Foundation supports local non-profit agencies and programs in awarding of grants

Leominster, Mass. (June 15, 2017) – The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts announced a distribution of 27 grants, totaling over $300,000, from its general endowment funds and field of interest funds, during a press event at Apple Hill Farm. “All of the programs we funded will make a difference in the quality of life for our region,” said Phil Grzewinski, president of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.


Ten grants were made from the Community Foundation General Endowment Fund, which includes support from seven named funds: ABM General Endowment Fund; Allen & Barbara Rome General Endowment Fund; Brown/Peterson Family General Endowment Fund; IC Founders Society Endowment Fund; KRC Family Endowment Fund, and the W. E. Aubuchon, Jr. General Endowment Fund. 

Community Healthlink
, Worcester, received a $13,218 grant for its program “Moving Beyond Depression,” which is designed to improve the mental health of pregnant women and mothers of young children suffering from depression in North Central Massachusetts. The funding will increase the capacity of mental health services available to this underserved population.  

A $3,265 grant to Groton Council on Aging will be used to offer a proven fall prevention program to seniors at no cost. The grant will also allow for outreach to 32 senior centers, so they can offer the program in their area, potentially reaching over 600 senior citizens in the first year.

Kylees Kare Kits for Kidz Inc., Leominster, received a $15,000 award for their highly successful ‘Backpack Program,’ which provides a backpack of food every Friday to children who are least likely to have meals available at home. This award will be used to increase the number of children who can be assisted.

     

A $5,000 grant to Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area, Fitchburg, will be used toward funding a staff member with technology and interpersonal skills, who will provide additional training to new volunteers. 

Leominster’s Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network's $20,000 grant will be used to fund staff resources for ‘The Path to Self Sufficiency (PSS)’ program, which will provide additional support activities to families housed at the shelter, helping them develop skills to become self-sufficient when they leave the home. This grant will help 20 homeless families.

A $5,000 grant to Rise Above Foundation, Northbridge, will provide resources to increase the number of activities, opportunities and experiences that will be made available to North Central Mass. children in foster care. These activities are designed to give the children a sense of normalcy, provide comfort and build their self-esteem.

Sibling Connections’, Somerville's $5,000 grant will be used so that 10 siblings in foster care from the region can attend ‘Camp to Belong’ for a week in August, where they can build life-long memories with brothers and sisters they may only see once a year. 

A $4,000 grant to Special Olympics Massachusetts, Marlborough, will support new uniforms and part of the cost for a training facility for the organization’s activities in the region. The organization provides healthy, social opportunities for people with intellectual development disabilities by concentrating on organizing and preparing teams. 

The Salvation Army, Fitchburg, has a $5,000 grant to provide access for more children to enroll in the ‘Summer Fun’ program, offering high-quality out-of-school summer day camp experiences to disadvantaged children. A $12,000 grant to

The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden, Inc., Harvard, will allow the organization to expand marketing efforts throughout the region, raising awareness of the center as a premier provider of integrative cancer care services. 

The Doyle Fund, established for environmental causes and animal welfare, made seven grants: 

Ashburnham Conservation Trust Inc.
received an $8,500 grant to help provide equipment and resources for the creation of new trails, as well as promote membership and volunteer roles. 

A $5,000 grant to Fitchburg Greenway Committee, City of Fitchburg, will assist the city in completing a preliminary trail plan, which will become part of grant applications to fund Rollstone Hill Park and guide the creation of trails. 

Growing Places Garden Project, Leominster, received an $11,000 grant to expand the agency’s capacity to serve more area children and adolescents through its ‘Sprouts’ youth programs, providing gardening, environmental stewardship and healthy eating education. 

A $20,000 grant to Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Athol, will provide resources to expand its core mission of land conservation, while increasing its capacity to partner with farmers in ways that sustain local farming. 

North County Land Trust Inc., Leominster, received a $3,500 grant to implement a hands-on science-based program for fifth-grade students at the Longsjo Middle School, Fitchburg. 

An $8,000 grant to Pat Brody Shelter for Cats, Inc., Lunenburg, will be used to increase the availability of low- or no-cost veterinary services for low-income cat owners and/or stray and abandoned cats. 

Squannacook Greenways, Inc., Townsend, received a $15,000 grant toward construction of the Squannacook River Rail Trail in Townsend, as soon as late 2017. 

The Community Foundation Organizational Development Fund, established to provide opportunities allowing area non-profits to take steps to build their capacity and/or provide for better sustainability, made seven grants: 

A $6,000 grant to Just Understand My Potential, Inc., Harvard, will assist the organization in developing a strategic marketing plan that will promote the program and increase revenues so the agency can continue its mission to assist more under-served youth. 

Mediation Services of North Central MA, Inc., Leominster, received $5,000 that will provide Leader Training to senior volunteers, who then develop curriculum, design volunteer roles and conduct large-scale trainings.  

A $6,000 grant to the Montachusett Regional Trails Coalition, Fitchburg, will be used to develop a strategic plan to position the agency as the “go-to” organization that supports and advocates for local and regional trails-related initiatives. 

North County Land Trust Inc., Leominster, received $3,800 for infrastructure improvements to improve the organization's efficiency.  Upgraded and/or new technology systems will be implemented to provide significant cost and time savings. 

A $12,000 grant to On-Site Academy, Westminster, will be used to conduct a multi-faceted organizational assessment, providing a comprehensive plan for the next steps in its effort to bring the organization's operations in line with the highly critical and highly demanded services it provides. 

The Spanish American Center, Inc., Leominster, received a $9,375 grant as the second phase to an ‘Organizational Development Building’ project. This phase will begin implementing established strategic goals and other targets identified in phase one.  

A $12,000 grant to The Stratton Players, Fitchburg, will help fund a large-scale fundraising and capacity development project. These funds will also be used to realize a $20,000 matching goal. 

Three grants addressing the opioid epidemic were made possible through the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts Critical Needs Fund. This fund was established to provide assistance with issues in the community that are deemed to be critical needs. 

GAAMHA, Gardner, received $30,000 to support resources needed for a part-time case manager in the ‘Sober Living Building’ operated by the agency. The role is key to providing recovery in a substance-free environment. 

A $5,200 grant to Our Father's House, Inc., Fitchburg, will be used to provide an intensive case manager at the West Street Sober House. 

The Quabbin Retreat, Petersham, received $25,579 to support its ‘CARES Program - Compassionate Addiction Recovery Education and Support.’ This comprehensive program provides specific wraparound services to patients with dual mental health and substance use diagnosis. 

A grant from the Community Foundation Educational Access Fund was made.

$30,000 was awarded the Leominster Education Foundation (LEF), to provide funding for the adoption of the literacy platform ‘Footsteps to Brilliance (F2B)’, a program that will help the LEF realize their goal to have every Leominster child able to read proficiently by the third grade. F2B is a literacy program that delivers reading content to any internet-ready device and provides content for use both online and off usage.
  
Since its inception, the foundation has awarded nearly $48 million in grants and distributions from 219 funds established by individuals, families and organizations.






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