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Past Grants

Capacity Building Grants

From 2003 to 2013, the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation awarded a total of $28 million in grants to 33 organizations in Greater Boston under the Capacity Building Program. The Foundation is proud of what was accomplished under this program, but is not currently inviting proposals for Capacity Building support.

Capacity Building Grantees »

Health Grants

Smith-Fireman Diabetes Initiative (2006-2011)

From 2006 to 2011, the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation and the Paul and Phyllis Fireman Charitable Foundation provided support to five Boston community health centers (Bowdoin Street Health Center, Codman Square Health Center, Dorchester House Multi-Service Center, Mattapan Community Health Center, and Whittier Street Health Center) to enhance their diabetes management programs. With $5.3 million in funding from the Smith Family Foundation, $1.5 million from the Fireman Charitable Foundation, and technical assistance from the Joslin Diabetes Center, the centers provided disease management education, nutrition and lifestyle counseling, and wellness activities to their patients through the use of group medical visits, community health outreach, nurse case management, and other support services.

The primary goal of this initiative was to improve health outcomes for persons with diabetes by expanding access to high-quality, culturally competent, patient-centered diabetes care. A secondary goal was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of various interventions, such that a case could be made for obtaining more adequate reimbursement for these services by third party payers. The initiative reached 5,200 patients at the five centers.

The Foundation engaged an independent evaluator to track health outcomes, patient satisfaction, and cost-effectiveness. The evaluation found that diabetes-related health outcomes improved across the five centers over the five-year period. Patient satisfaction also increased across the centers and the initiative was found to be cost-effective. The evaluation also found that as the number of diabetes patients at the health centers continued to grow, the health centers improved their efficiency and acted as “best value” providers.

The Foundation was awarded the 2011 Mayoral Prize for Innovations in Primary Care in the “Innovations in Philanthropic Investments” category for this initiative.

Community Health Center Capital Projects (2010-2013)

The Foundation contributed nearly $3 million to a number of community health center building campaigns aimed at helping these centers expand to serve more patients and provide state-of-the-art primary care. Local health centers saw their patient rolls expand rapidly in the wake of Massachusetts’ health care reforms. The Foundation sees these providers as crucial to the State’s ability to deliver on the promise of high-quality, affordable health care for all through better prevention and chronic disease management. This program is not currently inviting applications.
Mattapan Community Health Center
Toward the construction of a new community health center in Mattapan Square.
Lowell Community Health Center
A challenge grant toward the construction of a new community health center located in a repurposed abandoned mill space to serve 10,000-12,000 additional patients in Lowell, MA.
Codman Square Health Center
A challenge grant for facility expansion to house shared community health and charter school programming in Dorchester, MA.
Whittier Street Health Center
Toward the construction of a new community health center in Roxbury, MA.
Community Health Center of Cape Cod
A capital grant to complete the Health Center’s $9.25 million “Building for the Future” campaign, which expanded the main clinic in Mashpee and created capacity for an additional 8,000 patients in need of affordable primary care.
Bowdoin Street Community Health Center
A challenge grant to expand and build a new Wellness Center, offering programs that promote healthier lifestyles and behaviors to prevent and better manage chronic diseases.

Other Health Grants (2006-2013)

Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
A challenge grant to support costs associated with the acquisition and renovation of the Mallory Building, which allowed the agency to combine under one roof its nationally recognized programs providing medical care, mental health services and oral health care to Boston’s homeless population.
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
To fund four community health workers and add mobile home care capacity to better serve especially vulnerable formerly homeless individuals newly housed under Boston’s rapid re-housing initiatives.
Franciscan Hospital for Children
To purchase, upgrade, and install bedside portable monitoring devices and related items for the agency’s Pulmonary Rehabilitation Program, which will allow the agency to increase its ventilated and monitored bed capacity for some of its most vulnerable pediatric patients.
Health Leads
2013 (under the Capacity Building Program)
For start-up costs for new sites and for program evaluation that will assess the agency’s impact on clinic operations and patient progress.

Small Capital Grants

Since 2004, the Foundation has awarded over $8.8 million in grants to over 200 organizations in Greater Boston and select Gateway Cities under the Small Capital Grants program. The program has a spring and fall deadline each year. Please see the program page for specific information on the next application deadline and when award decisions are expected.

