The Boston-based has announced fifty-one grants totaling $12.3 million in the areas of arts and creativity, climate, education, cross-program initiatives, and special initiatives.
In addition to grants totaling $3.6 million announced earlier in the quarter, the foundation awarded seven grants totaling nearly $1.3 million through its program, including one of $750,000 to the to help revitalize the Worcester Theatre District and a grant of $300,000 to to support the development of a nine-month Creative Community Fellows program aimed at nurturing creative placemaking leadership in communities across the region.
In addition, the foundation awarded thirteen grants totaling $4.6 million through its program, including a grant of $500,000 to the , a coalition of state departments of transportation working to create sustainable transportation options; and one of $270,000 to the City of Providence to engage community members and businesses in equitable economic development planning that provides clean energy benefits for all residents of the city.
The foundation also awarded seventeen grants totaling nearly $7.8 million through its program, including a grant of $3 million to for an evaluation of the foundation's initiative, which is working to create innovative educational models for students not on track to graduate from high school; and four grants totaling $450,000 in the area of , including one of $75,000 to (formerly Third Sector New England) in support of the organization's Emerging Consultants Training program, which is helping a community of diverse leaders hone their organizational development skills and build consultant practices aimed at strengthening social-change organizations and movements.
In addition, as part of a time-limited special initiative, the foundation awarded a $200,000 grant to the in support of the , and a $300,000 grant to to boost the capacity of the Boston-based public radio station's investigative reporting unit.