Gr. Worcester Comm. Foundation Grants $332K to Six Nonprofits

July 6, 2019 — The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, based in Worcester, this week announced that $332,000 has been awarded to six nonprofits that are addressing mental health needs in their local community.

Receiving grants from the Fairlawn Foundation Fund, managed by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation, were the following:

  • Anna Maria College, Paxton: $37,500 for a three-year project to improve the availability of mental health services in our community by developing a pipeline of highly skilled, credentialed mental health practitioners and connecting them to employers in Worcester.

  • Boys & Girls Club of Worcester: $20,000 to support the hiring of a behavioral health specialist to better deliver wrap-around supports to youth and families.

  • The CASA Project, Worcester: $80,000 in support of a collaborative program to address systemic issues and barriers to mental health services for children in foster care.

  • Hope Coalition, Worcester: $75,000 to evaluate outcomes of Worcester ACTs (Addresses Childhood Trauma), a partnership that, now in year three, provides early childhood trauma response for families with young children who are exposed to violence.

  • Open Sky Community Services, Worcester: $75,000 to support year-two of a collaborative partnership that aims to address hiring challenges faced by the region’s mental health and human service organizations.

  • University of Massachusetts Medical School, Worcester: $40,000 for its Sibling Support Program, a pilot project to support families, especially siblings, of youth with mental illness through wrap-around services and education.
Since it was established in 1992, the Fairlawn Foundation Fund has awarded nearly $7 million to support capital needs, address gaps in service, and increase the supply of qualified and culturally competent mental health professionals and paraprofessionals.

The foundation is dedicated to improving health and health care in the Worcester area by supporting innovative projects, rooted in evidence-based practice, that strive to produce demonstrable outcomes.