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January 18, 2021
Mass. Community Foundations Get $10M for Local Nonprofits

November 21, 2020 — Fourteen community foundations across Massachusetts this week awarded $10 million in state funds which they will regrant to nonprofit organizations in their service area that are working to mitigate severe economic hardships experienced by individuals and households stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We are pleased to award these grants to regional and local organizations to help achieve goals such as keeping people in their homes, providing nourishing food, and supporting remote work and school,” said Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Jennifer Maddox. “These additional resources complement the Eviction Diversion Initiative and other administration programs that boost the critical safety nets for our most disadvantaged and at-risk communities.”

The new funding are part of the state’s Partnerships for Recovery, a comprehensive plan to stabilize and grow the Massachusetts economy.

“As Massachusetts experiences a second COVID-19 surge, there are so many people suffering and in need of help,” said Senate President Karen Spilka (D-Ashland).Our priorities in the Senate have been to provide immediate access to emergency food support, mental health support, rental and utility assistance, emergency childcare, educational support, and emergency financial support for individuals with COVID. We are fortunate to be able to work with outstanding community partners such as Foundation for MetroWest to provide these critical resources in a timely and effective manner.”

Receiving the grants were the following:

  • Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation, $355,205
  • The Boston Foundation, $1,690,681
  • Cambridge Community Foundation, $445,958
  • The Cape Cod Foundation, $471,322
  • Community Foundation for Nantucket, $200,000
  • Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, $679,552
  • Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts, $904,796
  • Essex County Community Foundation, $1,221,681
  • Foundation for MetroWest, $746,364
  • Greater Lowell Community Foundation, $829,983
  • Greater Worcester Community Foundation, $896,152
  • Permanent Endowment for Martha’s Vineyard, $200,000
  • SouthCoast Community Foundation, $1,158,305
  • Watertown Community Foundation, $200,000

“Since the onset of the pandemic, the House has worked to provide relief to the most vulnerable among us with funding for housing, food security, unemployment benefits and economic development,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo (D-Winthrop). “Our communities need support during these unprecedented times, and these investments will go into the hands of groups that directly serve those in need across the Commonwealth.”

This grants must be distributed by next June 30 to local or regional community-based organizations which, according to state law, have the capacity to “efficiently and rapidly provide immediate relief and support to individuals and households who are experiencing severe economic hardships due to COVID-19.”

Differences in amounts granted need-based factors including population, availability of federal pandemic relief funds, and local public health services.

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