The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts has awarded an additional $458,500 in grants through the Commonwealth COVID Grant Program in support of nonprofits providing relief to people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This is in addition to $654,754 awarded in February of 2021 and the $290,575 awarded in April of 2021, bringing the total to more than $1.4 million.

The grants, funded by the Commonwealth Covid Grant Program, are to support nonprofit organizations that provide relief to those affected by the pandemic.

“We are hopeful that the pandemic is loosening its grip. But many families continue to be affected by the economic impacts of COVID19,” said Stephen Adams, president of the Community Foundation. “The majority of these grants will be used to address housing insecurity, food and clothing assistance and utility support—as well as things like services for and outreach to unhoused people—all pressing needs throughout our region.”

The following organizations were awarded a grant:

  • $65,500 to Making Opportunity Count in Fitchburg
  • $65,500 to the Spanish American Center in Leominster
  • $40,000 to the Athol YMCA
  • $40,000 to Catholic Charities Worcester County
  • $40,000 to the Fitchburg Salvation Army
  • $40,000 to WHEAT Community Connections in Clinton
  • $30,000 to the City of Fitchburg Fiscal Agent for Montachusett Public Health
  • $25,000 to United Way of North Central Massachusetts in Fitchburg
  • $23,000 to Restoration Recovery Substance Abuse Center in Fitchburg
  • $19,000 to Ginny’s Helping Hand in Leominster
  • $15,000 to Community Health Connection
  • $15,000 to the YMCA of Central Massachusetts in Worcester
  • $11,500 to South Middlesex Opportunity Council in Framingham
  • $10,000 to Community Legal Aid in Worcester
  • $10,000 to the Central Massachusetts Housing Alliance in Worcester
  • $9,000 to Clear Path for Veterans New England in Devens

“North Central Massachusetts is blessed with many effective and dedicated nonprofit organizations. We are grateful for the opportunity to serve as a conduit for state funds, as well as the generosity of local residents, to help those who need it most.”