February 22, 2020
Mass. Nonprofits Granted $1.3M for Security, Water Quality

October 13, 2019 — Seven Boston area nonprofits recently were awarded $605,395 to improve their security against potential terrorist threats, while three Cape Cod nonprofits were awarded $741,228 to support projects aimed at improving water quality.

Seven Nonprofits Get $605K to Bolster Security

State officials recently announced that seven Boston area nonprofit places of worship recently were awarded $605,395, which provide funding to organizations that are at high risk of a terrorist attack.

The funds were provided by federal and state Nonprofit Security Grant Programs that help state homeland security councils, public safety agencies, and houses of worship prevent acts of terror and violence, mitigate damage from catastrophic events, and prepare Massachusetts against risks, threats, and hazards.

“Whether they’re strengthening the Commonwealth’s regional homeland security councils, funding emergency preparedness programs, or protecting houses of worship, these grants are strategic investments in a safer Massachusetts,” said Gov. Charlie Baker. “These funds will support the local, state and federal partnerships we have in place to enhance security and resiliency across the Commonwealth.”

Receiving a total of $355,395 in federal funds were the following:
  • Temple Israel of Boston, Boston: $100,000
  • Temple Ohabei Shalom , Brookline: $100,000
  • Sephardic Community of Greater Boston , Brighton: $55,395
  • Yeshiva Ohr Yisrael, Chestnut Hill: $100,000
Receiving a total of $250,000 in state funds were:
  • Chabad Lubavitch Center of Greater Milford, Milford: $100,000
  • Chabad of Peabody Jewish Center, Peabody: $50,000
  • Jewish Community Day School, Watertown: $100,000
State funds are awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations based on, among other applicants encouraging a whole community approach to security and emergency management.

Cape Nonprofits Get $741K to Advance Clean Water Projects

Three nonprofits on Cape Cod and Buzzards Bay recently received $741,228 to support clean water and healthy coastal ecosystems on Cape Cod.

The funding came from Restore America’s Estuaries, a national nonprofit alliance of 10 coastal conservation organizations across the country, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency .

Receiving the grants, according to The Falmouth Enterprise, were the following:
  • Association to Preserve Cape Cod (APCC), based in Dennis, which works to preserve, protect, and enhance the natural resources of Cape Cod: $245,000 to support a five-year collaborative effort to improve water quality in the Three Bays watershed, involving APCC, the town of Barnstable Department of Public Works, Horsley Witten Group, and the Barnstable Clean Water Coalition (formerly Three Bays Preservation).

  • Buzzards Bay Coalition, based in New Bedford and Woods Hole, which is dedicated to the protection, restoration, and sustainable use and enjoyment of Buzzards Bay and its watershed: $223,533 to promote salt marsh resilience, and $27,695 to prevent nutrient pollution from composting.

  • Falmouth Rod & Gun Club, based in Falmouth, which promotes land preservation and wildlife management, $245,000 to restore the Upper Childs River and bog.
Also receiving funding were: Mass. Maritime Academy, which was awarded $176,581 for Buzzards Bay Stormwater Collaborative, a new partnership involving eight Buzzards Bay municipalities, and the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, which received $298,598 for research and testing of an innovative technology to reduce nitrogen pollution by intercepting groundwater as it flows into coastal waters.

“The Cape Cod Commission is pleased that so many of our partners will be receiving funding,” said Kristy Senatori, executive director of the Cape Cod Commission. “There is a critical need to fund water quality plans and projects in our region, and a collaborative approach is key to the success of the 208 Plan for clean water on Cape Cod.”

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