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In December of 2014, the Foundation’s Community Development Committee and Youth Violence Prevention Committee updated their respective grantmaking guidelines. The new guidelines are in effect for inquiries, proposals, and grants starting in January of 2015. The changes reflect the Trustees’ evolving interests and thoughts about how this small family foundation can best make a difference with limited funds.
The Community Development Committee clarified its previous priorities and defined focus neighborhoods in Boston and Pittsburgh.
The Youth Violence Prevention Committee made larger changes to ensure its grantmaking aligns with recent research into effective practices. It also expanded to four from two priority geographies.
If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact the Foundation’s staff at 412.281.8734 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Urban Edge is a community development corporation that partners with residents, businesses and government entities in Jamaica Plain, Roxbury and surrounding communities in Massachusetts. The nonprofit, founded in 1974, develops and sustains stable, healthy, and diverse communities. Urban Edge accomplishes this through: the development of high quality, affordable rental and owner housing; assistance to small businesses; homeownership education; and lending and the development of educational facilities for youth and families.
Residents of the border area between Jamaica Plain and Roxbury lived in a neighborhood plagued by violence. While ongoing community efforts have reduced the influence of gangs, residents still seek positive activities for the thousands of youth who call the area home. To address this need, Urban Edge worked with community residents to create the Jackson Square redevelopment project. A multi-use community center/sports facility will include an ice rink that converts into an indoor turf field, a walking track, and community meeting rooms. The project will also provide new apartments and office spaces and be built to LEED Silver Certification.
The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has awarded grants totalling $405,000 to Urban Edge since 2004. These included a $225,000 Community Development Initiative grant in 2010 to support the pre-development costs of the Jackson Square Ice Rink and Recreation Center. Urban Edge projects the facility opening for Summer 2013.
Images courtesy of Urban Edge
Through its environmental and open space improvements, food security programs, youth education and employment initiatives, community programming and events, Groundwork Lawrence creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers Lawrence, MA residents to improve their quality of life.
The Foundation awarded its first grant to Groundwork Lawrence in 2011, providing $5,000 to the Green Team environmental youth leadership program. In 2012, the program hopes to serve 186 youth with expanded programming.
The bustling community center helps them through a mix of early learning and child development, youth, workforce, senior services, and neighborhood development programs. It also hosts 10 other agencies that provide complementary services. The Roy A. Hunt Foundation has supported the Hill House’s after-school literacy programs since 2001.
In 2008, the Foundation awarded one of its largest grants ever, $500,000, to the Hill House to support the renovation of its historic Kaufmann Center. The Center is a community gathering place for residents and civic organizations and over the years has hosted noted musicians, authors, artists and statesmen. The Center re-opened in March 2011 and its outdoor amphitheatre bears the Foundation’s name.
Photo by Tony Macklin