The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts announced the distribution of 23 grants, totaling nearly $500,000 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.

Eight of the 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.


Becket Family of Services, Fitchburg, which specializes in addressing behavioral disorders in children and adolescents, of Fitchburg received a $6,000 grant to purchase additional tools for its vocational programming—allowing it to serve more clients.

A $3,000 grant to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, located in Leominster, will support certified training to staff in facilitating ALL STARS programming, an evidence-based substance abuse prevention program designed for students 11 to 17 years old.

House of Peace and Education, Inc., Gardner, received a $15,000 grant to train its staff for the implementation of “Training Grounds,” a program to help clients with challenges.

L.U.K. Crisis Center, Inc., Fitchburg, will use its $13,879 grant toward a program that will hire four young adults as peer outreach workers, who have relevant backgrounds to reach out and prevent youths from running away from home.

A $11,000 grant to Montachusett Opportunity Council, Inc., Fitchburg, will be used to integrate a nationally recognized bystander intervention curriculum into its youth groups and sessions, which teaches young people how to safely intervene on behalf of someone who is being victimized.

Over 120 professionals will receive training in health-based conflict intervention and mediation, which helps vulnerable population resolve issues, through a $20,000 grant to Quabbin Mediation, Inc., Orange.

The Friday Market, Petersham, received a $2,000 grant toward Petersham Friday Market, which will provide a 20-week music program to enhance and increase community awareness and attendance.

A $15,000 grant to the Winchendon School District will fund an afterschool program that addresses curriculum gaps.

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

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, Fitchburg, received a $25,000 grant for its new veterinary science training program.

A $15,000 grant to Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Athol, for its Eagle Reserve Conservation Initiative, which will create public access opportunities to a soon to be acquired 147-acre parcel of land.

North County Land Trust, Inc., Leominster, received a $9,580 grant toward The Farmland Inventory Project, which is focused on promoting the importance of local farms and farmland.

The Pat Brody Shelter for Cats, Inc., Lunenburg, $5,000 grant will be used to provide low or no cost veterinary services for low income cat owners as well as stray and abandoned cats.

A $15,000 grant to the Princeton Land Trust, Princeton, will go toward the acquisition of the Fieldstone Farm in Princeton for conservation.  This grant amount, in conjunction with other efforts, will preserve the town’s conservation land.

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

Athol-Orange Community Television, Inc., Athol, received a $4,000 grant to hire a consultant to write a volunteer policy for the organization.  Development of this policy will streamline the recruitment, training and retaining of volunteers – who play an integral part in the functioning of the organization and its mission.

A $5,000 grant to Cooperative Elder Services, Inc., Groton, will be used toward the creation of a three-year strategic plan.

Mount Wachusett Community College, Gardner, which manages United Way Youth Venture for United Way of North Central Massachusetts, received a $20,000 grant to hire a part-time development person to assist with expansion of the youth development program to additional communities.

A $11,800 grant to the Spanish American Center, Leominster, will be used to hire a consultant to draft a 5-year strategic plan.

The Virgina Thurston Healing Garden, Harvard, received a $13,645 grant, which will be used to update and expand its marketing outreach.

Five grants were made possible through the Community Foundation Critical Needs Fund, a fund established for providing assistance with issues that are deemed to be critical needs:

Kylee’s Kare Kits for Kidz, Inc., Leominster, received a $15,000 grant to purchase food as part of a backpack program, which provides “food insecure” students in Leominster Public Schools with meals and snacks on the weekend.

Ginny’s Helping Hand, Inc., Leominster, received a $20,000 grant to assist with the development of a strategic and succession plan.

A $23,400 grant to AED Foundation, Inc., Gardner, will be used for its Alyssa’s Place: Peer Recovery and Resource Center, which provides substance abuse services.

The United Way of Tri-County received a $5,000 grant for its Wheat Community Connections food pantry program in Clinton.

A $20,000 grant to Veteran Homestead, Inc., Fitchburg, will be used as part of a program to address opioid addiction in veterans.

Since its inception, the foundation has awarded nearly $48 million in grants and distributions from 185 funds that have been established by individuals, families and organizations.




The Community Foundation General Endowment Fund:

City of Leominster’s Fire Department received an $11,550 grant for a fire prevention program that will allow for the purchase of 150 stove top fire suppression units. This program will benefit Leominster residents who are the most at risk for cooking fires. 

