In Education, Barr awarded four grants totaling $1.5 million. These include a $1-million grant to City Year to increase the number of AmeriCorps members serving in Boston Public Schools, as well as a $300,000 grant to the Boston Private Industry Council to coordinate the Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative, a local initiative, with national funding from the Aspen Institute and the federal Social Innovation Fund, aimed at creating school and career pathways for older youth.
In Global, Barr awarded four grants totaling $1.6 million. Two grants will extend support for Mercy Corps and the Relief Society of Tigray to improve locally-led natural resource management and sustainable agricultural initiatives in rural Haiti and Ethiopia, respectively. Another two grants, one to KOMAZA and another to The Nature Conservancy, will support efforts in climate-sensitive areas of Southeast Africa.
In Special Initiatives, Barr awarded three grants totaling $1.1 million. Two grants will provide flexible support to the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and MassINC, which both provide valuable research and analysis across a range of issues critical for our region.
The trustees also ratified $1.7 million in grants approved earlier this quarter. These include organizational development support for nonprofits and schools led by 2015 Barr Fellows.