- Sudbury Program Re-Opens
Attn: Nonprofits serving Sudbury:
Our Sudbury Grant Program has been on hold since the spring of 2020 while we focused on COVID-related funding.
As of May 24, 2021, the program is reopening for one grant cycle. Proposals are due July 1, 2021 for review in September 2021.
The Sudbury Program supports projects designed to benefit the people of Sudbury with a focus on youth development, historic and environmental preservation, community building and populations in need.
(For now, our October 2021 Grant Cycle remains on hold.)
Posted on May 24, 2021
- Grants Awarded January-June 2021
During the first half of 2021, we have been pleased to support these nonprofit organizations who contribute so much to our communities.
A Place to Turn Jewish Family Service of Metrowest Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry Lincoln-Sudbury Adult & Community Education Aurelia’s Garden Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School Bethany Hill Place Marlborough Community Cupboard/UWTC Big Brothers Big Sisters of CM/MW Mass Food System Collaborative Boston Area Gleaners Maynard Food Pantry Boys & Girls Club of Assabet Valley MetroWest YMCA Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest Mill City Grows Carrot Project Mt Calvary Community Supper – Acton Community Involved in Sustaining Agricultural My Brother’s Table-Good Shephard’s Parish Daniel’s Table, Framingham Natick Service Council Food Pantry Doc Wayne Youth Services Neighbor Brigade Dignity Matters (MW) New Entry Sustaining Farming Project Discovering Hidden Gems One Can Help Drumlin Farm Open Table Employment Options OUT MetroWest Family Promise Metrowest Pearl Street Cupboard and Café, Framingham/UWTC Gaining Ground Salvation Army Food Pantry, Framingham Gardening the Community South Middlesex Opportunity Council Gifts of Hope Unlimited St. Vincent de Paul-Lincoln Food Pantry Greater Framingham Community Church Stow Food Pantry Hoops & Homework Sudbury Community Food Pantry Hope & Comfort (MW) Regional Environmental Council HOPEsudbury Thrive Support & Advocacy Hudson Community Food Pantry Town of Sudbury-Police Dept Jeff’s Place Town of Sudbury-School Playground Youth in Philanthropy-Sudbury Program
Posted on June 16, 2021
- Youth Emotional Well-Being Grants
To keep the well-being of children and youth at the forefront of our response and recovery, we are offering youth development nonprofits in our catchment area a one-time grant opportunity to develop new or expanded programs and resources that enhance emotional health supports for children of all ages.
Programming may be targeted to children, parents/guardians, caregivers, teachers, and others working directly with youth, and could include one-on-one supports, support groups, education, outreach and messaging, or other creative strategies that address a range of issues including, but not limited to, stress, anxiety, depression, fear, loneliness, and grief.
Applicants must have a 501(c)3 designation and be based in or primarily serving constituents in our catchment communities which include Acton, Concord, Framingham, Hudson, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Natick, Stow, Sudbury, and Wayland.
Applicants may request up to $20,000 in funding. A limited number of grants will be available.
Interested nonprofits should submit a Concept Paper for review by July 8, 2021.
Concept Paper due July 8, 2021
(Concept papers are required. Staff will acknowledge
and provide feedback as quickly as possible.)
Grant Proposal due in August (Date TBD)
Decisions made in mid-October 2021
Please download and follow the format of the 2021 CY&F Emotional-Well-Being-Concept-Paper. Proposals will then be invited for submission in August with decisions announced in October.
(In general, nonprofits may receive one Sudbury Foundation grant per calendar year. However, 2021 is an exception. If you have received a Foundation grant in 2021, please contact the executive director to determine your eligibility for this program.)
Posted on June 11, 2021
- Guleserian receives Taft Scholarship
Congratulations to L-S senior Ava Guleserian who was named the 2021 recipient of the John E. Taft Memorial Scholarship at tonight’s L-S Scholarship Fund Awards Ceremony. We wish you all the best!
The scholarship honors long-time Sudbury Foundation Trustee John Taft and is awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated leadership in their school community through participation in student government or other school betterment activities. The ideal candidate is a “catalyst for change” who has shown initiative by founding a club, program or activity or by serving in an elected or appointed leadership position that has enhanced the school community.
Previously known as the Sudbury Foundation scholarship, the award was changed in 2014 to recognize Mr. Taft, who served as a Trustee of the Foundation from 1973 to 2007. He was instrumental in providing the seed funding to establish the L-S Scholarship Fund and also made possible the construction of the Town’s Atkinson Pool, renovation of the historic wing of the Goodnow Library and many grants to community nonprofits. He served as a Sudbury Selectman from 1964-1976.
