Saturday, June 11, 2022

2022 Better Beaches Awards

 Save the Harbor Awards over $250,000 to Local Organizations for a Summer Full of Free Events and Activities on the Metropolitan Beaches from Nahant to Nantasket.

This years award recipients include Triangle Inc.'s Beach:Ability, the Veronica Robles Cultural Center and A Trike Called Funk
 On Saturday, June 11 at 10:00 AM. at their offices on Boston’s Fish Pier Save the Harbor/Save the Bay awarded more than $250,000 in Better Beaches program grants to 62 organizations and creatives to support 100 free beach events and programs in nine communities on the region's public beaches from Nahant to Nantasket as part of their Better Beaches Program partnership with the Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR).
This year's Better Beaches Events include concerts, festivals and performances by the Boston Circus Guild

In 2021, the Better Beaches Program supported more than 60 organizations in nine waterfront communities from Nahant to Nantasket with events including festivals, movie nights, concerts, and beach parties. Save the Harbor has invested nearly $1.75 million dollars to support free beach events and programs since they began their partnership with DCR in 2007.

This year’s Better Beaches Program grants will bring free movie nights, DJ sets, circus performances, bike rides, Asian, Latin-American, and Afro-Arabian cultural nights, physical and mental wellness workshops, beach parties for kids and teens, beach wheelchairs, mobility mats, and much more to the region’s waterfront neighborhoods and beachfront communities of Lynn, Nahant, Revere, Winthrop, East Boston, South Boston, Dorchester, Quincy, and Hull.  

“The metropolitan beaches are extraordinary assets that belong to all the people of our region,” said Chris Mancini, Executive Director of Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “We’re proud to fund free community events led by organizations that celebrate and represent our communities' cultural and racial diversity, and what we have in common: we love our beaches." 

This year, at the recommendation of the Metropolitan Beaches Commission, the three largest grants were given to organizations that promote racial justice, access for people with disabilities and language accessibility, which were the subjects of three recent MBC hearings with more than 250 participants. 

“The Better Beaches Program events are as diverse as the communities that host them,” said Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chair, Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn, “But one thing they all have in common is that they bring communities together to enjoy our region’s public beaches. Thank you to Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and DCR for working together to strengthen our beachfront communities and waterfront neighborhoods.”

Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chair Representative Adrian Madaro of East Boston agreed saying, “Our beaches are most active when Save the Harbor and their partners are hosting free family-friendly and fun activities on them. They are especially important to my constituents in East Boston and all those people who rely on these spectacular urban natural resources for recreation.”

Save the Harbor/Save the Bay awarded $7,500 each to the Veronica Robles Cultural Center, A Trike Called Funk, and Triangle, Inc. These organizations will host Vamos a la Playa, a series of activities to foster an appreciation for Latin American cultures, Bike to the Beach and Boogie, a series of bike-riding events at five different beaches with guest DJs, and Beach:Ability, a day of beach activities with sand and floating wheelchairs available. Save the Harbor also used $7,500 to fund free mobility mats and beach wheelchairs to ensure the beach is accessible for everyone.

This year, Save the Harbor also let kids and the community decide how to invest $25,000 in Better Beaches funds in a participatory budgeting process that generated more than 200 ideas. Over 600 people voted for their favorites: Boston Harbor Beach Market, Diversity Matters Fest, Beats on the Beach Block Party, Teen Beach Bash, and Wellness Fest. Each winning idea received $5,000 in funding for the summer.
 “The metropolitan beaches belong to our communities and our young people,” said Maya Smith, Partnerships and Program Development Director at Save the Harbor/Save the Bay. “Participatory budgeting lifts up their voices and lets them be a part of the decision-making process for their community.”

Funds to support the program comes from the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Baker/Polito Administration, and the Harpoon Shamrock Splash, which was held on March 6, 2022, at Constitution Beach in East Boston.

