Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico

RFPs, Press and Grants

Please check back here for the latest news and updates on the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund.

On September 29, 2017, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and the Boston Foundation announced the creation of the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund. Hosted in partnership with the Latino Legacy Fund and civic leaders of Boston's Puerto Rican community, this important fund is dedicated to relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico and the support of Puerto Ricans arriving in Boston and the Commonwealth as a result of the destruction left in the wake of Hurricane Maria. The committee which oversees this fund is launching its third round of grant making with two requests for proposals relating to recovery on the island and relocation of Puerto Rican evacuees in Massachusetts.

The Relocation and Recovery RFPs are currently closed. Please check back here for updates on future rounds of funding.

First Round of Grants

(The second round of grants are contained in this press release.)

$15,000 to Casa Pueblo de Adjuntas, a community-based organization seeking to protect and preserve the environment through responsible use of environmental resources. In the aftermath of Maria, Casa Pueblo has focused on the procurement and distribution of solar-powered lights that can help replace the devastated power grid in the central part of the island.

$15,000 to Centros Sor Isolina Ferre (CSIF), a community-based organization that promotes education, economic self-sufficiency, violence prevention and community action. Since the hurricane, CSIF has focused on collecting and distributing supplies for Caimito, Ponce and the surrounding communities on the southwestern coast of the island.

$15,000 to Proyecto ENLACE, a collaborative effort to improve and redevelop eight communities around the Caño Martin Peña, a San Juan canal along which are some of the  poorest and most flood-prone neighborhoods on the island, and were devastated by the hurricane.

$15,000 to P.E.C.E.S., based in Punta Santiago, Humacao, an education and community development nonprofit which is providing relief services and will focus on longer-term community development initiatives on the east coast of Puerto Rico, which was devastated when Maria made landfall.

$15,000 to Taller Salud, an operator of educational and prevention programs directed at women and girls in the towns of Carolina, Canóvanas, Loíza, Río Grande, Luquillo, Fajardo, and Vieques in the northeast coast of Puerto Rico. Taller Salud will use funding to provide for immediate needs with special emphasis on women, children and bedridden members of the community, as well as working to support fundraising and emergency donations in and around the community of Loiza.

$10,000 to Matria, a community organization which works with victims of domestic violence, but which has elected to pursue an immediate mission as a community collection and distribution centre over the next few weeks for clients and any families in need in and around the town of Caguas.

$7,500 to Coordinadora Paz Para La Mujer, a domestic violence organization that is working to distribute aid to women and children through a network of 11 domestic violence shelters across the island in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

In addition, the Advisory Committee made grants of $3,750 to the Chelsea Collaborative of Chelsea, MA and Centro Cristiano Nacion de Jesus of Springfield, MA to help defray costs associated with transporting donated goods to Puerto Rico, which they collected in the days immediately following Hurricane Maria.