Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts Launches a Series of New Grants

Fitchburg, Mass. (August 7, 2014) – The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts announced 23 grants, totaling nearly $293,000 from its general endowment and a field of interest fund, during a press event held in its Fitchburg office.

“What continues to impress me is the quality of the programs that we had the opportunity to support,” said Phil Grzewinski, president and CEO of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

Seven of the grants were made from the Foundation’s general endowment:

CASA Project, Inc., Worcester, received $14,910 to provide advocacy for child victims in the court system in North Central Massachusetts.

A $9,940 grant was made to Community Legal Aid, Inc., Worcester, to help local families who are homeless move out of crisis and toward stability by providing free legal assistance to obtain shelter.

L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc., Fitchburg, received a $16,898 grant for its North Central Runaway and Homeless Youth Network, which proactively reaches out to the young adult homeless population.

To provide mentoring services to homeless families, Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network, Inc. in Leominster received a $19,880 grant.

A $3,979 grant to The Salvation Army, Athol Corps, will fund a safe haven to keep children physically active at critical times during the year.

The Salvation Army, Montachusett Corps, based in Fitchburg, received a $9,940 grant to reduce juvenile crime by improving school attendance and grades.

A grant of $2,982 will help the Sterling Council on Aging purchase 125 carbon monoxide detectors for elderly residents.

A fund established for environmental causes and animal welfare made seven grants:

Friends of Sholan Farms, Inc. in Leominster received $10,000 for developing the second phase of its master strategic plan.

A $14,000 grant to Groton Conservation Trust will be used to reduce invasive species, with the goal of sharing best practices with surrounding communities.

Just Understand My Potential, Inc., Harvard, received $2,000 to help at-risk youth and young adults access the outdoor environment in a meaningful way.

A $4,000 grant to the Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc. will be used for a science education program for 3rd- and 4th-grade teachers at Crocker Elementary School in Fitchburg. (or, third- and fourth-grade teachers)

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society, Salisbury, received a $10,000 grant to provide low-cost spay services for cats belonging to residents of Fitchburg, Gardner and Leominster.

The completion of 25 new trails will happen for the Millers River Watershed Council, Inc. in the Athol area, thanks to a $9,250 grant for their Upper Millers-Otter Blue Trails.

At-risk youth will get vocational and educational experience through The Trustees of Reservations program, Leominster Regional Youth Conservation Corps, which received a $15,000 grant.

A fund established for organizational development made six grants:

A $9,890 grant to Athol Orange Community Television, Inc. will provide FM access to local programing and municipal meetings.

Seven Hills’ Children’s Aid & Family Services in Fitchburg received a $5,528 grant to purchase computer equipment and software for its Child Enrichment Center.

A $14,835 grant to the Friends of the Templeton Elders will be used to expand its food programs.

Fruitlands Museums, Inc. of Harvard received a $4,958 grant to develop a strategic business and facilities plan.

Gardner's House of Peace & Education, Inc. received a $9,890 grant for its Hopeful Boutique, a nonprofit enterprise that provides educational programs.

A $14,835 grant to Twin Cities Community Development Corporation in Fitchburg will be used for a regionalization project.

A fund established for basic human needs made three grants:

Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz, Inc. of Leominster received a $10,000 grant to provide food assistance to students attending Leominster Public Schools.

A $5,000 grant was made to Our Father’s Table in Fitchburg, which provides hot meals to local families in need.

The Foundation’s Educational Access Fund made a $75,000 grant to Mount Wachusett Community College for their scholarship program.

Since its inception, the foundation has awarded over $35 million in grants and distributions from 160 funds that have been established by individuals, families and organizations.

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The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, with over $35 million in charitable assets, was created in 2001 to serve the charitable interest of donors in Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Barre, Devens, Erving, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Littleton, Lunenburg, New Salem, Orange, Pepperell, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Warwick, Wendell, Westminster and Winchendon.




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