Charlestown Community Impact Fund
December 2020 update: We have announced a one-time, small grant round for Charlestown’s nonprofits and community organizations, with up to $350,000 available. This round will support Charlestown's:
- nonprofits and community groups
- parks and playgrounds
- after-school activities
- senior programs and job training programs, and
- cultural events,
The fund will also support activities that promote Charlestown’s heritage, quality of life, and recreational and cultural activities. The application deadline is Friday, January 29, 2021, at 4 p.m.. Decisions are expected to be announced in February 2021.
How to apply
To protect the safety of all applicants during COVID-19, please submit your application online:
Office or Administration and Finance
Boston City Hall, Room 608
Boston, MA 02201.
Applications must be postmarked by January 29, 2020, to be accepted. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To qualify for a mini-grant, your nonprofit or group must be from Charlestown or support the Charlestown community. You need to be a 501(c)(3), or have the ability to accept and expend grant funds (Learn more about these requirements). Your project also must address a need in the Charlestown community.
We will work with a number of nonprofits and groups, including those focused on Charlestown’s:
- parks and public spaces
- after-school activities
- senior programs
- job training programs, and
- cultural activities and events.
Please put together your grant proposal that includes the following:
- Applicant information
- Project description
- Your organization
- Impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic
- Your budget for the project (please upload or attach)
- Support (optional)
- Financials (for nonprofit organizations)
After you complete your project — or at the request of the City — you will need to also complete a grant reporting form. This form helps us track your progress or review your plans and decisions at the end of a project.
Before you can receive funds, you’ll need to sign the City of Boston’s grant agreement form.
History of the fund
The fund was created as a condition of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s approval for Wynn Resorts to run a casino in Everett. Wynn made a $1 million payment to the fund in 2016. Emme Handy, the chief financial officer and collector-treasurer of the City of Boston, administers the fund.
After the casino opened, Wynn started making a $2 million payment to the fund each year. At that point, we expanded the fund to help address the effects of the casino’s opening. This included the impact on:
- water transportation in Boston Harbor
- pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic, and
- Sullivan Square in Charlestown.
We used the first $1 million in the fund to support a mix of Charlestown nonprofits. We awarded one-time grants in the range of $5,000 to $10,000.
A managing committee — made of up Collector-Treasurer Emme Handy and six other officials — reviews applications and approves awards. Learn more about our process.