ESB-banner-text-3Today, we’re announcing the launch of a grantmaking initiative, the first in the organization’s history. We will begin accepting proposals on April 18, 2016, and expect to announce the award of the first grant this fall.

Inquiries can be sent to

The grantmaking approach will favor projects having measurable impact on the broader community and the potential to create long-lasting change. For 2016, BEC has identified a broad set of areas of interest, including racial justice, climate change awareness, civil liberties, homeless advocacy, public health, and voting rights. Grants will range from $5000 to $10,000.

BEC is partnering with Associated Grant Makers of Boston ( to facilitate the grantmaking process. AGM members can access the Request for Proposal on their site. Complete information on the grant initiative is also available at

“In launching this initiative, we’re using our financial resources to help other organizations carry out important programs that align with our core values”, said BEC President Brian King. “We believe this is the most effective way to expand our service to the wider community”.

We’re excited! If you are connected to a nonprofit based in Greater Boston that has a program that needs funding, please go to our philanthropy page to learn more.