Boston Foundation awards $845,000 in funding to partner organizations and collaboratives

Grants made possible by state funding will go to direct economic support in communities hard hit by COVID-19

April 7, 2021

Editor's note: The original version of this release listed $770,000 in funds - the numbers have been updated to include the full $225,000 awarded to the Massachusetts Immigrant Collaborative.

Boston - The Boston Foundation today announced it had awarded $845,000 in grants to organizations and collaboratives to meet critical needs of residents in 11 Greater Boston communities that are a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds represent the first payouts of just under $2.5 million being pledged for distribution by the Boston Foundation in partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development.

“While we continue to support our partners in critical areas such as vaccine distribution, we also know that the inequities made so evident by COVID will last long beyond the coronavirus,” said Paul Grogan, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. “We thank the state for recognizing community foundations as a partner and a bridge to those working most closely to ensure that residents can access food, housing and other critical needs as the pandemic’s impact continues.”

Funding will reach individuals and households in the following communities Boston (with an emphasis on the neighborhoods of Chinatown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and Roxbury), Braintree, Chelsea, East Weymouth, Everett, Lynn, Malden, Quincy, Randolph, Revere, and Weymouth.

The grants announced today include:

Massachusetts Immigrant Collaborative: $225,000
One Chelsea Fund: $100,000
Lynn Community Care Fund: $100,000
Asian Community Emergency Relief Fund: $95,000
Everett Community Care Fund: $75,000
Malden COVID Care Fund: $75,000
Raise Up Revere Fund: $75,000
Mass Undocufund: $75,000
Randolph Resiliency Fund: $25,000

Through these nonprofit partners, funds will be provided directly to individuals and households for direct economic support for costs related to meeting basic human needs like housing, utilities, and food to impacted individuals and households with incomes at or below 80% of the applicable area median income as well as households with no, or very limited, access to sources of economic relief.