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GRANTEE PARTNERS

Grantee Partners

GRANTEE PARTNERS.

Between 1985 and 2022, the Boston Women’s Fund has awarded more than $7.6 million to over 385 grant awards. These critical funds have provided seed money, program support, and operational funding for grassroots community efforts led by women, girls, and gender-expansive individuals.

BWF’s inclusive grantmaking process supports the growth and efficacy of emerging social justice organizations that are often neglected by mainstream funding. We are deeply grateful for the work being done in our communities by our grantees.

CURRENT GRANTEE PARTNERS.

  • ABILITIES DANCE | $20,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT
    Abilities Dance Boston is a dance company using dance as a tool to promote intersectional disability rights in Greater Boston and beyond. Run by people who identify as disabled, BIPOC, and/or LGBTQIA+, their productions are informed by the lived experiences of disabled artists with intersectional voices. Abilities Dance is the only employer in Massachusetts explicitly hiring disabled dancers.
  • ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN'S POLITICAL INITIATIVE | $20,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT
    The Asian American Women’s Political Initiative (AAWPI) is the country’s only political leadership organization for Asian American and Pacific Islander women. They work to ensure Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) women have a voice in our democracy. AAWPI built an infrastructure to support low-income and immigrant AAPI women in Massachusetts interested in government and politics, women who so rarely see themselves reflected in power but are the leaders their communities need. For over a decade, their groundbreaking political leadership program has been changing the face of political power in Massachusetts.
  • ASIAN WOMEN FOR HEALTH | $20,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT
    Asian Women for Health (AWFH) is a peer-led, community-based network dedicated to advancing Asian women’s health and wellness through education, advocacy, and support. They are a diverse group of individuals working together across differences in age, ethnicity, language, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic and educational levels, to address individual, community-wide and systemic barriers that affect Asian women and their loved ones. AWFH envisions a world where Asian women are well-informed, have access to care that is culturally appropriate and high-quality, and are inspired to live happy, healthy lives.
  • ASSOCIATION OF HAITIAN WOMEN IN BOSTON (AFAB) | $20,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT
    The Association of Haitian Women in Boston (AFAB) is a nonprofit community-based organization dedicated to empowering low-income Haitian women and their children. AFAB is committed to providing the necessary tools for Haitian women to improve their social, economic, and political status. They seek to improve the lives of Haitian women in Boston with formal economic literacy training to help unemployed and low-income women achieve success in addressing their economic condition with pertinent information about financing, budgeting, identity theft, credit scores, and credit cards.
  • BIRTH EQUITY & JUSTICE MA | $25,000 MOVEMENT BUILDING GRANT
    Birth Equity & Justice MA (BEJMA) is a coalition that elevates the voices and experiences of birthing people, advances maternal health policy, and builds community power through a lens of justice and equity by centering Black and Brown leadership and creating a broad and inclusive table. After holding the first statewide town hall on maternal health equity in June of 2020, BEJMA (previously known as the Massachusetts Covid-19 Maternal Equity Coalition) released “Giving Birth in a Pandemic,” a report with six key policy recommendations. They envision a racially just and equitable world in which birthing people experience health, joy, and bodily autonomy.
  • BLACKYARD | $25,000 YOUTH-CENTERED MOVEMENT BUILDING AND ACTIVISM GRANT
    Blackyard is a transformative learning community for Black youth combating racism and homophobia. The organization was birthed from a desire to see Black youth treated with dignity and given a learning environment that sees and acknowledges them in the fullness of their humanity. Featuring after school programming, music and art activities, family support, and dialog about racial justice, the organization is an inclusive space for all Black youth, including queer youth, to lead, organize, and develop programming plans and bring them to life.
  • THE CAMBRIDGE HEART PROGRAM | $10,000 MOMENTUM GRANT
    Cambridge Holistic Emergency Alternative Response Team (Cambridge HEART) is a community-led alternative safety program meeting public safety needs outside of policing systems. Grounded in transformative and disability justice principles, Cambridge HEART uses a peer-response model to respond to emergency calls prompted by the immediate needs of people in conflict or crisis, including those with mental illness and/or substance use disorders. Cambridge HEART also engages in conflict resolution processes, coordinates mutual aid to support material needs, and works to address the root causes of harm.
