Winter 2020 Foley Hoag Foundation Grant Round

The Trustees of the Foley Hoag Foundation are pleased to announce that the Foundation has awarded grants totaling $149,500 to 25 organizations this winter as part of our 2020 grant cycle.  December 30, 2020 also marks the Foundation’s 40th anniversary.  Since the Foundation’s inception, we have awarded over $3 million to over 250 incredible organizations.

The grants the Foundation makes are aimed at improving social equity in the Boston, Washington, D.C., and New York City areas. Each of the organizations included in our latest grant round is working to improve racial justice in our communities through use of the arts, community engagement and advocacy, criminal justice reform, education, increasing access to basic needs, or youth development programs.

The winter 2020 grantees are as follows:


  • Alray Taylor Second Chance Scholarship Fund - to join a nationally-based network helping students return to college after “stopping” out.
  • Boston Coalition Young Man with a Plan - to support mentoring activities in which successful men of color provide sustained mentoring and positive academic, social and emotional role modeling to Black and Latino high school males.
  • Boston Farms - to operate five urban farm sites, which increase green space and provide economic and health benefits to farmers and the community through increased economic opportunities, as well as production and supply of fresh food.
  • Center to Support Immigrant Organizing - for the Youth Ubuntu Project, which provides high school immigrant students from different communities training on leadership, facilitative processes, root-cause analysis and collective change.
  • Chelsea Restoration Corporation - to help the organization develop its virtual foreclosure prevention educational programs, with a goal of helping 200 families receive foreclosure prevention assistance.
  • Chica Project - to support its community-based programs, which enhance the assets of an respond to the specific needs of recourse-challenged, but culturally-rich, inner-city women of color.
  • Community Change - for the Racial Healing Project, which trains individuals to be politically educated and resourceful with respect to white supremacy and to create community action using the knowledge and resources.
  • Hawthorne Youth and Community Center - to fund a grassroots project developed by local youth in need of additional outdoor, safe, in-person, after school activities during the pandemic, which will include the neighborhood’s first skate ramp.
  • Justice at Work - to provide multilingual legal and technical support to workers in low-paying jobs and workers’ rights organizations.
  • Latino STEM Alliance - to expand its early education and elementary school robotics programs to 10 new partner schools and community centers.
  • Mass LEAP - for the Youth Spoken Word Leaders Program, which supports a cohort of teenagers who lead a spoken word poetry program for their peers in Boston, Worcester and Lowell
  • My Brother’s Keeper 617 - for an art therapy community-building program for Boston boys of color, who will work with local artists to design an art mural to be displayed in various places throughout the city, including MBTA buses, billboards, and other strategic locations.
  • Open Avenues Foundation - to launch experiential learning coursework for 40 local students aimed to build relevant skills to succeed in STEM careers.
  • Sarita and Claire Wright Lucas Foundation - to support placing law students who are women of color in summer fellowships in the Suffolk and Middlesex County District Attorneys’ Offices.
  • Social Impact Center - to launch a year-long survey project to assess the impact of community-based trauma support services on the emotional well-being of its community members.
  • Union of Minority Neighborhoods - for Massachusetts Citizens Congress on Poverty, which aims to attack poverty through various angles, including affordable housing, food security, minimum wage and gender equality, by recruiting and engaging the community in educational film nights, skills workshops and issue workshops.
  • The Welcome Project - to support its Liaison Interpreter Program of Somerville, English for Parents, and English for Speakers of Other Languages training programs, which assist immigrant families tackling barriers to survival and success through year-round programming in leadership development, language access, and school/community engagement

New York City

  • The Bell - in support of Project 14 24, an initiative by the Teens Take Charge program to empower young leaders to advocate for education programming and summer job funding leading up to the 2021 NYC mayoral election.
  • The Brave House - the first non-profit in NYC to work exclusively with young immigrant women who are victims of gender-based violence by providing tailored, trauma-informed services to address gaps in access to essential needs, including legal representation, health insurance, school enrollment and housing.
  • Justice for Families - for work to end mass criminalization and incarceration, particularly of youth and in communities of color, including its Family Leadership Institute, Family Leadership Network and direct community action focused in the Bronx and New York City area.
  • Urban Youth Collaborative - to fund a new staff position that will focus on policy research, with an initial focus on the school to prison pipeline problem.

Washington, D.C.

  • Domestic Violence Legal Empowerment and Appeals Project - to support its “DV LEAP” program, which provides pro bono legal representation to domestic violence survivors in the SC, Maryland, and Virginia region through partnerships with local law firms.
  • Many Languages One Voice - for the Student Organizing League, which teaches digital and community organizing skills to 60 immigrant students of color aged 12-19 and empowers them to tackle racial inequities in Washington, DC.
  • Open City Advocates - to help mentor youth in DC’s juvenile court system and to advocate for systemic improvements in that system.
  • Teens Run DC - to facilitate the expansion of its programming, which uses running and physical activity to work with at-risk and truant students during and after the school day and on weekends to promote a culture of health and wellness, self-worth and goal-setting.