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September 24, 2020
Boston Foundation Grants $470K to 12 Eastern Mass. Nonprofits
Boston Foundation

July 30, 2020 — The Boston Foundation on Tuesday announced it distributed $470,000 to 12 eastern Massachusetts nonprofits that provide support to essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations, including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities, and those facing food insecurity.

This latest round of grants brings the total funds distributed by The Boston Foundation (TBF), supported by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund partnership to more than $3 million.

Paul S. Grogan, president and CEO of the Boston-based foundation, said,. “Community foundations play a powerful role in cities and towns across the Commonwealth, and we appreciate the Fund’s recognition of the work our colleagues around the state are doing, and of the extensive knowledge and expertise community foundation staff could play in getting much-needed funds out to nonprofits statewide.”

Receiving funding, which support general operations, were the following:

  • Chinese Cultural Connection, Everett: $35,000 for basic necessities such as rent, food through local supermarket gift cards.
  • Community Action Programs Inter-City, Chelsea: $35,000 to purchase gift cards at local markets, to be distributed to individuals and families in need so that they can buy food and basic necessities.
  • Ellie Fund, Needham: $35,000 to provide prepared and delivered meals to patients struggling with breast cancer. Funding would also go to cover transportation costs and childcare support to children of single-parent households.

  • Everett Grace & Food Pantry, Everett: $40,000 for food items and to support elderly residents by covering medical expenses related to COVID-19, as well as supporting rent and utility expenses for families in need.

  • Everett Haitian Community Center, Everett: $40,000 for food assistance to families disproportionately affected by COVID-19, including the purchase of hot meals and food products. Funding will also be used to cover rental expenses for members of the community.

  • Greenroots, Chelsea: $45,000 to assist from The One Chelsea Fund, which provides food and housing assistance to vulnerable members of the community, as well as support the administration of the Fund.

  • MSPCA Angell, Boston: $40,000 to source, distribute, and purchase pet food for Massachusetts human food pantries. MSPCA will also use the funds to increase the delivery of pet food to homebound pet owners who are the most vulnerable and disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

  • Muslim Community Support Services, Burlington: $35,000 for rental assistance and purchase gift cards for food for individuals and families in need.

  • NeighborWorks Housing Solutions, Quincy: $40,000 for food and housing assistance to members of the community, as well as support the organization’s efforts to meet increased community need.
  • South Shore YMCA, Quincy: $40,000 to support the South Shore Y’s food pantry, meals delivery service, and emergency shelter.

  • The Neighborhood Developers, Chelsea: $45,000 for food and housing assistance to vulnerable members of the community, as well as supporting the organization’s efforts to meet community needs.

  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, Randolph: $40,000 to support the Randolph Resiliency Fund, which provides gift cards, and other forms of assistance such as food and housing to Randolph residents.

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