  • DOMINICAN DEVELOPMENT CENTER | $20,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT
    The Dominican Development Center (DDC) is a nonprofit organization led by immigrant residents of Boston, Massachusetts, working to improve the quality of life for immigrant communities across the city. Through anti-racist visions, values, and practices, DDC raises awareness amongst immigrant communities (primarily Black and Latinx women, though all genders, races, and communities are welcome) about issues that may affect their communities, including immigrant and domestic workers’ rights, current laws, legal procedures, and human rights. In addition to offering educational programs, DDC also facilitates leadership development and community organizing to better advocate for immigrant and domestic worker’s rights in Massachusetts and at the national level.
  • EASTERN WOODLANDS REMATRIATION COLLECTIVE | $20,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT
    The Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective (EWR) is a collective of Indigenous people restoring the spiritual foundation of our livelihoods through regenerative food systems. EWR mobilizes folx at the grassroots level to rematriate our food and political systems. They prioritize the return of indigenous womxn, two-spirits, and youth to traditional territories and relationships with the earth. To heal and reconcile Greater Boston’s deep history of violent displacement and erasure of its indigenous peoples, Eastern Woodlands Rematriation Collective is building local food forests, small orchards, family garden beds and networks of support alliances with other marginalized and impacted folx in the food system.
  • ESSEX COUNTY COMMUNITY ORGANIZATION (ECCO) | $50,000 GRANT: $10,000 A YEAR FOR 5 YEARS
    Essex County Community Organization (ECCO) is a multi-faith network of 59 congregations and the North Shore Labor Council that works to create a world where everyone belongs, where all can thrive, and where everyone has a say in the decisions that shape their lives. ECCO seeks to advance the power of immigrant women through its Women’s Leadership Group, which launched an immigrant-women-worker-owned cleaning co-operative called Shine Together. This co-operative is the first of its kind in the North Shore of Boston and emerged from the struggles of immigrant women leaders’ daily experiences. Shine Together creates a community-based alternative to the brutal economic systems that push immigrant women and those living in poverty to the margins of our society. Through channeling the co-op’s energy into leadership development, business training, political education, and local organizing campaigns, ECCO hopes to create more opportunities for immigrant women and non-immigrant women of color to address the root causes of poverty and step into their own power.
  • GRIMES KING FOUNDATION FOR THE ELDERLY | $20,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT
    The Grimes King Foundation is committed to improving the lives of elderly African American/Black women living in or on the edge of poverty in Boston.
  • JUSTICE FOR HOUSING | $10,000 MOMENTUM GRANT
    Justice for Housing (J4H) is a grassroots organization committed to ending housing discrimination and homelessness for formerly incarcerated women. J4H helps justice-involved individuals obtain stable housing. J4H Peer Leaders, formerly affected by housing discrimination themselves, use a J4H model to build pathways to homeownership for justice-involved people of color, divesting from inequitable, discriminatory systems, and returning not just resources but control over those resources to the individuals most affected by systemic racism.
  • LOVE YOUR MAGIC | $20,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT
    Love Your Magic is a grassroots organization committed to the healthy development of Black and Brown girls. Founded in 2017 by a group of Black and Brown women educators in Boston, Massachusetts, Love Your Magic began as a conference designed to respond to and disrupt the disproportionate amount of Black and Brown girls that were being “pushed out” of schools. Their work equips girls with the tools to advocate for themselves and their communities by providing a space for girls to tell their stories, develop their self-esteem, and celebrate each other.
  • MASSACHUSETTS COALITION OF DOMESTIC WORKERS (MCDW) | $50,000 GRANT: $10,000 A YEAR FOR 5 YEARS
    The Massachusetts Coalition of Domestic Workers’ (MCDW) unique vision is to promote the dignity and respect of the 68,000 domestic workers in Massachusetts. MCDW is working to create strategic collaborations with new allies and to mobilize and organize domestic workers throughout Massachusetts.
  • MASSACHUSETTS TRANSGENDER POLITICAL COALITION (MTPC) | $20,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT
