Dot, Mattapan non-profits get share of Resiliency Fund grants

Mayor Walsh and the Boston Resiliency Fund Steering Committee last week announced the Boston Resiliency Fund’s 28th and final funding round, totaling $3.85 million for 62 nonprofits across Boston, including 14 based in Dorchester and Mattapan.

The organizations in this round of funding work to ensure access to food and other basic needs for Boston residents and to promote public health in the city through community-based outreach and engagement.

Since its launch in March of 2020, $34.5 million has been donated to the Boston Resiliency Fund (BRF), and 377 Boston-based organizations have received more than $34.1 million in funding.

The following Dorchester/Mattapan-based organizations have received grants:

• Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester, Inc., to support the production and delivery of weekly grocery boxes to families;

• Daily Table, to subsidize the delivery fees for customers and others who have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic.

• Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts will use a third grant from the BRF to direct aid to families in Dorchester, Roslindale, and Hyde Park in the form of gift cards for groceries and other basic needs.

• Fair Foods Inc. will use its grant to sustain weekly efforts at food distribution sites across the city.

• Freedom House will address food insecurity and provide PPE and COVID information to the community.

• Greater Love Community Cares provides periodic food distribution and food deliveries to certain seniors and residents who are home-bound.

• Grove Hall Neighborhood Development Corporation cleans local church buildings and non-profit locations that are open for essential services and provide hand sanitizer for residents.

• The Louis D. Brown Peace Institute will use its grant for its Live in Peace Fund through gift cards and vouchers.

• Prince Hall Grand Lodge continues to partner with community health centers to provide free Covid testing each week and to distribute other critical supplies like face masks and hand sanitizer.

• The Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center will provide Covid education and vaccine education targeted for the community.

• St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children will provide three meals per day to those in their residential programs across Boston and those visiting their food pantry in East Boston. Additionally, funds will be used to purchase cleaning supplies to continue sanitizing their campus and to support the acquisition of items needed for the babies and children in their care as well as their mothers (for example, diapers, feminine hygiene products, formula and toiletries).

• Urban Guild, Inc. will carry on its pandemic relief work through the pantry, delivery services, virtual wellness sessions, and health-related travel vouchers.

• Fields Corner Crossroads, led by VietAID, will coordinate service referral, increase capacity for food distribution, and coordinated outreach on vaccine and testing. Funds will be used to purchase bulk food and supplies for distribution, bring on staff to increase the availability of food at new sites, and create/distribute materials on vaccination and testing.

• Voice of Tabernacle Multi-Service Center, Inc. will use BRF funding to provide emergency food to Haitian immigrants and refugees impacted by the pandemic in Mattapan and Dorchester.

“The Boston Resiliency Fund has been an invaluable resource in our efforts to support the critical services that Boston’s nonprofits have continued to provide throughout the pandemic,” said Mayor Walsh.

“This latest round of grants is our biggest yet, and serves as our way to support these organizations for all the work that they do and for providing essential resources to our community year-round. I also want to thank the Steering Committee for their steadfast commitment to, and oversight of, the Fund.”

For more information and a full list of recipients, visit boston.gov/resiliency-fund.

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