A $5,000 grant was made to Community Legal Aid of Worcester for its North Worcester County Emergency Shelter Advocacy Project. 

Field trips for Leominster Public School students to Fitchburg Art Museum were made possible through a $6,000 grant.

A $5,000 grant to the Gardner Public Schools will be used for GLEAM—Gardner Learning & Enrichment Absolutely Matters—which will offer afterschool activities to students in grades 5-7 from Gardner Middle School.

Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area, Fitchburg, received $4,178 for its literacy program.

A $12,000 grant to LUK, Inc., Fitchburg, will be used for its program, North County Runaway & Homeless Youth Training/Technical Assistance, which provides training, technical assistance and a public awareness campaign, so that young people who are vulnerable to homelessness or are homeless in Northern Worcester County experience fewer barriers and more efficient referrals for services.  

Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network, Leominster, will use a $15,000 grant for its Community Connection Project, which builds community partnerships to support its homeless clients by identifying and fostering the skills needed to become self-sufficient.  

Siblings Connections, Somerville, received a $5,000 grant for camper recruitment in North Central Massachusetts. This will allow for siblings within the foster system to spend quality time together, in an entertaining, educational venue.  

A $15,000 grant will be used for child court advocacy by The CASA Project, which is based in Worcester.  

Veteran Homestead Inc., Fitchburg, will use a $5,000 grant for its elder care program.  

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

ACE Central Massachusetts, Fitchburg, received a $9,884 grant to neuter and microchip pets for low-income families.  

A $3,954 grant to Ashburnham Conservation Trust will be used for improving Broadhurst Point, a public space located on Lake Watatic. This parcel allows the only public access to the lake.  

Clinton Greenway Conservation Trust received a $10,000 grant to acquire a rail trail in Clinton, which will be used to access nearby open space. This acquisition is hoped to act as a catalyst for other neighboring organizations embarking on similar rail trail projects.  

A $15,000 grant to Growing Place Garden Project will be used to create teaching gardens, which will help people of all ages to learn how to grow, harvest and use their own fresh, healthy produce.  

Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc., Princeton, received a $4,000 grant for a science education  program designed for third- and fourth-grade students and teachers.  

A $15,000 grant to Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Athol, will be used for community conservation.  

The Nashua River Watershed, Groton, received a $10,000 grant to help middle school teachers meet the new state science and technology engineering standards. 

A fund established for organizational development made five grants:  

Beacon of Hope, Leominster, received a $10,000 grant for a capacity building initiative, which will fund a thorough organizational assessment leading to the creation of a strategic plan that will set priorities of the organization.  

A $10,000 grant to Devens' Loaves & Fishes will be used for a training program to help the organization’s staff and volunteers enhance effectiveness and efficiency.  

North County Land Trust, Leominster, received a $12,500 grant for a capacity-building project.  

A $7,500 grant to North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy, Orange, will be used for succession and transition of the organization’s founding director.  

United Neighbors of Fitchburg will use a $15,000 grant toward strategic capacity building for sustainability.  

A fund established for critical needs made $137,141 in 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.  

An additional $127,141 in grants were made for food cards to local food pantries, fuel assistance and assisting the Spanish American Center with a temporary office location, due to a flood.  

The Community Foundation’s Educational Access Fund awarded three grants for student scholarships:  

Fitchburg State University received $50,000.

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School, $25,000.

Mount Wachusett Community College, $67,700.


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's 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 programming 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 its scholarship program.


2013 CFNCM Grants

Girls with a pot and pancake mix.2013 CFNCM Grants

Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusett Community College each received $50,000 for scholarships.

Students enrolled in Fitchburg State’s LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) to BSN (Bachelor of Science in Nursing) program will be eligible to apply for scholarships that would pay up to 75% of the direct costs for school, after applications of the Pell Grant.

The community college will provide scholarships to students enrolled in its Advanced Manufacturing or Biotechnology programs, in addition to certificate programs for career improvements.

America’s Youth Teenage Unemployment Reduction Network of Brockton received $15,000 for its Fitchburg GED Plus Program, which helps youth prepare for their GED.

To help mitigate the closing of a nearby childcare center, a $12,000 grant was given to Applewild School for its Child Development Center, which provides pre-school childcare.

The Center for Human Development, Inc. in Orange was awarded a $4,000 grant to train 15 clinicians in substance abuse counseling.

