December 17, 2020 — Entrepreneurship for All in Lowell this week announced it received a $277,777 grant from Facebook aimed at addressing racial equity and racial justice, while the Foundation for MetroWest announced it granted $150,000 to nine area nonprofits, the most it has ever awarded to arts and cultural institutions in a single year.
EforAll Gets $277K to Expand Access to Under-Represented Individuals
Entrepreneurship for All (EforAll), a nonprofit based in Lowell that supports entrepreneurship through mentorship and other activities, earlier this week announced it received a $277,777 grant from Facebook after being nominated by Facebook employees as part of a $10 million Racial Justice grant initiative, where EforAll and 36 other organizations were selected as grant recipients from a pool of more than 400 organizations.
EforAll said it was chosen for its approach to helping under-represented individuals start and grow businesses in a variety of industries by providing them with access to the knowledge, tools, and network to succeed.
“We’re excited to help bring much-needed funding, on behalf of Facebook employees, to nonprofits working to advance racial equity and racial justice in the United States,” said Marcy Scott Lynn, director of global impact partnerships at Facebook. “Our employees recognize the important work EforAll is doing, and we are glad to be able to make these donations on their behalf while also continuing on our equity and inclusion journey.”
Among the businesses started by EforAll participants, 58% are owned by people of color, and 46% are owned by immigrants.
“Entrepreneurship is a critical component of both addressing the racial wealth gap and ensuring a thriving, vibrant economy in communities across the United States,” said David Parker, CEO of EforAll. “Facebook’s generous support will allow us to advance our mission of driving economic and social impact through inclusive entrepreneurship, and to provide everyone, regardless of race, country of origin, or gender, with the tools and guidance to build and grow a successful business or nonprofit.”
To date, EforAll alumni have launched more than 500 businesses and created more than 700 local jobs. EforAll is currently operating in Berkshire County, Cape Cod, Fall River/New Bedford, Greater Worcester, Holyoke, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, and Roxbury, as well as Longmont, Colo.
Foundation for MetroWest Grants $150,000 to Nine Arts and Culture Nonprofits
The Foundation for MetroWest, based in Framingham, said the $150,000 in to nine area arts and culture nonprofits grants will provide general operating support, program support, and capacity building efforts.
“Throughout this most challenging year, the needs of our community have been unprecedented,” said Judy Salerno, executive director of the. “While hunger relief efforts and other urgent needs have required intense focus and support, we must also recognize the critical role that arts and culture organizations play in our communities. They help define our collective character and distinguish MetroWest as a desirable place to live. These grants will help these groups continue to enrich our region for years to come.”
The foundation said the grantees will use the funding to add staff members, grow programming capabilities, recoup operating costs impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, fund new art installations, and expand existing exhibits.
Several organizations also plan to use the financial support to begin or expand diversity-centric initiatives, including exhibitions aimed at celebrating diversity, incorporating the stories of enslaved individuals, and a speaker series that will tackle race and identity issues.
Receiving the grants, the most ever awarded by the foundation to arts and cultural institutions in a single year, were the following:
Amazing Things Arts Center, Framingham: $20,000
The Center for Arts in Natick, Natick: $15,000
deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln: $25,000
Discovery Museum, Acton: $10,000
Framingham History Center, Framingham: $15,000
Gore Place Society, Waltham: $10,000
Hopkinton Center for the Arts, Hopkinton: $25,000
Lexington Historical Society, Lexington: $10,000
The Umbrella Community Arts Center, Concord: $20,000
MetroWest is loosely bounded by Routes 128 on the east, Route 495 on the west, Route 2 on the north, and Route 109 on the south.
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