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Barr Awards $17 Million in Second Quarter of 2019

New grants include support to design student-centered schools, accelerate the deployment of energy storage technology, and enhance resilient infrastructure and greenways in Massachusetts.

At its second board meeting of 2019, the Barr Foundation Board of Trustees approved grants totaling $13 million, in addition to nearly $4 million approved since the March board meeting. We are pleased to highlight some of our partners and their work below.

In Education, Barr awarded 23 grants totaling $8 million. With Engage New England, new grants will continue the initiative’s aims to develop new educational models for students off-track to graduate high school. Four grants totaling $750,000 will support Engage New England Cohort 2’s continued planning and piloting of redesigned school models. Below are the four Cohort 2 organizations:

Last fall, we announced an RFP for the third and final cohort of Engage New England. Cohort 3 has demonstrated the interest, vision, and capacity to take on the planning and design of exemplary schools and programs for students who are off-track to graduate. Four grants totaling $600,000 will support the organizations below in planning and design:

New grants will continue the work of the Wider Learning Ecosystem (WLE), a project to support the creation of flexible, student-centered high schools that blend the lines between high school, college, career and community across New England. Seven grants totaling $3.5 million will provide three-year implementation grants to redesign school models. Below are the seven WLE high schools:

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In Climate, Barr awarded 15 grants totaling $7.3 million. In Clean Energy, a $300,000 grant to Clean Energy Group will support the deployment of energy storage in Massachusetts through advocacy, education, and collaboration with key stakeholders in the region. A $100,000 grant to the American Farmland Trust will accelerate smart solar siting and programs. American Farmland Trust is working in collaboration with Acadia Center, Conservation Law Foundation, and Vote Solar to advance solar energy facilities while protecting our region’s productive, resilient farm and forest land. In Mobility, a $2 million grant to the Transportation for Massachusetts Coalition will support its statewide policy education efforts to improve and modernize transportation. A $1 million grant to Community Labor United (CLU) will support its transit justice advocacy. CLU will continue to convene community and labor partners for its statewide Public Transit-Public Good campaign to advocate for an equitable transit system. In Resilience and Special Initiatives, a $700,000 grant to Mystic River Watershed Association will advance its efforts to enhance climate resilient infrastructure, greenways, and community engagement on the waterfront.

In Sector Effectiveness, Barr awarded two grants totaling $98,500. A $60,000 grant to Independent Sector will support scholarships for 20 Massachusetts nonprofit professionals to attend the 2019 Upswell national conference as Upswell Fellows in Chicago. Upswell Fellows will attend the conference and expand their network, gain new knowledge, and engage in immersive opportunities to create positive impacts in their communities and beyond.

Second Quarter Grants 2019


Click on the diagram sections for information specific to each of our program areas listed below.

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Sector Effectiveness

In Sector Effectiveness, Barr awarded two grants totaling $98,500.
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In Education, Barr awarded twenty-three grants totaling $8 million.
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In Climate, Barr awarded fifteen grants totaling $7.3 million.
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This category includes organizational development grants, dues for Memberships & Sponsorships, and employee gift matching.

Arts & Creativity

In Arts & Creativity, Barr awarded seven grants totaling $1.1 million.
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Special Initiatives

In Special Initiatives, Barr awarded two grants totaling $900,000.
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