“DCR is proud of our Better Beaches Program Partnership with Save the Harbor/Save the Bay,” said Acting DCR Commissioner Stephanie Cooper. “We are all looking forward to another great season of free events and programs on DCR’s beaches from Nahant to Nantasket,”

New partners this year include Circus Up, Inc, North Shore Women of Color Association, YMCA of Metro-North, Po Couto: Haus of Threes, City of Revere Travel & Tourism Department, Charlestown YMCA, Caribbean American Carnival Association of Boston, Inc, Next Level Factory, South Boston en Acción, The Black Literacy & Arts Collaborative Project, Fields Corner Crossroads Collaborative, Linda Wells, Daddy & Me Literacy Program, Norfolk Sheriff's Office, Quincycles, Latifa Ziyad, Soca Hikes, Veronica Robles Cultural Center, Carolyn Lewenberg, Soca Fusion, and The Flavor Continues

Save the Harbor’s success would not be possible without their program partners and event sponsors, including Arctic Chill and Harpoon Brewery, JetBlue, FMC Ice Sports, P&G Gillette, National Grid, Coast Cannabis, the Daily Catch, Comcast, Mix 104.1, iZotope, Inc, The Blue Sky Collaborative, Boston & Maine Webcams,, The Boston Foundation, and The Richard Saltonstall Charitable Foundation.  
In addition, Save the Harbor recognized the Metropolitan Beaches Commission Co-Chairs Senator Brendan Crighton of Lynn, and Representative Adrian Madaro of East Boston and the legislative and community members of the Commission as well as Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Ron Mariano for their support for their beaches and communities. Save the Harbor also thanked the Baker-Polito Administration, the Massachusetts Legislature, Save the Harbor's partners at the Department of Conservation and Recreation, the Boston Centers for Youth & Families, the YMCA of Greater Boston, and the hundreds of people who took part in the Shamrock Splash for their support.

A copy of this release, a calendar of Better Beaches events and the complete list of this year’s grant recipients is available in more than 100 languages on Save the Harbor/Save the Bay’s blog Sea, Sand & Sky at

To learn more about Save the Harbor/Save the Bay and the great work they do to restore, protect and share Boston Harbor, the waterfront, islands, and the region’s public beaches with all Bostonians and the region’s residents, visit their website at and follow @savetheharbor on social media.

2022 Better Beaches Program Partnership
Grant Recipients


Organization Name



Lynn & Nahant

Circus Up

Circus Up Summer Beach Bash

$ 2,000

North Shore Women of Color Association

“Summer of You” Workout Fitness Series

$ 2,900

Plein Air Painting

Guided Painting Classes on Kings Beach

$ 2,000

Friends of Lynn & Nahant Beach

Red Rock Park Summer Concert Series

$ 3,000

North Shore Juneteenth Association

Diversity Matters Fest

$ 5,000

Bike to the Sea

Community Outreach Bike Rides

$ 1,200

Boston Circus Guild

Lynn Beach Circus

$ 2,500


$ 18,600


Revere Beach Partnership

International Sand Sculpting, Kite and Art Festivals

$ 5,000

Po Couto: Haus of Threes

Haus of Threes Progress

$ 6,000

Revere Parks and Recreation

Thursday Movie Nights on Revere Beach, Paddle Boarding

$ 5,000*

Next Stop Revere

Chalk the Boulevard

$ 2,500*

NamaStay Sober

Beach Yoga

$ 2,500


$ 17,500


Friends of Belle Isle Marsh

Salt & Sun Tidal Explorations, Fall Festival

$ 4,000

Friends of Winthrop Beach

Back to the Beach Party, Movie Night on the Beach

$ 5,000


$ 9,000

East Boston

Triangle, Inc.

