CASTLE SQUARE TENANTS ORGANIZATION CHARITABLE TRUST
The Castle Square Tenants Organization 2020 Charitable Trust (the “Trust”) was formed in November 2020 with a contribution from Castle Square Tenants Organization (“CSTO”). CSTO is the managing partner of Castle Square Apartments, a 500-unit affordable housing development in the South End of Boston, Massachusetts.
The Trust’s purpose is to act as a supporting organization for CSTO as well as to support other organizations in the area which advance its mission. The Trust is governed by up to eight Trustees appointed by the CSTO Board of Directors. Four Trustees are tenants at Castle Square and four are independent.
The Trust envisions communities where low-and moderate-income and residents of all races and ethnicities have the power, voice, and resources to build a united front where racial and societal wealth disparities are actively addressed and eliminated, advancing a more just, equitable, and prosperous society.
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NEW GRANT MAKING
In keeping with this mission, the Trust is pleased to announce the launch of a new grant making program for organizations in the three Boston neighborhoods near Castle Square: the South End, Chinatown, and Lower Roxbury. The CSTO Trust will make grants to eligible organizations up to $50,000.
CSTO TRUST GRANT PROGRAM OPPORTUNITIES
The CSTO Trust’s Grant Program aims to support communities where low- and moderate- income and residents of all races and ethnicities have the power, voice, and resources to build a united front, where racial and societal wealth disparities are actively addressed and eliminated, advancing a more just, equitable, and prosperous society.
The Trust cares deeply about two areas and will target funding to these two priorities:
Youth/Child Development and Education
Organizations and programs that serve school-age children ages 6 to 19 and/or older youth up to age 21 who need support transitioning to adulthood. Programs include but are not limited to:
Youth leadership programs
College/career/job exploration and readiness programs
ESOL classes for recent immigrants who are older youth
Mental and behavioral health programs
Affordable Housing, especially
Creation and preservation
Strengthening resident-controlled affordable housing developments, for example, board leadership development and capacity-building and
Funding will initially be targeted toward three Boston neighborhoods, the South End, Chinatown, and Lower Roxbury. Please note that the South End includes Bay Village; Chinatown includes the Leather District; and Lower Roxbury’s southern border is Malcolm X Boulevard/Dudley Street. Any questions about the service area should be addressed to Info.firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CSTO Trust will consider grant requests of up to $50,000. Applications for up to $10,000 may be processed on an expedited basis based on a Letter of Interest, and may not require the “Full Proposal Review” described as “Step 2” in the Guidelines. Grant requests $10,001-$50,000 will be subject to the full review process.
The CSTO Trust awards grants once per year in June through a two-step review process. For more information about this process please click the link below.
Range of Grant Awards
CSTO TRUST GRANT PROGRAM
The CSTO Trust's Grant Program aims to strengthen, deepen, and grow resources and relationships in Boston and beyond. Three values anchor the vision and mission of the CSTO Trust.
Jonathan Klein-Chair, Retired Attorney
Ann Moy-Vice-Chair, Retired Boston Public School Teacher
Kathryn McHugh-Treasurer, Executive VP, Financial Products & Services, Civic Builders
Terrance Woolfork-Gym Manager
Vince O’Donnell-Affordable Housing Consultant
Yvonne Hughes, Retired
CSTO Trust Advisors:
Deborah Backus-Executive Director, CSTO
Vivian Lee-Senior Advisor, CSTO
Daphne Bishop — Consultant to CSTO Trust
Chaletta Huertas, GMA Foundations — Consultant to CSTO Trust
We recognize, celebrate, and support each person’s unique talents, experiences, and perspectives, believing that everyone can contribute positively to their communities.
CSTO’s history and current efforts reflect the ethos “Do nothing about me without me.” We believe that change is only sustainable if leaders are inclusive and reflect their communities.
The CSTO Trust’s objective is to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals, families, and entire communities so that all may experience a multifaceted sense of hope, health, and well-being.