The Cummings Foundation in Woburn, Massachusetts, has announced a new group of recipients through its Cummings $20 Million Grant Program, a recently established initiative that combines the foundation's previous $100K for 100 and Sustaining Grants initiatives.
Through the program, a hundred nonprofits in Middlesex, Suffolk, and Essex counties were awarded grants of $100,000, while thirty former grantees received awards ranging between $200,000 and $500,000. Recipients include the Framingham State University Foundation (Framingham), which will use its grant to create a Summer Bridge Program aimed at boosting college persistence and graduation rates among low-income and first-generation college students; the Immigrant Learning Center (Malden), which offers free intensive English-language programs to immigrants and refugees; the Judge Baker Children's Center (Boston), which provides mental health care to children and families; Lazarus House (Lawrence), which provides emergency shelter and transitional housing for individuals and families; and Project Place (Boston), which will use its grant to scale its evidence-based job-training model for formerly incarcerated individuals and help them secure stable housing.
"Many of the challenges and unmet needs in our community are even more acute because of the pandemic," said Cummings Foundation trustee and Cummings Properties chair and CEO Dennis Clarke. "We are grateful to the local nonprofits that best know their neighbors and are supporting them in this trying time. It is our hope that this funding will help those efforts and enable new and ongoing programs that strengthen communities."
"We want to have a positive impact in the communities where our colleagues and leasing clients live and work," said Cummings Foundation executive director Joel Swets. "The nonprofit organizations that assist and empower our neighbors are such a positive force in our community, and we are proud to support their important work, particularly in this time of unprecedented need."
For a complete list of organizations receiving grants, see the Cummings Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Judge Baker Children's Center)