Mayor Michelle Wu and the Office of Civic Organizing (OCO) announced the winners including a local organization of the 2022 Love Your Block mini-grants, which provide funding for neighborhoods throughout Boston to organize clean-ups, beautification projects, and social programs that highlight the culture of our communities and transform physical landscapes. Ten community organizations were awarded grants ranging from $1000-$3500 for projects in Brighton, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mission Hill/Roxbury, Roslindale, South Boston, and Mattapan.
The Love Your Block mini-grant program was created in 2015 with a three-year grant awarded to the City of Boston by Cities of Service. After the grant’s expiration in 2018, Love Your Block became a permanent City program under the Mayor’s Community Engagement Cabinet.
“The Love Your Block program is a staple for community driven residents across the City and the Office of Civic Organizing is very proud to continue this work,” said Director of Civic Organizing Henry Santana. “We are committed to empowering residents and neighborhoods to get civically involved and we look forward to engaging with more community organizations in the future. Congratulations to all the grant awardees. I am excited to see the great work they’ll do for their communities.”
Local winner included:
• Sociedad Latina – Revitalizing the Sociedad Latina community garden at the Tobin Community Center in Mission Hill, creating a community mural, and installing a community fridge.
“Congratulations to the recipients of the 2022 Love Your Block Mini-Grants” said Chief of Community Engagement Brianna Millor. “We are dedicated to investing in the work that our community organizers are doing to enrich their communities and the quality of lives of the residents. I look forward to seeing the finished projects.”
The Office of Civic Organizing recently announced the return of the annual Love Your Block Citywide Clean-ups. The office has been working with the Office of Neighborhood Services (ONS) and local community organizations to conduct community-driven beautification projects across Boston over the past week and again on Saturday, September 24. Volunteers are encouraged to sign up at bit.ly/LYBVolunteer2022. Additionally, residents have the opportunity to partner with the City of Boston to beautify their neighborhoods with the support of the Love Your Block program year round. Those interested can email [email protected].