The Grant Committee’s months-long process of soliciting and evaluating grant proposals drew to a climax in late September with the final allocation of the grant budget. The Committee selected seven applicants to receive grants in areas ranging from political asylum to homelessness and food justice.
The seven grantees for 2017 are:
Better Future Project, Cambridge ($4728). Funding to train student leaders in the movement for divestment of fossil fuels from college and university endowment portfolios.
College Bound Dorchester, Boston ($10,000).College Bound Dorchester seeks out “youth core influencers” and offers them the support they need to prepare for and successfully attend a 2- or 4-year college program.
The Food Project, Lincoln ($10,000). Funding to support youth programs in sustainable agriculture in several urban locations.
The PAIR Project, Boston ($10,000). Funding to aid grantees of political asylum and a new post-grant manual and services to help those who have been granted asylum navigate the paths to a green card and eventual citizenship.
The Grant Committee members visited each of the grantees at their respective locations as part of the selection process. Without exception, the selected applicants were impressive for their operation, their vitality, and their dedication to their work.