evelyn.barahona@tbf.org

Eligibility: 

  •         Organizations must be 501(c)3 or have a designated fiscal sponsor
  •         Demonstrated track record working in the communities they are looking to serve

Top considerations:

  •         Demonstrate collaboration and partnerships with other local organizations that show a multiplier effect on key impacts
  •         Geographic concentrations with high number of evacuees 
  • Ability to serve as a regional coordinator 

RFP Check List:

  •       Attachment of application
  •       Attachment of project budget and/or organization budget

Awardee information and Reports/Metrics

  •         Grant Awardees will receive an award letter from the Vice President & Chief Philanthropy Officer at the Boston Foundation via email.
  •         Upon receipt, awardees will be given follow up instructions for grant disbursement
  •        Grant awardees will need to submit a final report on their progress toward accomplishing their project. 

History and Context

In 2010, the Boston Foundation launched My Summer in the City (MSITC) as a funding initiative focused on strengthening education, employment and recreational opportunities for young people during the summer months. In the early years, MSITC partners/recipients focused on providing programming in underutilized parks and open spaces during non-traditional hours. Through the initiative, the Foundation was able to support 150 organizations to broaden activities in the parks and to increase employment opportunities for young people. The result was over 2,000 park activities that collectively employed 600 young people.

My Summer in the City 2018

Building on the success of the early years, in the summer of 2016 the Boston Foundation honed the focus of MSITC to respond to feedback from the community through expansion of meaningful employment opportunities for young people. This year, MSITC will continue to prioritize summer employment opportunities within two populations:

1) Young people in middle school ages 12 to 14 years old (those who are too old for traditional summer camp and too young for the city’s employment programs) and 

2) Young people, including recently migrated youth (arrived to Boston in the last 5 years), young undocumented youth “Dreamers”, young people who identify as LGBTQ+, those who have experienced homelessness, foster care youth, court involved and youth with seen and unseen disabilities. 

The focus of this approach is twofold: 

1) Create stipend quality pre-employment programming and a pipeline to summer employment focused on our middle school aged young people who are often left to “self-care” during summer months which results in a lower likelihood of participating in structured activities (enrichment as well as employment) and 

2) Provide job experience and job training to young people who are the least employed and most likely to be left out of the summer employment experience: LGTBQIA identified youth, court involved youth, youth with seen and unseen disabilities, undocumented and recently immigrated youth, foster care youth, and homeless youth. MSTIC grants will provide unrestricted dollars to allow partners to compensate their young people in various ways for example paid stipends, project based compensation, contractor or hourly. 

Data shows that 25.5% of people between the ages of 16-20 are unemployed and this number is higher in people of color and immigrant youth. Trends also show teen summer employment rates in Massachusetts fell from 55% in 1989 to only 25% in 2015, a decline of 30 percentage points according to the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute of Economic and Public Policy Research. 

My Summer in the City seeks to find partners that will support young people who have experienced the greatest difficulties in finding both pre-employment and employment opportunities in the summer. MSITC also seeks to increase teens' exposure to the world of summer employment as well as increase their basic employability skills (attendance, team work, communicating with other workers and customers).


MSITC 2018 Priorities

Priority will go to organizations that can demonstrate they are actively recruiting and/or currently working with one or more of the listed populations described above. The Boston Foundation seeks to support organizations that will provide a mix of skill building programming to these populations:

· Provide meaningful paid employment opportunities, minimum $350 stipend, for pre-teens and youth 

· Have a demonstrated commitment and success in working with the focus population

· Are actively engaging young people, families and community members in planning the program and in outreaching to participants

· Have a well-designed strategy and plan to provide wraparound services 

· Have a commitment to exposing young people to a variety of sectors and career professionals specifically with backgrounds and histories that resemble their own

· Have an interest in building a lasting partnership with the Boston Foundation, regardless of the Foundation’s ability to provide future financial resources

For further information or if you have any questions about MSITC contact Cairo Mendes by email at cairo.mendes @tbf.org.

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
Dee Moore, Grassroots Program Associate, (617) 338-4276