Atkinson Scholarship Applications are available here and are due on February 1, 2021.
The program was established in 1995 to recognize local high school seniors with financial need, academic promise and the capacity to make a meaningful contribution to society. Up to 15 new awards are made each year. Scholarship recipients may reapply for the Atkinson Scholarship annually during their undergraduate education. Subsequent awards are based on appropriate academic performance and continued financial need. The program is open to a graduating high school senior who is:
For more information, contact Tricia Brunner.
Posted on November 9, 2020
Between the pandemic and the renewed spotlight on systemic racism, 2020 has been a turbulent year for everyone, including children who are feeling anxious and fearful. Young people with prior mental health issues have been particularly affected. What more can we do to protect and nurture the emotional well-being of our kids during these unprecedented times?
The Sudbury Foundation is offering youth development nonprofits in our catchment area a one-time grant opportunity to develop new or expanded programs and resources to 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.
Concept Paper due October 9, 2020
(A Concept Paper is required. Staff will acknowledge and provide feedback as quickly as possible.)
Download the Emotional Well-Being Concept Paper Outline.
Grant Proposal due October 23, 2020
(In general, nonprofits may receive one Sudbury Foundation grant per calendar year. However, 2020 is an exception. If you have received a Foundation grant in 2020, please contact staff (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 978.443.0849) to determine your eligibility for this program.)
Atkinson Scholarship Applications are now available here. Applications are due on February 1, 2021. The program was established in 1995 to recognize local high school seniors with financial need, academic promise and the capacity to make a meaningful contribution to society and is open to a graduating high school senior who is:
Up to 15 new awards are made each year. Scholarship recipients may reapply for the Atkinson Scholarship annually during their undergraduate education. Subsequent awards are based on appropriate academic performance and continued financial need
Posted on November 9 2020
In July, the Foundation trustees approved a special grant program designed to support local nonprofits who wished to foster and expand their understanding of racial inequities and further their inclusion efforts.
In August, 27 organizations received a total of $66,500 in funding through the 2020 Racial Equity & Inclusion Mini Grant Program.
The majority of grant recipients will undertake the work with guidance from an outside facilitator or consultant and the majority of the projects will be completed before the end of the year.
Recipients include: Acton-Boxborough United Way, Advocates, Inc., A Place to Turn, ātac, Bethany Hill Place, Discovering Hidden Gems, Discovery Museum, Doc Wayne Youth Services, Foundation for MetroWest, Framingham History Center, Framingham State University, Friends of the Assabet River NWR, Greater Framingham Community Church, Jewish Family Service of Metrowest, The Learning Center for the Deaf, Metro CDC, MetroWest Legal Services, MetroWest Mediation Services, MetroWest Nonprofit Network, MetroWest YMCA, Neighbor Brigade, Open Spirit/Edwards Church, OUT MetroWest, REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, South Middlesex Opportunity Council, SPARK Kindness and Sudbury Public Schools.
We acknowledge the leaders of these recipient organizations who were often brutally honest in sharing their missteps and shortcomings around racial equity, and appreciate their commitment to do better.
As one executive director said, “We are a historically white-led organization currently operating with all white leadership. The fact that we exist within an extremely diverse environment and have, as of yet, failed to reflect our community has been a long-standing concern.”
Said another, “Our need to act was propelled by the current reckoning, and current and former constituents of color who have publicly come forward with anecdotes related to their experiences of racism within our organization.”
One of our goals in running this mini grant program was to act quickly to capitalize on the momentum for change. We are encouraged by the volume of activity and the number of people in MetroWest who will be listening, talking, reflecting and acting on these issues over the next few months and beyond.
Recognizing that anti-racism work demands much more than a one-time, mini-grant program, the Foundation plans continued investment in equity and inclusion efforts. We join our grant partners in committing to doing better.
Posted on September 9, 2020
The Sudbury Foundation is pleased to announce the appointment of Bill Spencer to its board of trustees. Mr. Spencer is a long-time Sudbury resident with a variety of personal and professional attributes that will enhance the work of the Foundation.
Mr. Spencer grew up in Sudbury and is a graduate of Colby College. He has completed advanced courses of study at Boston University in financial planning, risk management, investments, taxation, and estate planning. Mr. Spencer holds the Certified Financial Planner™ (CFP®) designation and is an Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF®).
An active community member and businessman, Mr. Spencer is the owner of Spencer Financial, LLC, a financial planning firm in Sudbury known for its generous support of local nonprofits and community groups.
Mr. Spencer lives in Sudbury with his wife Jennifer, and two children, Kendra and Will. He enjoys coaching soccer and lacrosse and has run in the Boston Marathon, raising funds for Children’s Hospital Boston’s Miles for Miracles program. He has also been involved with the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation where he serves on the finance committee.
Board Chair Jill Stansky welcomed Mr. Spencer to the board, noting that the Foundation’s nominating committee recommended him from among a strong group of candidates. “In Bill, we’ve found an individual with a solid financial background and sense of community who we believe will embrace the Foundation’s work with care and integrity.”
Posted August 20, 2020
Thank you to all who submitted proposals to the Racial Equity & Inclusion Mini Grant program. It seems clear from the response that we have reached a moment in time when people are ready and willing to address the issue of systemic racism head on. We were pleased to see how thoughtful and committed MetroWest nonprofits are to pursuing this work. Many of the requests we received will facilitate dialogue that builds understanding and awareness. These are important, often uncomfortable conversations that can no longer be avoided. We recognize that the projects generated by this grant program are small steps toward equity and inclusion. To create real, sustainable change, this will be life-long work.
Applicants were invited to request funds for projects focused on:
Grants decisions will be made at the end of the month.
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