The Fort Point Channel Activation Grant Program opens applications for 2015

The Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in conjunction with the Fort Point Channel Operations Board (FPCOB) is accepting submissions for the Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grant Program. This marks the fourth consecutive year of the program, created to increase community engagement along Fort Point Channel.

The deadline for applications is 5:00 p.m. February 20, 2015. The FPCOB expects to award up to $50,000 in total funding for the 2015 Grant Program. Applicants can request up to $50,000 in funding, but the board may allocate smaller amounts to multiple organizations.

 Winning submissions will play a key role in advancing the Watersheet Activation Plan, established in 2002 by the Mayor’s Office and the BRA to promote a vision for a “Boston Common on the water.”The plan, which lays out a set of cultural activities and year-round programming, demonstrates that collaboration between the City, landowners, nonprofit and cultural leaders, and residents can successfully invigorate the public realm.

“The Waterfront Activation Plan, and programs that support the plan, are central to meeting our goals for Fort Point,” said Brian Golden, Director of the BRA. “The grant program, in particular, is helping to sustain and spur the energy and excitement we’re committed to supporting in the area.”

To be eligible, an organization must be tax-exempt or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit. For profit organizations may be eligible, at the discretion of the Fort Point Channel Operations Board, if the project constitutes a not-for-profit, public, eligible project. The Fort Point Channel Watersheet Activation Grant Program is funded by the Chapter 91 Waterways Regulations License for Atlantic Wharf, and developed by Boston Properties.

Contracts are expected to be awarded by March 20, 2015, and projects must be completed by June 1, 2016.

Follow this link for the application form and guidelines.
Last year’s awardees include:
Urban Waters
Applicant: “e” inc.
Award: $7,160
“e” inc. offered a six-week, hands-on Urban Waters educational program from July through August, 2014, and was open to children from different summer camps, community centers, and Boys and Girls Clubs.

Brown Box Theater Project 2014-2015 Theatrical Season
Applicant: Brown Box Theatre Project
Award: $10,000
Brown Box Theatre Project offers classic and contemporary free productions on Atlantic Wharf through spring 2015. Their productions include Macbeth, Constellations, Spike Heels, and Rosencrantz & Gildenstern Are Dead.

Fort Point Channel Lunchtime Livery and Home Waters Programs
Applicant: Hull Lifesaving Museum
Award: $10,000
The Hull Life Saving Museum operated two programs on the Fort Point Channel. The first, Lunchtime Livery, offered rowboat rentals from July to August of last year. The second, Home Waters, offered an experimental rowing education program for adults and youth.

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