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November 23, 2020
Cambridge Comm. Foundation Grants $367K to 59 Nonprofits
Cambridge Community Foundation

October 23, 2020 — The Cambridge Community Foundation this week announced it granted $367,000 to 59 nonprofits that address hunger, homelessness, and other housing challenges, youth and early childhood education and services, work force training, services for elders, and arts nonprofits hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic.

“Despite their own struggles to meet heightened levels of need in the community and great uncertainty about their financial stability, many nonprofits have nimbly and creatively pivoted to carry out their missions. In this pandemic, what our nonprofit partners are doing each day to meet community needs and creatively problem-solve is nothing short of heroic,” said Geeta Pradhan, president of the Cambridge Community Foundation (CCF).

CCF said, due to impacts of the ongoing pandemic, it eased conditions surrounding the awarding of grants, giving nonprofits to use the funds at their discretion, including for general operating expenses.

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Agassiz Baldwin Community: $3,000 for an intergenerational community center with programming for children and elders.
  • Big Sister Association of Greater Boston: $3,000 to match girls 7-15 with committed adult mentors supporting relationships until girls turns 20.
  • Boston Comic Arts Foundation Limited: $1,000 to fund comic art festivals and educational programs as well as provide grants to artists to print and promote their work.
  • Breakthrough Greater Boston: $12,500 to prepare low-income students for success in college and train college students to be teachers.
  • Breaktime: $1,000 to operate a supported transitional employment program for young adults experiencing homelessness.
  • Cambridge Art Association: $2,000 to serve visual artists via exhibits, hands-on educational programs, and professional development opportunities.
  • Cambridge Camping Association: $20,000 to provide out-of-school programs that promote social-emotional and cognitive growth for vulnerable children.
  • Cambridge College: $5,000 to provide higher education for a diverse population for whom opportunities may have been limited or denied.
  • Cambridge Community Center: $12,500 for a settlement house, providing services and resources to under-resourced, under-represented youth, families, and seniors.
  • Cambridge Community Chorus: $1,500 to provide access to a wide range of music to the community through a group of singers.
  • Cambridge FIG: $2,500 to support creative ideas and economic opportunities for community members focused on workforce development and food security.
  • Cambridge Forum: $1,000 to promote free public discussion of social issues through live audience presentations that are recorded for radio.
  • Cambridge Local First: $5,000 for a network of locally owned and independent businesses building a strong local economy and vibrant community
  • Cambridge Neighbors: $2,000 to provide services to older adults so they can remain connected to the community and age at home.

  • Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition: $40,000 for continued operations.

  • Cambridge School Volunteers: $7,500 to connect students with caring adult tutors, mentors, and reading buddies.

  • Cambridge Symphony Orchestra: $1,500 for a community music organization that presents classical music for diverse audiences.

  • CASPAR: $15,000 for a homeless shelter with addiction recovery services.

  • Center for Women & Enterprise: $5,000 for an economic empowerment organization supporting women to launch and successfully sustain businesses.

  • Charles River Conservancy: $3,000 to provide volunteer programs, advocacy work, and events and care for the Charles River and its parks.

  • CitySprouts: $5,000 for tuition-free after-school and summer programs guide students through projects that engage them in science and give them practice being leaders.

  • Community Art Center: $13,500 to provide intensive year-round activities for youth 5-19, youth-led community programming that engages local/ national audiences in quality artistic experiences.

  • Community Conversations: $7,500 for a grassroots, women-run program supporting the health and well-being of Black women.

  • Community Dispute Settlement Center: $10,000 for mediation and training center providing an alternative, affordable forum for resolving conflict in the community.

  • Dance in the Schools: $3,000 to integrate a broad array of dance forms into the academic and arts curricula to enhance and deepen learning for elementary students.

  • De Novo Center for Justice and Healing: $10,000 for free civil legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling for low-income people.

  • Enroot: $13,500 support immigrant high school students into their first two years of post-secondary education.

  • Eureka Ensemble: $2,000 to operate projects that utilize musical performance and education as mechanisms for social change.

  • Fenway Community Health Center: $5,500 for a resource center for homeless youth.

  • Filarmonica Santo Antonio: $1,000 for a Portuguese cultural center keeping traditions alive and offering free music lessons.

  • Food for Free: $15,000 for rescued food distributed to underserved people.

  • Homeowner’s Rehab: $11,000 to improve the quality of housing for low- and moderate-income residents and homeowners.

  • HomeStart: $10,000 to provide services to at-risk households experiencing homelessness and housing crisis by preventing evictions.

  • Improv Boston: $5,000 to serve the community through laughter with an acclaimed comedy training program and regular performances that explore the creative process.

  • Innovators for Purpose: $8,000 for holistic project-based learning to empower diverse, under-served young people to succeed in STEAM-related pursuits.

  • Just-A-Start Corporation: $15,000 to provide and preserve affordable housing and offer education and workforce training for youth and adults.

  • Let’s Empower, Advocate, and Do: $2,500 to provide training and curriculum in mental health education to educators.

  • Little Black Library: $2,500 to provide a rotating collection of important books to communities that catalyze conversations on race and identity.

  • Longy School of Music of Bard College: $6,000 to prepare musicians and offers educational and social impact programs that provide music access to vulnerable populations.

  • Many Helping Hands 365: $5,000 to increase local volunteerism by organizing an annual day of service and a gun buy-back day and manage a website with volunteer opportunities.

  • Mass Farmers Markets: $2,500 to run farmers markets for community and food-insecure residents and partner with farmers.

  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers: $8,500 to provide services and resources for Portuguese-speaking and other immigrants.

  • Navigation Games: $1,500 to promote health through outdoor exercise and deliver orienteering education for children.

  • Paine Senior Services: $5,000 for case management and services for seniors regardless of their ability to pay.

  • Playworks Education Energized: $5,000 to partner with high-need elementary schools to ensure recess is an opportunity for students to learn the skills needed to thrive in and out of school.

  • Project Citizenship: $5,000 to provide free legal services and other assistance to those applying for citizenship.

  • Prospect Hill Academy Charter School: $2,000 for a charter public school offering quality educational opportunities to marginalized students

  • Riverside Community Care: $7,500 to provide behavioral health care and human services for children up to age 19 and their families.

  • Science Club for Girls: $8,000 for high-quality out-of-school STEM program for girls from under-represented communities.

  • Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute: $2,500 for support services for women in substance abuse recovery and domestic violence programs.

  • Solutions at Work: $6,000 to provide resources to low-income and homeless families.

  • Startup Mentors: $6,000 to support women of color entrepreneurs with long-term mentorship, programming, peer support, and access to potential lenders/investors.

  • The Loop Lab: $10,000 to provide media arts job training and job placement for women and people of color in audio/video careers.

  • The Nature Connection: $2,500 to provide opportunities for those with limited or no access to the outdoors.

  • The Port Café: $2,500 to host monthly meals in a community café to bring people together across social barriers.

  • The Possible Project: $5,000 to provide a learning environment integrating entrepreneurship, work experience, college/career advising, and STEAM skills for under-served young people.

  • Tunefoolery Music: $2,000 for musicians in mental health recovery perform for those who lack access to live concerts.

  • Tutoring Plus of Cambridge: $15,000 to support youth in their academic, personal, and social growth to advance educational equity.

  • Visiting Nurse Communities: $8,000 to provide assisted and supportive housing and services to seniors most in need with the least resources.

  • The Work Force: $50,000 for continued operations.

  • Y2Y Network: $7,500 for a youth-led youth homeless shelter network.
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