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June 1, 2020
Boston, Essex Co., Tufts Health Foundations Grant More Aid
April 14, 2020 — The Boston Foundation, Essex County Community Foundation, and Tufts Health Plan Foundation recently announced a second round of grants to nonprofits in eastern Massachusetts that are providing frontline assistance to those in need who are reeling from the impacts of the coronavirus crisis.

Boston Foundation Provides $450K to 18 Nonprofits

The The Boston Foundation (TBF), based in Boston, yesterday announced it has granted $25,000 to each of 18 nonprofit organizations, including those serving victims of domestic violence.

Published reports have highlighted a rise in domestic violence cases in Boston and other cities nationwide, and as the Boston Globe reported Friday, there are concerns that numbers of abuse and neglect cases are being undercounted in the current crisis.

“This is an ongoing crisis, and it will require an ongoing effort to meet it,” said Paul S. Grogan, TBS president and CEO. “We will continue to do everything we can to support those nonprofits to continue their work on behalf of those in need, and we will continue to work with our generous community of donors to provide support.”

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • African Community Economic Development of New England
  • Bethany Health Care Center
  • Brookview House
  • Cape Verdean Association of Boston
  • Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Eritrean American Civic Association Center
  • Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center
  • Healing Abuse Working for Change
  • Health Law Advocates
  • Hildebrand Family Self-Help Center
  • InnerCity Weightlifting
  • Massachusetts Center for Native American Awareness
  • Neighbors United for a Better East Boston
  • Nuestra Comunidad Development Corporation
  • Refugee and Immigrant Assistance Center
  • Transition House
  • Urban Guild
The new grants were made from TBF's COVID-19 Response Fund, which has raised more than $5 million since it was launched four weeks ago. To date, it has distributed $1,275,000 to 51 grantees, including those noted here. The Fund has received nearly 600 requests for funding to date.

Essex Co. Comm. Foundation Awards $130K in Second Round to Nonprofits

The Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), based in Danvers, on Friday announced it has awarded a second round of grants, totaling $130,000, from its Essex County COVID-19 Response Fund to nonprofits serving the homeless.

“As the Coronavirus continues to have an impact on Essex County, our most vulnerable populations are experiencing the heaviest of burdens,” said ECCF vice president Carol Lavoie Schuster. “This second round of nonprofit grantees is working tirelessly to make sure Essex County’s homeless population has the resources they need to stay safe during this crisis.”

In addition to grants for individual organizations, ECCF is awarded three partnership grants to support collaborative efforts to combat the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

Partnership grants were awarded to:
  • Action Inc. in Gloucester, in conjunction with the City of Gloucester; the Cape Ann YMCA and Grace Center

  • Lifebridge in Salem, in conjunction with the cities of Salem, Beverly, and Lynn; Lynn Community Health Center; North Shore Community Health; Lynn Shelter Association; MEMA and the Northeast Homeland Security Regional Advisory Council

  • Lazarus House Ministries in Lawrence in conjunction with the City of Lawrence
Grants were made to the following nonprofit organizations:
  • Citizens Inn
  • Daybreak
  • Emmaus
  • Family Promise.
  • Healing Abuse Working for Change
  • Lifebridge
  • Lynn Shelter Association
  • Wellspring

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Gives $255K in Second Round to 13 Nonprofits

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation in Watertown, today announced it has granted $255,000 to 13 Massachusetts nonprofits that are assisting older people affected by the coronavirus crisis.

The second round of coronavirus-related grants in the last three weeks were made to the following organizations, including housing providers, those working with people experiencing homelessness and immigrant communities, and several serving as hubs for collaborative regional responses:
  • 2Life Communities: $15,000
  • Berkshires Tomorrow: $10,000
  • Boston Health Care for the Homeless: $50,000
  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell: $10,000
  • Essex County Community Foundation, COVID-19 Response Fund: $25,000
  • Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center: $20,000
  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation, Worcester Together: Central Mass COVID-19 Fund: $25,000
  • Homeowners Rehab Inc.: $20,000
  • International Institute of New England: $10,000
  • Pine Street Inn: $25,000
  • Project Bread: $10,000
  • Quincy Asian Resources Inc.: $20,000
  • United Way of Greater Fall River, United We Help Greater Fall River COVID-19 Relief Fund: $15,000
“We continue to hear from many organizations daily about the emerging challenges and priorities facing our communities as a result of the ongoing coronavirus outbreak,” said Tom Croswell, Tufts Health Plan president and CEO. “The agencies receiving this funding are experiencing an unprecedented demand for services."
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