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The Foundation was created by the Boston Society of Architects/AIA in 1971 to support public education programs in Massachusetts related to the built environment. Over the years, the Foundation has supported film and video productions, community-based programs, exhibitions and tours, in-school educational programs, research projects, conferences, lectures, symposiums, and other community activities.

Through 2017, the Foundation has distributed more than $1 million in grants to public—and private—sector groups. Read about the 2017 grant recipients. While the Foundation funds many programs for schoolchildren, it also supports programs for Massachusetts residents of all ages. 

The 2017 grants cycle is closed. Check back for the 2018 deadline information.