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Allston Brighton/Boston College Community Fund

$3,000 Program/Project Grant Application
Deadline: Thursday, November 7, 2019 no later than 5:00pm.


$25,000 Beautification Grant Application
Next cycle: TBD


Boston College Neighborhood Improvement Fund (BCNIF)
(Established in 2015)

For the BCNIF, please direct inquiries to: Anabela Gomes at


$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.     

Congratulations to the following organizations who received awards through the Allston Brighton/Boston College Community Fund Spring 2018 cycle. A total of $29,133 was distributed.

Allston Brighton Little League
Allston Brighton Youth Hockey Association
Allston Board of Trade 
Brighton Board of Trade
Boston Police PAL
The Boston Minstrels
Brighton Allston Congregational Church
Charles River Conservancy
Veronica B. Smith Multi-Service Senior Center
Winship School Parent Council


$25,000 Beautification Grant 

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 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 2013, Commonwealth Tenants Association received the award for their Commonwealth Development Beautification Project for Increased Public Use, Enjoyment & Health.
No Award was distributed in 2015.


$50,000 Beautification Grant  (Fall 2016 only)

In Fall 2016, a $50,000 beautification award was granted to Economic Mobiility Pathways (EMPath Inc): Dunboy Street Pedestrian Improvement Project

The objective of this one time large grant is to fund a project that will have a visual impact.  Visible exterior landscape and artwork projects are priorties.  The Committee will return to the regular, bi-annual schedule of $25,000 beautification grant award for the next cycle.


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 Summer)

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.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Boston College Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF)!

$386,798 was awarded to six organizations including:

Artists for Humanity (AFH): Brighton Highschool Sculptural Art Work Design and Installation

Allston Village Main Streets: Pit Initiative

Boston Parks & Recreation: Master Plan Implementation at McKinney Playground

Jackson Mann Complex: Playground Initiative

Massachusetts Department of Conservation & Recreation: Chestnut Hill Reservation & Reservoir (CHR)

Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. (VFW) Post 669: Casey Memorial Amphitheater

Congratulations to the winners of the 2015 Boston College Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF)!

On January 15, 2016, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh joined BC President William P. Leahy, S.J., in presenting nearly $450,000 to six organizations that serve residents of Allston and Brighton. The recipients include:

Allston-Brighton VeteransMedal of Honor monument for Private First Class Ernest W. Prussman, killed during World War II. 

Boston Bikes-Hubway: Two bike-share stations

Boston Police Department, District 14Two speed-alert display board units.

Brighton Main Streets, Inc.Gateway signage along with an interactive kiosk that will provide information about local businesses, access to public transit, and a community calendar.

Friends of Chestnut Hill ReservationTwo solar-operated trash and recyclable compacting stations

Friends of McKinney Park: Automated, solar-powered scoreboard, three concrete chess tables, and transformation of the street hockey court so it can also be used for soccer and basketball.