Beach:Ability 2022

$ 7,500

The Harborkeepers

Maritime Festival 2022

$ 5,000

East Boston YMCA

Safety Around Water Summer Program

$ 5,000


Boating Safety and Learn to Kayak Program

$ 3,000*

Piers Park Sailing Center

Kayaks to Go

$ 5,000

Charlestown YMCA

Safety Around Water Celebration

$ 1,500

Boston Circus Guild

East Boston Beach Circus

$ 2,500


$ 27,000

South Boston

South Boston Neighborhood House 

Playdates on the Beach and OlliePalooza

$ 7,250

The MOMS Club of South Boston

Southie Family Fun Day

$ 3,000


Masskiting Beach Movie Series

$ 1,500

Cooking with Green Crabs

$ 3,000

The Black Literacy & Arts Collaborative Project

Black Men Breathe

$ 5,000

BCYF Curley Community Center

“Welcome Back” to the Curley Events

$ 2,000

Caribbean American Carnival Association of Boston

Boston Carnival Cooler Fete

$ 5,000

Next Level Factory

Next Level Factory Beach Workouts

$ 2,500

Save the Harbor & City of Boston DYEE

Teen Beach Bash

$ 5,000

Youth Enrichment Services (YES)

Outdoor Adventure: Stand-Up Paddleboard

$ 2,000

South Boston en Acción

SBEA Community Building Summer at the Beach


Boston Police B3

Life’s a Beach


Boston Circus Guild

South Boston Beach Circus



$ 36,500


The Theater Offensive

True Colors TROUPE Summer 2022 Intensive

$ 2,500

Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester


$ 6,000

Linda Wells

Heal and Release Boston

$ 3,000

Daddy & Me Literacy Program

Daddy & Me Literacy

$ 3,000

Fields Corner Crossroads Collaborative

Breaking Generational Curses: Safe Swimming

$ 5,000

Beats on the Beach

Beats on the Beach Block Party

$ 6,000

Ohana New England Dragon Beat Team

Dragon Boat Races & Rides

$ 3,000


$ 28,500


Quincy Dept. of Natural Resources, Friends of Wollaston Beach

Kids’ Fest, Tot Lot Events, Concerts, Senior Lunches

$ 14,000*

Quincy Asian Night Market

Quincy Asian Night Market

$ 3,000*


Ride the Beaches of Quincy

$ 3,000

Mattapan Food and Fitness

Mattapan on Wheels

$ 2,500

NSO Cares

Summer Safety Fest

$ 2,000

Boston Circus Guild

Quincy Beach Circus

$ 2,500


$ 14,000


Friends of Nantasket Beach

Summer Programs at Nantasket Beach

$ 1,000

Friends of the Paragon Carousel, Inc.

Youth Talent Showcase & Friday Morning Story-Timey-Time

$ 2,500

Hull-Nantasket Chamber of Commerce 

Hull-O Trolley & Endless Summer Waterfront Festival

$ 3,500

Latifa Ziyad

AfroArabian Nights

$ 3,500

Soca Hikes

Soca Wellness Day

$ 2,000

Hull Lifesaving Museum

Harbor Illumination

$ 2,500


$ 15,000

Multiple Beaches


Free Lifejackets for Kids & Teens

$ 2,500*

Mobility Mats and Beach Wheelchairs

Free Mats & Chairs for the Metropolitan Beaches

$ 7,500*

Harbor Healing

Harbor Healing

$ 5,000

The Flavor Continues

Dance at the Beach

$ 1,500

Soca Fusion

Master Fete Experience

$ 900

Carolyn Lewenberg

Green Crabs in the Sand

$ 4,000

A Trike Called Funk

Bike to the Beach and Boogie

$ 7,500

Aashka Company

Dancing with Aashka at the Beach

$ 5,000

The TrikeHub

Trike the Beach 2022

$ 7,000

Veronica Robles Cultural Center

Vamos a la Playa

$ 7,500

Boston Circus Guild

Circus Beach Performances

$ 10,000 

DJ Manipulator, Byrd Montalvo

Photo & Video from a Spectacular Summer

$ 6,000

Boston Fun Cruises “The Belle”

Beachfront Community Cruises

$ 7,200

Beats on the Beach

Beats on the Beach Competition

$ 5,000


$ 56,600

Total 2022 Better Beaches Program Awards: $237,200

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