Summary of Small Capital Grantees 2004-2019 »

Economic Mobility Grants

Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)
For a range of English language and academic remediation programs aimed at helping recent immigrants get into and succeed in community college and on the job.
Asian American Civic Association (AACA)
For the agency’s Next Steps Transitional English Program for English-language learners to bridge the gap between lower-level ESOL classes and either college, advanced skills training, or a secure job.
YMCA/International Learning Center
For the development of a new Transitions to College and Careers program to expand bridge programming and better meet the needs of advanced-level ESOL students.
Northern Essex Community College Foundation
To expand the capacity of the college’s Center for Adult Education Programs and Preparation (CAEPP) to serve a greater number of advanced ESOL students who are interested in transitioning to post-secondary education.
Catholic Charities/Haitian Multi-Service Center
To pilot a vocational ESOL class focused on preparing students for jobs in human services.
English for New Bostonians
To build capacity and business outreach for ESOL providers aimed at stimulating employer partnerships for workplace ESOL classes.
Jewish Vocational Service (JVS)
To support construction of the agency’s new Center for Economic Opportunity. The Center will allow JVS to expand services by as much as 20%, serving up to 24,000 clients annually.

Urban Education Grants

Excel Academy Charter Schools
To support the construction of a new middle school and high school campus in East Boston, which at full enrollment will serve 896 students.
Match Education
To support the construction of a new campus for Match Community Day, a Pre-K-12 charter school that specifically targets English Language Learners in Boston, which at full enrollment will serve 700 students.
Brooke Charter Schools
A challenge grant to support the purchase and renovation of 150 American Legion Highway in Mattapan as the permanent K-8 facility for Brooke’s second charter school, helping Brooke reach its goal of serving more than 2,200 students in Boston.
Roxbury Preparatory Charter School/Uncommon Schools-Boston
For the renovation of two public school buildings under long-term lease from Boston Public Schools, which will house Uncommon Schools-Boston’s two new charter middle schools, helping them grow to serve 1,800 students.
MATCH Teacher Residency
To support the expansion of this one-year intensive teacher training program, which provides rookie teachers with hands-on skills and classroom practice to prepare them to teach in high performing charter or district turnaround schools.
Teach For America-Massachusetts
To strengthen the agency’s capacity to prepare new teachers to meet the needs of English language learners in Greater Boston.
Community Day Charter Public School
To help recruit, train, and hire exceptional heads of school for Community Day Charter Public School’s two new independent pre-K-8 charter schools and its in-district turnaround school in Lawrence.
City on a Hill New Bedford
To prepare the school principal and to recruit, train and develop teachers for this new charter high school in New Bedford. The school opened in the fall of 2014 and at full enrollment will serve 280 students.
To support the construction of a new elementary and middle school campus in Mattapan that will serve 648 students.
Teach Plus
For the agency’s Turnaround Teacher Teams (T3) initiative, which places teams of highly qualified, experienced teachers into Boston’s lowest performing schools, designated as “turnaround schools.”

Other Grants

Boston Children’s Museum
For costs associated with the design and construction of a Waterfront Plaza in front of the museum.
Chelsea Collaborative
A challenge grant to support costs associated with the design and construction of an approximately one-acre public recreation area in Chelsea known as the Creekside Commons. The project was spearheaded by the Chelsea Creek Restoration Partnership.
Greater Boston Food Bank
For costs associated with the construction of the agency’s food distribution warehouse at 70 South Bay Avenue in Boston, which supports its programs distributing food to food pantries and other programs providing emergency food assistance across eastern Massachusetts.
Pine Street Inn
To facilitate the organization’s shift from emergency shelter to permanent supportive housing provider and to improve outcomes for the newly housed through intensive case management services.
Falmouth Service Center
For costs associated with the renovation of the agency’s facility, allowing it to accommodate the growing number and needs of clients in Falmouth, MA.
For the construction of a 200 sq. ft. STEM Workshop and Outdoor STEM Deck at Associated’s new lab school located in the public housing development of Bromley-Heath.
Boston Schoolyard Initiative
To renovate the playground at the Young Achievers Science and Math Pilot School in Mattapan.