April 24, 2018
Grants for Nonprofits; HQ for Bridgewell; MMP Now 25 Years

February 19, 2017 — The Greater Worcester Community Foundation and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation are accepting grant applications from nonprofits...Bridgewell gets financing for a new headquarters building...Mass Mentoring Partnership marks 25 years.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Accepting Applications

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, based in Worcester, announced that it is accepting applications from nonprofits for grants that increase access to healthcare or health promotion services aimed at improving the health status of vulnerable populations.

The foundation will award approximately $200,000, from its Fallon/OrNda Community Health Fund, for projects that result in:
  • The support or creation of primary care outreach services to vulnerable populations.
  • The removal of barriers that prevent people from receiving services such as lack of transportation, cultural competency of providers, language differences, or others.
  • The development of continuing managed care services rather than episodic or uncoordinated care.
  • Disease prevention and health promotion programming.
Grants may be for operational expenditures such as personnel costs, program expenses, small equipment purchases, or physical improvements. Grant requests between $5,000 and $25,000 will be considered. Collaborative efforts will be given a higher priority.

Deadline to apply: March 31. For more, contact, email Jonathan Cohen or call 508-755-0980.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation to Grant $10K

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation, based in Lowell, recently announced that it will grant $10,000 to support a nonprofit organization serving vulnerable populations in Greater Lowell and Burlington.

The grant, made available through Netscout, is available to nonprofits that serve elderly, youth, veterans, persons with physical or mental health disabilities, addictions, and victims and families of domestic abuse/violence. There is a preference that the selected organization use the grant to fund a specific project and that it have an annual budget of less than $1 million.

Three nonprofits will be invited to "pitch" their organization's proposal on May 23, and to be eligible, organizations must be able to attend this meeting.

Deadline to apply: March 17. Details.

Bridgewell Gets Financing for New Headquarters

Bridgewell, a Lynnfield nonprofit that provides support to adults with intellectual, developmental and psychiatric disabilities and other life challenges, recently obtained financing to renovate a building at 10 Dearborn Road in Peabody for its new headquarters.

MassDevelopment announced that it has issued a $25,505,000 tax-exempt bond on behalf of Bridgewell that will enable the organization to consolidate operations by centralizing administrative, program management, human resources and training departments.

The financing will create 40 offices and conference rooms; upgrades to the electrical, lighting and HVAC systems; improvements to three bathrooms; installation of new carpeting and flooring; interior painting; and IT upgrades. Bridgewell will also use proceeds to refinance debt, and Citizens Bank purchased the bond.

“Our new headquarters in Peabody will accommodate nearly 100 employees, and marks an important step to ensure Bridgewell remains in a strong position of continued growth and innovation while providing the highest level of quality care," said Bridgewell COO Kelly Martin.

Established nearly 60 years ago, Bridgewell provides programs, counseling, clinical care, employment training, residential homes, educational programs, and transitional and affordable housing. Bridgewell operates more than 100 programs in 23 towns in eastern Massachusetts and serves more than 6,250 individuals each year.

Mass Mentoring Partnership Marks 25 Years

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP), a Boston-based nonprofit that serves more than 250 programs statewide which support more than 33,000 youth in quality relationships, recently announced that it marked its 25th anniversary by providing 1,000 to tickets to enable mentors and mentees to attend sporting and cultural events.

The tickets were donated in connection with Match Activities Week, Feb. 12- 18,of which Bank of America was the lead sponsor.

“We want to thank Bank of America for their support of Match Activities Week,” said Marty Martinez, Mass Mentoring Partnership President & CEO. “We’re excited to have our program partners and their matches join in our 25th anniversary celebration through this great week of activities.”

Tickets will allow mentors and mentees to visit a wide variety of sporting, cultural and educational events and institutions, including Boston Children’s Museum, Boston College Eagles, Commonwealth Museum, EcoTarium, Harvard Museum of Natural History , The Handel and Haydn Society, Institute of Contemporary Art, Isabella Gardner Museum, John F. Kennedy Presidential Library, Mass MoCa, Museum of African American History, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum of Science Boston, New Bedford Whaling Museum, New England Aquarium, Peabody Essex Museum, Smith College Museum of Art, and Springfield Museums.

“Mass Mentoring has been a tireless advocate for the value of mentoring relationships, and their work has improved the quality of mentoring for thousands of young people in Massachusetts,” said Miceal Chamberlain, Massachusetts president, Bank of America. “We’re grateful to the mentoring programs, their mentors, and Mass Mentoring Partnership for strengthening the mentoring movement across the Commonwealth in support of youth, families, and communities.”

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