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July 8, 2020
Frontline Mass. Nonprofits Get $3.3M to Ease Pandemic Shocks
May 12, 2020 — Community foundations and other funders during the last week announced they have granted $3,283,000 to 137 nonprofits across Massachusetts—from the Berkshires to Cape Cod—that are providing key services, including supporting children, health providers, the homeless, immigrants, people with disabilities, and those facing food insecurity, to help mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Foundation of MetroWest Grants $1.25M to 72 Nonprofits

The Foundation for MetroWest, based in Natick, today announced that since the COVID-19 pandemic began it has granted $1.25 million in emergency funds to 72 nonprofits providing crucial assistance to the region’s most vulnerable residents.

Judy Salerno, executive director of the foundation, said, “For our neighbors who were already struggling before the virus struck, school closures and business shutdowns have been especially damaging. Our goal is to ensure MetroWest organizations have the necessary resources to soften the pandemic’s impact on our community and uphold the quality of life for which our region is known.”

The foundation said its emergency funding, most of which has gone for food assistance, childcare, and senior services, was provided to the following organizations.
  • A Place To Turn
  • Advocates
  • Ashland Emergency Fund
  • Bethany Health Care Center
  • Bethany Hill Place
  • Catholic Charities of Worcester County
  • Chaplains on the Way
  • Charles River Center
  • Daniel’s Table
  • Dignity Matters
  • Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Elizabeth Seton Residence
  • Employment Options
  • Family Promise MetroWest
  • Food Link
  • The Food Project
  • The Gluten-Free Food Bank
  • Gaining Ground
  • Gifts of Hope Unlimited
  • Health and Social Services Consortium (HESSCO)
  • Healthy Waltham
  • Hockomock Area YMCA
  • Hoops and Homework
  • Hope and Comfort
  • HOPEworldwide Framingham Food Pantry
  • Human Relation Services
  • Jewish Family & Children Services
  • Jewish Family Service of Metrowest
  • Latino Health Insurance Program
  • Lexington Interfaith Food Pantry
  • Lexington Symphony
  • Lincoln Food Pantry (Society of St. Vincent de Paul)
  • Lovin' Spoonfuls
  • Mass Bay Foundation
  • Maynard Food Pantry
  • Medway Village Church Food Pantry
  • MetroWest Nonprofit Network
  • Metrowest Worker Center
  • MetroWest YMCA
  • Minuteman Arc for Human Services
  • Minuteman Senior Services
  • Munroe Center for the Arts
  • Natick Community Organic Farm
  • Natick Service Council
  • Needham Community Council
  • Needham Community Farm
  • Neighbor Brigade
  • One Family
  • Project Just Because
  • REACH Beyond Domestic Violence
  • RIA House
  • Salvation Army - Framingham Corps
  • Salvation Army - Milford Corps
  • Salvation Army - Waltham Corp
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council
  • Springwell
  • Sudbury Community Food Pantry
  • United Way - Marlborough Community Cupboard
  • United Way - Pearl Street Cupboard & Café—
  • Waltham Boys & Girls Club
  • Waltham Fields Community Farm
  • Wayside Youth & Family Support Network
  • Wellesley Fire Department
  • Wellesley Fire Department
  • Wellesley Health Department
  • Wellesley Health Department
  • Wellesley Health Department
  • Wellesley Service League
  • Westwood Council on Aging
  • YMCA of Greater Boston/Waltham Branch

Community Foundation of Western Mass. Grants $183K to 12 Nonprofits

The Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts (CFWM) in Springfield on Friday announced it granted $183,000 to 12 western Massachusetts nonprofits, the sixth round of grants the foundation has awarded to organizations responding to the coronavirus pandemic.

CFWM President Katie Allan Zobel, said, “We are continuing to provide vital resources to the frontline organizations addressing vulnerable individuals, youth and families. As the work of the COVID-19 Response Fund unfolds, we are continuing to learn about gaps in resources and are identifying those most in need of emergency assistance. We thank the organizations we are able to support with resources and are inspired by their advocacy for the constituents they serve.”

Receiving the funds were the following:
  • Chicopee Boys & Girls Club, Chicopee
  • The Children’s Study Home, Springfield
  • Gardening the Community, Springfield
  • Jewish Family Services of Western MA, Springfield
  • Just Roots, Greenfield
  • Montague Catholic Social Ministries, Turners Falls
  • Neighbors Helping Neighbors, South Hadley
  • Open Pantry Community Services, Springfield
  • Revitalize Community Development Corporation, Springfield
  • River Valley Counseling Center, Holyoke
  • Treehouse Foundation, Easthampton
  • Western Mass Recovery Learning Community, Greenfield, Holyoke, Northampton, Springfield

RIZE Massachusetts Grants $300K to 13 Nonprofits

RIZE Massachusetts Foundation, a Boston-based foundation focused on combatting the opioid crisis in the state, yesterday announced it awarded $300,000 in grants to support Boston nonprofits working with vulnerable populations that are stressed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The grants, made in collaboration with the Boston Resiliency Fund, will support residential treatment providers to support staff, develop information technology to pivot to telehealth services, and increase sanitation measures.

