Foundation trustees recently made more than $340,000 in grant awards, supporting the first group of capacity building projects in the Foundation’s new focus area, Children, Youth & Families, as well as other youth development and community building projects in our Sudbury grants program. Take a look below to see some of the wonderful work local nonprofits are engaged in.
Children, Youth & Families – Start Strong: Supporting Parents of Young Children
Employment Options, Marlborough, MA $7,500
To support development of a Young Adult Parent Network to enhance the community’s awareness of the needs and challenges of young parents coping with mental health issues while raising families of their own.
Framingham Public Schools/21st Century After School Program, Framingham, MA $23,000
For a consultation to survey parents of program participants and then develop and pilot strategies to increase family involvement in the 21st Century Afterschool program as a means to enhance students’ academic progress.
Framingham Public Schools/Early Childhood Alliance of Framingham, Framingham, MA $6,200
For a series of capacity building trainings to strengthen the skills of the Alliance’s Leadership Council and staff as they work to strengthen early learning opportunities and awareness in Framingham.
Jewish Family & Children Services, Waltham, MA $15,000
For a consultation to refine and strengthen the evaluation tool used for the Visiting Moms Program, which provides free weekly support visits to new mothers.
South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc., Framingham, MA $20,000
For a consultation to evaluate the needs of young parents participating in the Joan Brack Adult Learning Center’s ESL, GED, and Young Parent programs as a means of improving program retention and completion.
United Way of Tri-County, Framingham, MA $7,950
A planning grant to engage community stakeholders and develop business and fund development plans prior to the launch of Imagination Library, an early literacy program for Framingham families with children age 0-5.
Children, Youth & Families – Teen Angst & Beyond: Coping with Depression and Risky Behaviors
Communities for Restorative Justice, Concord, MA $10,000
For an IT consultation and computer hardware and software upgrades to support financial and case management, outreach and communications as the agency transitions from its fiscal agent to a self-sufficient nonprofit.
Eliot Community Human Services, Inc., Lexington, MA $6,920
Funds for staff training and repairs to the ropes course at the agency’s New River Academy in order to reactivate an important component of the residential treatment center’s Adventure-Based Counseling Program.
Jeff’s Place, Framingham, MA $13,375
For a strategic planning process and other capacity building activities designed to stabilize this new agency which provides support and counseling to children coping with the loss of a family member or friend.
REACH Beyond Domestic Violence, Inc., Waltham, MA $15,000
For a consultation to develop and pilot an evaluation tool for the Peers Against Violence classroom program that measures changes in students’ knowledge, attitudes, and behavioral intentions around dating violence and healthy relationships. The tool will be piloted at Wayland High School.
Children, Youth & Families – Invitation Initiative
Assabet Valley Collaborative, Marlborough, MA $45,000
For a series of capacity building projects designed to strengthen and sustain the Family Success Partnership, which serves children with borderline mental health issues and their families. Funds will support a cost avoidance study, ongoing advocacy and professional development.
Boys and Girls Clubs of MetroWest, Marlborough, MA $130,000 over two years
For a series of capacity building projects designed to strengthen and sustain the organization, including a capital/operating support campaign consultation and website redesign.
Foundation for Metrowest, Natick, MA $15,000
To pilot a second Youth Action Council program, based in Sudbury, to provide local teens with an opportunity to learn about grantmaking and philanthropy.
Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, Sudbury, MA $16,650
To fund a summer professional development workshop on Language-Based Learning Disabilities for up to 60 teachers.
Sudbury Extended Day, Sudbury, MA $5,000
To fund a training conference for Sudbury child care providers.
Sudbury Historical Society, Sudbury, MA $5,000
To help publish “Images of America, Sudbury, Massachusetts,” an Arcadia Printing Company pictorial view of of the town.
Town of Sudbury/Goodnow Library, Sudbury, MA $15,000
To fund a website redesign.