MetroWest Health Foundation Provides Grants to Address COVID 19 and Health Equity Needs

The MetroWest Health Foundation announced the award of over $720,000 in new grants to area organizations.

November 09, 2020

The MetroWest Health Foundation announced the award of over $720,000 in new grants to area organizations. The bulk of the funds will address immediate needs in response to COVID 19 by providing capacity building support to local public health departments, support to area councils on aging to address the social isolation of older adults, and funding to address the emotional resiliency of residents coping with the anxiety, stress and loss associated with the pandemic.

In addition to COVID-related funding, the foundation provided support to local organizations seeking to address health inequities in the region. This includes a grant to Wayside Youth & Family Support Network to be used to develop a regional resource center focused on health equity. The new center will develop tools, training modules and expert speakers that can be used by other organizations as they seek to address diversity, equity, and inclusion in their workforce, governance, and programming.

Organizations receiving grants under the foundation’s fall grant cycle are:

COVID 19 Grants to Enhance Public Health Capacity -

Framingham Health Department $30,000

Hopkinton Health Department $19,800

Hudson Health Department $20,000

Natick Health Department $30,000

Needham Public Health Division $20,000

Sudbury Board of Health $20,000

COVID 19 Grants to Address the Social Isolation of Older Adults -

Ashland Council on Aging $24,000

Friends of the Callahan Senior Center $25,000

Holliston Council on Aging $16,650

Massachusetts Assoc. for the Blind $21,347

Needham Community Council $25,000

Northborough Council on Aging $ 9,268

Sherborn Council on Aging $16,000

Thrive, Support & Advocacy $17,160

COVID 19 Emotional Resiliency Grants -

Advocates, Inc. $29,962

Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest $30,000

Hudson Health Department $30,000

New Hope, Inc. $30,000

SMOC $25,782

Spark Kindness $24,574

Westborough Youth & Family Services $19,000

Health Equity Grants -

Health Care for All $30,000

Learning Center for the Deaf $30,000

Natick Health Department $30,000

Wayside Youth & Family Support Net. $29,769

Other Support -

A Place to Turn $20,000

Natick Service Council $20,000

Town of Natick Rail Trail $75,000

The MetroWest Health Foundation is a catalyst for a healthy MetroWest, providing more than $5 million in annual financial support for preventative and responsive health programs. Through its work on issues such as adolescent health, healthy aging and health equity, the foundation seeks to develop and support programs that have a positive impact on the health of the 25 communities in the MetroWest area of Massachusetts. For more information about the foundation, visit

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