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July 3, 2020
Mass. Nonprofits Granted $3M to Mitigate Coronavirus Pandemic
May 25, 2020 — Scores of Massachusetts nonprofits—from the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester to Neighbors in Need in Lawrence, YMCA Cape Cod in West Barnstable, and the De Novo Center for Justice and Healing in Cambridge—recently received $3 million in emergency funding to help them provide services to mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center on Friday announced it received an emergency grant for $50,000, Direct Relief, one of 518 federally qualified health centers to receive funding through the COVID-19 Fund for Community Health of the Direct Relief, a nonprofit humanitarian aid organization, reported This Week in Worcester. The Kennedy Center said the funds will help increase access to comprehensive healthcare for high-risk and vulnerable populations in central and MetroWest Massachusetts.

Other recent announcements include:

Essex County Community Foundation Grants $650K to 44 Nonprofits

The Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF), based in Danvers, last week announced it awarded $650,000 in grants to 44 nonprofits, including food pantries and collaborations, social service organizations, community hospitals, and health centers.

“For so many across the state, and in Essex County, access to food continues to be a major concern and will continue to be a concern for some time to come,” said Carol Lavoie Schuster, ECCF’s vice president for grants, nonprofits and donor services. “Food insecurity is high in the best of times, but when a crisis of this magnitude hits, our most vulnerable populations experience a heightened need and rising unemployment rates force even more people to seek assistance.”

Receiving the funds were the following:
  • Acord Food Pantry, Gloucester
  • Addison Gilbert Hospital, Gloucester
  • Among Friends St. Paul’s Church, Newburyport
  • Anna Jaques Hospital, Newburyport
  • Beverly Bootstraps, Beverly
  • Bread and Roses Inc., Lawrence
  • The Center, Lawrence
  • Citizens Inn | Haven From Hunger, Peabody
  • Cor Unum, Lawrence
  • Danvers People to People Food Pantry, Boxford
  • First Baptist Church, Beverly
  • First Church Congregational Boxford, Boxford
  • Food for the World, Lawrence
  • The Food Project, North Shore
  • Good Hope Foods at Calvary Christian Church, Lynnfield
  • Grace Center, Gloucester
  • Greater Lawrence Family Health Center, Lawrence
  • Greater Lynn Senior Services, Lynn
  • Groundwork, Lawrence
  • Lawrence General Hospital, Lawrence
  • Lawrence Lazarus House: Good Shepherd Soup Kitchen & St. Martha’s Food Pantry, Lawrence
  • LHand/Food for Thought ”“ Lynn Food Collaboration, Lynn
  • Living Hope Church of the Nazarene, Beverly
  • Lynn Community Health Center, Lynn
  • Middleton Food Pantry, Middleton
  • My Brother’s Table, Lynn
  • Neighbors in Need, Lawrence
  • North Shore Community Health, Salem
  • Northeast Arc, Essex County
  • The Open Door, Gloucester
  • Open Hearth Ministries, Haverhill
  • Our Neighbors’ Table, Amesbury
  • Pettingill House, Salisbury
  • Rocky Neck Art Association for the Essex County Artist Fund, Essex County
  • Salem Food Pantry, Salem
  • Salvation Army, Beverly
  • Salvation Army, Haverhill
  • Salvation Army, Lawrence
  • Salvation Army, Lynn
  • Salvation Army, Newburyport
  • Salvation Army, Salem
  • Saugus United Parish Food Pantry, Saugus
  • SeniorCare Inc., Gloucester
  • St. John the Evangelist Church, Swampscott

Cape Cod Foundation Grants $240K to Six Organizations

The Cape Cod Foundation, based in South Yarmouth, announced that it distributed $240,000 to six organizations across the Cape that serve individuals with disabilities, survivors of domestic violence, and people experiencing food insecurity.

