Recent Awards

Abortion Rights Fund of Western Massachusetts

Amherst

To hire a strategic planning consultant to help expand areas of focus and increase impact.

ACT Lawrence, Inc.

Lawrence

Funding to hire a consultant to provide tools and expertise to expand federal housing eligibility counseling capabilities and maximize operations. This enhancement will increase its capacity to meet emergency housing and foreclosure needs for Latinx people with economic hardships that have been intensified by the pandemic.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Addiction Referral Center

Marlborough

Funding to start a transportation service for 5-10 individuals in recovery to increase access to referrals to treatment centers in Worcester, Brockton, and Falmouth, using Uber and other ride services.

Adolescent Consultation Services

Cambridge

To obtain the services of the Institute for Community Health to develop and implement an organization-wide evaluation matrix.

African Bridge Network

West Newton

Funding to partner with health and community-based organizations to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine for African immigrants in Greater Boston, Lowell, and Worcester through messaging designed to increase vaccine confidence.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Africano Cultural Services

Waltham

Funding for a consultant to create a program for 30 youth to discuss mental health issues and to reduce mental health stigma in the community.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amherst Community Connections

Amherst

Funding to build a robust, comprehensive housing tracker to shorten the wait time for housing vouchers for people experiencing homelessness.

Backyard Growers

Gloucester

To purchase equipment and accessories to create high-quality and engaging virtual content and to safely and effectively deliver programs and food resources to children and families during the pandemic.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Berkshire Center for Justice

Great Barrington

To hire a grant writer to raise funds to meet increased demand for services due to the pandemic and for outreach activities in accordance with health and safety guidelines for COVID-19.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Berkshire Nursing Families

Western MA

Funding requested to pilot a program to recruit and train more people of color to be lactation specialists in Western MA.

Boston Arts Academy Foundation

Boston

To provide supplies and coping resources for students engaged in mental health programs due to loss, stress, and anxiety related to the pandemic and racial climate.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Boston Cancer Support

Newton

To hire a strategic planning consultant to help Boston Cancer Support develop a three-year strategic plan.

Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest

Marlborough

Funding to partially support a 10-week, research-based, daily mental health check-in series. The series teaches positive coping strategies and builds cognitive-behavior skills to support youth in pandemic-related healing.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Bread of Life

Malden

To provide food delivery for home-bound individuals during the Massachusetts COVID-19 "stay at home" advisory.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Breathing Space, Inc.

Easthampton

Funding to train trauma-informed yoga instructors to become more specialized in serving specific populations including veterans who are incarcerated or in recovery and youth who are in detention or in recovery.

Brockton Workers Alliance, Inc.

Brockton

Funding to address racial equity in vaccine access through outreach and education in Brockton’s Cape Verdean, Ecuadoran, Haitian, Honduran, and Mexican communities.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Building Audacity

Lynn

To fund food and basic needs while youth access academic supports and connect with its multi-lingual mental health practitioner.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Cape Verdean Women United

Bristol, Norfolk, Suffolk

Funding for a new marketing and communications strategy that will position the organization as a resource to all communities who are marginalized, attract new community partners, and further expand partnerships and opportunities to serve clients.

Central Massachusetts Agency on Aging

Worcester

Funding for a consultant to work with program nutritionists to source ingredients and develop more culturally competent and medically tailored menus for seniors.

Community Farms Outreach, d/b/a Waltham Fields Community Farm

Waltham

To ensure safe food growing, harvesting, packing and delivery procedures during the pandemic, enabling them to continue their healthy food access programs, including donations to food banks and emergency nutrition services, a weekly low-income mobile market, half-price farm shares, and a Produce Prescription Rx Pilot with Charles River Community Health Center.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Health Programs, Inc.

Great Barrington

Funding for iPads to ease outdoor patient registration at its mobile health unit and to provide hygiene items (including masks, sanitizer, and COVID education materials) to ensure safe access to care.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Community Health Programs, Inc.

Great Barrington

To purchase and install a KaVo NOMAD Pro 2 handheld x-ray system to allow the organization to give multiple patients x-rays at the same time.

Community Nurse Home Care

Fairhaven

Funding for training sessions to support home hospice nurses manage pandemic-related stress, which has resulted in compassion fatigue and burn out. The session will help nurses continue to be strong caregivers.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

De Novo

Essex, Middlesex, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester

Funding to support the expansion of teletherapy services through the purchase of new equipment – including laptops and teleworking software for the counseling program.