Thayer Symphony Orchestra, Inc. of Leominster received a $15,000 grant for The Music Connection, which is focused on revitalizing music education in Fitchburg and Leominster fourth-grade classes.

The City of Leominster’s $6,500 grant will be used to reopen the Leominster Art Center in downtown.

Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. of Worcester will use its $9,000 grant to expand its prevention specialist position for the Gardner Family Center.

Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area was awarded $25,000 so it can develop a strategic succession plan.

A $5,000 grant to Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network of Leominster will be used for professional development of the network director and board of directors.

United Neighbors of Fitchburg, Inc. was awarded $4,800 to provide software training for the staff.

Young Entrepreneurs Society, Inc. of Orange received a $10,000 grant for capacity building during the hiring of a new executive.

The Ashburnham Conservation Trusts, Inc. received a $500 mini-grant to support its annual meeting.

A $15,000 grant was given to Growing Places Garden Project, Inc. of Clinton, to recruit and train gardeners who will support current projects in low-income neighborhoods of Fitchburg.

The Massachusetts Audubon Society was awarded a $7,180 grant for its science education program, which provides workshops for third- and fourth-grade teachers in Gardner and Fitchburg.

Squannacook Greenways Inc. received an $18,000 grant to support the initial planning stages of the River Rail Trail project in Townsend.

An $18,000 grant went to The Trustees of Reservations to make the trails at Doyle Community Park in Leominster accessible for those with mobility impairments.

Twin Cities Community Development Corporation’s $15,000 grant will be used to market its neighborhood revitalization efforts on Elm Street, Fitchburg, Mass.


2012 CFNCM Grants

Grants from CFNCM General Endowment

Historical Piano Concerts, Inc. of Ashburnham received $10,325 to support the growth of its Concerts and Study Center, which offers classes, lecture-recitals, workshops, seminars and panel discussions.

Fitchburg-based Literacy Volunteers of Montachusett Area's $6,000 grant will be used to train volunteer literacy tutors, providing services throughout the region.

Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Networks, which is based in Leominster, received $17,000 for its community outreach coordinator, who will provide vital services to homeless families.

Montachusett Opportunity Council's $20,000 grant will provide homework assistance to at-risk youth at Green Acres Village Homework Help Center, which is offered at the Fitchburg apartment complex.

Orange-based North Quabbin Citizen Advocacy, Inc. will use a $10,000 grant for its Capacity Building 2012 initiative, which will assist with the transition to a new executive director.

The United Arc of Franklin and Hampshire Counties, Inc. received a $20,000 grant for its Positive Parenting Program, which provides education and support for parents with intellectual or functional disabilities.

United Neighbors of Fitchburg's $15,000 grant for its Cleghorn Youth Center-Teen Center will allow it to expand the program to include evening and weekends.

Veteran Homestead Inc. received $20,000 for its Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center, which will provide therapy dogs to veterans.

Youth Opportunities Upheld, Inc. will launch a pilot program in the Gardner Middle School designed to prevent substance abuse through a self-advocacy group, with its $10,000 grant.

ShirleyArts! Inc. received $750 for its Ukuleles for Kids program, which provides no-cost instruments for children.

Animal Shelter Inc. received a $20,000 grant for expansion and redesign of its nonprofit no-kill animal shelter and dog boarding facility in Sterling.

Friends of Sholan Farms received $10,000 grant to develop a master plan for assisting in the construction of farm areas in manageable and logical phases.

Merrimack River Feline Rescue Society received a $6,000 grant for its Catmobile, which will provide spay and neuter services for free or a reduced service fee, depending on need, throughout the region.

Leominster-based North County Land Trust, Inc. received an $18,000 grant to create and implement a 3-year strategic plan for its NCLT Capacity Building Project.

Pat Brody Shelter for Cats, Inc. in Lunenburg received a $5,000 grant to repair its floor.

SisuCare in Gardner received a $5,000 grant, which will provide financial assistance to 20 to 30 people who have an animal in need of medical care.

Windows on Wildlife, Inc. in Littleton received a $4,000 grant for its wildlife education programs conducted at area elementary schools.

Donor Distributions of $5K or more

To come


2011 CFNCM Grants

Grants from CFNCM General Endowment

Fitchburg Cycling Club, Inc. received a $10,000 grant to host the 2012 Fitchburg Longsjo Classic, a pro/am cycling competition the community hosts each year.

