The Boston Neighborhood Fellows Program has provided funding to local leaders doing important grassroots work in an effort to support the Boston community for nearly three decades. The program provides recognition and direct financial support to those who work within community service in the Greater Boston Area.
Fellows each receive a two-year grant, along with leadership and other training. Fellows also will take part in core activities in some of the Boston Foundation’s discretionary impact areas, providing a valuable, proximate, decision-making voice that can inform and improve the effectiveness of the Boston Foundation’s grantmaking strategy.
In January 2021, the Boston Foundation welcomed a new class of Boston Neighborhood Fellows, whose fellowship will run until January 2023.
In January 2021, the Boston Foundation announced its newest cohort of 15 Boston Neighborhood Fellows. This diverse group has grown together during the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, providing each other with critical support and allyship as they all continue their critical work throughout Greater Boston.
Click below to read more about the fellows, or visit our Community Spotlight Series of 1-minute profiles of these remarkable individuals.
The individuals chosen as Boston Neighborhood Fellows can work in government, for community organizations, or as outstanding volunteers. Diverse in identities and occupations, their one common characteristic is that they have, in the words of John Gardner, become less “a servant to what is,” and more “a shaper of what might be.” Priority will be given to leaders of color, LGBTQIA leaders, immigrant leaders, and other leaders from underrepresented populations.
Please note: the Fellowship is by invitation only.
All meetings will take place at the Boston Foundation as well as locations in Greater Boston communities.
*During the COVID-19 pandemic, Fellows are meeting remotely.
Meet the 2019-2021 Boston Neighborhood Fellows
Meet the 2017 Boston Neighborhood Fellows.