BWF FY14 Grantmaking
BWF Grantees FY 2014
July 30, 2013 – The Boston Women’s Fund awarded $300,000 in grants to 20 nonprofit organizations and grassroots initiatives for this fiscal year. The Boston Women’s Fund strives to support organizations funded in the past while acknowledging new grassroots organizing efforts. BWF welcomes back 16 returning grantees from last year, as well as 3 organizations that had been grantees in the past, and introduces 1 new grantee, EPOCA, to our family.
Association of Haitian Women (AFAB), Dorchester, MA, $16,625
AFAB was founded in order to help ease the severe difficulties that Haitian women face as they adjust to life in the United States. The oranization’s primary goal is to provide Haitian women with the tools needed for self-empowerment and for enhancing their ability to improve the quality of their lives. AFAB’s economic empowerment project works with unemployed and low-income women to achieve success in addressing poor economic conditions with relevant education, through developing personal financial plans, and through collectively advocating with the City of Boston to address some of the root causes of poverty.
Boston Tenant Coalition (BTC), Boston, MA, $16,500
The Boston Tenant Coalition has been a leading voice in defending, supporting and expanding the rights of tenants and standing with Boston’s low-income populations. BTC works with local grassroots partners and public housing tenant advocacy groups to promote affordable housing in Boston and trains Latina leaders who may run for and serve on resident/tenant task forces. Its key goal is to develop greater Latina tenant leadership in BHA developments and in the tenant movement. BWF funds will provide organizing support for this project.
Brazilian Immigrant Center (BIC), Allston, MA, $16,625
BIC is a grassroots organization whose mission focuses on the training, advocacy and organizing of immigrant workers.BIC actively supports current movement building among Massachusetts domestic workers—mostly immigrant women of color—to secure legislation and other policy changes necessary to advance and defend labor rights. Support from the Boston Women’s Fund will help BIC continue its engagement with a Massachusetts-wide campaign, in collaboration with the Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers, to advance the Domestic Worker Bill of Rights currently under consideration by the state legislature.
Chelsea Collaborative, Chelsea, MA, $16,625
The Chelsea Collaborative’s City-wide Tenants Association (CTA) organizes, educates and advocates with low-income, affordable housing and public housing tenants, primarily female who are victims of predatory lending, and tenants in foreclosed properties. CTA members work to maintain neighborhood stability and to preserve the community. It encourages low-income, female heads of household, tenants and former homeowners to learn about their rights and advocate for themselves and their community.
Ex-prisoners and Prisoners Organizing for Community Advancement (EPOCA), Worcester, MA, $10,500
EPOCA is a grassroots, membership organization and 95% of its members have been personally affected by the criminal justice system. It is well-known for its local and statewide efforts to end the overuse and misuse of Criminal Offender Record Information (CORI). Its new Emma Tenayuca Community Organizer Apprenticeship Program for Women works to ensure that more women ex-prisoners will have the opportunity to develop their skills as community organizers and strengthen the organization while also increasing their employability and improving the potential for further change in their communities.
Homes for Families (HFF), Boston, MA, $16,500
HFF is a statewide advocacy organization committed to ending family homelessness through permanent and emergency solutions. It was founded on the belief that families and individuals who have experienced extreme poverty or homelessness must play an integral role in the movement to end homelessness. Its Leadership Development Institute educates, empowers and supports homeless mothers in their work to end family homelessness, to overcome poverty, and to promote social justice. They advocate for access to education, training and jobs that pay a living wage; for homelessness prevention resources nd to expand access to and production of housing for extremely low-income households.
Mass Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Dorchester, MA, $16,250
MassCOSH’s Teens Lead @ Work provides young women with the tools and support they need to address the unique issues young women face in the workplace and in other aspects of their lives, such as sexual harassment/violence, self-esteem, and self-worth.
MataHari: Eye of the Day, Boston, MA, $16,500
MataHari is a social justice organization of women of color, immigrant women and families who organizer as sisters, workers, and survivors for personal and societal transformation, justice, and human rights. Its mission is to end Gender Based Violence (trafficking, domestic and sexual violence) and exploitation. They support grassroots leadership development and community organizing of women and families impacted by Gender Based Violence and exploitation to build collective power through community and political action. They provide case management and survivor services, and fight for immigrant and women’s rights.