Gardner Group, Inc. will use its $20,000 grant to update its Westminster facility to meet current building codes. The non-profit agency provides “line-of-fire” services to help restore first responders' coping abilities, energy levels and commitment to their work. In addition, they offer programs dealing with substance abuse, as well as stress management, through training, counseling, educational and family support services.

The Horizons for Homeless Children, which provides services for homeless children, is refurbishing a play space in Leominster through a $3,250 grant, in addition to replenishing supplies at all three of its sites. They will also use some of the funds to recruit and train more volunteers.

Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area received $4,000 for its Tutor Training Program. It will conduct four 18-hour tutor trainings, and provide books and materials to use when teaching. Having more trained tutors will allow 40 individuals on the waiting list to receive services.

Our Father's House, Inc., which currently provides overnight shelter only, will use a $19,000 grant to remain open three days a week, providing therapeutic self-help to the homeless. By opening the shelter during the day, even on a limited basis, clients will have a safe indoor location away from harsh weather, as well as the benefit of increased support from the group sessions.

The United Arc of Franklin and Hampshire Counties, Inc. is launching a Positive Parenting Program - North Quabbin Services - with its $20,000 grant, which will provide a series of parent education and support groups for parents with intellectual disabilities or functional limitations.

Millers River Watershed Council, Inc. received $7,500 for the Millers-Otter Blue Trails Initiative, which will provide enhanced river access to The Otter River, volunteer water monitoring opportunities and literature for two new water trails, as well as design, construction and installation of new signage. The towns of Athol, Orange and Templeton, as well as many organizations in those towns, are involved.

Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Inc. received an $8,800 grant for its Service Learning Project, which will provide young people with skills and hands-on service learning opportunities that will improve recreational trails, signage for trails and protection of vernal pools. The Athol town manager, Orange town administrator, North Quabbin Chamber of Commerce and numerous other organizations are collaborating on the initiative.

Nashua River Watershed Association's grant of $14,350 will help control purple loosestrife along the Nashua River. The goal is to reduce loosestrife by 20 percent in two years and 80 percent in 10 years, enabling the re-establishment of native plants along the river in Clinton, Fitchburg, Littleton, Shirley and Westminster.

Pat Brody Shelter for Cats, Inc.'s $5,000 grant will provide spay/neuter clinics for cats to low-income residents of Fitchburg and Leominster.

The Trustees of Reservations will create a new community garden on Lindell Avenue, Leominster. The $12,500 grant for the Twin Cities Community Garden Project will be used in collaboration with the Boys & Girls Club of North Central Massachusetts.

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School received $13,334 to participate in the Space Shuttle Atlantis' Student Space Experiment Program.

To start your own fund or learn more, Contact Linda Mack.


2010 CFNCM Grants

Grants from CFNCM General Endowment

The City of Leominster received $5,000 for its initiative, Artist Gateway, which seeks to create economic development activity by introducing local arts and culture to the downtown area. “Every artist is indeed their own small business and has clientele – many outside Leominster. We want to bring those people to Leominster to explore restaurants and shops, while visiting their favorite artist,” said Wendy Wiiks, grant administrator for the City of Leominster.

A $16,000 grant to the Fitchburg State College Foundation funds a summer reading clinic. The pilot program will serve a dual purpose, to provide continued assessment and intensive instructional interventions for 25 economically disadvantaged students with low reading achievement scores in grades K-8 from Fitchburg, while providing professional development for licensed teachers working toward an additional license as a reading specialist.

Habitat for Humanity of North Central Massachusetts will use its $20,000 grant as start-up funds for Habitat ReStore, a retail store that will sell donated new and gently used items, such as doors, windows, kitchen cabinets, appliances and furniture, at 50 to 80 percent below retail. The Fitchburg-based nonprofit will use the proceeds to provide additional support to build affordable housing.

Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network, which provides emergency housing, will use its $20,000 grant to fund the engineering and design of a sprinkler system for its facility at 196 Mechanic St. in Leominster, MA.

A $10,000 grant to Veteran Homestead, Inc. will provide funding for its Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center (NVTRC) in Gardner. The facility has room for up to 20 veterans and their families, or as many as 60 single veterans, who receive ongoing family support during the rehabilitation process. The NVTRC is the first such facility to simultaneously offer counseling, therapy and vocational skills to wounded soldiers; it will operate out of Mount Wachusett Community College.

