Riverfront Mini-Grants

The Watertown Community Foundation’s  Watertown Riverfront Mini-Grant Program ran from 2011-2016. The purpose of these $500 grants was to encourage enjoyment, utilization and stewardship of the Watertown riverfront, and was funded by the Bilezikian Family Foundation.

Applicants :

  • were either an all-volunteer group; a goal-oriented civic, youth, senior or community organization; a school or school-related group; a 501 (c) (3) organization or a similar group focused on serving people in Watertown.
  • proposed a project or activity that encourages the enjoyment, utilization or stewardship of the riverfront.
  • promoted building stronger connections among community members using the riverfront as a focus or catalyst.

Creative ideas were encouraged!  Grants awarded included:

  • Watertown Public Library and the Watertown Council on Aging/Senior Center for a series of ‘virtual‘ river tours (slideshows with music and birdsongs) by local photographer/naturalist, Carol Smith-Berney.
  • Beaverbrook STEP for three walking/guided environmental tours of the riverfront for the individuals they serve.
  • Watertown Cub Scouts Pack 30 for an Earth Day cleanup and canoe trip.
  • Charles River Watershed Association for spring Earth Day cleanup days.
  • Arsenal Center for the Arts for a landscape painting workshop along the Charles.
  • Watertown Family Network for ”Nature Walks Down by the River” for preschoolers, toddlers, infants and their parents/caregivers to look for geese, ducks and turtles and to enjoy a nature program with music.
  • Charles River Conservancy for fall volunteer clean up days and to remove dense vegetation overgrowing bicycle paths.
  • Cunniff School PTO for a “Cunniff Cares and Cleans” day along the banks and walkways by the river.
  • Watertown Community Education – Lowell School Extended Day Program for spring weekly Grade 2 riverfront nature walks and wildlife observations with expert birder/naturalist, Adam Blanchette.
  • Historical Society of Watertown for preparation/mounting of the replacement Benjamin Curtis plaque on the Watertown Delta as well as the rededication ceremony combined with an historical walking tour of Charles River Road.
  • Watertown Public Schools – Summer Program to raise awareness of the riverfront — its history, wildlife, and wildflowers.
  • Church of the Good Shepherd – Vacation Garden School to explore river water quality, runoff into the river, wildlife and fish.


Application process

Riverfront Mini-Grant applications are no longer being accepted