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May 18, 2022
North Central Mass. Community Foundation Grants $121K
Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts

May 7, 2022 — The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts based in Fitchburg announced that it recently granted $121,154 to 16 local nonprofits that focus on racial justice and equity, environmental preservation, and animal welfare.

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts (CFNCM) awarded $50,634 to nonprofits that serve and empower communities of color and address systemic and institutional racism, which Stephen Adams, president of the foundation, said, he hopes will “encourage others to support racial equity.”

CFNCM also awarded $70,520 to organizations that focus on preserving and providing access to the natural beauty of north central Massachusetts, as well as enhancing the welfare of domestic animals.

Receiving the grants were the following:

    • The Farm School, Athol: $5,000 to support relationships with the Nipmuc people, deepening their analysis and historical understanding of systematic oppression linked to land disposition; and $5,000 to assist with the transition to draft power by helping with the purchase of a horse-drawn hay mower.

    • GAAMHA, Gardner: $10,000 to purchase hay for the horses, goats and sheep at the Carl E. Dahl House at Evergreen Grove in Athol.

    • Groton Conservation Trust, Groton: $7,500 to enhance community access to the Bates-Blackman property in Groton.

    • Making Opportunity Count, Fitchburg: $10,000 to support continued implementation of racial equity and social justice programs into the Youth Innovation Center’s core programming portfolio.

    • Mass Audubon: $5,000 to support nature and social-emotional learning at Head Start sites in Athol, Gardner and Winchendon.

    • Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, Salisbury: $5,500 for the Catmobile program.

    • Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Athol: $10,000 to assist with permanently protecting 202 acres along the southwest bank of Tully Lake in Athol; and $5,000 to support a collaboration with Nipmuc Cultural Preservation, Inc. to create cultural respect and use agreements, resource inventories, forest management and rematriation plans.

    • Nashua River Watershed Association, Groton: $6,970 to support The Wild Inside program.

    • North County Land Trust, Leominster: $6,250 to support the launch of engaging environmental and wellness programming.

    • Northeast Organic Farming Association – Massachusetts Chapter, Florence: $5,000 to support collaboration with educators and community members to create a curriculum on pollinators and pollinator habits, and to construct an outdoor classroom.

    • RFK Community Alliance, Lancaster: $5,000 for the Rein in a Dream program, which provides therapeutic horsemanship.
    • Spanish American Center, Leominster: $5,000 to support hiring a consultant to conduct anti-racist work for the organization.

    • Squannacook Greenways, Townsend: $4,300 for the fourth and final phase of Squannacook Rail Trail construction, which connects Townsend and Groton.

    • Three Pyramids, Fitchburg: $10,000 to support six weeks of training to empower and share ideas, information and resources with multiracial community residents and youth.

    • Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Harvard: $5,634 to support increasing outreach and engagement strategies centered around diversity.

    • YWCA, Central Massachusetts, Worcester: $10,000 to support Racial Equity Workshops for nonprofit leaders, which aims to help leaders begin the work of dismantling racism in their organizations and communities.
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