A $20,000 grant to Young Women's Christian Association of Central Massachusetts' Battered Women Resources will allow for the expansion of their high-risk response model for domestic violence to Gardner and Winchendon. The program was launched in 2008, in partnership with the Ayer District Court. The teams include police chiefs, medical professionals, and court personnel, all of whom receive specialized training.

Growing Places Garden Project, Inc. (GPGP) of Clinton will provide 10 new households with vegetable gardens that they will grow and maintain for their families, through a $5,000 grant. GPGP's mission is to help people of limited economics means learn to grow their own food and make nutritious choices about food consumption.

Just Understand My Potential, Inc., of Harvard, will use its $18,400 grant to fund Leave No Trace Outdoor Ethics, a program that will teach 32 youths basic outdoor skills, in addition to overnight hikes. The participants will learn how to set up a shelter, read a map, dress properly for the outdoors, pack a backpack, and other basic skills.

North County Land Trust, Leominster, in collaboration with the Nashua River Watershed Association and the Massachusetts Audubon Society, received a $20,000 grant that will bring a professional team of experienced, dedicated science educators to Fitchburg's Longsjo Middle School and Crocker Elementary School.

At Crocker Elementary School, approximately 75 students in grades 3 and 4 will participate in an after-school environmental enrichment program, over four to six sessions during the 2010-2011 school year. 

Some 165 students in grades 5 and 6, from the Longsjo Middle School, will participate in the NRWA's "Scientist-in-Residence" program, over four to six sessions during the school day, supplemented by two field trips.

The Pat Brody Shelter of Lunenburg will offer a spay/neuter clinic for cats to low-income residents of Fitchburg and Leominster with its $5,000 grant. In addition to providing services to domestic cats, stray colonies will be trapped and altered. All adoptable cats will be sheltered in their facilities, and healthy feral cats will be released back into the community to live out their lives.


2009 CFNCM Grants

Grants from CFNCM General Endowment

Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School received a $20,000 grant so the students can retrofit a school bus to run on biodiesel fuel. The goal is to use experience to educate fellow classmates on how to live and work efficiently, increase the school’s sustainability, reduce its carbon footprint and dependency on foreign oils by using waste cooking oil from the school to fuel the bus.

House of Peace and Education, Inc’s (HOPE) $17,000 grant provided summer camp experience for 150 low-income children at Camp Collier in Gardner, MA. Gardner-based HOPE and Project Contact Summer Camp Program collaborated to provide a holistic, academic, mentoring and recreation program.

United Neighbors of Cleghorn’s $17,392 grant to Fitchburg-based will help provide civics and citizenship services for new Americans. The program includes a 10 week class four times a year, integrated with ESOL services, to prepare immigrants for the naturalization test and provide opportunities to become engaged in their local community.

YWCA of Central Massachusetts/BWR’s $20,000 grant will fund the expansion and additional training of their high risk response team that helps victims of domestic violence. The program, which was launched in 2008 and is based out of Ayer District Court, brings together community partners, victim services, law enforcement, probation, parole, prosecutors, health care and batterer’s intervention specialists.

Franklin County Home Care Corporation plans on using their $10,000 grant to expand its fundraising initiatives, which will help sustain their Meals on Wheels program for homebound elders in the North Quabbin region.

Associated Grant Makers Grants Resource Network $6,245 will establish a resource center, to provide grantseeking information to nonprofits, at the Leominster Public Library.

Nashua River Watershed Association Inc’s $20,000 grant to will cover both planning and implementation of a three credit graduate level science course for pre- and in-service teachers at Fitchburg State College


2008 CFNCM Grants

Grants from CFNCM General Endowment

The Athol Area YMCA “YouthReach! After-school & Summer programs" received a $12,500 grant for the Foundation’s general endowment. The program reaches vulnerable young people and provides a safe, fun and nurturing environment that provides leadership development, academic support, sports, health and wellness, in addition to the arts and humanities.

Montachusett Interfaith Hospitality Network (MIHN) in Fitchburg will use its $20,000 grant to house and feed approximately 20 homeless families with children. MIHN is a coalition of congregations in Fitchburg, Leominster, Lunenburg and surrounding areas that provides temporary shelter and transitional housing to families in crisis.

