July 16, 2018
Cambridge Comm. Foundation Grants $524K to Local Nonprofits

July 18, 2017 — The Cambridge Community Foundation recently granted $524,921 to nearly 60 local nonprofits that focus on basic needs and work to enhance the ability of city residents to pursue education, a family-sustaining wage, and create a livable community.

The Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF) announced the following 54 grants to address a range of community needs:
  • Actors’ Shakespeare Project: $2,500 for fund admission for students from Cambridge Rindge & Latin School to an Actor’s Shakespeare Project full-length professional production during the FY18 school year, complemented by in-school workshops.

  • Adbar Ethiopian Women’s Alliance: $7,000 for a grassroots organization that promotes literacy, education and opportunity for low-income women.

  • Adolescent Consultation Services: $5,000 to provide mental health support and intervention services to court-involved children and their families.

  • Afterworks: $5,000 to support this afterschool program for children in kindergarten through seventh grade that meets working parents’ need for affordable afterschool care that provides a supportive space for children to learn and grow.

  • Algebra Project: Math Talk: $7,500 to help develop a Math Talk APP (paired with MathScapes, neighborhood public art installations funded by CCF in 2016) that helps children develop an understanding of core STEM concepts, expand vocabulary and accelerate language development.

  • Associated Grant Makers Summer Fund: $20,000 to support a funder collective that gives underserved and at-risk youth and their families quality summer enrichment opportunities.

  • Bridge Over Troubled Waters: $10,000 to support the Street Outreach Program and Mobile Medical Van serving runaway, homeless and street youth. The goal is to reduce the risk of long-term homelessness, explore options and make referrals to appropriate services.

  • Cambridge Arts Council: $5,000 to support Summer in the City, a program that provides free, culturally diverse arts programming in public spaces in every neighborhood.

  • Cambridge Center for Adult Education: $2,500 to support the Blacksmith House Poetry Series, which offers poets and other writers a public forum to present their works.

  • Cambridge Community Center: $10,000 to support out-of-school programming that serves 100-plus children from Riverside and elsewhere in the city.

  • Cambridge Community Television: $17,500 to help support the Youth Media Program, teaching young people how to tell their stories, how to achieve competency in media production, and to provide training and group facilitation skills.

  • Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee (CEOC) : $5,000 to support CEOC’s FAFSA application assistance, advocacy, education and follow-up services for Cambridge residents, and to leverage an ongoing partnership with the Harvard Graduate School of Education, to develop a curriculum to help organizations that work with youth to provide college access information and education to families.

  • Cambridge Family and Children’s Service: $5,000 for the Memory Café, which serves older people, people with dementia or memory loss, and their caregivers.

  • Cambridge Science Festival: $5,000 to support the annual 10-day celebration of science, technology, arts and math in Cambridge, a program founded by MIT, Harvard, the Museum of Science and the City of Cambridge.

  • Cambridge Youth Enrichment Program: $3,500 to help provide seven weeks of affordable summer programming to 160 low-income children in Cambridge, to fight summer learning loss and unite campers from the three housing developments.

  • Center for Artistry and Scholarship: $2,500 for the Design Lab, which enables educators and communities to collaborate on bold ideas that make a difference in the lives of students. Design Lab connects an entrepreneurial mindset with design to turn ideas into solutions.

  • Central Square Theater: $7,500 to support three intersecting programs designed to build and diversify the theater’s audience and support The Porch, a new theater that is part of an ongoing effort to build sustainable audiences for work by and for people of color in Cambridge and Greater Boston.

  • Charles River Conservancy: $5,000 to support the Conservancy Volunteers program, which engages over 2,000 volunteers in stewardship projects in the parklands along the Charles River, while promoting outdoor recreation, ecological understanding and community involvement.

  • Community Action Agency of Somerville: $10,000 to expand the parent volunteer training component of the agency’s Head Start program. The project will train 20 parent volunteers to serve as paid substitutes in the classroom.

  • Community Learning Center: $12,500 to help low-income, immigrant Cambridge residents transition to employment and careers. The grant will provide Home Health Aide training to 10 students, who will receive certificates. Employers that partner with the Center have committed to hire its graduates. This grant supplements a grant made by Metro North Regional Employment Board.

  • Cradles to Crayons: $5,000 to help support 600 children in Cambridge by providing everyday essentials including clothes, socks and shoes, as well as books and school supplies.

  • CW Taekwondo at Boston: $2,500 to support mid-income families and adults in movement arts education. This nonprofit is located in Central Square, and also teaches life skills to young participants.

  • Emerge: $3,500 for counseling scholarships to help those who have committed domestic violence to stop their abusive behavior and develop more respectful attitudes towards their partners and children.

  • Gallery 263: $2,500 to build organizational capacity.

  • Green Street Studios: $2,500 for a six-day workshop, where participants explore dance for social justice.

  • Heading Home: $5,000 to support the Susan Duley House, which serves homeless women in a residence, providing permanent housing and intensive case management. Duley House stands as the next level on the continuum after shelter care.

