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

Fitchburg, Mass. (June 19, 2013) – The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts announced 18 grants of nearly $280,000 from its general endowment and a field of interest fund, during a press event held Wednesday in its Fitchburg office.

“Because of the generosity of our donors, we are able to make so many important grants that will have a positive impact on thousands of lives,” said Phil Grzewinski, president of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

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 planning.

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.

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

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 the Doyle Community Park in Leominster accessible for those with mobility impairments.

Since its inception, the foundation has awarded over $30 million in grants and distributions from 140 funds that have been established by individuals, families and organizations.

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