Posted on June 1, 2021
- Sharing Equity Resources
Materials abound for equity learning: books, stories, articles, op ed pieces, podcasts, webinars, movies, and more. We’re curious: What resource has made the most impact on you? Which would you recommend? We’re interested in all racial equity and social justice educational information including LGBTQ+, disabilities, women’s issues, incarceration…. We’ve started a list that we hope organizes resources in a way that you find useful. Please keep questioning, talking, and learning, and please share your favorite resources with us at email@example.com and we will add them to this post.
Racial Equity Glossary: http://www.racialequityresourceguide.org/about/glossary
1619, a NY Times audio series hosted by Nikole Hannah-Jones: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/1619/id1476928106
Silence is Not an Option – hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon: https://www.cnn.com/audio/podcasts/don-lemon-silence-is-not-an-option
Intersectionality Matters! – Kimberle Crenshaw – https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/intersectionality-matters/id1441348908
Not Racist is Not Enough – NPR; https://www.npr.org/2020/08/24/905515398/not-racist-is-not-enough-putting-in-the-work-to-be-anti-racist
Nice White Parents – Serial/NY Times: https://www.thisamericanlife.org/712/nice-white-parents
On Being with Krista Tippett – Interview with Jason Reynolds: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/jason-reynolds-fortifying-imagination/id150892556?i=1000479626102
On Being: Robin DiAngelo and Resmaa Menakem In Conversation: https://onbeing.org/programs/robin-diangelo-and-resmaa-menakem-in-conversation/
Stony the road : Reconstruction, white supremacy, and the rise of Jim Crow / Henry Louis Gates, Jr
An indigenous peoples’ history of the United States / Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz
How to be an antiracist / Ibram X. Kendi
You can’t touch my hair and other things I still have to explain / Phoebe Robinson
The souls of yellow folk: essays / Wesley Yang
When They See Us
One Night in Miami
Eyes on the Prize
The Hate U Give
If Beale Street Could Talk
May 24, 2021
- Continued Food Access Support During COVID-19
In January, the Foundation made its first of round of 2021 COVID-related grants, with support for area food pantries, community suppers, and agencies providing personal hygiene products to clients in need. Recipient agencies included:
A Place to Turn, Natick Open Table, Maynard Sudbury Community Food Pantry Acton Community Supper and Food Pantry Daniel’s Table, Framingham Dignity Matters Hope & Comfort Greater Framingham Community Church Hudson Community Food Pantry Marlborough Community Cupboard/UWTC Maynard Food Pantry Natick Service Council Food Pantry Pearl Street Cupboard and Café, Framingham/UWTC Salvation Army Food Pantry, Framingham My Brother’s Table-Good Shephard’s Parish, Wayland St. Vincent de Paul-Lincoln Food Pantry Stow Food Pantry Mt. Calvary Community Supper – Acton
In addition, the South Middlesex Opportunity Council received a grant for the “Red Zone Project,” a partnership with the Framingham Board of Health which provides cash support to low-income Framingham residents who test positive for the virus so they may quarantine at home. The project is designed to help reduce the spread of the virus.
Posted on February 22, 2021
- Coming Up: Racial Equity Learning Opportunities
Last fall the Foundation was pleased to support an assortment of nonprofit projects focused on addressing racial equity within our organizations and our community. Lots of reflecting, learning and sharing has begun as we all move forward in this journey to dismantle systemic racism.
Three of the many excellent learning opportunities that emerged from those mini-grants are coming up this week. We hope you’ll check them out and participate if you can.1) Community Conversations: Actions Speak Louder than WordsFeb. 25, 7 pm to 8:30 pm A facilitated discussion about the book Stamped: Racism, Antiracism, and You by Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi. The book was adapted from Kendi’s award-winning book, Stamped from the Beginning, to make the topic more accessible and informative for young adults. Joe Corrazini, Framingham Public Schools (FPS) assistant superintendent for equity, diversity and community, and Taylor Collins, FPS history teacher, will lead the discussion. You need not have read the book to participate.Co-Hosts: MetroWest Nonprofit Network, Leadership MetroWest2) Framingham’s People of Color 1600-1800Feb. 25, 7:00 pm to 8:00 pmPresentation by Framingham History Center’s Scholar-in-Residence Mary McNeil, Ph.D., on her findings to date from the Center’s archives.Host: Framingham History Center (FHC)3) “I’m Not Racist, Am I?”Feb. 27- March 1 Film ScreeningsMar. 3 – Panel DiscussionMar 4, 5, 6 – Small Group DiscussionsThe film follows a diverse group of teens and their families through a yearlong exploration of race and racism, and will serve as a springboard for conversation through a virtual panel discussion and small group discussions. The goal is to provide Lincoln, Sudbury, and Boston METCO families with a forum for working together on local race-related issues.Co-Hosts: Lincoln METCO Coordinating Committee, Sudbury for Racial and Social Justice
Our thanks to all of the host organizations for bringing these learning opportunities to our community.Posted on February 22, 2021
- Supporting Children After an Act of Violence…
How can we help kids process the senseless acts of violence and confusing images we all witnessed on January 6 at the Capitol? We need to listen, affirm their safety and maintain as much normally as we can.
