BC Awards Grants to 21 Neighborhood Groups

(6-23-97) -- Boston College has presented grants totaling more than $34,000 to 21 Allston-Brighton community groups through the latest round of awards from the Boston College Community Fund.

The grants, which range from $500 to $2,500, will benefit new and existing programs in the community. The fund, which distributes $75,000 in two cycles each year, was created as part of the mitigation package Boston College presented to the City of Boston in connection with the expansion of Alumni Stadium in 1994.

Nine organizations won grants of $2,500 each in the latest round. The Allston-Brighton Tree Census will use its grant to count and classify trees; Allston Main Streets will use the funds for beautification; The Brighton/Allston Historical Society will start a local history room; the Boys Scouts of America Troop 3 will initiate a leadership overnight program; Commonwealth Tenants will use the money for trips and for beautification of its "tot lot"; the Garfield School will use the grant to support its Literacy for All program and to buy books and supplies; the Graffiti Removal project will use its grant for cleanup; the Literacy Connection will use the grant for staff development, training and books; and the Oak Square Little League will use the money for an awards banquet.

A $1,980 grant will support the Allston/Brighton girls' basketball program; $1,575 will aid the Brighton YMCA's Moving Through Boston program; the Early Learning Center in Allston will use a $1,500 grant for its 10th anniversary field and literacy day; and a $1,156 grant to the Edison Middle School will buy materials for after-school programming.

Three $1,000 grants will be used for field trips by the Horace Mann School for the Deaf, the Jackson Mann Community Center and the West End Boys and Girls Club.

In addition, $500 grants were presented to the following groups for various projects: the Allston-Brighton Youth Hockey League for general operating expenses; the Allston Board of Trade for its Touchable Stories Program; the Allston Little League for equipment; the Baldwin Elementary School for Project Home Link books and tapes; and the Vocational Adjustment Center for computer software.

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