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May 18, 2022
 
Grants Given; Funding Available; New Pitch Competition

April 5, 2022 — Sudbury Foundation grants $122K to nine nonprofits. Greater Lowell Community Foundation seeks request for proposals. New competition for nonprofits supporting BIPOC- and women-led businesses. Nonprofits invited to apply for Amazon grant program.

Sudbury Foundation Grants $122K to Nine Nonprofits

The Sudbury Foundation, based in Sudbury, last week announced that it has awarded $122,000 to nine local nonprofits that provide aid for families in need, hunger relief, teens, and volunteer support, among other purposes.

Receiving funds were the following:

  • Aurelia’s Garden: $2,500 for hunger relief
  • Drumlin Farm (A Sanctuary of the Massachusetts Audubon Society): $2,500 for hunger relief
  • Gaining Ground, Inc.: $15,000 for hunger relief
  • Gifts of Hope Unlimited: $7,000 to provide financial support for Sudbury families in need.
  • Save A Dog, Inc.: $5,000 to support the teen volunteer program.
  • SMILE Mass, Inc.: $25,000 to support the Club SMILE Mass program which provides hybrid after-school services to children and adults with severe disabilities.
  • Sudbury Community Food Pantry: $10,000 for hunger relief
  • Sudbury Cooperative Preschool: $15,000 to support a justice, equity, diversity and inclusion initiative.
  • Sudbury Historical Society: $40,000 to support an archivist to catalogue its collections, update the database, and train volunteers on best practices.

Greater Lowell Community Foundation Seeks Request for Proposals

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation in partnership with Netscout recently issued a request for proposals from nonprofits for projects mental health, specifically supporting the mental health of caregivers (a person who provides direct care as for children, elderly, or the disabled.) and care providers.

Netscout will offer three grant opportunities (a $10,000 grant, $3,500 grant, and a $1,500 grant to be awarded to pitch finalists) as part of the foundation’s 2022 Heart of Giving Community Grant Program.

Deadline to apply: April 15. Details.

New Competition for Nonprofits Supporting BIPOC- and Women-Led Businesses

The Truist Foundation and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology recently announced the launch of a pitch competition that will award $250,000 to a nonprofit implementing an innovative solution to provide transformational support to women and BIPOC-owned businesses in the United States.

“For business owners most affected by systemic barriers, nonprofits are essential in gaining access to capital, financial services, and mentorship, especially during periods of uncertainty such as lockdowns and labor and supply shortages,” competition sponsors said. “Through innovative and forward-thinking solutions that fill gaps in the current small business ecosystem, nonprofits have the power to influence the systems that will shape the future of entrepreneurship in the United States.”

Following participation in a capacity support program, finalists will pitch their idea to a panel of experts.

Deadline to apply: May 13. Details.

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Amazon Grant Program

Amazon Web Services recently issued an invitation for nonprofits to apply for its AWS IMAGINE Grant Program, which provides resources for deploying cloud technology to achieve mission goals. Award categories are:

  • Momentum to Modernize: Projects may include but are not limited to: application migration and optimization, net-new application development, data warehouse projects and infrastructure expansion. Winners will receive up to $30,000 in unrestricted funding, up to $10,000 in AWS promotional credits, and project implementation guidance.

  • Go Further, Faster: This award will provide support for innovative projects that leverage the cloud and may y include the application of and/or seek integrations with advanced cloud services, such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, high performance computing, and internet of things. Winners receive up to $150,000 in unrestricted funding, up to $100,000 in AWS promotional credits, and engagement with AWS technical specialists.

Deadline to apply: June 1. Details.

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