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Out of the Blue Grants

Awardees receive a call “out of the blue” from Boston Foundation President and CEO Paul Grogan (“my favorite call of the year,” he calls it) informing them of the grant. Check out the 2017 call on video.

Since 2002, the Boston Foundation’s Board of Directors has awarded Out of the Blue Grants, unrestricted one-time grants recognizing exemplary organizations that have an impressive history of accomplishment and courageous and effective leadership. This funding is awarded at the discretion of the Board based on staff recommendations and is not open to application or inquiry. 

Out of the Blue Grant Recipients

2017
Kids in Need of Defense

2016
More than Words

2014
Haley House, Inc.

2013
My Life My Choice at JRI

2012
Institute of Nonprofit Management and Leadership, BU School of Management

2011
Victory Programs, Inc.

2010
Year Up

2009
Raw Art Works
Hyde Square Task Force
ROCA, Inc.

2008
Pathways to Wellness
Boston Earned Income Tax Credit Action Coalition
UAspire (formerly known as ACCESS)
Citizens' Housing & Planning Association

2007
Third Sector New England
Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Inc. (formerly known as Colonel Daniel Marr Boys and Girls Clubs)
Charles River Conservancy
Huntington Theatre Company

2006
Black Ministerial Alliance
Strategies for Children
Crime and Justice Institute
Jewish Vocational Service

2005
Health Care for All
Chelsea Collaborative (formerly known as Chelsea Human Services Collaborative)
BELL - Building Educated Leaders for Life
ACT Roxbury, a program of Madison Park Development Corporation  

2004
Committee to End Elder Homelessness
Greater Boston Legal Services
Project R.I.G.H.T.
STRIVE/Boston Employment Service

2003
Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.
Boston Community Capital
Boston Plan for Excellence in the Public Schools Foundation
Institute of Contemporary Art

2002
Boston Natural Areas Network
Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations
All Dorchester Sports League
Whittier Street Neighborhood Health Center
City Life/Vida Urbana