CCE Awards $29,000 in Community Grants and Neighbors Award Funds to Local Organizations

May 19, 2021

City and Community Engagement is pleased to announce the recipients of our annual Community Grants initiative, as well as our new initiative - the Neighbors Uplifting Neighbors Award. This year, CCE awarded a total of $29,000 in funds to 29 organizations - 21 of which were recipients of a Community Grant and 8 were recipients of the Neighbors Uplifting Neighbors Award. 

The Community Grant funds were first made available to community partners in response to the Community Advisory Board’s recommendation. Building upon City and Community Engagement’s Community Grant program for local nonprofit organizations in our surrounding communities, we were excited to launch the Neighbors Uplifting Neighbors Award this year. This new initiative is intended to financially support active resident-led initiatives in our local neighborhoods of Fenway, Mission Hill, Roxbury, and the South End who are nominated by residents of these neighborhoods. 

CCE’s primary focus in 2021 was to fund proposals with an emphasis on equity and justice for community organizations, nonprofits, or schools serving in the neighborhoods of Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Fenway, Mission Hill, and/or the South End. This year, CCE received 28 grant applications and 12 Neighbor Award nominations. The proposals and nominations were reviewed by CCE staff, student leaders, and members of our Community Advisory Board. Any Boston-area based community organization, nonprofit, or school that has engaged with Northeastern University students, staff, or faculty in partnership with City and Community Engagement in the last three academic years was eligible to apply. City and Community Engagement was proud to support a diverse pool of proposals and nominations, whose missions include but are not limited to youth empowerment, arts education, accessibility for disabled communities, food security, and equitable development. 

2021 Community Grant Recipients: 

  • BalletRox

  • National Braille Press

  • Bryce's Journey, Inc.

  • St. Ambrose Family Shelter

  • Inquilinos Boricuas en Acción

  • Boston Self Help Center Inc.

  • Friends of the Hernandez Inc.

  • Ellis Memorial and Eldredge House, Inc.

  • sySTEMic flow, LLC

  • Hyde Square Task Force

  • Learn 2 Teach, Teach 2 Learn


  • Boston Housing Authority

  • Charlestown High School

  • Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

  • United South End Settlements

  • CitySprouts

  • Women's Lunch Place

  • Fenway Civic Association

  • United Neighbors of Lower Roxbury Community Garden

  • Mission Hill Health Movement (MHHM)

2021 Neighbors Uplifting Neighbors Award Recipients: 

  • Reclaim Roxbury

  • Zahirah Nur Truth of ZNT Arts

  • Hernandez Mutual Aid

  • Turn In. Reach Out.

  • Senior Food Delivery/Hawthorne Youth and Community Center

  • Friends of Melnea Cass Boulevard

  • Friends Of Gertrude Howes Park (FGH)

  • The Honoring Henry Hampton Committee