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Allston Brighton/Boston College Community Fund

 $3,000 Program/Project Grant Application
Every Fall & Spring

Next cycle will be Spring 2016

$25,000 Beautification Grant Application
Once every two years  


Boston College Neighborhood Improvement Fund
 Fall & Spring


$3,000 Program/Project Grant (Available twice per year - Fall & Spring)

The mission of the Allston/Brighton-Boston College Community Fund is to support programs and services that are available to the people of Allston and Brighton. The Fund Committee seeks applications from organizations, associations, programs, or purposes based in Allston and Brighton. The Committee gives special consideration to the benefit of the potential award on the youth, senior citizens, and the needy in the Allston and Brighton neighborhoods. Beautification projects are also encouraged.

The Fund was established by the former Mayor of Boston, Thomas M. Menino and Rev. J. Donald Monan, former President of and current Chancellor of Boston College.

The purpose of the awards is to supplement existing budgets of established organizations and agencies in order to promote a program or service for which financial support is not otherwise available. Consultants will not be funded. The Fund Committee also considers and makes awards to independent groups who present a worthy proposal or sponsor a worthwhile event.

Interested groups may apply for funding either during the fall cycle or the spring cycle.

Please Note:  Only one grant per group or agency will be awarded per year.     

For the Spring 2015 Cycle of the $3,000 Project Grant, a total of $34,095 was awarded to twelve organizations. The winners include:

Allston Brighton Substance Abuse Task Force: ABSATF Promotional Video Project
Allston Village Main Streets: Allston Gateway Mural Project
Action for Boston Community Development, Inc. (ABCD):
ABCD's Allston Brighton Mobile Food Pantry
Addiction Treatment Center of New England: 
Allston Brighton Walk for Recovery
Boston Arts and Tourism: Mural Painting on Light Boxes in Allston Brighton
Boston PAL (Police Athletics League): PAL Soccer
The Fishing Academy: Fishing Academy Youth Development Program
Granada House: Granada House Exterior Improvements
Jackson Mann Community Center After School Program & Preschool Program: The Reflection Room
Oak Square YMCA: Oak Square YMCA Summer Teen Program
ReadBoston: Storymobile
West End House Camp: Camperships 2015
West End House Girls Camp: Camper Scholarships


$25,000 Beautification Grant  (Available once every two years)

This grant was created out of the money put aside during the past ten years for the Allston/Brighton-Boston College Community Fund. This award is granted every TWO years and is given for lasting physical improvement to a landscape/beautification project in a visible public location.

The $25,000 Beautification Grant recipient for Spring 2013 is:
Commonwealth Tenants Association for their Commonwealth Development Beautification Project for Increased Public Use, Enjoyment & Health

The first recipient of this award was the Brighton Branch of the Boston Public Library in 2003 for their Landscaping Project.
In 2005, the Aberdeen & Reservoir Civic Association, Inc. (ARCA) received the award for their Cleveland Circle Early Action Item (EAI) Gateway Element Project.
In 2007, the West End House Boys & Girls Club of Allston-Brighton received the award for their Landscape Beautification Project.
In 2009, the Brighton Allston Improvement Association (BAIA) and Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation received awards for two projects: Installation of BigBelly Solar Trash Compactors in Allston/Brighton and Everett Street Greening Project.
In 2011, the Brighton Allston Improvement (BAIA) with the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation as the fiscal agent received the award for their Commonwealth Ave Improvement Project. 


In January 2007, Allston Brighton/Boston College Community Fund Announced Three Additional Grants.
(One time grants only)

The Allston Brighton/Boston College Community Fund Committee has announced that three additional grants totaling $175,000 will be distributed in February, 2007.

Thanks to strong growth in the fund, which is provided to the community through Boston College, the additional grants will be distributed to local organizations or programs whose proposals best address youth-enrichment, civic-engagement and beautification projects in the Allston-Brighton community.

The winners for the three grants include:

$50,000 Beautification - Allston Village Main Streets for Allston Village Beautification
$50,000 Youth Enrichment - Oak Square/Allston-Brighton YMCA for the Community Teen Center
$75,000 Civic Engagement - Brighton-Allston 200, Inc. for the Brighton-Allston Bicentennial Celebration

We received a total of nineteen applications (eight for beautification, eight for youth development and three for civic engagement).


Boston College Neighborhood Improvement Fund (Available Spring and Fall)

Beginning in Spring 2015, as part of a package of public benefits related to its Institutional Master Plan, Boston College will provide $2,564,000 to projects that enhance the public realm and for which public sources of financing may be unavailable or inadequate.

This Neighborhood Improvement Fund may be used by public or private non-profit entities to implement improvements on public property. Projects may include improvements in public parks and open space, neighborhood beautification, transportation and roadway improvements, public safety projects, public art, and other projects that achieve the objectives of the Fund.

Projects should be of broad public benefit to the Allston-Brighton neighborhood, with particular emphasis on the areas of Brighton closest to Boston College (e.g. Lake Street, Foster Street, Cleveland Circle, Commonwealth Avenue, Brighton Center). Applicants will be expected to garner and demonstrate broad community support for their projects as part of the application and review process.

The application and guidelines for the first grant cycle are available here. We anticipate two grant cycles per year, with the next one in the fall of 2015.