December 18, 2018
Funds for Food Aid and At-Risk Youth; Grant Deadlines Approaching

February 17, 2018 — Food Bank of Western Massachusetts gets $30K to aid displaced Puerto Ricans... Bridge Over Troubled Waters awarded $13K...SVP Boston accepting applications to boost nonprofit capacity... Applications sought for grants addressing LGBTQ issues on Cape Cod and Islands, as well as to enhance workforce skills in the New Bedford area.

Food Bank of Western Massachusetts Gets $30K

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, based in Hatfield, recently was awarded a $30,000 grant to help provide Puerto Rican self-evacuees living in the region.

The funds, from Health New England, will enable the food bank to work with community organizations throughout the area to provide food for Puerto Rican evacuees that have settled in western Massachusetts following Hurricane Maria last September, according to a report on

Specifically, the grant will fund the Springfield Family Resource Center and Enlace de Familias Resource Center of Holyoke, areas which have experienced the greatest influx of new people:

"We are very grateful for Health New England's support in providing us this valuable grant," Food Bank Executive Director Andrew Morehouse was quoted. "As we face these unprecedented challenges, we are reminded that it is going to take all of us, working together, to strengthen our community. It is through these partnerships that we are able to feed our neighbors in need."

The Food Bank has been working with the resource centers since self-evacuees began arriving to the area last October. The hunger-relief organization makes weekly deliveries to Enlace de Familias that provides food for about 125 families per week, according to the release, including canned fruit and vegetables, soup, rice, beans, cereal, pasta, peanut butter, and other staples.

Bridge Over Troubled Waters Awarded $13K Raised via Boston Bruins Assists

Berkshire Bank recently announced it has awarded $13,000 to Bridge Over Troubled Waters, a Boston-based nonprofit that that serves at-risk youth in Massachusetts.

The funds were raised through a program in which the bank provides $100 every time during the current season a Boston Bruins player who shot, passed, or deflected the puck toward a scoring teammate, or touched it in any other way which enabled the goal, meaning that they were "assisting" in the goal.

In addition to Bridge Over Troubled Waters, two other Boston-based nonprofits will receive funding raised the same way:
    Boston Cares– The largest volunteer agency in New England and member of the national HandsOn Network, which mobilizes and trains individual and corporate volunteers filling more than 20,000 volunteer spots annually in support of more than 165 Greater Boston schools and non-profit agencies.

  • The Jimmy Fund, which raises funds to support adult and pediatric cancer care and research at Boston's Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to improve the chances of survival for cancer patients around the world.

SVP Boston Accepting Applications for Spring Grant Cycle

Social Venture Partners Boston (SVP Boston), a Boston-based nonprofit that provides funding to high potential, early-mid stage nonprofits working to close the opportunity gap in the Greater Boston, recently announced it is accepting applications for its spring capacity building grant cycle.

SVP Boston combines grant funding and skilled volunteers who provide strategic counsel in, among other areas, general management, leadership development, strategic and business planning, marketing and communications, finance and revenue development, board development and governance, and human resource management.

SVP Grantees will receive multi-year support, beginning with $25,000 of general operating funds and hundreds of hours of skilled volunteer time in the first year. Grantee engagements are renewable annually for a total of up to 3 years and $75,000.

Deadline to submit letter of intent: Feb. 26. Details.

Applications Sought for Grants Addressing LGBTQ Issues on Cape Cod, Islands

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, recently announced it is accepting grant applications to the Gay and Lesbian Equity (GALE) Fund for 2018.

Proposals are being sought that include, but are not limited to, activities and programs focusing on Cape Cod and the Islands on equal/human/civil rights, youth and elders, health care, arts and culture, and education, as well as LGBTQ immigration.

GRANTS typically range from $500 to $3,000. Special consideration will be given to projects in which the people who are targeted in the proposal will have a voice in the process, from conception and design to implementation and evaluation.

Deadline to apply: March 16. Contact Dara Gannon, director of programs and donor services at 508-790-3040 or

Community Foundation of SE Mass. Offering Grants

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, based in New Bedford, announced it is accepting proposals from nonprofits that want to enhance the skills and education of the Greater New Bedford workforce.

Applications for up to $15,000 are due by Feb. 28 for grants from The Polaroid Fund.

The Polaroid Fund typically supports programs addressing workforce development programs, with an emphasis on English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), and General Education Development (GED) classes, as well as family literacy programs that integrate early literacy programming for children birth to three years old with ABE/ESOL and parenting courses.


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