Foundation Awards Grants to Local Organizations

June 27, 2024

The foundation recently announced the award of over $3.8 million in grants to area nonprofit and municipal organizations. Funds will support a variety of initiatives, including providing basic health needs; increasing housing stability; promoting girls' mental health; reducing health inequities; and developing innovative approaches to address the health priorities identified in the 2023 MetroWest Community Health Assessment.

Among those organizations receiving grants under the foundation’s spring grant cycle are:

African Cultural Services

To support a mental health program for low-income African girls.

Amazing Things Arts Center

To provide continued support for Voices of the Community.

Bethany Hill Place

To expand access to onsite health and wellness care and resources.

Brazilian American Center (BRACE)

To provide free health insurance enrollment assistance.

Community Foundation for MetroWest/RAM Clinic

To host a free weekend clinic providing medical, dental and vision services.

Daniel’s Table

To purchase six community freezers.

Family Promise MetroWest

To increase access to affordable housing in Natick and surrounding communities.

Framingham Public Schools

To increase access to childhood vaccines in the school setting.

Gifts of Hope Unlimited

To support relationship abuse survivors as they transition from shelters to a safe home.

Hudson Health Department

To launch an outreach pilot to maximize participation and address the SNAP Gap for older adults and families.

Hudson Health Department

To pilot a part-time Housing Navigator to help residents find and maintain safe and affordable housing.

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest

To increase the availability of home healthcare services through workforce development of local migrants.

Massachusetts Public Health Association

To build the advocacy capacity of MetroWest organizations working on housing issues.

Medway Public Schools

To provide group counseling intervention for middle school girls.

Metro Community Development Corporation

To provide housing case management, workshops and support for seniors.

MetroWest Legal Services

To continue to assist Afghan parolees in obtaining special immigration relief available to them. 

MetroWest Mediation Services

To continue support for a comprehensive eviction prevention service.

MetroWest Worker Center

To continue to promote health insurance enrollment among local immigrant populations.

Morse Institute Library

To continue to offer free period supplies via library vending machines.

Natick Center Associates

To provide a monthly match for those with SNAP benefits at the Natick Farmer’s Market.

Natick Fire Department

To send three members of the department to paramedic school.

Natick Service Council

To expand the food pantry space.

RIA, Inc.

To provide wraparound services, including peer mentorship, mental health support, and financial/career coaching.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council

To fund a Resource Navigator Manager who will assist families and individuals in accessing housing and supports.

SPARK Kindness

To continue to address and prevent identity-based bullying, online hate and hate speech.

Wayland Council on Aging

To provide education, resources, and reduce financial obstacles to help residents decrease clutter in their homes.

Wellesley College Centers for Women

To offer a Digital Wellbeing Workshop that includes mentoring, guest speakers, and activities for MetroWest girls.

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