Collaborate Boston

About Collaborate Boston

Collaborate Boston is an incentive-driven competition that supports collaborative efforts to create thriving people and vibrant places in our community.  In 2013 and 2014, the Boston Foundation made $100,000 in grants each year to cross-sector collaborations focused on achieving specific outcomes for the people and/or the places that make up our community.  

Meet the 2014 Winners

In 2014, the Foundation made four $25,000 grants to resident-led collaborations that are focused on strengthening the Fairmount Corridor neighborhoods of Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan and/or Roxbury. True to the competition’s cross-sector collaboration values, the four winners were recommended by an Advisory Committee of business, nonprofit, public-sector and resident leaders.

  • Breakfast IV Brothers: The project seeks to support and expand an ongoing breakfast series that aims to strengthen community amongst black and brown men in Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan through cross-generational dialogue and relationship building. The project also aims to address the role male identity plays in one’s personal responsibility and involvement in one’s community.
  • Fairmount Arts Collaboration: The project aims to revitalize the commercial district surrounding Hyde Park’s Logan Square by providing visual and theatre arts in the community, marketing local restaurants and businesses, and instructing and supporting local students in the arts. The project seeks to bring monthly visual and theater arts displays and performances to the area coupled with discounts at local restaurants to facilitate community building and bolster local businesses.
  • Fields Corner Shines: The project will create a youth-led Fields Corner environmental club, where local teens from diverse cultures and backgrounds that have not previously connected will work side-by-side to spearhead neighborhood clean-up and beautification efforts. The youth will also hold dialogues with the local business community and will create public awareness campaigns to engage others in keeping the community clean.
  • Seeds of Change Bulk Food Buy-In Market: The project will launch a new buy-in club, where individuals come together in numbers behind the decision to purchase food items collectively from local farms and wholesale distributors. The project will train residents along the Fairmont Corridor with the skills necessary to create and coordinate the buy-in clubs ultimately saving them money and providing increased access to healthy foods.  

Stay Updated

Visit the Collaborate Boston website for more information about previous winners and updates about what we are learning. Contact Stephanie Guidry at or (617) 338-4508 for additional information about Collaborate Boston.