June 19, 2019
Mass. Nonprofits Receive Grants to Support Wide Range of Efforts

July 9, 2018 — Six Worcester nonprofits receive $359K to address mental health needs while another 27 get $65K to fight hunger...United Way of Mass. Bay Grants $137K for Greater Lowell Youth...Merrimack Valley Hospice awarded $15K from TD Charitable Foundation...NeedyMeds gets $14K from North Shore Community Health Network...Foundation for MetroWest awards $24K to Lexington organizations...Cape Cod Foundation awards grants to Support LGBTQ issues.

Six Worcester Nonprofits Receive $359K to Address Mental Health Needs

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation recently announced it awarded $359,500 to six local nonprofits that are engaging in innovative projects that address mental health needs in the community.

Receiving the funds were the following:
  • Arms With Ethics: $25,000 for support of its Worcester Veteran Engagement Program, a pilot project aimed at partnering with local veterans groups to create peer engagement around safe gun storage during a mental health crisis.

  • The Bridge of Central Massachusetts: $35,000 for creation of a collaborative pipeline to expand the available workforce of mental health staff.

  • The CASA Project: $90,000 for support of the CASA/FSCM/DCF Collaboration, aimed at addressing systemic issues and barriers to mental health for children in foster care.

  • Children’s Friend: $49,500 for support of its Gender Wellness Initiative, providing a range of mental health resources and communal supports to address the needs of LGBTQI children and teens.

  • Hope Coalition: $85,000 for support of Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood Trauma), a partnership to provide early childhood trauma response for families with young children who are exposed to violence.

  • Youth Opportunities Upheld: $75,000 to increase the availability of clinical mental health services to youth and families through the use of telepsychiatry.

Another 27 Worcester Nonprofits Get $65K to Fight Hunger

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation last week also announced it has awarded $64,950 to 27 area nonprofits that work to develop sustainable solutions addressing hunger through advocacy and programs.

Receiving grants through the foundation's the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger were the following:
  • AIDS Project Worcester: $3,000
  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester: $3,000
  • Building Futures, Inc.: $1,500
  • Catholic Charities Worcester County: $1,000
  • Centro, Inc.: $2,000
  • Community Harvest Project, Inc.: $3,000
  • Dismas House of Central Massachusetts: $3,000
  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center: $3,000
  • Friendly House: $3,000
  • Gardner Community Action Committee, Inc.: $1,500
  • Growing Places Garden Project, Inc.: $3,000
  • Jeremiah's Inn: $2,500
  • Milford Youth Center: $3,000
  • Montachusett Opportunity Council: $1,900
  • Muslim Community Link: $2,400
  • Pernet Family Health Service: $2,000
  • 4Quinsigamond Village Community Center: $3,600
  • Rachel's Table: $1,500
  • Rainbow Child Development Center: $2,820
  • Regional Environmental Council: $3,000
  • Southeast Asian Coalition of Central Massachusetts: $1,500
  • Spanish American Center: $1,500
  • Tasks for Transit, Inc.: $1,000
  • Tri-Parish Community Church Food Pantry: $2,500
  • United Way of Tri-County: $3,600
  • Veterans, Inc.: $4,000
  • Worcester Community Action Council: $1,120

United Way of Mass. Bay Grants $137K for Gr. Lowell Youth

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, based in Boston, recently announced it awarded $137,500 through its Summer Experiences in Greater Lowell initiative to 15 Lowell area youth organizations to support programs for young people during the summer months as well as summer jobs for older youth.

Funds for Summer Experiences in Greater Lowell were raised at the 18th Annual Martini Spring Fling, held last month at Vesper Country Club.

Receiving the funds were:
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica: $9,000
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell: $14,000
  • The Caleb Group: $4,500
  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association: $10,000
  • Community Teamwork: $10,000
  • Girls Inc, of Greater Lowell: $13,500
  • Greater Lowell Family YMCA: $9,000
  • Lowell Community Health Center: $8,000
  • Merrimack Repertory Theater: $5,000
  • Merrimack Valley Food Bank: $3,250
  • Mill City Grows: $4,500
  • The Paul Center for Learning and Recreation: $13,250
  • Project Learn: $9,000
  • United Teen Equality Center: $12,000
  • YWCA of Lowell: $12,500

Merrimack Valley Hospice Awarded $15K from TD Charitable Foundation

Merrimack Valley Hospice, a Lawrence nonprofit that provides care and supportive services to patients nearing the end of life, recently announced it was awarded $15,000 from TD Charitable Foundation to support a variety of hospice and palliative care services throughout the region.

Karen Gomes, president and CEO of Home Health Foundation, which includes Home Health VNA, Merrimack Valley Hospice and HomeCare, Inc., said the grant "will help ensure that the highest quality end-of-life care is available for patients in any number of settings including homes, hospitals, assisted living or long-term care facilities and at High Pointe House, the hospice and palliative care residence of Merrimack Valley Hospice located in Haverhill."

NeedyMeds Gets $14K from North Shore Community Health Network

NeedyMeds, a Gloucester nonprofit that provides information to help people afford medications and healthcare, recently announced it received a $14,000 grant from the North Shore Community Health Network to fund specially-trained counselors who will provide seniors in Rockport, Gloucester and Beverly one-on-one help to find and apply for financial assistance with medications and healthcare costs.

Rich Sagall, president of NeedyMeds said, “This grant will allow us to provide much needed direct care support to seniors looking to save on the exorbitant costs of medications and healthcare. Although this information is available on the NeedyMeds website, many seniors don’t use computers and so can’t find this information. We are trying to bridge this gap with this new program.”

Foundation for MetroWest Awards $24K to Lexington Organizations

The Foundation for MetroWest, based in Natick, recently announced that it awarded grants totaling $24,570 to six nonprofit and town organizations serving the Lexington community in the areas of arts and culture, community building, the environment, and health and human services.

Among those receiving funds from the Community Endowment of Lexington were Friends of Lexington Bikeways, Lexington Chamber Music Center, Lexington Historical Society, and William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps.

Cape Cod Foundation Awards Grants to Support LGBTQ Issues

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, recently announced it awarded $4,750 to six local nonprofit organizations for their work supporting issues facing the region’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) community.

Grantees were as follows:
  • Barnstable Senior Center: $1,000 to support the SAGE Table Project in November.

  • Cape Cod Pride, Inc.: $500 to support programs for the annual Cape Cod Pride Day Festival, held last month.

  • Homeless Prevention Council: $1,000 to support a program for youth between the ages of 16-24 who are financially unstable or have other barriers preventing them from being housed or economically self-sufficient.

  • HopeHealth Massachusetts: $750 to support staff awareness and inclusion training for those assisting terminally ill members of the LGBTQ community at the end of their lives.

  • Orleans Senior Center: $1,000 to support programming for the Lower Cape LGBT Senior group at the Center and enhance outreach to the LGBTQ population of the Lower Cape.

  • The Yard, Inc.: $500 to support the Martha's Vineyard Pride, Not Prejudice event, part of the 2018 Yard Arts Summer Season.

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