Mayor Announces Community Grants for Summer Programming
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For Immediate Release
May 04, 2007
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Boston Centers for Youth & Families
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City Calls for Request for Proposals

Mayor Thomas M. Menino announced today the availability of Boston Community Grants to be used for summer programming. The grants total $300,000 and will be parceled out in increments of $5,000-$7,500 for summer activities geared towards pre-teens and teenagers for outside agencies wishing to partner with the city. These grants will increase the number and variety of programs serving youth and increase the number of youth who have access to positive opportunities and safe environments.

"Summer is about having fun and being engaged in your community. I want to make sure that every kid in Boston has the chance to participate in something enjoyable and rewarding this summer," Mayor Menino said. "These community grants will make new, innovative programs possible and ensure that there is something for everyone."

Boston Community Grants will fund additional activities to complement the hundreds of options that Boston youth already have access to through Boston Summer Programming. These new grants will make possible programs that focus on arts, education, outdoor and evening activities. The program areas were chosen in direct response to interests and areas of concern identified by Boston's youth. Grants will be awarded to community-based organizations that can demonstrate the ability to serve youth and are committed to partnering with the city or with other community groups.

The proposals should target preteens and teenagers and must take place at Boston Community Centers. Programs must take place Mondays - Thursdays between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Fridays between 8 a.m. and 10 p.m. and Saturdays between 9:00 a.m. and

7:00 p.m. Preference will be given to activities and programs operating on evenings or Saturdays. Outside agencies interested in submitting a proposal for pre-teens and teenagers should submit their letters of intent and proposals to jill.obrien@cityofboston.gov or fax to 617-635-4765. For more information about the grants please call 617-635-4463.

The City of Boston has hundreds of exciting summer opportunities for Boston youth. Boston anticipates serving thousands of young people this summer with safe, structured and fun programming. If you are interested in checking out what the city has to offer, you can call 617-635-KIDS or log onto www.bostonyouthzone.com/summer.

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