De Novo

Cambridge

To purchase teleworking equipment, a credit card processing system to capture remote co-pays, and a HIPAA-compliant software to support their teletherapy expansion during COVID-19.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

De Novo

Cambridge

Essex, Middlesex, Plymouth, Suffolk, Worcester


$7500

Funding to support the expansion of teletherapy services through the purchase of new equipment – including laptops and teleworking software for the counseling program.

DeeDee's Cry Suicide Prevention and Family Support

Roxbury

Funding to support a 24-week health and wellness initiative for people with low-income. The initiative includes group sessions, nutrition, exercise, and relationship building to address depression, stress, isolation, anxiety, and suicidal ideation in communities of color.

Dismas House

Worcester

To meet increased needs resulting from the pandemic, including for grocery, sanitation, and personal protective equipment.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ellie Fund

Needham

Funding to translate outreach materials into languages other than English for women at risk of inequities in access to cancer care, including: women of color, women with language and cultural barriers, older women living alone, and women hesitant to seek help due to immigration status.

Empty Arms Bereavement Support

Florence

Funding to hire a clinician to develop a program for its volunteer group facilitators about nervous system responses to trauma. The program will include simple strategies for the facilitators to teach clients to use to regulate their nervous system if activated during and after groups or during times of crisis.

Exceptional Lives Inc.

Brookline

To translate, critical information related to the coronavirus into other languages for parents of children with disabilities.This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Fall River Deaconess Home

Fall River

To purchase personal protective equipment, grocery cards, supplies and technology enhancements as a COVID-19 Response project.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Families for Depression Awareness

Waltham

To hire a public health consultant to rapidly assess and modify the organization's teen depression program for the current environment with a focus on serving low-income teens from underserved sectors of Greater Boston disproportionately affected by the COVID.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

FAMILY Movement

Norfolk, Suffolk

Funding requested for new case management technology to manage and keep files secure and help improve efficiency and organizational capacity.

Farrington Nature Linc

Lincoln

To expand the garden to meet increased demand for healthy food for participating teens with low-income and for their food pantry and for equipment to engage participants in virtual programming.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Found In Translation

Cambridge

To cover implementation costs of transitioning the organization to Jitasa bookkeeping and accounting software.

Genesis Club House, Inc.

Worcester

Funding to translate the Club’s new website and outreach brochure into the four languages of the largest immigrant communities in Worcester: Spanish, Vietnamese, Akan, and French.

Ginny’s Helping Hand, Inc.

Leominster

Funding to develop a fundraising/sustainability plan and build the organization’s fundraising capacity.

Girls Inc. of the Valley

Hampden

Funding to launch an inclusive strategic planning process that will result in  a comprehensive plan to direct the  growth and strengthen the impact of the organization.

Gratis Healthcare

Franklin

Funding for technology needs to facilitate applications for MassHealth and ongoing contact with patients seeking mental health services.

Harbor Health Services

Plymouth and Boston

Funding for the second phase of a pilot Peer Support Program aimed at providing greater access to care and services for individuals living with HIV through a partnership with the Justice Resource Institute.

Heading Home

Charlestown

To offset unplanned items such as food, supplies, cleaning services and increased staff time in response to COVID-19.This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Health Care Without Walls

Wellesley

To purchase new technology equipment i.e., three laptops and two iPhones that would make it possible for Community Health Workers to be more mobile and efficiently address client needs in real time.

Hilltown Youth Recovery Theatre

Franklin, Hampden, Hampshire

Funding to expand the organization’s digital presence to generate creative and economic opportunities for youth, including new ways to connect young people to one another by sharing their stories and art. This will also include a web-based charity subscription platform that supports both the members of the Recovery Theatre community, as well as the Theatre itself.

Hospitality Homes

Boston

To hire a trainer and bookkeeper to maximize donor software and integrate it with financial management tools to better manage relationships with donors and hosts remotely in the pandemic.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just Roots Inc.

Greenfield

To support a 20-week CSA program with weekly distribution of farm fresh food and nutrition/cooking resources providing food security to meet increased demand as a result of COVID-19. JR partners with the Community Health Center of Franklin County through a direct referral program, enrolling food insecure patients into the CSA program. JR also works with affordable housing complexes, offering year-round food access/health equity programming.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Just Roots, Inc.