    The Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition (MTPC) works to ensure the wellbeing, safety, and lived equity of all trans, nonbinary, and gender-expansive people in Massachusetts. Dedicated to ending discrimination on the basis of gender identity and gender expression, MTPC develops leaders and builds coalitions, broad-based participation, and community power. MTPC is the only statewide organizing and advocacy organization focused solely on its communities – led by trans people, for trans people.
  • MELANIN MASS MOMS | $25,000 MOVEMENT BUILDING GRANT
    Melanin Mass Moms is a network of moms of color in Massachusetts raising their children, empowering one another, and adjusting their crowns as they take on the challenges of melanin motherhood. They work to bridge the gap between community resources and health disparities for mothers of color as they navigate all stages of motherhood. Melanin Mass Moms provides mental health resources, postpartum support, and avenues for advocacy aimed to increase access to community wide resources.
  • NEIGHBORHOOD BIRTH CENTER | $10,000 MOMENTUM GRANT
    Neighborhood Birth Center is Boston’s first birth center and a community-grounded, Black-led, nonprofit that is part of a national movement to #ReclaimMidwifery and create a future in which quality health care is accessible to all. Their work is guided by the belief that the world we want to live in – from a healthy family to a healthy planet – requires the reimagination of healthcare and the equitable redistribution of capital. In 2022 Neighborhood Birth Center purchased property collectively with Resist, Movement Sustainability Commons, City Live Vida Urbana, and the Center for Economic Democracy and are designing the “Community Movement Commons”, a movement home for activists and organizers, with birth at the center.
  • PROPA CITY COMMUNITY OUTREACH | $25,000 MOVEMENT BUILDING GRANT
    Propa City Community Outreach started as a support group in 2011 to unite the community and support families in the process of healing in a positive way. They provide education, advocacy, public awareness, and support services to families in their community experiencing all types of loss. Utilizing Facebook groups, blogs, in-person and online trainings and workshops, convenings, videos, resources, and targeted services, Propa City Community Outreach not only impacts families experiencing loss, but also young people in the community, hospitals and service providers, and other community organizations.
  • SISTERS UNCHAINED | $20,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT
    Sisters Unchained is a prison abolitionist non-profit organization dedicated to supporting young women and girls with incarcerated or formerly incarcerated parents. They are a refuge space where young women of color can focus on loving and improving themselves and their communities in the way they see fit. Sisters Unchained believes that community-based alternatives to incarceration will lead us to a more liberated future.
  • SMALL HOUSE | $10,000 SEED FUNDING GRANT
    Small House partners with young adults to help them build their own pathway out of homelessness and be the creator of the kinds of lives they want to live. An emerging organization, Small House ​​is building a program that will provide transitional-style housing and coaching to young adults.
  • WOMEN ENCOURAGING EMPOWERMENT | $20,000 COMMUNITY IMPACT GRANT
    Women Encouraging Empowerment (WEE) works to educate, advocate, protect, and advance the rights of immigrants, refugees, and low-income women and their families through organizing, leadership development, and service delivery. Founded in 2010, WEE was created in response to the increasing need for a community-based organization led by and serving immigrant women of color. WEE aims to close the inequality gap by providing members with educational workshops and workforce skills development training in addition to advocating for women’s rights and immigrant rights in their community and beyond.

FISCAL AGENCY PARTNERSHIPS.

JINNY CHALMERS FUND FOR EDUCATION JUSTICE.

The Boston Women’s Fund was a proud partner and the fiscal agent for The Jinny Chalmers Fund for Education Justice (JCFEJ).

The Jinny Chalmers Fund for Education Justice has since moved. Please visit jinnychalmers.org for more information or to donate, please visit here.

JCFEJ was established to honor the life of Virginia “Jinny” Chalmers and to carry on her work as an educator, a mentor, a community leader and a fierce advocate for racial justice and equity in education.

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HEALING JUSTICE FUND.

Healing Justice (Access Strategies Fund) has responded to the call from black and brown women, femme, and genderqueer people to promote leadership for women, genderqueer, and nonbinary people of color through healing and healing justice. The Fund has held workshops oriented toward working with the community to provide Black and Indigenous women, nonbinary, and genderqueer people of color (1) space for respite, healing, and connecting to the earth, self, ancestor, and each other, and (2) practices and principles for healing and healing justice to integrate into community and organizing. 

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