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2018 grant cycle open for Boston College's Allston and Brighton Neighborhood Improvement Fund

Aug 30, 2018

As part of a package of public benefits approved in 2013, Boston College created a fund to provide $2,564,000 to projects that enhance the public realm where public sources of financing may be unavailable or inadequate. The Boston College Neighborhood Improvement Fund (NIF) for Brighton and Allston will use a modified two-step process for the 2018 grant cycle, intended to make the application process as simple as possible for applicants.

The NIF is soliciting Letters of Interest (LOI) by Monday, October 1, 2018 at 5 p.m. These are intended to be very short descriptions of potential projects. The Boston College Task Force, Boston College, and the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) will review these LOIs and select some applicants to submit a complete proposal. In some cases, the proposal may be for a project that is slightly different than the one outlined in the LOI.

Please note that it is anticipated that most grants will continue to be no larger than $100,000, although the NIF also plans to consider one or more larger grants as part of this grant cycle, likely in consultation with public agencies.

Projects may include improvements in public parks and open spaces, neighborhood beautification, transportation/roadway improvements, public safety projects, and public art. 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. It is the goal of Boston College and the BPDA to work with the Boston College Task Force and the broader community to identify, review and select projects so that all funding will be disbursed over the term of Boston College’s Institutional Master Plan, ending on June 30, 2020.

Those responding to the Request for Information should direct submissions to Anabela Gomes at bela@mail.com, with a cc: to Gerald.Autler@boston.gov.

Information for applicants is available here.

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