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Info sessions begin December 7
Deadline for next round: February 1

Latino Legacy Fund

Providing grants to organizations focused on helping Greater Boston's Latino community
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Current Grant Opportunities

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Equality Fund 2019 Grants

The Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation is now accepting applications for grants of up to $20,000 from organizations working to benefit the LGBTQ community in Greater Boston.  The Fund is seeking proposals that unmet or under-met needs, issues or problems facing LGBTQ+ populations in Massachusetts, many of which were outlined in the Boston Foundation's 2018 Equality and Equity report. 

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2018-2019 Open Door Grants

We encourage new and existing nonprofit organizations in Greater Boston that are not currently aligned with the strategies, goals and approaches pursued in the Foundation’s five impact areas to pursue Open Door Grants for support of their efforts to meet existing needs or test new ideas and innovations that address the most critical challenges and opportunities facing our community.

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Recent Reports

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Report | Arts and Culture

Avenues to the Arts: A New Creative District for Boston

How can Boston raise the profile of its world-class cultural offerings? This new report, created from two years of interviews and discussions, suggests branding a new creative district "The Avenues to the Arts," and bringing together civic, commercial and cultural assets to create a powerful arts partnership

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Recent Forums

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Video | Education

Grade Incomplete: Understanding Boston Forum

In a highly engaging Understanding Boston forum, community college funding took center stage. The Boston Foundation and Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation presented an examination of the fate of the Massachusetts' community college performace funding formula, and college presidents and the audience joined in a vibrant discussion of funding, private support and the opportunities and challenges facing the 15-campus system.

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Video | Civic Leadership

Census 2020 Explained

An October 24 forum for the release of the new Boston Indicators report "Census 2020, Explained" highlighted the critical importance of an accurate Census for Massachusetts, and featured an interesting conversation with the regional director for the US Census.

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Boston Is Booming... But for Whom?

Boston as a whole is enjoying an era of growth, but the prosperity isn't distributed equally among various ethnic and socioeconomic groups, according to a new Boston Indicators report that was the focus of an October 10 event at the Edgerley Center for Civic Leadership

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The Work of Leisure

At this forum, the Boston Foundation released "The Work of Leisure: Behind the Scenes of Massachusetts' Leisure, Hospitality and Tourism Industry" - the first such study in 27 years - which is a detailed report that reveals how ubiquitous this industry really is and how much influence it has. The forum included a presentation of the report and a panel discussion about the implications of its findings.

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2018 Patrick Prize for Community Colleges

The Boston Foundation welcomed community college leaders and staff to the Foundation on June 5th where it was announced that Holyoke Community College has been selected as the winner of the 2018 Deval Patrick Prize for Community Colleges.

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