The Boston Foundation announces $1 million in grants to 20 organizations, opens new application period for Safety Net Grants program

Applications for Spring 2024 grants open until March 1

January 29, 2024

Boston – The Boston Foundation today announced that 20 nonprofit partners have been chosen to share $1 million in this round of the Foundation’s Safety Net Grants program. Safety Net Grants support social service organizations that respond to essential needs of marginalized communities and vulnerable residents in Greater Boston. Recipients, who were decided through a community-led process from nearly 130 applicants, will receive a $50,000 grant for general operating support over two years.

“Once again, we thank and appreciate our community reviewers, who have pulled together a remarkable slate of organizations for this cohort,” said M. Lee Pelton, President and CEO of the Boston Foundation. “These organizations work in a number of different areas but share a commitment to community partnership and authentic leadership that makes them exceptionally effective at addressing critical needs. We look forward to our partnership as we continue to reshape our work with an emphasis on community-led decision-making.”

Community reviewers review applications and prepare rating sheets along with brief narrative recommendations. The Safety Net Grants team then reviews community reviewer ratings and recommendations and compiles a docket that consists of the highest-rated applications that reflect diversity across geography, service population, organization mission, and organization size.

Community reviewers are compensated for their time and effort.

New grants cycle underway now – applications accepted until March 1

The new grants are being announced as the Safety Net Grants team begins accepting a new round of applications for the program. Safety Net Grants are open to any organization in Essex, Middlesex, Norfolk, Plymouth or Suffolk Counties aligned with the program goals. The application window is open until March 1.


List of grants awarded in Fall 2023 cycle

The following organizations will receive $50,000 in general operating support, payable over two years in this round of awards.

African Cultural Services, Inc.

African Cultural Services uses a holistic approach to lift African immigrant youth and their families to succeed in life through provision of a safe space, educational and mental health assistance, visual and performing arts, and cultural connections.

Asian American Resource Workshop, Inc.

Asian American Resource Workshop is a member-based organization that works for the empowerment of the Asian Pacific American community to achieve its full participation in the U.S. society.

Brazilian Worker Center, Inc.

The Brazilian Worker Center assists immigrant workers to learn about workplace rights, immigration, and health equity.

Charity Guild, Inc.

Charity Guild provides basic and necessary services to meet the primary needs of food, clothing, and household goods for people in Brockton.

Crispus Attucks Children's Center, Inc.

Crispus Attucks Children's Center, Inc. provides a comprehensive Early Childhood Education Program and promotes physical, emotional, social, and intellectual growth.

Dignity Matters, Inc.

Dignity Matters provides women and girls who are homeless or living in poverty with a reliable supply of monthly menstrual care and underwear.

Food for Free Committees, Inc.
Food for Free envisions a future where everyone in the community—regardless of age, income, or ability—has consistent access to fresh, healthy, delicious food.

Friday Night Supper Program
The Friday Night Supper Program provides a warm, nutritious meal to anyone in need of a safe and dignified environment every Friday night at the Arlington Street Church in Boston.

Grandmothers' Village Project

Grandmother's Village Project works to promote social, economic, environmental, housing, food, and spiritual justice, and strengthen democracy for BIPOC Elder Women/Grandmothers, and Grandfathers.

The Heart of a Giant Foundation

The Heart of a Giant Foundation aims to achieve better health outcomes for heart diseases and related chronic health conditions in black and brown communities and enhance the quality of life through health education, care support, and connection to community resources.

Immigrant Family Services Institute (IFSI-USA)

Immigrant Family Services Institute centers the voices of immigrants and expedites their successful integration into the social and economic fabric of the United States with justice and dignity.

Lend a Hand Society

Lend A Hand Society provides emergency financial assistance to low-income families, individuals, seniors, veterans and disabled people in the Greater Boston area.

LGBTQ Senior Housing, Inc.

LGBTQ Senior Housing facilitates access to welcoming, safe and affordable housing for low-income LGBTQ seniors, including through a formal role in the development of such housing.

Maria Droste Counseling Services, Inc.

Maria Droste Counseling Services is a community mental health counseling agency providing professional mental health counseling & holistic therapies that are compassion-based and affordable to all in need.

Philippine-American Mainstream Advocacy for Nonpartisan Associations

Philippine-American Mainstream Advocacy for Nonpartisan Associations (PAMANA) is a Filipino cultural organization that provides New England-based Filipino households/individuals affected by the pandemic, with groceries from local Filipino businesses.

Political Asylum Immigration Representation Project (PAIR)

The Political Asylum Immigration Representation (PAIR) Project is an organization that ensures the due process rights of asylum seekers and detained immigrants through high-quality and reliable pro bono programs so that they have equal protection of the law and access to legal counsel without charge.

Radical Joy, Inc.

Radical Joy, Inc. seeks to support the mental health of those suffering from burnout due to the oppressive ideologies of racism and capitalism.

RIA, Inc.- Ready. Inspire. Act

Ready. Inspire. Act. stands with and supports people with experience in the commercial sex trade, and its associated exploitation, trafficking, and prostitution, by providing a range of community-based services.

Roxbury Youthworks, Inc.

Roxbury Youthworks helps youth caught in cycles of poverty, victimization and violence successfully transition into adulthood.

Saheli Boston

Saheli empowers South Asian and Arab immigrant women and families to lead safe and healthy lives by providing culturally responsive, trauma-informed domestic violence intervention, prevention and support services in underserved communities.