The Cummings Foundation in Woburn, Massachusetts, has announced grants totaling $2.5 million to five nonprofit organizations in the greater Boston area.
The inaugural recipients of the foundation’s Sustaining Grants program will each receive $50,000 annually for up to ten years. The program builds on the foundation’s $100K for 100 program, which was launched in 2012 and annually provides multiyear grants of $100,000 to a hundred nonprofits in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties.
This year’s recipients of Sustaining Grants, all of whom received their final $100K for 100 grant disbursements in 2016 and were automatically considered for the new funding opportunity, are Commonwealth Kitchen in Dorchester, Generations Inc. in Boston, Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell, Lawrence Community Works, and UTEC (formerly the United Teen Equality Center), also in Lowell. According to the foundation, the winners of Sustaining Grants will be removed from consideration for the $100K for 100 program for the duration of their awards.
None of the winners had applied for funding through the new program and were invited to a foundation-sponsored event under the pretext that they would be able to make a pitch for their organization. "I was absolutely stunned, and our program director and board president started crying," said Tracy Reilly-Ingersoll, executive director of Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell. "The grant will allow us to take the outreach program and put a rocket under it, so to speak, doubling and then tripling the number of girls we serve. That multiplier effect will be phenomenal for our mission."