MetroWest Health Foundation Grants $3M to 19 Nonprofits

June 26, 2018 — The MetroWest Health Foundation, based in Framingham, yesterday announced it has awarded $3,007,766 to 19 nonprofits focused on health and human services that are working to improving the health of residents in the region.

The grants represent one of the largest rounds of funding in the foundation’s history, and included an additional $361,031 awarded to local government agencies.

Martin Cohen, president of the MetroWest Health Foundation, attributed the size and scope of funding to the organization’s new strategic plan, which emphasizes basic needs, health equity, and programs that aim to build resilient and healthy communities.

Receiving the grants were the following:
  • Advocates: $225,000 for behavioral health

  • BayPath Elder Services: $35,905 to improve services for LGBTQ older adults

  • Edward M. Kennedy Health Center: $525,000 for primary medical care, and $150,000 for oral health care

  • Franklin Council on Aging: $11,712 to make Franklin a Dementia-Friendly community

  • Health Care for All: $ 75,000 for support services, and $26,500 to improve access to care among immigrant families

  • Jeff’s Place: $18,000 to offer parenting workshops for families dealing with grief

  • Latino Health Insurance Enrollment Program: $150,000 for support services

  • Massachusetts Association for the Blind: $15,000 to improve mental health services for blind and visually impaired residents, and $20,000 to provide technology training and access to enhance independence among older adults

  • MetroWest Free Medical Program: $150,000 for primary medical care

  • MetroWest Legal Services: $225,000 for support services for its medical-legal partnership, and 137,071 to support legal services for immigrant youth

  • MetroWest Worker Center: $20,000 to provide medical accompaniment to immigrant workers injured on the job

  • Milford Council on Aging: $12,000 to provide comprehensive exercise and wellness programs for older adults

  • Natick Service Council: $20,000 for capacity building

  • Natick VNA - MetroWest Meds: $450,000 for prescription assistance

  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council: $225,000 for homelessness services, and $225,000 for behavioral health

  • Spark Kindness: $31,222 to provide parent education services.

  • Walker, Inc.: $13,000 for translation of treatment materials

  • Wayside Youth & Family: $225,000 for behavioral health

  • William James College: $22,356 to develop best practices for addressing systemic obstacles to a diverse and culturally responsive mental health workforce
The foundation seeks to develop and support programs that have a positive impact on the health of the 25 communities in the MetroWest area, which is loosely bounded by Routes 128 on the east, Route 495 on the west, Route 2 on the north, and Route 109 on the south.