Community Fund Awards 16 A/B Grants

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino joined Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ, at the Boston College Neighborhood Center on June 9 to distribute awards from the Boston College Community Fund.

Sixteen Allston-Brighton community organizations and schools received awards from the fund, which was created under an agreement with the Boston Redevelopment Authority at the time of the expansion of Alumni Stadium in 1993.

Boston College contributes $75,000 annually to the fund, from which grants are dispensed twice a year. More than $200,000 has been presented to community groups since the first awards were made in June 1995.

The latest recipients and their awards included the Aberdeen & Reservoir Civic Association, $2,500 for community outreach in Cleveland Circle; Allston Village Main Streets, $1,250 for planters at the Union Square Fire Station; the Allston-Brighton Athletic Committee, $2,300 for a basketball program; Allston-Brighton Boy Scouts of America Troop 3, $2,500 for a training and advancement program, and the Allston-Brighton Community Action Network, $2,500 for a nurturing program.

Other recipients were the Garfield School, $2,500 for a literacy program; the Hamilton School, $2,500 for a greenspace program; the Jackson-Mann School, $2,500 for a summer camp; the West End House, $2,138 for van repairs and summer trips; the YMCA, $2,300 for its Teen Quest program; the Allston-Brighton Community Development Corp., $2,500 for a literacy program; the Brighton-Allston Historical Society, $2,500 toward its Boston photographic collections; Commonwealth Tenants Assoc., $2,500 for after-school, summer and tutoring programs; the Franciscan Children's Hospital, $2,500 for a community outreach program; and the Edison After-School Program, $2,200.

Grant winners were chosen by a nine-member committee that includes Community Affairs Director Jean S. McKeigue, PULSE Program Director David McMenamin and community representatives.

- Mark Sullivan

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