Now in its sixth year, the program supports nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. This year's grantees serve thirty-five cities in the greater Boston area and work in a range of issue areas, including education, violence prevention, food insecurity, homelessness prevention, and affordable housing.
Selected from nearly five hundred and fifty applicants, the 2017 recipients of the place-based program include Artists For Humanity, which serves low-income Boston teens; Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence; the Brazilian Worker Center, which helps low-wage immigrant workers fight workplace abuse; Medford Public Schools; the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Massachusetts; and Thrive Communities of Massachusetts, which works to empower formerly incarcerated adults reentering society. Most of the grants will be paid over two to five years.
"These one hundred nonprofit organizations are vital to the local communities where our colleagues and clients live and work," said Cummings Foundation executive director Joel Swets. "We are delighted to invest in their efforts."
For a complete list of grant recipients, see the Cummings Foundation website.