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Charlestown Community Impact Fund

The fund supports Charlestown’s nonprofits, local programs, and other related projects.

December 2020 update: We have announced a one-time, small grant round for Charlestown’s nonprofits and community organizations, with up to $350,000 available. This round will support Charlestown's:

  • nonprofits and community groups
  • parks and playgrounds
  • after-school activities
  • senior programs and job training programs, and
  • cultural events,

The fund will also support activities that promote Charlestown’s heritage, quality of life, and recreational and cultural activities. The application deadline is Friday, January 29, 2021, at 4 p.m.. Decisions are expected to be announced in February 2021.

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Winter 2020-2021 timeline

The winter 2020-2021 grant deadline is Friday, January 29, at 4 p.m. Awards will be announced in February 2021.

How to apply

To protect the safety of all applicants during COVID-19, please submit your application online:

Apply for the fund

Can't apply online?

You can also download the application and email it to charlestownfund@boston.gov or mail the application to:

Office or Administration and Finance
Boston City Hall, Room 608
Boston, MA 02201.

Applications must be postmarked by January 29, 2020, to be accepted. If you have any questions, please email charlestownfund@boston.gov.

Mini-grant requirements

Want to apply for a mini-grant?

To qualify for a mini-grant, your nonprofit or group must be from Charlestown or support the Charlestown community. You need to be a 501(c)(3), or have the ability to accept and expend grant funds (Learn more about these requirements). Your project also must address a need in the Charlestown community.

We will work with a number of nonprofits and groups, including those focused on Charlestown’s:

  • parks and public spaces
  • after-school activities
  • senior programs
  • job training programs, and
  • cultural activities and events.
APPLICATION AND PROPOSAL PROCESS

Please put together your grant proposal that includes the following:

  1. Applicant information
  2. Project description
  3. Request
  4. Your organization 
  5. Community 
  6. Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
  7. Your budget for the project (please upload or attach)
  8. Support (optional)
  9. Financials (for nonprofit organizations)

Apply for a mini-grant online

Grant reporting form

After you complete your project — or at the request of the City — you will need to also complete a grant reporting form. This form helps us track your progress or review your plans and decisions at the end of a project.

Grant agreement form

Before you can receive funds, you’ll need to sign the City of Boston’s grant agreement form.

Confused about the application?

We have staff on hand to help walk you through the process. You can call us or email our team, and we will offer guidance and tips to help you complete your application.

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History of the fund

Start of the fund

The fund was created as a condition of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s approval for Wynn Resorts to run a casino in Everett. Wynn made a $1 million payment to the fund in 2016. Emme Handy, the chief financial officer and collector-treasurer of the City of Boston, administers the fund.

After the casino opened, Wynn started making a $2 million payment to the fund each year. At that point, we expanded the fund to help address the effects of the casino’s opening. This included the impact on:

  • water transportation in Boston Harbor
  • pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic, and
  • Sullivan Square in Charlestown.
First mini-grants from the fund

We used the first $1 million in the fund to support a mix of Charlestown nonprofits. We awarded one-time grants in the range of $5,000 to $10,000. 

A managing committee — made of up Collector-Treasurer Emme Handy and six other officials — reviews applications and approves awards. Learn more about our process.

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