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 Please tell us about your experience at the April 12 Coffee & Conversation with Roca, Inc.

 Please tell us about your experience at the May 10 Coffee & Conversation with the Dimock Center and Urban Edge.

 Please tell us about your experience at the June 14 Coffee & Conversation with Smart from the Start.

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. 

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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. 

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. 

The Brother Thomas Fund was established in 2007 to honor the legacy of Brother Thomas Bezanson, a Benedictine monk and world-renowned ceramic artist, who wanted the sale of his work to help other artists as his friends had helped him.  

Approximately 70 local artists have been nominated by distinguished members of the Greater Boston cultural sector to be considered for a Brother Thomas Fellowship Award.

An independent panel representing a range of aesthetic perspectives will review the applications.  Their goal is to identify a diverse group of up to 11 Greater Boston artists working in a range of disciplines who have made a firm commitment to their art, are working at a high level of excellence, and who may be at a catalytic moment in their life and career when a fellowship could have a transformative impact.  The panel will only review complete applications.    

Click here for the Application Guidelines.    

If you have any questions, please contact Brother.Thomas@tbf.org.  

The Boston Foundation