Posted on January 7, 2021
- Upcoming Local Racial Equity Events
Here are a few upcoming virtual programs being offered by our Racial Equity & Inclusion mini grant recipients.
Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Conference/Town Hall Forum
Sponsor: Greater Framingham Community Church
January 18, 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
To sign up, email Rick Utaegbulam: @firstname.lastname@example.org by January 14.
Mindful Anti-racism: A Radical Exploration of Race & Resilience
6-week course beginning on January 25
Sponsor: Open Spirit/Edwards Church
Talking to Kids about Race and Racism: A Conversation with Dr. Beverly Daniel Tatum (author of “Why are all the black kids sitting together in the cafeteria?”)
January 27, 7:00 – 8:30 pm
Sponsor: Discovery Museum
“I’m Not Racist…Am I?” Documentary
Feb 27 – Mar 1: Film Screening (at your leisure)
Mar 3: Panel Discussion
Mar 4 & 5: Facilitated Small Group Discussion
Sponsor: Lincoln MCC & Sudbury Community for Racial & Social Justice
(Registration info to come.)
Posted on January 6, 2021
- Thanks to Our 2020 Grant Partners
We want to take a moment to acknowledge our 2020 nonprofit partners who certainly proved their mettle during this turbulent year.
Their response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of remarkable as they adapted their programs to remain open, meet changing needs, and fill gaps in services. When the landscape shifted (pretty much weekly), these tireless agencies overhauled their plans and protocols, again and again, to keep everyone safe. And they did so without skipping a beat. We didn’t speak with a single agency leader who hesitated to offer new or expanded services because of the added workload or expense. “We’ll figure it out,” they told us while scrambling to keep staff on board and healthy. Kudos to all of you!
In April, like many of our colleagues, we scrapped our funding plans for the year and agreed to focus on COVID-19 related grants. At first, we had no idea what that meant but it quickly became clear that getting food to the families who were struggling the most was where our dollars should go.
The majority of our grants were directed to local food pantries through two rounds of funding, one in April and a second in August. Other funds were distributed to agencies whose primary mission does not include feeding people but who recognized a dire need and their unique capacity to fill it. We supported nonprofits who distributed essential basic supplies, like toiletries and paper goods; agencies who opened their doors to offer child care to front line health care workers, and others who moved their vital mental health services to a virtual format (or socially-distanced driveway/parking lot therapy sessions) so clients would not face the overwhelming stresses of 2020 alone.
In April, we also promised to maintain our multi-year grant commitments and offer “supplemental” assistance to shore up some of our long-time grant partners.
(See the List of 2020 grant partners here.)
Mid-year, all of us tried to come to grips with the murder of George Floyd and the resurgence of energy to address racial inequities. The disparities were glaringly evident in how Black, Brown, and low-income communities were suffering disproportionately from the virus. As an organization, we have begun our own internal work around social and racial justice. In the meantime, 28 local nonprofits are taking advantage of our summer Racial Equity & Inclusion mini-grant program to begin or accelerate their own review process and develop a vision and action plan.
To end the year, we wanted to address the mental health needs of children impacted by the “double pandemic.” Our Youth Emotional Well-Being grants asked grant partners, “What more can we do to protect and nurture the emotional well-being of our kids during these unprecedented times?” We were pleased to support 12 agencies with funding for new and expanded mental health programming.
Our role in responding to the pandemic has been small compared to that of our nonprofit partners. They are the glue that has kept the social safety net intact. We appreciate all the calls, Zoom sessions, and email updates they shared with us. Their stories and insights exposed the on-the-ground needs of the region so that together we were able to support those most vulnerable.
We also want to put in a plug for the philanthropic affinity groups and foundation colleagues who helped support small-staffed organizations like ours with workshops, town meeting-style conversations, and a wealth of resources that helped us navigate the shifting landscape. Thank you!
Looking ahead, we anticipate our grantmaking in 2021 will look more like 2020 than 2019. We recognize that we won’t be going back to business as usual and that’s OK. What we will be doing is reviewing our plans on a regular basis (which in 2020 meant weekly) and “pivoting” along with everyone else to respond thoughtfully and effectively.
We hope our nonprofit partners will continue to reach out to us and let us know how we can help.
On behalf of all of us at the Sudbury Foundation, Happy Holidays! Stay safe and be well!
Posted on December 21, 2020