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SERIES Identifier: MC 919; T-540; DVD-135; Vt-305

Series II. GRANT APPLICATIONS, 1966-1999, undated (#8.28-23.19, E.4)

Scope and Contents

Series II, GRANT APPLICATIONS, 1966-1999, undated (#8.28-23.19, E.4), includes grant applications; brochures, publications, pamphlets, and flyers from grantee organizations; correspondence between grant applicants and Boston Women's Fund staff; and grant project updates. The Fund's grant application files document the existence, projects, and challenges of many small grassroots women-led organizations in the greater Boston area during the 1980s and 1990s which applied for funding from the Boston Women's Fund. These records are valuable to researchers interested in community organizing and Boston-based community organizations for women, many of which no longer exist. Organizations address issues such as welfare reform, health care, child care, domestic violence, reproductive rights, homelessness, immigrant rights, sexual harassment, homophobia, teen empowerment, and racism. Organizations are based in Boston and surrounding neighborhoods including Blackstone, Cambridge, Chelsea, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Plainville, Roxbury, Somerville, and Framingham. Grant applications include arts and media groups (August Light Productions, Boston Women's Community Radio, Community Education Theatre Team, Dance Umbrella, etc.); organizations that serve African American, Asian American, Latinx, Native American, and immigrant communities in the greater Boston area (Amigas Latinas en Acción pro-Salud, Asian American Resource Workshop, Chinese Progressive Association Workers Center, Comité de Mujeres Puertorriqueñas, Chimera Anon, Massachusetts Women of Color Organization, etc.); housing and neighborhood organizations (Affordable Supportive Housing for Single Women with Children, Berkeley Resident Tenants, Egleston Square Neighborhood Association, etc.); and gay, lesbian, and bisexual organizations (All Kinds of Families Alliance, Gay Community News, Fenway Community Health Center, etc.) Grant applications include information such as organizational goals, work plans, demographic reach, project descriptions, organizational and membership structure, how the organization deals with oppression, budget, and sources of funding. Also included in the grant application files are pamphlets, brochures, publications, and event flyers. Organizational newsletters have been removed and cataloged separately. Grantee files that predate the 1984 founding of the Boston Women's Fund include proof of the organization's tax-exempt status or its founding documents. This series is arranged alphabetically.


  • 1966-2014
  • Majority of material found within 1985-2008

Language of Materials

Materials in English.

Access Restrictions:

Access. Collection is open for research. An appointment is necessary to use any audiovisual material.


18.97 linear feet ((45 + 1/2 file boxes) plus 1 folio+ folder, 1 supersize folder, 2 photograph folders, 29 audiotapes, 6 videotapes, 2 DVDs)
198.592 Megabytes (32 files)

Physical Location

Collection stored off site: researchers must request access 36 hours before use.

Repository Details

Part of the Schlesinger Library, Radcliffe Institute Repository

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