The Village School in Royalston, Mass., received $5,000 to expand its summer programs, Nature Arts and Play, ages 4-8; Science and Art Experience, ages 6-12; and Summer Art Intensive, ages 8 and up, for children who attend HOPE, an after-school program in Gardner, Mass.

The Elm Street Congregational Church in Fitchburg, Mass., received a $20,000 grant to fund a five-week program for young people to attend camp on Lake Wyman in Westminster, Mass. They will receive a high level of intervention and support.

BWRI, a program of the YWCA of Central MA, Inc., will develop “High Risk Response Teams” so it can better identify “high-risk” cases of domestic violence. The $15,000 grant from the Foundation will train counselors who serve the Ayer District Court jurisdiction.

The Summer Up program, which had over 500 middle and elementary students in Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner and Winchendon participate in the program last year, received a $20,000 grant to provide students with summer school and recreational support, in addition to job readiness training.

Quabbin Mediation, Inc. received $20,000 from the Foundation to expand a pilot program called Veterans Mediation, which helps individuals who served in the military, along with their families, resolve conflicts through mediation. The money will be used to train 20 new mediators, who are also veterans.

The Sterling Music Exchange will use its $10,000 grant to target marginalized young adults in the Nashoba and Twin Cities regions, who are disadvantaged as a result of mental health issues, low self-esteem, race or income level. The students are introduced to music and are engaged in a series of ongoing informal community performances.


2007 CFNCM Grants

Grants from CFNCM General Endowment

Investing in our children
The Summer Up 2007 program helped combat the growing crime rate in our cities while addressing the disparities in access to summer school among the most at-risk youth.
Altogether, 150 children from Fitchburg, Leominster and Gardner received academic, job readiness and recreational support through the program this past summer. The results included:

  • 150 youth employed through Summer Up
  • Daily attendance at the sites averaged 371 elementary students
  • 110 students were provided with Summer Up summer school vouchers to help them get credits to advance to the next grade level
  • 54% of the youth thought they contributed to their community because of the program (an increase of 3% over last year)
  • 71% reported a reduction in risky behaviors compared to last summer

Creating safe and affordable housing
United Neighbors of Cleghorn will use its $19,810 Community Foundation grant to identify and help prioritize unsafe housing in Fitchburg. The goal is to work with property owners to preserve quality and affordable housing for the city’s low-income population.

The Community Health Center of Franklin County received $19,000 from the Community Foundation, which will provide transportation for hospital and doctor visits to 300 residents in the North Quabbin region. The program goal is to reduce rehospitalization rates by half.

Promoting volunteerism
North Quabbin Time Bank, a program in the greater Athol region, will encourage people to volunteer. In return, they will earn volunteer credits, which can be used to secure services that they otherwise might not be able to afford or have the ability to perform themselves.

Creating public access to open space
A $7,750 grant to the Leominster Land Trust will create comprehensive trail maps for all the natural space in Leominster. The map in both English and Spanish will improve the health of the watershed areas by encouraging proper use and reducing illegal activities. In addition, it will detail public access to a vast network of hiking trails, encouraging greater and safer use of the trail system.

End of life care for the most vulnerable
The Foundation’s $2,500 grant will fund the program. Matson Community Services was awarded $5,000 to develop an End of Life Care training program for staff and families of people with developmental disabilities. Matson Community Services, in collaboration with its sister agency, ARC Community Services, and the Gardner VNA will develop a training program for staff and families dealing with end-of-life care. Although geared to people with developmental disabilities, the core foundation of this training could be used by any agency in the community dealing with end-of-life care.

Bringing Fitchburg’s history to life
The Fitchburg Historical Society also received $7,750 to expand its program providing public school students with the opportunity to see, touch and hear about the city’s history, which is not available through the school’s curriculum.


2006 Grants

The Summer Up 2006 program is designed to help combat the growing crime rate in our cities while addressing the disparities in access to summer school among the most at-risk youth. One hundred and twenty children from Fitchburg, Leominster and Gardner received academic, job readiness and recreational support through the program this past summer.

The results included:

  • 120 students served
  • 9 park/community sites in three communities
  • 51% of the youth thought they contributed to their community because of the program
  • 10% reduction in risk-taking behaviors
  • 102 students were able to advance to the next grade level

Expanding the art experience in the North Quabbin region


Through a grant received from the Foundation, the North Quabbin Community Coalition is working with key community stakeholders to expand and promote the arts and culture experience in the greater Athol and Orange region.

