University Awards Community Grants

Boston College has awarded grants totaling $25,000 to 18 organizations from its Boston College-Brighton/Allston Community Fund.

The grants, which range in size from $500 to $2,500, were awarded recently by Boston College from a fund set up as part of a 1994 agreement with the Boston Redevelopment Authority regarding the expansion of Alumni Stadium.

Of particular note is a $2,500 grant to the new Brighton Business Collaborative. The collaborative's roots can be traced to a January, 1995 conference at Boston College among residents and business leaders from the Brighton community. The money will be used for the organization's start-up costs.

The winners were chosen from a pool of 31 applicants by a 10-member committee. Committee members include representatives from Boston College, the City of Boston and the Allston/Brighton neighborhood.

"I'm absolutely delighted about this very special connection with agencies, schools and civic groups which work so hard to improve the community that we all share," said Boston College Community Affairs Director Jean S. McKeigue.

The winners and grant amounts are:

  • Allston Brighton Food Pantry: $1,000 for operational expenses.
  • Allston Brighton YMCA: $2,330 for day care, teen job fair and "Adopt a 5th Grade."
  • Allston Brighton Youth Hockey: $1,000 for equipment purchase.
  • Baldwin School: $1,000 as playground seed money.
  • Beam Project, Inc.: $800 for the English as a Second Language program.
  • Boston Police: $2,400 for a beautification program.
  • Brighton Central Little League: $2,000 for operational equipment.
  • Brighton Business Collaborative: $2,500 for start-up costs.
  • Brighton Historical Society: $2,000 for Chandler's Pond playground improvement.
  • Early Learning Center: $1,000 for playground seed money.
  • Edison After School Program: $1,000 for an after-school program and beautification.
  • Friends of the Brighton Library: $500 for beautification of inner courtyard.
  • Thomas Gardner School: $1,000 for computers.
  • Hamilton School: $1,000 for playground seed money.
  • Seton Manor: $2,000 for computers.
  • St. Columbkille School: $2,000 for computers.
  • Taft Middle School: $500 for the school's centennial celebration.
  • Winship School: $1,000 for arts education.
    -M.S.

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