B.C. Awards Community Grants In Allston/Brighton

Boston College will present its latest series of community grants to Allston-Brighton schools, churches and organizations at a ceremony today at 3:30 p.m. at the Boston College Neighborhood Center. University President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino are scheduled to attend the event.

Each year, Boston College donates $75,000 to support community programs through the Boston College-Allston/Brighton Neighborhood Fund. The fund is administered by a committee composed of community representatives, city administrators, Boston College Community Affairs Director Jean S. McKeigue and PULSE Program Director David McMenamin, who solicit proposals for projects that address local needs.

Among those receiving grants are Healthy Boston, which will be awarded $2,120 to conduct a photographic essay of local schools and an additional $970 in support of a leadership program for immigrants. Covenant House will receive a $2,406 grant for an intergenerational computer training program and the Commonwealth Tenants Association will receive $2,500 to fund a youth recreation program.

The Neighborhood Fund will award $2,500 grants to St. Columbkille's School for an arts and diversity training program, and to St. Anthony's School for library books and computer equipment. Seton Manor, an AIDS hospice, will receive $2,500 for therapeutic equipment.

Two public artwork projects, to be sponsored by Allston-Brighton Community Development Corp. and the Early Learning Center, will receive grants of $950 and $700, respectively.

The following grants also will be awarded: $2,500 to Brighton Business Community Collaborative, for trash receptacles; $2,500, to Our Lady of Presentation Cub Scout troop for various activities; $1,008, for the YMCA's "High Flight" at-risk youth program and its "Adopt a Fifth-Grader" program; $1,000 to the Graffiti Institute for cleaning equipment; and $95 to support the Jackson Mann Community School after school program.

"The response of the community to these awards has been very positive," McKeigue said. "We have all been educated about residents' needs and concerns through the process, and are able to offer resources that help them improve their quality of life."

-S.S.

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