“We cannot forget that there are thousands of individuals struggling with opioid use disorder that need our help during the coronavirus crisis,” said Julie Burns, president and CEO of the foundation. “I want to thank Mayor Walsh and all of our city government and community partners who are stepping up to lend a voice to the voiceless and work to support people with opioid use disorder.”

Grants ranging from $15,000 to $25,000, based on the size of the provider, were awarded to the following organizations:
  • Casa Esperanza
  • The Dimock Center
  • The Gavin Foundation
  • Granada House
  • Hope House
  • Interim House
  • Middlesex Human Services Agency
  • North Suffolk Mental Health Association
  • PAARI (Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative)
  • Phoenix House
  • Rehabilitation and Health
  • Victory Programs
  • Volunteers of America of Massachusetts
Included in the grants was an award to the Boston Public Health Commission.

Boston Resiliency Fund Grants $1M to 14 Nonprofits

The Boston Resiliency Fund, part of the Boston Charitable Trust, a nonprofit trust fund managed by the City of Boston, on Wednesday announced the distribution of $1 million in grants to 14 organizations working to help residents in the City of Boston impacted most by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The focus of this latest round of funding from the fund aims to support the expansion of testing at community health centers, increasing food access for residents and supporting Boston's small business community, ensuring parents and families have basic, essential needs to care for their children, and to continue supporting neighborhood-based organizations. Of the 14 organizations, 40% are led by a person of color and 53% are led by a woman.

"During the ongoing public health emergency, Bostonians have shown their true colors and have demonstrated that we can lean on each other during difficult times," said Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. "The City of Boston is proud to quickly deploy these critical resources made available by the generosity of Boston's residents and businesses, to support organizations in our community that are on the frontlines of providing needed assistance to our residents."

Receiving the grants, which range in size, were the following:
  • Action for Boston Community Development
  • BEST Corp.
  • Black Ministerial Alliance of Greater Boston
  • Brookside Community Health Center
  • CommonWealth Kitchen
  • East Boston Social Centers
  • Families First
  • Family Nurturing Center of Massachusetts
  • First Baptist Church in Jamaica Plain
  • Gilbert Albert Community Center
  • Harvest on the Vine Food Pantry
  • Mattapan Greater Boston Technology Learning Center
  • MissionSAFE
  • Southern Jamaica Plain Community Health Center

Boston Foundation Grants $450K to 18 Nonprofits

The Boston Foundation (TBF) yesterday announced it has granted $450,000 in a seventh round of emergency funding to 18 Greater Boston nonprofits that are providing critical support to communities most affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The data show clearly that this virus is exploiting decades of social policies and practices that have put Blacks, Latinos, and other vulnerable communities at greater risk for illness and death,” said Orlando Watkins, TBF vice president for programs. “We are committed to ensuring that we are supporting organizations trying to bend that curve of inequity now, and we will be looking long-term to ensure that we do not accept old patterns of injustice in the months and years to come.”

Each of the following received a $25,000 general operating support grant from TBF's COVID-19 Response Fund:
  • Association of Haitian Women, Dorchester
  • Breaktime, Boston
  • Building Audacity, Boston
  • Center for Cooperative Development and Solidarity, East Boston
  • Culturally Conscious Food Pantry Project, Dorchester
  • Ethos, Jamaica Plain
  • Father Bill’s & MainSpring, Quincy/Brockton
  • Foundation To Be Named Later, Boston
  • GreenRoots, Chelsea
  • Haley House, Boston
  • Hyde Square Task Force, Jamaica Plain
  • Immigrant Family Services, Roslindale
  • Multicultural AIDS Coalition, Boston
  • Rogerson Communities, Boston
  • Sociedad Latina, Roxbury
  • WATCH CDC, Waltham
  • West Suburban YMCA, Newton
  • Whittier Street Health Center, Roxbury

Cape Cod Foundation Grants $100K to Eight Nonprofits

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, today announced it has granted $100,000 to eight nonprofits that are providing basic human needs to residents throughout the Cape Cod region in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Kristin O’Malley, foundation president and CEO, said, “Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been in constant contact with leaders across the nonprofit sector to determine where the needs and challenges are the greatest. This grant will help bring relief to the most vulnerable people in our community.”

Receiving the funds were the following:
  • Cape and Islands Veterans Outreach Council
  • Cape Cod Council of Churches
  • Cape Cod Military Support Foundation
  • Cape Kid Meals
  • CHAMP Homes
  • Duffy Health Center
  • Housing Assistance Corporation
  • Lower Cape Outreach Council
The funds came from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund, which supports those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations, including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities, and those facing food insecurity.
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