  • Horizons for Homeless Children: $3,000 to support the Playspace Program for children living in shelters.

  • Kids In Need of Defense (KIND) : $20,000 for KIND works to protect children who enter the US immigration system unaccompanied and seeks to ensure that no child appears in immigration court without representation. This grant will help hire a part-time paralegal to conduct community outreach in collaboration with Cambridge schools to ensure all immigrant and refugee children in the community are aware of their legal rights and eligibility for status.

  • Let’s Get Ready: $5,000 to support the Cambridge College Access Site, based at Lesley University, which helps students get ready for college. Students are paired with volunteers from Lesley to strengthen their SAT performance, identify colleges that match their skills and goals, and learn about the financial aid process.

  • Loop Lab: $5,000 for a free, arts-based music production studio, podcast station and creative safe-space for young adults to share music news and stories from The Port. A pilot, Loop Lab will begin in September and be assessed for strengths and weaknesses, as it becomes a permanent program serving the community.

  • Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House: $20,000 to build organizational capacity.

  • Mount Auburn Hospital: $4,250 to fund to pilot a doula volunteer program, to help provide an optimal labor experience by increasing the capacity of the staff to provide culturally competent care.

  • Multicultural Arts Center: $4,000 for operating support for visual and performing arts and events that support diversity and enhance the quality of life in Cambridge.

  • Nurtury: $2,500 to add music programming to the curriculum of the Harvard Street early learning center. Nurtury works with Young Audiences of Massachusetts to provide children with stimulating learning experiences and teachers with the opportunity to develop their professional skills.

  • On The Rise: $10,000 for capacity-building for Keep The Keys, On the Rise’s housing retention program for formerly homeless women. Keep The Keys seeks to address the growing numbers of homeless people in Cambridge, providing support groups, home visits and other services.

  • Outdoor Church: $2,500 for a meal program and outreach to chronically homeless people.

  • Parenting Journey: $4,000 for funding to provide 23 parenting groups in Somerville with each group being conducted over 12-14 weeks in different languages for two-hour sessions.

  • The Possible Project: $15,000 for a second year of funding for the Youth Entrepreneurship Program, which is an innovative learning model helping disadvantaged students gain technical and social/emotional skills needed for a successful career in the 21st century economy.

  • Revels, Inc. : $2,500 to support RiverSing, an annual celebration of the autumnal equinox on the banks of the Charles.

  • Science Club for Girls: $10,000 to bring together students and mentor scientists to focus on building technical skills and promote science learning with the goal of increasing the number of middle school; girls served, and implementing an innovative program management model.

  • Self Esteem Boston: $3,500 for programs provided to homeless women at the CASPAR/Baycove Womanplace recovery residence that supports women in transition to employment and education or training programs.

  • Shelter Music Boston: $2,500 to fund live classical chamber music performances at CASPAR Emergency Shelter in Cambridge to bring hope and dignity to people in need.

  • Solutions At Work: $7,500 to support Children’s Clothing Exchange, which enables families to exchange their children’s outgrown clothing; and Solutions Wear, which provides business attire to homeless or low-income residents seeking to reenter the workforce.

  • Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services: $3,000 for the evening, weekend and emergency home-delivered meals program for elders who need more nutritional assistance that what is provided by the federally- and state-funded Meals on Wheels Program.

  • Transition House: $17,500 to build organizational capacity.

  • uAspire: $5,000 to support the College Affordability Advising Program. uAspire expects to help about 300 Cambridge students through one-on-one advising and workshops master the financial aid process and find an affordable pathway to and through postsecondary education.

  • The Union Partnership For A Whole Community: $5,000 to connect existing resources with residents in The Port neighborhood in an ongoing collaboration with grassroots leaders.

  • VNA Care Network: $3,000 to help underwrite costs of providing residential hospice care at the Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice Home.

  • VNA of Eastern Massachusetts: $8,000 to help provide supportive housing and services for extremely low-income seniors and disabled persons at VNA and assisted senior living communities and to provide free nursing, therapy and personal care services to Cambridge residents in their own homes.

  • Wellmet Project: $3,500 to support transitional housing and counseling services to psychiatrically disabled adults and to help clients return to independent living in the community.

  • Women’s Educational Center: $5,000 to support a program for abused women serving a diverse community of low- and moderate-income women.

  • YWCA Cambridge: $15,000 to build organizational capacity.

  • YMCA, Cambridge Family: $4,000 to fund the Youth At Risk Boxing Program in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department.

  • Youth Enrichment Services: $2,500 to support Operation SnowSports, Outdoor Adventure and Track and Field year-round programs for low- and mid-income youth to help teach life skills with guidance from adult role models.
In addition, CCF provided $163,171 for special initiatives, including the following:
  • Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition: $25,000 to further organize, integrate, and advocate for Cambridge nonprofit organizations.

  • Family Independence Initiative: $60,000 to fund the second year of the FII/Strong Families Partnership, which aims to build a community of local families who work to achieve economic prosperity.

  • Just-A-Start Corporation: Nearly $50,000 to help families recovering from a fire that leveled a neighborhood on Berkshire Street.

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