Merrimack Valley Project, Lawrence, MA, $16,625
The Merrimack Valley Project fosters the leadership capacity of women by working with local women and men to act together in fighting foreclosures and post-foreclosure evictions in Lawrence, Lowell, and the surrounding areas. This year, they are also focusing on the issues of immigration and jobs with justice.
My Life My Choice (MLMC) at Justice Resource Institute, Boston, MA, $16,625
MLMC is a groundbreaking, nationally recognized initiative designed to stem the tide of commercial sexual exploitation of adolescent girls. Through victim-centered mentoring, prevention education and advocacy, MLMC is educating and empowering girls to find a positive life path and working to eliminate the violence of sexual exploitation. MLMC offers a unique continuum of services spanning provider training, prevention groups for vulnerable adolescent girls, case consultation, and survivor mentoring to young victims of commercial sexual exploitation.
Books of Hope at Mystic Learning Center (MLC), Somerville, MA, $9,500
MLC supports the endeavors of low-income girls and families living in the Mystic Public Housing Development. The MLC’s Books of Hope program serves predominantly Haitian, Latina and African American young women through training in creative writing, performance, public speaking, and entrepreneurship. It provides opportunities for them to tell their stories, expand critical thinking, speak out about issues that matter to them, receive support from female mentors, and develop leadership skills.
¿Oíste?, Boston, MA, $11,750
¿Oíste? addresses the lack of Latina political representation and civic participation in Massachusetts and aims to increase the political, economic and social standings of the Latino population. The Latinas Por El Cambio program advocates for Latinas’ empowerment within low-income communities to lead collaborative, local issue-based campaigns to solve community problems.
Project HIP-HOP (PHH), Roxbury, MA, $16,625
PHH is a youth-led organization bridging artful expression and political organizing. Using hip-hop, the organization teaches youth to use the genre as a powerful tool to educate and motivate their community. This grant supports their work to increase the voices of young women who use hip-hop as a tool to challenge misogyny and all forms of oppression.
Social Justice Education (SJE), Jamaica Plain, MA, $16,500
SJE is a leadership training program organizing over 300 youth and their families from twelve different Boston public schools and numerous communities throughout Boston. They conduct peer counseling training, work on emotional literacy, and build community during the school day and in their afterschool program.
South Boston en Acción (SBEA), South Boston, MA, $16,625
SBEA is a neighborhood-based, member-driven organization empowering Latino families to create change that will lead to personal and community advancement. With a focus on improving conditions in South Boston’s public housing developments, SBEA promotes residents’ acquisition of information and other resources to achieve their individual goals and their development of leadership skills and collective power to achieve community improvement.
Survivors, Inc., Mattapan, MA, $16,625
Survivors, Inc. engages in outreach, advocacy, and educational work around welfare issues in their communities. They work for access to education for low-income women, advocate for affordable tuition and childcare, and to expand the type and amount of education and training that can be counted as work hours for welfare recipients.
The City School (TCS), Dorchester, MA, $16,500
TCS’ Rose from Concrete is a leadership development program working with young women. These women learn to address societal issues they are directly affected by, support one another, and develop the skills and training to become Boston’s future community educators, organizers, and organizational leaders.
The Genki Spark, Jamaica Plain, MA, $7,500
The Genki Spark utilizes taiko drumming as a vehicle to reclaim cultural pride, promote the voice and visibility of Asian women, and build a cadre of women leaders who are passionate about creating a world where everyone is valued and respected. Through demonstrations and workshops, the Genki Spark encourages cultural pride and progressive social change, spreading a bold message of empowerment for Asian American women.
The Network/La Red (TNLR) , Boston, MA, $16,500
TNLR seeks to raise awareness of and community responsibility for lesbian/bisexual/transgender domestic violence. Through a combination of education outreach, solidarity events, community collaborations and media activism, they aim to create a climate of intolerance for domestic violence and assist in making the connections between partner abuse and other social justice issues and movements.
Women Encouraging Empowerment (WEE), Revere, MA, $12,500
WEE was established in 2010 by a group of immigrant women and allies in response to the social marginalization of refugee and immigrant women in the neighborhoods of Revere, Winthrop, Chelsea, and East Boston. They aim to support these women in empowering themselves to become lead organizers for social change in their communities.