Greenfield

Funding to hire a consultant to help transform its work culture and service delivery model with an enhanced focus on racial equity, inclusion, and cultural competency to better serve its clients.

Lawyers for Civil Rights

Suffolk

Funding to support a strategic planning process for the Medical-Legal Partnership, specifically focused on how to work with clients via tele-health and tele-lawyering models and to expand community partnerships.

Littleton Community Farm

Littleton

Funding to hire a consultant to develop a strategic plan to grow and to increase the organization’s impact in Nashua Valley and Lowell, meeting increased demand due to the pandemic.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Louis D. Brown Peace Institute

Dorchester

Funding for kits to connect individuals released from incarceration with the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute’s healing reentry programs. The kits will contain program information, COVID-19 protective equipment, food gift cards, and clothing vouchers.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Love Your Menses, Inc.

Boston

Funding for software engineer to design and code additional features focused on health education for its educational menstrual wellness app, Our Flow. 

Lowell Transitional Living Center

MetroWest

Funding for technology to enable clients to join telehealth appointments, explore healthcare options, conduct job searches, and participate in continuing education and skills training.

Ludlow Boys & Girls Club

Ludlow

Funding to evaluate the effectiveness of the club’s health and fitness offerings and to ensure that its programming meets the post-pandemic needs of its community.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mandela Yoga Project

Essex, Middlesex, Worcester

Funding to produce Spanish and English recovery-based reentry yoga videos specifically to reach men in Lawrence. The Mandela Yoga Project will adapt and record its signature integrative health program to address the unique and specific needs of Black and Latino men who are at risk of fatal overdose upon release from incarceration.

Mass Farmers Markets

Waltham

Funding for fundraising consultant services to better support a network of farmers markets as they meet emerging needs to expand markets and reach underserved populations resulting from the pandemic.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mass. PPD Fund

West Roxbury

Funding to develop, launch, and grow its new website, a critical tool to raise awareness of Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders and better serve new parent mental health needs during COVID and beyond.

Metro Housing Boston

Boston

For an Emergency Assistance Fund to patients at Boston Medical Center including food, furniture, move in costs, diapers in response to COVID-19.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

MetroWest Free Medical Program. Inc.

Sudbury

Funding to hire a consultant to aid in the reopening of women's health and adult programs for in-person visits, which had been suspended due to COVID-19. The consultant will implement an electronic medical record system within the organization for easier scheduling and to better accommodate telehealth visits.

MetroWest Legal Services

Framingham

To purchase laptops, printers, scanners and licenses for remote video conferencing for use by attorneys and intake staff to work remotely while providing legal assistance to clients.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mill City Grows

Lowell

To fund business planning focused on preparing preserved and value-added products from local produce to support its participant health beyond the growing season.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mission Hill Health Movement

Boston

To hire a grant writer to fundraise for the organization.

Montachusett Veterans Outreach Center

Gardner

To secure the services of a strategic planning consultant to design and implement an effective strategy.

New Hope, Inc.

Bristol, Norfolk, Plymouth, Worcester

Funding requested to support website updates to meet needs of more diverse community members – including making the site more accessible for people with disabilities.

Nigerian American Multi-Service Association

Suffolk

Funding to launch the Chop and Connect program – a weekly meal and event for the elderly African immigrant community in Boston to reduce the impact of social isolation.

Old Colony Habitat for Humanity

Attleboro

Funding to update its website and technology to better serve an increased number of clients seeking affordable housing as a result of the pandemic and to hire a public relations firm to announce new CEO and help the organization to identify buildable land and homes to rehabilitate.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paine Senior Services

Cambridge

To redesign the organization's website.

Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.

Quincy

Funding to support increased demand for its services due to the pandemic, including for food access and for application assistance for health insurance, unemployment, and low-income housing.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rebel Cause

Springfield

To customize the exterior, obtain permits, train volunteers, and purchase equipment for a food truck to provide nutritious smoothies for people experiencing food insecurity and homelessness in Boston.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Resilient Sisterhood Project, Inc.

Middlesex, Suffolk

Funding requested for laptops, software, and IT support to improve cyber security and virtual work to increase the capacity of the organization.

Respond, Inc.

Somerville

Funding to hire a Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, & Belonging consultant to audit its staff training model, using a racial and gender equity lens, to ensure that staff deliver inclusive, equitable services to victims of domestic violence.