Receiving the funds were the following:
  • Cape-AbilitiesHyannis, Eastham, Falmouth
  • Cape Cod Family Table Collaborative, Sandwich and multiple locations
  • Cape Cod Council of Churches, Hyannis
  • Community Connections, Yarmouth, Mashpee
  • Independence House, Hyannis, Orleans, Falmouth, Provincetown
  • YMCA Cape Cod, West Barnstable

Kristin O’Malley, president and CEO of The Cape Cod Foundation, said, “We are working very closely with nonprofit organizations and other community partners and funders to strategically build and deploy resources for the greatest impact now and through the rebuilding and recovery period ahead,”

Among other impacts, this latest round of grants will help Cape Abilities support additional hours for residential and front-line staff who provide 24/7 support to its residents and allow Community Connections to provide remote delivery of its programs and purchase personal protection equipment and other supplies needed to eventually reopen.

Attleboro Stronger-Together Fund Grants $497 to 25 Nonprofits

The Greater Attleboro Stronger Together Fund, created last month by businesses, organizations, and individuals, recently granted $497,000 to 25 Attleboro-area nonprofits that are providing emergency services, meals, and cash assistance to individuals and families in need during the coronavirus crisis, The Sun Chronicle reported.

Supported by the fund are the following:
  • Amego
  • The Arc of Bristol County
  • Attleboro Area Interfaith Collaborative
  • Attleboro Arts Museum
  • Attleboro Housing Associates
  • Attleboro YMCA
  • Community Counseling of Bristol County
  • Community VNA
  • Cupboard of Kindness Food Pantry
  • Friends of the Attleboro Public Library
  • Greater Attleboro Area Council for Children
  • Hebron Food Pantry
  • Lenore's Pantry
  • The Literacy Center
  • Mass Music & Arts Society
  • National Black Doll Museum of History & Culture
  • New Hope
  • North Attleborough Community Gardens
  • Our Daily Bread
  • Salvation Army - Attleboro Corps
  • Society Of St. Vincent de Paul District Council Of Attleboro
  • St. Mary's Norton - St. Vincent de Paul Society
  • Triboro Youth Theatre
  • West Side Benevolent Circle

Boston Resiliency Fund Grants $875K to 19 Nonprofits

The Boston Resiliency Fund, part of the Boston Charitable Trust, a nonprofit trust fund managed by the City of Boston, on Wednesday announced $875,000 in grants to support 19 Boston area organizations working to help individuals most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The Boston Resiliency Fund has been a lifeline for many organizations that are doing good work in our communities to serve our residents and meet their needs," said Boston Mayor Martin Walsh. "I am proud of the collective generosity of the people and organizations of Boston who have contributed in such a big way to helping their neighbors."

Receiving the funds were the following:
  • African Community Economic Development of New England
  • Boston Asian Youth Essential Service
  • Boston Missionary Baptist Community Center Inc.
  • Brookview
  • Caritas Communities
  • Center for Teen Empowerment
  • Codman Square Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Community Labor United
  • De Novo Center for Justice and Healing
  • Dorchester Bay Economic Development Corporation
  • East Boston Neighborhood Health Center
  • Elevate Boston
  • Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center Inc.
  • IPC Irish Pastoral Centre
  • Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation
  • Lovin' Spoonfuls
  • St. Stephen's Youth Programs
  • The Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless
  • Y2Y Network

Tufts Health Plan Foundation Grants $70K to Four Organizations

The Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced it granted $70,000 to four Massachusetts nonprofits that are providing frontline services to help people handle the effects of the coronavirus crisis.

Tom Croswell, Tufts Health Plan president and CEO, said, “Nonprofits are grappling with a shifting landscape and uncertain timelines, yet they continue to respond to community needs and deliver vital services."

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Attleboro YMCA, Attleboro: $10,000
  • Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, New Bedford: $20,000
  • HomeStart, Boston: $10,000
  • United Way of Mass Bay/Merrimack Valley, Boston, One Chelsea Fund: $30,000
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