Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund Awards 15 Grants to Area Non-Profits to Improve Health of Local Communities

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation recently awarded $180,700 in grants to 15 local nonprofits from the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund to help improve the health of residents in area communities.  

Priority was given to proposals aimed at preventing health problems, access to healthcare, elder health, youth and adolescent health, mental health, and health care services. Grant recipients were recommended by the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund Advisory Committee, comprised of local leaders in business, health care, and education.

“All of us at the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts are gratified to partner with these organizations that work day in and day out to help address the physical and emotional challenges of our neighbors. This annual program is a great example of what can be accomplished when foundations team up to support important and impactful programming,” says Steve Adams, President of the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts.

“These are impactful grants and we greatly appreciate the hard work and diligence of the volunteer grant committee in prioritizing the health needs of residents in our local communities,” said Jay Linnehan, President and CEO of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

2019 Grant Recipients

  • 15-40 Connection for Nashoba Valley 3 Steps Detect - Fire Service: $11,000
  • Advocates for Supporting the Mental Health Needs of Local Seniors: $20,000
  • Ashby Fire and EMS (Town of Ashby) for Community AED Program: $11,200
  • Ayer Fire Department for Lucas CPR Device: $16,000.00
  • Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg for Triple Play: Healthy Minds, Bodies, and Souls: $7,500
  • Community Legal Aid, Inc. for Nashoba Valley Elder Legal Aid Outreach Project: 5,000
  • Cultivate Care Farms for Sensory Sensitive Therapeutic Garden: $20,000
  • Gaining Ground, Inc. for Growing Fresh Produce for Hunger Relief with Community Volunteers: $5,500
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell for Seniors for Aging +Safely at Home: $10,000
  • Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc. for Together We Can Make a Difference: $20,000
  • MAB Community Services, Inc. for Nashoba Valley Vision Rehabilitation Program for Seniors with Sight Loss: $6,500
  • North Star Family Services, Inc. for North Star - Family and Children Wellness Initiative: $15,000
  • Our Father's House for Ensuring Health Wellness in Homeless Children: $16,000
  • Seven Hills ASPiRE! for Sustainable Farming Initiative – Expanding Reach to ASPiRE! Devens: $11,000
  • Virginia Thurston Healing Garden Cancer Support Center for Cancer Support Services for Nashoba Valley Residents: $20,000

The Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund provides annual grants to nonprofit organizations, municipalities, and other agencies to advance the health of residents in
13 communities: Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.

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