Fall 2021 Foley Hoag Foundation Grant Round

The Trustees of the Foley Hoag Foundation are pleased to announce that the Foundation awarded grants totaling $119,000 to 24 organizations this fall as part of its 2021 Fall grant cycle - the largest regular grant round in the Foundation’s history. When added to our regular spring round ($81,000) and the Asian American Pacific Islander-focused round this summer, the Foundation made a total of 69 grants totaling $475,000 in 2021.

The grants the Foundation makes are aimed at improving social equity in the Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York City areas. The organizations funded are all dedicated to working to improve social equality by increasing access to the arts, stimulating community engagement, providing legal services, offering educational programming and assistance, or running youth development programs.

The fall 2021 grantees are as follows:


  • Anaya Tipnis Foundation - for the college-graduation support program which offers financial assistance, one-on-one mentoring, internship opportunities, and a peer support network.
  • Art Resources Collaborative for Kids - for in-school arts classes in the Boston Public Schools.
  • BalletRox - for in-school and afterschool movement and dance programming.
  • Boston City Lights Foundation - for youth performing arts training in the South End.
  • Boston Farms Community Land Trust - to develop and manage urban farmland and support urban farmers.
  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc. - for youth programs and civic engagement team to continue engaging the community in anti-racist conversations, events, and policy efforts within the city of Boston.
  • Cambridge Women’s Center - to support the drop-in day center program that provides a safe space for women, particularly those unhoused or struggling with trauma.
  • Education Through Music, Massachusetts - to partner with four public schools to create and sustain music programs as well as improve existing music programs.
  • Horizons Greater Boston - to launch an after school program targeting Mattahunt Elementary School's Toussaint Louverture Academy, a Haitian Creole-English dual language program in Boston's Mattapan neighborhood.
  • MusiConnects - to provide in-school and afterschool music education in violin, viola, and cello to public school students.
  • Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation - for a fellowship program that gives Black women who are law students first-hand experience in the Suffolk and Middlesex District Attorney’s offices to encourage them to pursue careers in public service as prosecutors.
  • TSNE MissionWorks - f/b/o Center to Support Immigrant Organizing - for the Youth Ubuntu Project, which is bringing together African, Latin American, and Caribbean teens and young adults to lead a campaign to eliminate the achievement gap facing Boston Public School's English Learner students.

New York City

  • Brooklyn Rescue Mission Urban Harvest Center - to expand the hours for its food pantry/delivery program and urban agriculture food program located in Bedford Stuyvesant.
  • Justice Committee - to develop and pilot an alternative mental health crisis response system in over-policed neighborhoods.
  • Mekong Inc. - for its work mobilizing and engaging the Southeast Asian community, largely Cambodian and Vietnamese in the Northwest Bronx, in community organizing and advocacy, the arts and social services.
  • Safe Families for Children - to increase parent engagement, collaboration, and leadership to improve efforts that support at-risk parents with children.
  • We Are Not Afraid Community Resource Center Inc. - for its soup kitchen, food pantry and shelter for refugees and asylum seekers.

Washington, D.C.

  • ASHA for Women - to hire a social worker to further its mission of service to South Asian women and children.
  • Deaf and Abused Women’s Network (DAWN) - to provide interpreting and translation services for deaf women seeking help after domestic violence and sexual violence.
  • Do the Write Thing - to provide multimedia arts programming at the Keller Miller Middle School in D.C.'s Ward 7, culminating in a town hall on guns and violence.
  • Pink Space Theory - to expand its science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) after-school and in-school programming in under-resourced schools in Prince William County.
  • Safe Sisters Circle - to provide culturally-specific services to Black women and girl survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse living primarily in D.C.'s Wards 7 and 8.
  • ScholarCHIPS - to launch monthly professional development and life skills webinars for current college students and program alumni who have incarcerated parents.
  • The Giving Square - to translate the Kids for Kids Fund’s (a program that allows children to explore challenges/issues in their communities and then practice empathetic philanthropy by choosing local nonprofit groups to award $1,000) curriculum, materials, and resources into Spanish.