Barr Foundation Awards $20.6 Million in First-Quarter Grants

The Boston-based Barr Foundation has announced first-quarter grants totaling more than $20 million in the areas of arts and creativity, climate, education, and cross-program initiatives.

The foundation awarded two grants totaling $180,000 through its Arts and Creativity program, including a grant of $130,000 to the Peabody Essex Museum for a project that applies neuroscience principles to art museum experiences; and a grant of $50,000 to EdVestors, Inc. in support of its efforts to build capacity within the creative youth development field.

Through its Climate program, the foundation awarded seventeen grants totaling nearly $12.5 million, including $3 million to the Energy Foundation to renew a partnership to advance clean energy across the Northeast that was established last year with the release of Barr’s new strategic direction; $4.5 million to the Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition in support of a two-year campaign to advance policies aimed at modernizing the region’s transportation network, add capacity within MassDOT, and help the state transition its transit system to a low-carbon model; and $250,000 to Boston Harbor Now in support of technical assistance programs for communities working to develop climate resilience plans.

In the Education area, the foundation awarded seven grants totaling $6.3 million, including a grant of $50,000 to Transcend in support of its learning agenda program, which addresses challenges to the development and expansion of new school models; and $600,000 to the Springfield Empowerment Zone Partnership to redesign its partnership with the High School of Commerce, one of the lowest-performing high schools in the City of Springfield.

The foundation also awarded four grants totaling more than $1 million in support of cross-program initiatives. Recipients include the Institute for Nonprofit Practice, which will receive $600,000 in support of a multiyear growth plan aimed at deepening the quality of its programs and expanding its reach in New England; the Social Innovation Forum, which was awarded $100,000 to strengthen its marketplace approach to creating social impact in the greater Boston region; and Third Sector New England, which will receive $100,000 in support of its Commonwealth Seminar and fundraising capacity-building efforts.

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