Boston Women’s Fund FY2015 Grantees
At the end of FY2014, Boston Women’s Fund awarded $150,000 in grants to 16 grassroots organizations.
Boston Tenant Coalition (BTC) $6,500
BTC commemorates its 4th year as a BWF grantee. They work with local, grassroots partners and public housing tenants and advocacy groups to train and develop the leadership skills of public housing leaders in Boston. Their goal is to develop greater Boston Housing Authority tenant leadership within public housing and in the tenant movement.
Beantown Society $8,500
Founded in 2004 by young people, first time grantee Beantown Society wants to end the violence that they faced as youth in their own lives. “She Rise Up” is an initiative to more systematically support young women of color to lead youth programming and community projects.
Brazilian Immigrant Center (BIC) $12,000
BIC commemorates its 4th year as a BWF grantee. Together with partners in the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers, BIC has been actively campaigning for over 3 years to advance labor rights for Massachusetts’ domestic workers and helped pass the Massachusetts Domestic Workers Bill of Rights, which was just signed into law in July.
Commonwealth Tenants Association (CTA) $3,500
Seed funding for CTA supports their “No More in My Neighborhood” campaign to fight violence against women and girls. CTA plans to organize and build the leadership skills of women and girls so that they empower themselves to speak up and organize against violence in their lives.
Dominican Development Center (DDC) $3,500
Seed funding for DDC supports their “Latina Workers’ Leadership Program” in order to develop the leadership of Latina workers involved in the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers, which successfully got their Domestic Workers Bill of Rights signed into law. The goal is to organize a leadership structure that supports the participation of Latina workers in the emerging movement.
Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA) $11,500
EPOCA began in 2004, with a handful of former prisoners and a community organizer analyzing the issues and problems people faced re-entering society after release from prison. EPOCA commemorates its second year of BWF funding for its Emma Tenayuca Community Organizer Apprenticeship Program for Women. It aims to develop the skills of female members to become professional organizers.
Homes for Families (HFF) $12,000
A grantee since 1999, HFF recruits, organizes, and fully involves the very people most affected by the injustice of family homelessness—women and their children. HFF’s Leadership Development Institute supports families facing homelessness to empower themselves in breaking down personal barriers to self-sufficiency and in strengthening the collective effort to end family homelessness.
A grantee for 7 years, MassCOSH’s Teens Lead at Work builds the power of Boston’s young women to fight against unsafe, unhealthy, and illegal workplace abuse through youth organizing peer leadership. They plan and facilitate violence and harassment prevention workplace trainings, via a Leadership Academy, and Safe Jobs poster contest. They also support Child Labor Laws and fight against exploitative employers.
Neighbors United for a Better East Boston (NUBE) $10,000
First time grantee NUBE is a direct action organization that builds political power and holds public institutions accountable through grassroots organizing among people of color, immigrants, and low-income residents. They aspire to build an inclusive democratic process and just public policies that address the needs of their diverse neighborhood.
Project Hip Hop (PHH) $11,500
A grantee since 2010, PHH trains young artists as cultural organizers to create performances that inform the community and inspire them to get involved within the movement social justice movement. PHH creates supportive opportunities for female artists to deepen their analysis about gender oppression and to build their confidence as performers and cultural organizers.
Resilient Sisterhood Project (RSP) $3,500
RSP was founded in 2012 with a focus on Black women and young adults from all socio-economic backgrounds with an organizational priority on women with the least access to resources. Seed money from BWF will support RSP’s work to address deeply rooted racial discrimination, oppressive gender norms, environmental/food injustice, and other social determinants of health that perpetuate silence and inaction surrounding diseases of the reproductive system that disproportionately affect women of African descent.
Social Justice Education (SJE) $11,500
A grantee since 2012, SJE is devoted to developing the leadership of girls and young women from oppressed communities in and around Boston. Girls and young women learn how to gather themselves in self-identified concerted organizing projects to address the pressing needs of their peoples, particularly those facing girls and women.
South Boston en Acción (SBEA) $11,500
A grantee since 2010, SBEA is a neighborhood-based, member-driven organization empowering Latino families to create social change that will lead to personal and community advancement. SBEA promotes Latina residents’ access to information and other resources in order to achieve their individual goals and to continue their development of leadership skills and collective power by achieving community improvement within South Boston’s public housing developments.
The Genki Spark $10,000
A grantee since 2011, the Genki Spark is a multi-generational, pan-Asian women’s initiative that embraces the concept of “arts activism” as a strategy for personal transformation and social change. They utilize Japanese taiko drumming, storytelling, and creativity as powerful organizing vehicles to bring people together and emphasize the importance of personal, cultural, and community pride.
The Network/La Red (TNLR) $12,000
A grantee for over 20 years, TNLR’s Community Organizing Project aims to create a climate of intolerance for domestic violence among lesbian, transgender and bisexual women and assist in making the connections between partner abuse and other social justice issues and movements. TNLR does this through a combination of community education/outreach/organizing, solidarity work, community collaborations, and leadership development of survivors.
Women Encouraging Empowerment (WEE) $10,500
Receiving funding since 2012, WEE works to empower immigrant and refugee women through education, leadership development, and collective action, so that they can become lead-organizers for social change. They are committed to providing a supportive and safe community where refugee and immigrant women organize and lead the social change process required to live in just communities.