February 19, 2019
Grants Available; Funds Raised; Grants Awarded

June 19, 2018 — SE Mass. nonprofits invited to apply for arts-related grants...Merrimack Repertory raises $110K, names marcom director...Grants awarded to 11 Watertown nonprofits serving older adults.

SE Mass. Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Arts-Related Grants

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, based in New Bedford, recently announced the first phase of its Creative Commonwealth initiative with a round of grants to support the creation of public art for New Bedford and Fall River.

A minimum of $150,000 will be available for public art projects that emphasize accessibility and inclusion and celebrates community-wide ownership of the arts. Projects are to be completed or significantly underway by September 2019 and applicants must be a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Applicants are encouraged develop projects that are "impactful, transformative, collaborative, engage the community and demonstrate artistic excellence."

Interested applicants can access the Letter of Interest on the Community Foundation at cfsema.org. Completed Letters of Interest are due by 5PM on July 6 and potential applicants should direct questions to Rayana Grace, arts & culture program manager, at 508-996-8253 ext. 203 or rgrace@cfsema.org.

Merrimack Repertory Raises $110K, Names Marcom Director

Merrimack Repertory Theatre (MRT), a Lowell nonprofit that focuses on producing contemporary plays, announced that it raised $110,000 via a recent gala event, for its Student Matinees and Young Company education programs, which serve 6,000 children and youth in Lowell and the Merrimack Valley region.

About 200 guests attended the event earlier this month, held in connection with the organization's 39th anniversary.

New Director of Marketing and Communications

MRT this week announced it has hired David Henderson as its new director of marketing and communications to oversee marketing, communications, and public relations for the theater.

“We are so excited to welcome David, as he brings a wealth of experience to this important leadership position,” said Executive Director Bonnie Butkas. “He’ll be a vital part of bringing in new audiences and strengthening connections with our existing patrons and partners across the region, as we begin our 40th Anniversary Season.”

Henderson served as director of marketing at Hartford Stage for the past five years. While there, he promoted Connecticut’s largest theatre arts education program serving 21,000 students.

MRT has been Merrimack Valley’s professional theatre company since 1979, and is now an integral part of Lowell’s identity as the cultural heart of the region, producing "vibrant, contemporary plays that explore what it means to be alive today."

Grants Awarded to 11 Watertown Nonprofits Serving Older Adults

The Marshall Home Fund in Watertown recently awarded $65,950 to 11 local nonprofits that serve older adults to support an overall goal of making the community age friendly.

The grants, reported in Watertown Wicked Local, were as follows:
  • Mosesian Center for the Arts: $5,500
  • New Repertory Theatre: $3,500 for Page to Stage Workshops
  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired: $6,000 for technology training for seniors with sight loss
  • MetroWest Collaborative Development: $9,500 for an elevator renovation project at St. Joseph’s Hall, and $9,500 for its Ready Renter Program and Affordable Housing “How-To” Workshops
  • Perkins School for the Blind: $5,000 for the Thriving with Vision Loss Program
  • Project Literacy: $7,500 for English language instruction for people ages 55+
  • Springwell: $7,000 for its Elder Independence and Safety Fund
  • Watertown Council on Aging: $5,000 for the Supplemental Transportation for Seniors Program, $750 for emergency assistance, and $450 for its Directory of Senior Services
  • Watertown Families Together: $2,250 for the Generations Together Program at Brigham House
  • Watertown Farmers’ Market: $2,500 for transportation and stipends for older adults
  • Wayside Youth and Family Support Network: $1,500 for its Annual Health Fair

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