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 five applicants to receive grants in areas ranging from police-community relations to aiding homeless youth.

The five grantees for 2016 are:

clsacc-image of Cambridge ($1979). CLSACC requested funds for its training classes for people applying to Section 8 (low-income) rental housing.

of Lowell ($3000). CMAA requested funds for  voter engagement efforts and for citizenship training classes.

of Lynn ($10,000). ECCO’s grant supports its innovative program to advance police-community relations in a racially-mixed community.


(Justice Resource Institute, $7500). The Youth Harbors project of JRI serves a growing population of homeless high school students in the Boston area.


of Boston ($2500). MassVOTE is a nonpartisan voter engagement organization that does both grassroots activism as well as legislative lobbying work. They are sharing the grant with Nonprofit VOTE of Cambridge, which does data analysis and training for nonprofits around the country.

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.