Boston Foundation announces $210,000 in grants from Food and Fuel Fund, urges support for those in need

January 2, 2014

With bitter cold, snow moving in, Boston Foundation urges support for those in need

Foundation announces first set of 2013-2014 grants from Food and Fuel Fund, encourages donors to act

Boston – The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, today announced more than $200,000 in grants to local organizations that provide urgent winter assistance to Massachusetts residents. The grants come from the Foundation’s Food and Fuel Fund, a cooperative effort of the Boston Foundation and its donors to specifically support those organizations providing food, fuel, housing and other much-needed services to citizens in need.

“We hope these grants, made possible by the generosity of Boston Foundation donors, will provide critical support to organizations that provide life-saving services and goods to thousands of people in our state,” said Paul S. Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. “But with a major winter storm and the coldest temperatures in years moving into the region, we call on everyone who can to help support these organizations.”

The Boston Foundation is a founding member of MassNeeds – a statewide coalition of more than 50 corporate, public and private foundations supporting more than 200 nonprofit organizations – that has committed more than $13 million to help provide hunger, heat, housing and health care support for Massachusetts residents.

To make a contribution to the Food and Fuel Fund, visit

To learn more about MassNeeds, visit

Sequestration and other federal and state funding reductions have reduced funding for many of these nonprofits at a time when demand continues to rise. December 2013 temperatures averaged below normal across Massachusetts, and late week temperatures are expected to be near or below zero in all of New England, with wind chills at dangerous levels.

“These conditions are dangerous in the immediate days ahead, and they also place an increased burden on those who are struggling to afford heat and food this winter,” noted Grogan. “With three more months of winter weather ahead of us, we all need to step up and help our neighbors.”

The list of the Boston Foundation’s first round of Food and Fuel grants is below. The Foundation plans to make more grants as contributions to the fund continue this winter. 

Issue Area




Action for Boston Community Development

Fuel assistance, weatherization


National Consumer Law Center

Project Stay Connected


Salvation Army

Good Neighbor Energy Fund



Citizens Energy

Fuel assistance


Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc.

Fuel assistance, weatherization


Community Action Programs, Inter-City, Inc.

Fuel assistance, weatherization




Greater Boston Food Bank

Brown Bag and SNAP Outreach programs for elders


Project Bread

SNAP application case management and training for elders


Women’s Lunch Place

Emergency food assistance, case management



Bridge Over Troubled Waters

Housing and social supports


Brookview House

Housing and social supports


New England Center for Homeless Veterans

Housing and social supports



Operation Warm

Coat distribution to Boston children through Cradles to Crayons



The Boston Foundation, Greater Boston’s community foundation, is one of the largest community foundations in the nation, with net assets of close to $900 million.  Founded in 1915, the Foundation is approaching its 100th Anniversary.  In 2013, the Foundation and its donors made nearly $98 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and received gifts of $130 million. The Foundation is a partner in philanthropy, with some 1,000 separate charitable funds established by donors either for the general benefit of the community or for special purposes. 

The Boston Foundation also serves as a major civic leader, provider of information, convener and sponsor of special initiatives that address the region’s most pressing challenges.  The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), an operating unit of the Foundation, designs and implements customized philanthropic strategies for families, foundations and corporations around the globe. Through its consulting and field-advancing efforts, TPI has influenced billions of dollars in giving worldwide.  For more information about the Boston Foundation and TPI call 617-338-1700.