Boston Athletic Association supports local nonprofit organizations with fall edition of grant program

BOSTON – The Boston Athletic Association (B.A.A.) today announced the 13 recipients of the fall edition of the B.A.A. Gives Back Grant Program. The program supports nonprofits across Massachusetts that advance the B.A.A.’s mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running, in order to build healthy communities.

The number of applicants grew from the first iteration and the fall recipients cover a wide range of projects from after-school programs and sports equipment grants; to community running clubs and para sports.

Nicole Juri, Director of Development at the B.A.A. said, “We are delighted to announce the recipients of our fall B.A.A. Gives Back Grant program. With an increase in the number of applications, we have tried to support as many as possible that align with the mission and vision of the B.A.A.  Each recipient does so much in their local community to provide a range of opportunities around activity and health.

“As news of the program continues to spread across Massachusetts, we anticipate more eligible organizations benefiting from our biannual program.”

Dr. Jim Keane, Executive Director of the Boston Bulldogs Running Club said, “The Boston Bulldogs Running Club is honored to be awarded a B.A.A. Gives Back Grant! Our organization promotes wellness and community as essential tools in recovery. This generous grant will help us to build programs in support of running and wellness for all those affected by the adverse effects of drug and alcohol addiction, especially at-risk youth.”

Candice Gartley, Executive Director of All Dorchester Sports and Leadership said, “At ADSL we are not just an organization; we are a dedicated community committed to nurturing the untapped potential of our youth.  With dedicated partners such as the Boston Athletic Association and their commitment to our mission, we are shaping the leaders of tomorrow – one healthy choice and one achievement at a time.  We are honored to have the B.A.A. in our corner, helping us to be a bigger and better resource for our deserving community.”

Mikhail Darlington, Program Director, SquashBusters Boston said, “SquashBusters is so grateful to the B.A.A. for their support. As an organization devoted to the importance of health and wellness in the lives of young people, this award is deeply meaningful. We are looking forward to using it to support our first-ever SQB Runs for a Healthy Community 5K road race in March.”

B.A.A. Gives Back Grants – Fall Recipients

  • All Dorchester Sports and Leadership
  • Black Girls RUN! Foundation
  • Boston Bulldogs Running Club
  • Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Girly Girl P.A.R.T.S
  • Dream Big!
  • Girls on the Run Greater Boston
  • Mental Health Collaborative, Inc.
  • Metro Cobras Youth
  • PIONEERS Run Crew
  • Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital
  • Squashbusters
  • The Heather Abbott Foundation
  • The3PointFoundation, Inc.

To date, 27 organizations have benefitted from B.A.A. Gives Back Grants.

Through this program, the B.A.A. awards monetary grants ranging from $5,000 to $15,000 through an application process open to all nonprofit organizations that meet the following criteria:

Organization is a registered 501(c)(3) or a public agency.

Organization is not political.

Organization’s program advances the B.A.A.’s mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running, in order to build healthy communities.

Organization is located in and serves residents of Massachusetts.

The next round of grant applications will launch in early 2024, with successful candidates being awarded ahead of the 128th Boston Marathon presented by Bank of America.

More information:

A full list of fall recipients and more information on the program can be found HERE.

Learn more about some of our round one recipients HERE.


Established in 1887, the Boston Athletic Association is a non-profit organization with a mission of promoting a healthy lifestyle through sports, especially running. The B.A.A. manages the Boston Marathon, presented by Bank of America, and supports comprehensive charity, youth, and year-round programming. The Boston Marathon is part of the Abbott World Marathon Majors, along with international marathons in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Chicago, and New York City. Starting in 2024, the Boston Marathon’s presenting partner will be Bank of America. The 128th Boston Marathon is scheduled to take place on Monday, April 15, 2024. For more information on the B.A.A., please visit