Autism Grant; New Alliances; Applications Sought; New Building

March 13, 2018 — Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center gets grant for autism support... Facing Cancer Together expanding alliances...Greater Worcester Community Foundation accepting grant applications... Berkshire Innovation Center ready to build.

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center Gets Grant for Autism Support

The Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center (BCNC), a nonprofit based in Boston and Quincy that provides education and family services to Asian immigrants and the Asian American community of Greater Boston, recently announced it received a $10,000 grant from the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism.

These funds will support BCNC Family Services, which supports Chinese immigrant families in Boston and Quincy with an emphasis on families of children with autism through parent education workshops, family support groups, music therapy, and case management services that help families access social services, counseling, and other needed referrals.

BCNC is the largest nonprofit social service provider for Asian families in the Greater Boston area, supporting more than 2,600 children, youth, and adults each year at four locations in Boston and Quincy.

Facing Cancer Together Expanding Alliances

Facing Cancer Together (FCT), a Brighton-based nonprofit that provides support, wellness, and educational services to people affected by cancer, announced it is expanding alliances with other nonprofits to more fully meet its mission. The actions follow FCT's move last year from Newton.

Executive Director Nancy Gaulin said FCT is beginning to collaborate with the Oak Square YMCA to launch a cancer support group, building on its partnership with the YMCA Alliance to provide social/emotional support/training to YMCA Livestrong Coordinators throughout the state.

She also said Avidia Bank, MetroWest Health Foundation, and CHNA 7 have provided funds to launch a cancer support group for Portuguese-speaking people in Framingham, to be hosted by The Brazilian-American Center.

FCT was founded in 2009 by a group of clinicians looking to provide support, education, and wellness services to all people affected by cancer, regardless of their capacity to pay, and offers support groups, expressive arts programming, and mind-body wellness classes that help people with cancer and their family members manage the psychological, social, and behavioral aspects of cancer that can affect their health care and outcomes.

Greater Worcester Community Foundation Accepting Grant Applications

Greater Worcester Community Foundation, based in Worcester, is accepting grant applications from nonprofit organizations that address mental health needs.

Grants valued at $100,000 or more will be considered, along with multi-year funding requests. A total of $400,000 will be awarded.

To be considered, projects will have strong evidence-based with specific outcomes and measurable indicators of progress or effectiveness. Applicants must 501(c)(3) organizations serving the greater Worcester area. Projects of special interest include those that:
  • Increase the supply of qualified, culturally competent. and credentialed mental health professionals and paraprofessionals.
  • Address gaps in service, increase access to services and diminish stigma.
  • Focus on policy, advocacy and/or education of the public.
  • Incorporate wrap-around services in program design and execution.
  • Include the perspectives of persons with lived experience of the issues being addressed.
  • Show evidence of significant collaboration; joint proposals are encouraged.
Deadline to apply: April 27. Details.

Berkshire Innovation Center Ready to Build

The Berkshire Innovation Center (BIC), a Pittsfield nonprofit that works to advance the growth of the manufacturing sector in the Berkshires region, is planning to break ground this summer on a $13.8 million workforce training/equipment center that has been in the planning stage for the last decade.

The Pittsfield Economic Development Authority last week approved a change in the lease for the new, 20,000-square-foot center, enabling the project to move forward, according to a report in The Berkshire Eagle. Current plans call for the building to open by the third quarter of 2019.

The BIC is intended to improve ties between the Berkshire region, isolated by geography and demographics, and economic opportunities in eastern Massachusetts.

"The state-of-the-art facility will enable shared research, allow for early-stage production and commercialization efforts, and provide room for workforce training. The building will have room for training facilities, biotech wet lab space, clean rooms, and office and event space for small to medium-sized life sciences companies to support economic growth, jobs, and private investment to the region," according to the report.