Special Innovation Grant Round

Posted January 2nd, 2013 by creekside and filed in News & Announcements
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The 1772 Foundation has announced the year-end award of four special grants for innovation. Organizations invited to apply for these grants, awarded for the first time by the Foundation, have or propose innovative, critical, and replicable programs.

If you know of an innovative program that may be of interest to The 1772 Foundation, please contact Executive Director Mary Anthony at maryanthony@1772.org. 2012 innovation grant recipients are listed below.

Liberty Hall Museum

$46,000 in funding is to start a farmers’ market on the museum grounds, a site surrounded by Kean University and near the city of Elizabeth, where 20% of the population lives below the poverty level. The project will include educational outreach and farm-to-school programs, as well as the establishment of the market.


North Bennet Street School

$50,000 in funding is for the adaptive re-use of a former police station, in which eight scattered programs will be consolidated under one roof, providing increased visibility along the Rose Kennedy Greenway and greatly expanded public programming.

New York Harbor Foundation

$50,000 in funding is for aquaculture technical assistance at the New York Harbor School, called by Andrew Revkin of the New York Times “…one of the most innovative and effective experiments in public education that I’ve ever seen.” Oyster restoration, critical to the health of New York harbor, is woven throughout the curriculum at this public high school located on Governors Island.


Old Sturbridge Village

$20,000 in funding is for a feasibility study of the establishment of a charter school connected to this living history museum. There is a definite need for a charter school in the region, which includes the city of Southbridge. OSV would be the first museum in the region to open such a school.