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Allston/Brighton-Boston College Community Fund Awards More Than $55K in Grants

L-R: State Rep. Kevin G. Honan, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Brighton Allston Improvement Association President and grant recipient Anabela Gomes, Boston College President William P. Leahy, SJ, and Boston City Councilor Mark Ciommo at the Allston/Brighton-Boston College Community Fund grant ceremony held at Minihane's in Brighton on June 6. (Photo by Justin Knight)

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (June 2011) – Boston College President William P. Leahy, S.J., and Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino presented the Brighton Allston Improvement Association (BAIA) and the Allston Brighton Community Development Corporation with a check for $25,000 for the Commonwealth Ave. Improvement Project at a ceremony in Brighton on June 6.

The $25,000 beautification grant is awarded biennially by the Allston/Brighton-Boston College Community Fund for a landscape/beautification project that has lasting impact in a visible location, has the support of the local community, and a dedicated maintenance plan.

The grant award ceremony was held at Minihane's Greenhouse in Brighton Center and was attended by grant recipients, members of the Boston College community and local politicians.

Also at the ceremony another 13 Allston-Brighton groups were presented with Spring 2011 Allston/Brighton-Boston College Community Fund grants, totaling nearly $33,000.

Grants of up to $3,000 each were presented to the following:

Abundant Grace Church of Boston

Addiction Treatment Center of New England

Allston Brighton Baby Diaper Pantry

Allston Civic Association

Boston Art Commission

Brighton-Allston Historical Society

Franciscan Hospital for Children

Fund for Boston Neighborhoods

Gifford Sheltering Home for Cats

Jackson Mann Community School and Council


Union Square Farmers Market

West End House Camp

Among the initiatives benefiting from these grants are: an adapted bicycle camp for children with disabilities; technology upgrades; camp opportunities for local youth; diaper distributions to local families, and preservation and display materials for historical artifacts.

The Allston/Brighton-Boston College Community Fund Committee is comprised of community residents and representatives of Boston College and the City of Boston. The Community Fund supports projects and initiatives of organizations, associations and programs serving Boston's Allston-Brighton neighborhood. The committee gives special consideration to proposals benefiting youth, senior citizens and the needy in Allston/Brighton as well as the beautification of the community.