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Allston Brighton/Boston College Community Fund

 $3,000 Program/Project Grant Application
Every Fall & Spring
(The Spring 2015 application will be available on Friday, April 10th.  Deadline will be Friday, May 8th at 5:00pm)

$25,000 Beautification Grant Application
Once every two years - Spring
(The Spring 2015 application will be available on Friday, April 10th.  Deadline will be Friday, May 8th at 5:00pm)


$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 Fall 2014 Cycle of the $3,000 Project Grant, a total of $33,921 was awarded to twelve organizations. The winners include:

Allston Brighton Little League:  2015 Season
Allston Board of Trade: Allston Holiday Lights
The Boston Minstrels: Wireless Microphones for Minstrels Musical Mobility
Boston Police Department: RAD Program/Community Service Workers Program
Brighton Board of Trade: Brighton Holiday Lights
The Charles River Conservancy Project: Conservancy Volunteer Project
Franciscan Hospital for Children: Adaptive Sports Programs for Children with Disabilities
Horace Mann School for the Deaf: Basketball Program
Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly: Hearing Enhancement Program
The Literacy Connection: The Literacy Connection
Scan Works at Horace Mann School for the Deaf: Brighton Allston Historical Society Newspaper Project
West End House Boys & Girls Club: STEM Program Support Materials


$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).