Inclusion Initiative Grantee Networks


The Inclusion Initiative has chosen its 2016 Planning Phase grantee networks. These networks each received a $35,715 grant to create implementation plans for the next phase of the Inclusion Initiative.

Meet the 2016 Planning Phase Networks

Care Worker Democracy Network

Boston, Mass.
Greater Boston Legal Services, MataHari Women’s Worker Center, Brazilian Women’s Group, Boston Center for Independent Living New England, Jewish Labor Committee, MIT Community Innovators Lab, Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Center for Economic Democracy
Area of Focus: Community Economic Development and Health

The network seeks to transform Boston’s care industry through collaboration—of care workers, care consumers, local government, academia, and businesses—and by answering the question, What does quality, fair, and affordable care look like?


Independent Women’s Project Network

Boston, Mass.
Community Labor United, Brookview House, Building Pathways, Policy Group on Tradeswomen’s Issues
Areas of Focus: Community Economic Development and Education

The Independent Women Project (IWP) is a multi-sectoral collaboration tailored to address the specific needs of female heads of households and the unique barriers they face in gaining access to the job opportunities in the building and construction trades.


Indigenous Empowerment Initiative

Exeter, R.I.
Tomaquag Museum, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island Indian Council, Northeast Indigenous Arts Alliance,  Narragansett Youth Ambassadors, Narragansett Silver Clouds, RI College Roger Williams National Memorial, Brown University /Natives at Brown/Haffenreffer Museum
Areas of Focus: Education and Community Economic Development

This network brings equity to the Native American community of Rhode Island through the eradication of poverty through a new education and job training model. The strategy of how this will be done is multifaceted. Education is a means to end poverty. However, for communities that have been subjugated, education was used as a tool to oppress. Indigenous peoples, often lack trust for the mainstream educational process. The statistics are staggering on the failure of the education system for Native American youth.


Roxbury, Dorchester, Mattapan Planning Authority

Boston, Mass.
Black Economic Justice Institute, Boston Praise Radio and TV Network, Grove Hall NDC
Areas of Focus: Community Economic Development and Education

The Planning Authority's vision is to have residents of Roxbury, Dorchester and Mattapan (RDM) and other community stakeholders be directly involved in transformative neighborhood and community planning.


Ujima Project

Boston, Mass.
City Life Vida Urbana, Center for Economic Democracy, CERO Co-op, Access Strategies Fund, Boston Center for Community Ownership, Boston Impact Initiative Boston Workers Alliance, NAACP, Boston Divestment Student Network, Tufts Univ. Practical Visionaries Workshop
Areas of Focus: Community Economic Development and Health

The Ujima Project was launched in 2015 after a year-long cross sector study group that involved 40+ leaders rooted in Boston’s low income communities of color. The group studied strategies for communities to control capital and land, and insulate local businesses from the “race to the bottom” market. As a systemic anti poverty initiative, the Ujima Project will create a “Good Business” certification, a democratic investment fund, and an alternative currency that incentivizes purchasing within the network.


Worcester Solidarity and Green Economy Network

Worcester, Mass.
Worcester Roots Project, Future Focus Media, Black Lives Matter Worcester, Stone Soup Community Center, Greenvitalize
Areas of Focus: Community Economic Development and Economic Justice

This network will create alternative economics- initiatives, enterprises, trade and finance that privilege community and ecological well being over individual gain (e.g. worker cooperatives, community ownership, fair trade, time-banking, credit unions, community land trusts and commons management).


Wôpanâak Montessori School Network

Mashpee, Mass.
Wôpanâak Language Reclaimation Network, Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe – Education Department, Montessori Academy of Cape Cod
Areas of Focus: Education and Youth Development

The Wôpanâak Montessori School Network (WMSN) is creating a Pre-K through Grade 5 immersion school that, through a Wampanoag language immersion and a culture-based educational framework, not only creates a foundation for long term success but also addresses the devastating social, educational and cultural factors that impact the Wampanoag community. WMSN is guided by the principle that it is through educating our children in their language and culture that we will have long-term, sustainable impacts as their children develop a strong and positive sense of their cultural selves.

Learn about the previous grantees networks from 2015 - Planning phase grantees and Implementation Phase grantees.