CFNCM Awards $137,345 in Community Enrichment and Organizational Development Grants

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts has awarded $137,345 in community enrichment and organizational development grants—six community enrichment grants totaling $82,000, and six organizational development grants totaling $55,345—in the third quarter of 2020.

“If this year has taught us anything, it’s the importance of caring for the members of our communities, especially our most vulnerable populations,” said Stephen Adams, president of the Community Foundation. “We are grateful that, through the generosity of our fund holders and donors, we have the opportunity to support these local non-profits who are making an impact in our region.”

Community enrichment grants include:

  • $20,000 to Advocates in Framingham to provide free behavioral health services to vulnerable seniors living in north central Massachusetts
  • $5,000 to Best Buddies MA/RI for Peer Buddy programs for students with disabilities in 11 schools in the region
  • $15,000 to Seeds of Solidarity in Orange for new wellness, food security and educational programs for women in the North Quabbin greater region who have faced isolation (including as survivors of incarceration), poverty, chronic health issues or racial injustice
  • $10,000 to the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg in support of dance, movement and expressive arts therapy
  • $10,000 to More Than Conquerors to support a program of financial education for local residents
  • $22,000 to NewVue Communities in Fitchburg to support its Regional Impact Initiative broadening their community development efforts across North Central Massachusetts

Organizational development grants included:

  • $5,000 to Beacon of Hope Community Services, Inc. in Leominster to develop a strategic plan that will promote diversity among its membership and provide outreach and services to underserved populations with intellectual and developmental disabilities who reside in the North Central area.
  • $10,500 to Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts to add a part-time marketing associate who will oversee work to build and strengthen strategic relationships within the community and address the needs of racially diverse, housing-insecure residents, many of whom are disproportionally impacted as a result of the financial strains of the COVID-19
  • $12,845 to Literacy Volunteers of the Montachusett Area to hire New Era for Nonprofits to lead an adaptive planning process for the board of directors and staff, and provide planning, training, technical assistance and coaching guidance to strengthen their skills in strategic assessment/planning, board development and fund development
  • $5,000 to the Stevens Memorial Library in Ashburnham to cover the cost of hiring a strategic planning consultant to assist in studying, researching, gathering data and collaborating with stakeholders to create a strategic plan to move the library forward in terms of services to the community
  • $12,000 to North Star Family Services, Inc. in Leominster for training on the topic of assessing multi-site management decisions for families facing homelessness
  •  $10,000 to The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard for a consultant to develop a market analysis, collaborate with community partners to understand barriers, and create an actionable outreach and engagement plan

The grant programs seek to improve the quality of life in North Central Massachusetts by supporting initiatives that have a capacity for long-term viability, offer thoughtful plans of action and outcome measurements, and leverage collaborations.

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