Revitalize Community Development Corporation

Springfield

Funding to purchase office equipment and computers for new staff hired to meet increased demand due to the pandemic.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Revitalize Community Development Corporation

Springfield

To support operational needs such as hand scanners, tablets, program analysis, and shelving to store basic needs items for clients, as part of its emergency pandemic response.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

RIAN Immigrant Center

Boston

To support an emergency relief fund for immigrant families amid the COVID-19 pandemic.This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ruth’s Way For Women

East Boston

To provide a Parenting Journey Facilitator training for three Board members who will learn group management and facilitation techniques to help women effectively care for and communicate with their children.

Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute

Jamaica Plain

To hire a marketing consultant to help launch an online curriculum and training center.

Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Inc.

Jamaica Plain

Funding to hire a consultant to develop a dedicated Spanish Language eLearning Center to ensure Spanish speaking residents can access its stress management and mental health supports during and after the pandemic.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Seven Hill/Children's Friend, Inc.

Worcester

Funding to broaden capacity to provide a continuum of treatment for inpatient children and youth clients by training additional clinicians across its treatment teams.

Shattuck Partners, Inc.

Jamaica Plain

Funding to update its seven-year-old strategic plan to better serve the complex medical and socioeconomic needs of its clients in a changing public health landscape.

Somali Development Center

Roxbury

To purchase four computers that would help with client intake, enrollment and case management and furniture for the organization’s conference room.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council - Greater Worcester Housing Connection

Worcester

Funding to purchase two defibrillators for Greater Worcester Housing Connection homeless shelters.

St. Anthony Shrine

Boston

Funding for an electric examination table for the health clinic, which serves women experiencing homelessness.

The Boston Home, Inc.

Dorchester

To purchase personal protective equipment, cleaning supplies, health screeners, and supporting education administration.

The Community Builders

Boston

To provide supplies for households with young children that are home all day, including diapers, wipes, books, and educational toys and activities due to the closure of early education programs as a result of COVID-19.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Forsyth Institute

Cambridge

To fund a tele-dentistry tool to reach youth who, due to the pandemic, have not had access to dental treatment.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Haven Project Inc.

Lynn

To support immediate health and safety issues facing vulnerable young adults with housing instability during the pandemic, offering basic needs items, along with increased mental and physical health supports. They anticipate continued negative effects on clients’ mental health and are actively building relationships with appropriate providers as well as encouraging active learning and personal growth during this time.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Joint Committee for Children's Health Care in Everett

Everett

To support communications enhancements for the website, social media, newsletters, text, and Zoom, supporting staff to better meet increased demand remotely.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mustard Seed

Worcester

Funding for a new “Food Security for the City of Worcester” website. The website will centralize city food resources – including information about food pantries, farmers markets, summer school meal locations, SNAP information, and more.

The Open Door / Cape Ann Food Pantry, Inc.

Gloucester

Funding for an online food delivery system and fulfillment center that will enhance capacity to meet increased need due to the pandemic. This effort will connect more people to healthy foods of their choosing through safe, socially distanced curbside pick-up or home delivery.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Treehouse Foundation

Easthampton

To support the organization's COVID-19 Safe Thrive Together initiative with the purchase of food and essentials, staff training as well as programmatic activities for the multi-generational, supportive community to succeed while social distancing.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Urban Farming Institute of Boston

Suffolk

Funding for new computer equipment to expand organizational capacity and infrastructure.

Volunteers in Medicine

Great Barrington

Funding to hire a consultant to conduct an assessment of its clinic space to determine its current and future space requirements, including the potential for growth in the longer term.

West Boylston Elder Services, Inc.

West Boylston

Funding to address senior isolation by providing wellness/service visits, accessing and advocating for their technology needs, and providing a conference line for seniors to participate in social activities.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

West Springfield/Agawam Parish Cupboard

Western MA

Funding for new equipment to improve the food pantry and make it more welcoming for guests.

Worcester Common Ground - Commonwealth Green Low Income Housing Coalition

Worcester

Funding to bring air filtration units to high-risk shelters, congregate housing programs, and other shared living spaces for low-income Worcester residents in need of additional protections from COVID-19.

YWCA Central Massachusetts

Worcester

Funding to conduct focus groups to better understand vaccine acceptance and non-acceptance in the African communities of Worcester.

This grant was made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.