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December 3, 2021
Funds for Immigrants, Women, Arts; Capacity Grant Available

October 11, 2021 — International Institute of New England gets $100K to help settle Afghan evacuees. Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts awarded $250K to help immigrants. Greater Lowell Community Foundation grants $57K to nonprofits that support women. Greater Worcester Community Foundation grants $54K for nonprofit arts collaborations. Nonprofits invited to apply for $75K capacity building grant.

International Institute of New England Gets $100K to Help Settle Afghan Evacuees

The International Institute of New England (IINE), a nonprofit based in Boston that helps refuges and immigrants settle in this country and obtain citizenship, last week was awarded a $100,000 from the Tripadvisor Foundation to support ongoing efforts to welcome and resettle Afghan evacuees arriving in New England.

In response to the current needs throughout New England, IINE created the Afghan Evacuee Support Fund to provide direct financial assistance to Afghan families arriving in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Additionally, the fund will support the hiring of specialized IINE case management staff and immigration legal services for evacuees. Evacuees will need immediate shelter, food, and emergency case management. The funding will also help cover costs associated with longer term needs including securing permanent affordable housing, employment services, and English language training.

Jeff Theilman, president and CEO of IINE, said, "Since 2014, IINE has resettled more than 350 Afghan refugees and Special Immigrant Visa holders. This has given us the expertise to provide critical programming and meet the urgent needs of the individuals resettling in New England over the next few months.”

Stephen Kaufer, chairman of the Tripadvisor Foundation, noted,. "We're honored to continue to partner with IINE as they lead resettlement efforts in New England and encourage our communities to seek ways they can help newcomers feel welcomed and safe."

Founded in 1918 in Lowell as a community effort to welcome new Americans immigrating to the area, IINE today serves nearly 3,000 refugees and immigrants annually with offices in Boston, Lowell, and Manchester, NH.

Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts Awarded $250K to Help Immigrants

Jewish Family Service of Western Massachusetts (JFS), a nonprofit social service agency based in Springfield, last week announced it received a $250,000 grant from the federal Department of Homeland Security, to support its work helping legal permanent residents become citizens of the United States.

The two-year grant will fund legal services for citizenship applicants and educational programs designed to deepen an applicant’s knowledge of English, U.S. history, and civics. JFS said it is one of 40 organizations in 25 states to receive nearly $10 million in funding to support citizenship preparation services.

Maxine Stein, CEO of JF, said, “JFS is excited and pleased to have received this grant opportunity. It will allow us to strengthen our current work in citizenship and positions us to be a leader in helping those on the path to becoming U.S. citizens. As a Jewish organization, we are proud to provide this important service to our local residents. Like all of us, we value freedom, safety and opportunity. Citizenship helps to provide that and we can help make that happen.”

Greater Lowell Community Foundation Grants $57K to Nonprofits that Support Women

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, based in Lowell, last week announced that it awarded $56,800 to six Greater Lowell nonprofits that support women.

The grants, from the foundation’s Women Working Wonders Fund, were awarded to the following:

  • Budget Buddies: $10,000 for New Workshop for Women: Financial Health for Families with Children
  • Challenge Unlimited: $10,000 for Equine Encounter: Healing to Leadership for Girls and Women
  • Coalition for a Better Acre: $10,000 for Sewing Training Program
  • Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell: $10,000 for Leadership Academy
  • Refuge Lowell: $10,000 for Girls and Young Women Creating Community Through Public Art
  • International Institute of New England: $6,800 for Creating New Avenues for Success (CNAFS)

Nikki Giraffo, founder of Refuge Lowell, in Lowell, which provides a safe, equitable space for local students to explore their talents and develop as artists, said, “The grant from the Women Working Wonders Fund will help to initiate an exciting new program that fosters education about public art, street art, community murals, and installations in a typically male-dominated arena. This program will empower middle and high school girls to develop personal and conceptual content for their public art projects.”

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Grants $54K for Nonprofit Arts Collaborations

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation (GWCF), based in Worcester, last week announced that it granted $54,762 to six area nonprofits for collaborations that pair non-arts sector programming with arts organizations and/or individual creatives to address community needs in areas such as social justice, public health, mental health, housing, education, history, culture, identity, environment, or civic engagement.

Carolyn Stempler, GWCF’s interim president and CEO, said the grants, part of the foundation’s Creative Worcester Initiative, support the power of art to heal and unify and advance the arts as an embedded element of a thriving community.

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • College of the Holy Cross$9,672 for Telling Journeys: Visual Storytelling in Recovery
  • Creative Hub Worcester: $10,000 for strengthening families & raising resilience
  • Día de los Muertos Event: $10,000 for “Recuerda la Memoria”: Latino storytelling on loss and hope during COVID.
  • Indian Lake Community Association: $10,000 for cultivating the arts in an urban community garden
  • Music Worcester: $5,000 for a concert truck for community
  • Worcester Center for Crafts: $10,000 for fiber arts, from Sheep to Craft

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for $75K Capacity Building Grant

SVP Boston recently announced it is inviting Massachusetts nonprofits to apply for a capacity building grant that will award $25,000 annually for three years, alongside a dedicated consulting team that will work with the grantee.

Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations, or organizations with a fiscal sponsor, with a budget between $500k and $2 million located in Greater Boston. “Strong applicants will be organizations that are at an inflection point, have a desire to work with consultants and a community of nonprofit leaders and professionals, and are focused on helping close the opportunity gap that addresses inequitable access to resources and opportunity.”

Deadline to apply: Oct. 15. Details.

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