Mayor Walsh announces grants to community organizations supporting immigrant integration and empowerment
June 30, 2015
Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced $96,000 in grants to 12 community-based organizations through the Mayor's Office of New Bostonians (MONB) Mini-Grants Program to support their immigrant integration and empowerment efforts in the City of Boston.
Funded projects include expanding access to legal services, leadership development for women and youth, workforce development, citizenship classes, and community education and outreach.
"It is fitting to end our celebration of June as Immigrant Heritage Month by supporting the year-round work of these immigrant-serving organizations," said Mayor Walsh.
"The funded organizations reflect a greater body of community partners committed to the empowerment and inclusion of immigrants in all aspects of life in our City," said Alejandra St. Guillen, Director of MONB. "We hope that these grants can provide the extra support needed to expand and sustain their essential efforts."
The 12 organizations serve a diverse range of cultural and linguistic communities throughout all of Boston's neighborhoods. Preference was given to immigrant-led organizations with small operating budgets. Each organization will receive $4,000 in July 2015, an additional $4,000 in July 2016 upon submitting a year-end report. This pilot program is made possible by proceeds from the annual We Are Boston Gala.
The following organizations were funded through the MONB Mini-Grants Program:
- Agencia ALPHA, South End and East Boston
- Association of Haitian Women (AFAB), Mattapan and Hyde Park
- Brazilian Women's Group, Allston
- Caribbean Youth Club, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and Dorchester
- Centro Presente, East Boston
- Chinese Progressive Association, Chinatown
- CVC-UNIDO, Dorchester
- Foundation for Boston Centers for Youth & Families, Perkins Community Center, Dorchester
- Greater Boston Nazarene Compassion Center, Mattapan
- Project Citizenship, Citywide
- South Boston en Accion, South Boston
- Student Immigrant Movement, Citywide