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Allston Brighton/Boston College Community Fund

 $3,000 Program/Project Grant Application
Every Fall & Spring
(The Fall 2014 application is now available.  Deadline is Friday, November 14th at 5:00pm)

$25,000 Beautification Grant Application
Once every two years - Spring
(Next cycle will be Spring 2015)


$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 2014 Cycle of the $3,000 Project Grant, a total of $36,765 was awarded to eleven organizations. The winners include:

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 2014
Allston Village Main Streets: Allston Village Parklet Development Project
Brighton-Allston Historical Society: Historical Look at an Allston Community - Barry's Corner
Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts & Allston-Brighton Diaper Pantry: Allston Brighton Diaper Pantry
Granada House: Granada House Exterior Improvements
Oak Square YMCA: Oak Square YMCA Summer Teen Program
Radnor Road Neighborhood Association: Radnor Neighborhood Beautification Grant
Road to the Right Track: Road to the Right Track
The Edison School: Youth Safety Enrichment Program
The Veronica B. Smith Multi-Service Senior Center, Inc.: Veronica B. Smith Senior Greening and Improvement Project
The Women's Table/Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston: Extending the Reach of The Women's Table through Technology
West End House Camp, Inc.: Project Camperships: 2014
West End House Girls Camp: Campers' 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).