September 23, 2019
Community Foundations Award $155K to 16 Mass. Nonprofits

March 12, 2019 — The Greater Lowell Community Foundation, based in Lowell, and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, based in Fitchburg, last week jointly announced they have awarded $155,293 to 16 local nonprofits to help improve the health of residents in area communities.

“These are impactful grants for our community and we greatly appreciate the hard work and diligence of the volunteer grant committee in prioritizing the needs,” said Jay Linnehan, President and CEO of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

“With each year that we continue to support impactful grants through this fund, the communities served are made stronger, healthier and more vibrant. The vision for the creation of this fund is being realized through targeted, outcome driven grants.” said Phil Grzewinski, president of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

Funded proposals focus on health problems, access to healthcare, elder health, youth and adolescent health, mental health and health care service provision. Recipients of the grants were selected by the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund Advisory Committee, comprised of local leaders in business, health care, and education.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Community Teamwork in Lowell for Bone Builders Program – $10,000

  • Advocates in Framingham for Advocates Community Counseling in Harvard – $10,000

  • Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg for Triple Play: Healthy Minds, Bodies, and Souls – $7,500

  • Clear Path for Veterans New England in Devens for Veteran Wellness and Self-Care Training Program – $15,000

  • Eliot Community Human Services in Lexington for The NAN Project – $15,000

  • 15-40 Connection in Westborough for 3 Steps Detect 2019 ”“ Improving cancer survival rates in Nashoba Valley – $15,000

  • Gaining Ground in Concord for Growing Fresh Produce for Hunger Relief with Community Volunteers – $5,000

  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell for Critical Home Repairs for Westford Elders – $10,000

  • Lunenburg Council on Aging for Eagle House Memory Café – $5,000

  • MAB Community Services in Brookline for Nashoba Valley Vision Rehabilitation Program for Elders – $6,000

  • Montachusett Home Care Corporation in Leominster for Expanding the Medical Escort/Companion Program – $5,000

  • Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network in Leominster for MIHN family shelter – $8,000

  • Our Father’s House in Fitchburg for Ensuring Health Wellness in Homeless Children – $16,000

  • Pepperell Council on Aging for Cycles for Seniors – $2,130

  • Seven Hills Family Services in Groton for WhisperGlide Swing for People with Disabilities – $6,663

  • Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard for Clinical Cancer Support Programs and Services for NV Residents – $20,000
The Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund provides annual distributions to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and other agencies to advance the health of residents in 13 communities: Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend, and Westford.

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