The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts has awarded $116,000 to support 14 community health projects to benefit the Nashoba Valley region. The Foundation has also allocated grants totaling $9,900 to Fitchburg State University and Mount Wachusett Community College. These funds will facilitate scholarships for students from the Nashoba Valley region pursuing studies in direct-care provider programs, ensuring a brighter future for individuals and the community.

The object of the Nashoba Valley Community Heath grant program is to advance the community health of residents in twelve communities: Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, and Townsend. This year’s grantees achieve this objective in various ways, including improving access to healthcare services and supporting behavioral health.

"The vitality of our communities is intricately tied to the well-being of individuals within them. Community health grants serve as catalysts for positive change, addressing crucial needs and fostering a resilient, thriving community,” said Stephen Adams, President of the Community Foundation.

Organization Name

Program Name

Award Amount


Meeting the Behavioral Health Needs of Older Adults in Nashoba Valley


Ayer Fire Department

Adding a transport Ventilator to the ambulance


Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg



CASA Project, Inc

Shine the Light Program


Guild of St. Agnes

Devens Center - Seven Hills Behavioral Health Services


Joe Andruzzi Foundation

JAF's Assistance Programs for Nashoba Valley Cancer Patients and Their Families


Lancaster Fire Department

The EMS Equipment Refresh Program


MAB Community Services

MABVI Vision Rehabilitation Program for Nashoba Valley Seniors Experiencing Vision Loss


Nashoba Associated Boards of Health

Grief & Bereavement Support for Sixteen North Central MA Towns


Pepperell Fire Dept

Medication Pumps for Ambulances Pepperell Fire Dept


RFK Community Alliance

RFK Community Alliance Behavioral Health Services in Nashoba Valley


Townsend Ecumenical Outreach

Project Safety Net


Townsend Fire and EMS

EMS Airway Management Skills Improvement Program


Townsend Police Department

Central New England Special Response Team