Apply for a Community Grant
TURI is pleased to invite proposals from Massachusetts community organizations, municipalities, and regional and statewide organizations about projects that create and promote healthier communities. Our priority this year is to fund projects that have an environmental justice component or address needs in an underserved community.
Before spending time on your application, email [email protected] to set up a time to discuss your project idea. Grant applications are due by July 22, 2022.
Learn more in the overview and application.
Recently Funded Grant Projects
Community Action Works and Clean Water Fund of Boston, provided workshops and resources to community members about PFAS contamination in drinking water and other sources. These chemicals have been linked to health effects such as cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility, asthma and thyroid disease. The project team provided community members with information about health and environmental concerns, safer alternatives and practical steps to reduce the use of, and exposure to, PFAS.
Nantucket PFAS Action Group worked with firefighters to replace firefighter gear containing PFAS, study the impacts of this replacement and educate firefighters about PFAS and safer alternatives. PFAS, which is used in firefighting protective gear to repel oil and water, can shed from the gear, leading to human and environmental exposures. Working with the Nantucket and Fall River Fire Departments, the project team shared information with firefighters, fire marshals, unions and cancer prevention groups in Massachusetts. The team created web resources, fact sheets and other educational materials to share information on PFAS and safer alternatives.
Silent Spring Institute of Newton and Resilient Sisterhood Project of Boston used social media to share information about toxic chemicals in personal care products marketed to Black women. These chemicals – including phthalates, parabens, phenols and antimicrobials – are associated with a broad range of health effects, including endocrine disruption, asthma and cancer. Based on in-depth research about how women seek information on personal care products, the team worked with influencers to share information about safer alternatives on social media.