The Boston Ujima Project is organizing neighbors, workers, business owners and investors to create a community-controlled economy in Greater Boston. The Ujima Project seeks to create a new business and finance ecosystem that democratizes local investment, production and consumption to grow community wealth and resilience. The project will build and connect a democratic investment and real estate fund, a business alliance that meets community standards, a network wide worker council, and an alternative local currency.
Initiative for a Competitive Inner City’s mission is to drive economic prosperity in America’s inner cities through private sector investment to create jobs, income and wealth for local residents. With two decades of experience in research and design of national small business growth programs, ICIC is located in Dudley Square in Roxbury and partners with corporations, financial institutions, foundations, government agencies, and individuals.
JP Local First is a community organization that promotes locally owned and sustainable businesses for a vibrant Jamaica Plain. JP Local First aims to provide education about the significant environmental, economic, and cultural benefits of supporting the local economy. BII provided a grant to JP Local First to support local and independent businesses in the rapidly gentrifying Washington St. corridor of Jamaica Plain.
The Solidarity Economy Initiative (SEI) emerged from Access Strategies’ Economic Democracy Fund and is a Massachusetts based funding program developed by Access Strategies Fund, Boston Impact Initiative, the Center for Economic Democracy and the Solidago Foundation. As a capacity building program, SEI provides funding, collective training and technical assistance to a cohort of Massachusetts based grassroots organizations. SEI seeks to build power and evolve strategies towards a long term social movement capable of transforming American capitalism into a just, sustainable, and democratic economy.
Smarter in the City is the first high tech startup business accelerator in Roxbury. At the center in Dudley Square, SITC supports local entrepreneurs from underrepresented communities in the tech sector to advance their technology-focused businesses. The Boston Impact Initiative provided early stage operating grants to help SITC serve local tech entrepreneurs of color. Learn more
FCBL is a coworking space that brings together entrepreneurs, small businesses and community development organizations to advance one of Dorchester’s most promising business districts. With easy access to the Red Line and affordable, flexible membership options, FCBL is focused on creating a productive, healthy and synergistic environment for its entrepreneurs and the Fields Corner community. The Boston Impact Initiative provided a grant to FCBL to sponsor free office space for a Dorchester-based, social entrepreneur of color. Learn more
The Boston Center for Community Ownership (BCCO) is a co-op development center with a focus on grassroots organizing and community economic development. They provide education & training, facilitation and consulting for worker-owned, consumer-owned and hybrid cooperatives. The Boston Impact Initiative provided a grant to support capacity building. Learn more
The Black Economic Council of Massachusetts, Inc. (BECMA) advances the economic well-being of Black businesses, organizations that serve the Black community and Black residents of Massachusetts. In 2016, BII provided a start-up grant to BECMA. Learn more