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We Are Boston

The annual reception celebrates Boston’s immigrants. We also give out mini-grants funded by corporate sponsorships.

Every year, the Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement hosts an annual reception to celebrate Boston’s rich cultural diversity. The event honors the contributions immigrants have made to our City. It's also an opportunity to recognize and support nonprofits that tirelessly and innovatively serve immigrant communities.

Mini-grants application


The Mayor's Office for Immigrant Advancement awards 10-20 groups mini-grants of $5,000-$10,000 each. Applicants must be Boston-based and serve immigrants. The application for the 2021 mini-grants was due on November 5, 2021. Grants were awarded on November 17, 2021, and must be used by November 22, 2022.

Read the translation in العربية, kriolu, 中文, Français, Kreyòl ayisyen, Português, Af-Soomali, Español, and Tiếng Việt.

Applicants need:
  • Proof of being 501c3 registered or under a Fiscal Agent and operates in the City of Boston
  • To submit your most recent fiscal year report or audit, email Agnes Chang at

These grants are made possible by the generous contributions from our annual We Are Boston Reception.

Since 2015, thousands of constituents have benefited from programs funded by our grants. Read the press releases announcing the 2020 and 2021 grant recipients.

Become a sponsor

We invite you or your company to be a sponsor for "We Are Boston." Sponsorship funds are given directly to immigrant-serving nonprofits in the form of $5,000 - $10,000 mini-grants.

Become a Sponsor

Email Chief of Staff Agnes Chang ( to discuss this opportunity. Thank you for supporting the Mayor’s Office for Immigrant Advancement. We appreciate your commitment to immigrant communities during this critical time.


In addition to tickets and advertising at the reception, sponsors will be invited to join a thoughtful conversation on:

  • skilled immigrants and barriers to their economic inclusion, and
  • how to leverage this source of diverse talent in industries here in New England.

The virtual workshop is tentatively scheduled for March 2022.

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