The goal of the grant is to:

  • Develop collaboration among the arts and culture organizations
  • Create and distribute marketing materials to promote local events and venues
  • Determine strategies for sustainability so the outreach effort will have staying power

Improving access to healthcare in the Gardner region


With a grant from the Foundation, Heywood Hospital is expanding access to transportation so newborns, children, adults and the elderly can get to their medical appointments.

Over the past few years, the region has experienced an increase in patients needing transportation for healthcare services. In addition, the hospital will work with area agencies to promote the service throughout North Central Massachusetts.

Promoting the arts in the Nashoba region



Through a grant from the Foundation, the Nashoba region will have a comprehensive directory of arts and cultural organizations, venues and festivals that abound in the nine towns of the Nashoba Valley region.

The project will culminate with the added goal of creating a Nashoba Valley Arts/Cultural Alliance. These types of consortiums have been extremely successful in other communities, allowing for greater collaboration, cross promotion, increased resources and awareness in the community.


2005 CFNCM Grants

Grants from CFNCM General Endowment

Foundation Funds Institute for Nonprofit Development

After conducting a series of meetings and forums the Foundation learned that, many of the nonprofits did not have access to outside support for a host of important issues. This included marketing, fundraising, human resource, technology and grantwriting.

For many organizations, it was a lack of time and money. They could not afford to hire outside expertise and did not have the time to drive into Boston or Worcester for these services.

As a result of working with Mount Wachusett Community College, and providing the initial seed money in 2002, the Institute for Nonprofit Development at Mount Wachusett Community College was created. It is fast becoming an important resource to the community.

The Foundation, through its general endowment, has funded this important program again this year.

Managing results
The Foundation continues to work closely with the Institute to ensure it is delivering the products and services that improves the effectiveness and efficiencies of the nonprofit community.

  • The Institute is promoting regional collaborative efforts among the nonprofit community.
  • The Institute membership increased from 28 to 48 nonprofit organizations
  • 41 individuals representing 30 organizations accessed the Institute’s grant makers database
  • Held five Skill Building Workshops that included 138 individuals from 73 organizations
  • Provided technical assistance to 11 individuals
  • 30 individuals, representing 25 nonprofits have begun working together collaboratively to improve the quality of life in North Central Massachusetts.


2004 CFNCM Grants

Grants from CFNCM General Endowment

CFNCM Funds Institute for Nonprofit Development
The CFNCM was fortunate in 2004, in that it was able to make its very first grant from its General Endowment.

The goal of the grant was two-fold: to target an important issue and leverage the grant for the greatest impact.

After careful consideration, the Foundation provided funding for the creation of the Institute for Nonprofit Development at Mount Wachusett Community College.

To Start Your Own Fund or Learn More. (This would take them to Linda’s Contact Page and/or email request form)

Nonprofits See Results
One of the primary responsibilities of the Foundation is to monitor and manage their grants to ensure they are making a positive difference in the community. The feedback from the nonprofit community has been extremely positive; agencies have been able to demonstrate improvements in their organization.

Based on the initial success, the Foundation once again provided $45,008 of funding. The Institute will promote regional collaborative efforts among the nonprofit community.

Donor-Advised Distributions

Boys & Girls Club Established

A donor who has established a fund through the Foundation recognized that there was not a drop-in after-school program for kids in Fitchburg.

Working closely with the Foundation and the Boys & Girls Club, the donor provided the financial resources for the first year to establish a club on the campus of Fitchburg State College.

It is a unique partnership, which has the potential to become a national model for both colleges and Boys & Girls Clubs. It is a goal that, beyond the general nature of the partnership, opportunities will develop for student volunteers and interns to hone their skills in club programs, and that the BGCA staff will be able to take advantage of the expertise of the college’s faculty.


2003 CFNCM Grants

Grants from CFNCM General Endowment

The Foundation is pleased to report that it will provide funding for the creation of the Nonprofit Development Institute at Mount Wachusett Community College.

The Institute will promote regional collaborative efforts among the nonprofit community. These programs will be measured by the impact and outcome they produce.

The Institute’s long-term goal is to provide workshops, seminars, management support, along with resource centers related to organizational management, fundraising, board and volunteer development, and program evaluation.

The grant comes from the Foundation’s General Endowment, which serves 31 communities throughout North Central Massachusetts.


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