The Boston Foundation announced its quarterly discretionary grants after a meeting of the Foundation’s Board of Directors today. The Board approved $1,565,000 in single and multi-year discretionary grants to be paid out beginning in December of 2014.
A major commitment of $3.1 million was made to support the transition of the Boston Foundation’s special initiative StreetSafe Boston into the City of Boston’s Violence Interrupters Program. StreetSafe Boston was founded in 2009 as a five-year violence-reduction initiative focused on the city’s most active gangs in neighborhoods disproportionately affected by violence, including South End/Lower Roxbury, Dudley Square, Grove Hall, Bowdoin/Geneva and the Morton/Norfolk area of Mattapan and south Dorchester. The data-driven and highly collaborative private/public partnership was developed by the Boston Foundation in conjunction with the Boston Police Department and multiple community, civic and faith-based partners.