Groundwork Massachusetts

The work begins at home! Groundwork Project will always support local community organizers in Massachusetts.

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Organizing in Massachusetts

To the outside, Massachusetts may appear to be an improbable fit for Groundwork's mission. With its liberal reputation and wealth of progressive representation, it's easy to assume that our state lacks little when it comes to blue infrastructure, coalitions and capacity. That reality is much more complicated and reveals a state wrestling with profound racial, social, economic and political disparities.

Consider this: In 2020, wealthy, white suburbs around Boston saw voter turnout hovering as high as 90 percent. Meanwhile, communities of color and Gateway Cities saw two-thirds of that, at best. In 2018, people of color made up nearly 20 percent of eligible voters, but cast only around 10 percent of all ballots - a power gap of nearly 50 percent.

We believe that dramatic investment in community organizing is the only way for Massachusetts to address this systemic divide in political power and build a Commonwealth that is as inclusive, representative and innovative as its reputation leads the nation to believe.

Organizer Grant Program

Through our flagship grant program we award unrestricted, multi-year grants to hyperlocal organizers in Massachusetts who are working in communities with the lowest voter turnout in the state. Along with grant funding, grantees get access to a vibrant cross-state grantee community and wraparound support from the Groundwork team.

Status: Closed


Groundwork MA Grant Interest Form

If you're an organization in Massachusetts and interested in applying for a Groundwork Grant, please fill out the form below. This is the first step in the application process. Someone from our team will follow up with you to schedule an introductory conversation in the coming weeks.

Groundwork's National Footprint

Learn more about the states we work in across the country.

Meet the Massachusetts Team
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Matt Kearney (he/him) is Groundwork Massachusett's Organizing Advisor. In his role, Matt works directly with our grassroots partners across the state to support their growth, sustainability and impact. From mentorship to training, he focuses on providing resources to partners on the ground and executing Groundwork's long-term mission to build a more just, equitable and democratic future for Massachusetts.

Matt is an experienced political organizer from Massachusetts who has executed a diverse array of voter engagement campaigns at the local, state, and federal level. Last cycle he worked on Joe Kennedy's campaign for the U.S. Senate as well as for the Democratic nominee for Governor in Montana. Matt grew up in Scituate, Mass., loves to sail and can usually be found spending time with his (very large) extended family.

Massachusetts Organizer Grantees

Brockton Workers Alliance

Brockton, MA

Lowell Votes

Lowell, MA

United Interfaith Action

New Bedford + Fall River, MA

Pioneer Valley Project

Springfield, MA

Additional Massachusetts Grantees

Coalition for Social Justice

Taunton, MA

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Massachusetts, Statewide


Massachusetts, Statewide

Essex County

Community Organization

Lynn, MA

Lawrence Community Works

Lawrence, MA


Boston, MA

United Interfaith Action

of Southeastern MA

New Bedford, MA