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Boston awards $286k to help fund 35 beautification projects across city

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  February 13, 2013 01:35 PM

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The city has awarded $286,000 in grants to help fund 35 approved beautification projects around Boston.

The one-year Beautify Boston grant program was announced in the fall and awarded grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000, city officials said. A grant of $10,000 or more required the recipient to fund an equal amount.

The grants were given to nonprofits to back projects that will be “physically and visually accessible from a public way,” the city said. The projects were also required to have received city permitting and approval to be eligible. Letters of support from the community and abutters were also required.

“Beautify Boston carries on my administration’s tradition of working in partnership with residents and community groups to bring out the best in our neighborhoods,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statement. “Our partners help to keep our city livable and beautiful and we are pleased to help them in these efforts.”

Here is a rundown of the recipients:

-- Back Bay and Beacon Hill groups awarded grants include Friends of the Public Garden, Emerald Necklace Conservancy, the Garden Club of the Back Bay, and the Beacon Hill Civic Association, officials said.

-- In Charlestown, the Charlestown Preservation Society and Charlestown Working Theater, Inc., were recipients.

-- Five Dorchester-based organizations were awarded: All Dorchester Sports League; Dorchester Park Association; Franklin Park Coalition; Metropolitan Baptist Church; and Sustainability Guild International, the city said.

-- Three East Boston groups – East Boston Main Streets, Jeffries Point Neighborhood Association, and Neighborhood of Affordable Housing – made the list.

-- Three Fenway groups also received awards: Fenway Civic Association; Friends of Ramler Park, Inc.; and the Fenway Garden Society, officials said.

-- The Jamaica Plain organization Hyde Jackson Square Main Street will receive a grant.

-- Two North End groups, Friends of Christopher Columbus Park and the Old North Foundation of Boston, Inc.

-- Four South End groups will as well: Friends of Blackstone/Franklin Park; Friends of Peters Park; Friends of Harriet Tubman Park; and Project Place, officials said.

-- Hyde Park Main Streets, Mattapan Square Main Streets, Roslindale Green & Clean, and Roxbury Multi Service Center, Inc., will also receive Beautify Boston grants.

-- The Boston Natural Areas Network was awarded six separate grants for sites the organization oversees in Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, and the South End.

E-mail Matt Rocheleau at mjrochele@gmail.com.
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