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: Open

Application Deadline: Monday, September 25


Groundwork's National Footprint

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

Massachusetts Organizer Grantees

Brockton Workers Alliance

Brockton, MA

Lowell Votes

Lowell, 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

Massachusetts Advisory Board

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Barbara Kamholz

EF Education First (she/her)

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Ben Downing

The Engine at MIT; former State Senator (he/him)

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Celia Johnston Blue

MA Women of Color Coalition (she/her)

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Cheryl Clyburn Crawford

MassVOTE (she/her)

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Darien Johnson

Black Economic Council of MA (he/him)

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Darlene Lombos

Greater Boston Labor Council (she/her)

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Dave Halbert

Progressive MA Funders' Collaborative (he/him)

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Deb Fastino

Coalition for Social Justice (she/her)

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Diana Hwang

Asian-American Women's Political Initiative (she/her)

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Elvis Mendez

Neighbor to Neighbor (he/him)

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Enrique Pepen

Boston Mayor's Office of Neighborhood Services (he/him)

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Jackie Jenkins-Scott

Roxbury Community College (she/her)

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Janine Carreiro

MA Community Action Network (she/her)

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Jen McAndrew

Tisch College of Civic Life at Tufts (she/her)

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Luxshmi Sivalogan

Planned Parenthood (she/her)

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Naomi Aberly

political activist & civic volunteer

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Shanique Spalding

Mass Voter Table (she/her)

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Vanessa Otero

Pioneer Valley Healing Racism Institute (she/her)