Entries by Colleen Dawicki

MassINC releases report encouraging “transformative investments” for Gateway Cities

Last week, Boston-based think tank MassINC released “Transformative redevelopment: strategic state policy for Gateway City growth and renewal,” a report that recommends new–and big–public investments to spur private development in the state’s smaller industrial cities like Fall River and New Bedford. How big? The price tag on MassINC’s policy recommendations is $1.7 billion, but the […]

Grant opportunities: youth nutrition/fitness, creative placemaking, and literacy

1) General Mills Foundation’s Champions for Health Kids Program – Deadline: December 3 The program will award fifty grants of $10,000 to community-based groups such as health departments, government agencies, schools, and Native American Tribes that develop creative ways to help youth adopt a balanced diet and physically active lifestyle. To ensure that the nutrition […]

Fall River, New Bedford take the challenge

A few months ago, we let blog and newsletter readers know about Bloomberg Philanthropies’ (yes, that Bloomberg) Mayors Challenge, a grant opportunity that asked cities across the country to compete for funding by submitting their innovative solutions to urban challenges that can be replicated in other communities. Fall River and New Bedford, along with 10 […]

Revealing our sources

One of the biggest  hits of our monthly newsletter is our section on grant opportunities. Many of our community partners report reading about previously unknown funding sources here, and they often wonder where we get our info. So we decided to put together a blog on some of our favorite sources for not just grant […]

Environmental education grants

Here are a two grant opportunities we recently came across that look like promising opportunities for many of our readers and community partners: 1) National Environmental Education Foundation Announces America’s Great Outdoors: Connecting Youth to the Outdoors Grant Program Through this new program, NEEF and its partners seek to catalyze efforts to increase the number […]

FY2012, in numbers

The university’s fiscal year ended on July 30, after which point we’ve been compiling data that will inform both the university’s review of the Center for Policy Analysis (of which we are a part) and our own annual report, currently in development. We thought this would be a great platform with which to share some […]

Meet our high school interns!

This summer, it seems like the Urban Initiative team just keeps growing! We consider ourselves lucky to have two fantastic high school interns working with us, not only because of our hefty workload this summer, but also because Emma York and Adam Vieira come to us with some impressive experience doing policy research and analysis. […]