In 2017 as a response to Hurricane Maria, award-winning graphic novelist and creator of La Borinqueña Edgardo Miranda-Rodriguez, published the best-selling benefit anthology Ricanstruction: Reminiscing & Rebuilding Puerto Rico. Sales from this benefit anthology went towards grants that were awarded to non-profit organizations based in Puerto Rico. One year after Hurricane Maria, Edgardo and his wife Kyung Jeon-Miranda would establish their La Borinqueña Grants Program to fund the rebuilding and revitalization of Puerto Rico through their support of local organizations and projects. These grants funded work in the areas of child development, arts, women's health, environmental justice, and sustainable farming. La Borinqueña Grants Program, since it's founding in 2018, brings awareness to community-led solutions through a range of fundraising initiatives and partnerships with international artists, brand collaborations, and exhibitions. Inspired by the original graphic novel superhero, La Borinqueña, the grants program also celebrates and works to preserve Afro-Puerto Rican heritage and envisions a Puerto Rico that is self-sufficient and thriving.
September 6, 2020 was our La Borinqueña Grants Program 3rd Award Cycle. We hosted our ceremony virtually and have now awarded $165,000 in grants to non-profits in Puerto Rico. Our Keynote speaker was Iris Morales, a lifelong activist involved in grassroots organizing, and in movements for racial justice, woman’s rights, and the decolonization of Puerto Rico..
Please watch the video to see highlights from our 2020 La Borinqueña Grants Ceremony.
Asociación Recreativa y Educativa Comunal del Barrio Mariana (ARECMA)
ARECMA is community-based, non-profit organization created to work and ensure the well-being and integral development of the neighborhood and its people using the participation of its inhabitants as the main mechanism.
CONTACT: Susana Sanabria Cruz, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Boys and Girls Clubs of PR
The overarching goal of BGCPR Art Program is for children to develop and express their creativity and to find in artistic expression a vehicle to manage their emotions, heal from trauma and increase their wellbeing.
CONTACT: Patricia de aa Torre, Private Partnership Director, Patricia.email@example.com
Corporación Piñones se Integra (COPI)
COPI operates the Piñones Cultural and Ecotourism Center where they offer various services in the areas of: culture and ecological education: classes and workshops on Puerto Rican Bomba dance, bicycle and kayak rental, conferences; and other activities that contribute to transform for a good life in community.
CONTACT: Maricruz Rivera Clemente, Executive Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
CORALations trains and employs high school students, graduates and university undergraduates from the local community to become Reef Guardians. The goal of the Reef Guardians project is to enhance the management of the beaches of Culebra, through the creation of educational coastal zone management related jobs for local youth.
CONTACT: Mary Ann Lucking, Executive Director, email@example.com
El Departamento de la Comida
El Departamento de la Comida is an alternative agency to government entities and big NGOs. They are nimble and connected to small, sustainable food projects around the island that don’t receive the same support or carry the same privilege as other projects.
CONTACT: Tara Rodriguez Besosa, Kieran Murray, Co-founders/Co-directors, firstname.lastname@example.org