September 24, 2018
 
Funding Awarded to Nonprofits in Western, Southeastern Mass.

August 13, 2018 — Lever gets $450K infusion from state, local sources... Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County awarded $30K...BankFive Foundation funds two Fall River nonprofits.

Lever Gets $450K Infusion from State, Local Sources

Lever, a North Adams nonprofit collaborative workspace and incubator focused on regional economic growth, recently received $450,000 from MassLife Sciences, Mass Technology collaborative, Williams College, and Berkshire Bank to advance its mission.

One-third of the funds will support challenge programs to accelerate the progress of early stage startups, according to WAMC/Northeast Public Radio. The remainder of the funds will enable Lever to work with entrepreneurs and support its operations.

Lever was started at Williams College, providing entrepreneurship programs for student, and established itself independently in 2014 to help launch high-growth, high-potential companies that will create jobs. Lever provides entrepreneurs with education, mentoring, an extensive expert network, access to investors, and state-of-the-art workspace on Main Street in North Adams.

For the year ending Dec. 31, 2016, Lever reported $320,000 in revenue, of which $308,000 came from contributions and grants, and $252,000 in expenses, according to its most recently available federal tax filing.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County Awarded $30K

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Franklin County (BBBSFC), based in Greenfield, last week announced it has been awarded a $30,000 Mentoring Matching Grant through Mass Mentoring Partnership of Boston.

BBBSFC said the award will support mentoring programs and match activities, recruitment of new mentors and mentees, and other general operating costs, and "is especially important as BBBSFC is preparing to expand their mentoring programs through a pilot afterschool program in Greenfield."

“Having the Mentoring Matching Grants line item fully funded is a testament to the impact that mentoring has on communities here in the Commonwealth” said Jennifer Webster, executive director of BBBSFC.

Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) recently announced the new state budget includes $750,000 for Mentoring Matching Grants, a 50% increase from last year, and the largest increase since fiscal 2002. In addition to building the capacity of mentoring programs across the state, the funding increase will also enable MMP to develop a dropout prevention pilot program in schools with high rates of chronic absenteeism utilizing developmental, mentoring relationships.

BankFive Foundation Funds Two Local Nonprofits

The BankFive Foundation, a fund of the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts in New Bedford recently announced it award 25,000 to two Fall River nonprofits to support their ongoing work to assist people those in need.

Family Service Association was awarded $20,000 to assist with the renovation and acquisition of equipment and supplies for the agency’s newly acquired WORD Child Development Center facility.

Family Service Association was founded in 1888 as one of the first organized charitable social service agencies within the Greater Fall River community, and today provides services that strengthen and support individuals and families.

SER-Jobs for Progress was awarded $5,000 to supplement funding of their Evening Family Learning Center.

SER-Jobs for Progress seeks to raise the socioeconomic status of the individuals it serves through education, training employment, and appropriate support services.

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