The Cummings Foundation in Woburn, Massachusetts, has announced thirty grants totaling $10 million through its Cummings $20 Million Grant Program, an initiative created earlier this year out of the foundation's $100K for 100 and Sustaining Grants initiatives.
Through the program, the foundation awards grants of $100,000 to a hundred and thirty organizations; thirty grantees then have their awards elevated to between $200,000 and $500,000 over ten years. The foundation announced the initial grants in June, but the announcement of the augmented grants was delayed until this month due to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the 2021 grant cycle, the foundation has increased the total amount to be awarded to $25 million.
The 2020 grant recipients include Challenge Unlimited (Andover), which provides children from inner cities with programming about nature, animals, gardening, and healthy cooking; Alray Taylor Second Chance (Boston), which will expand a successful mentoring program that helps low-income students become college graduates; the Asperger/Autism Network (Watertown), which offers low-income parents of adults and children with Asperger/Autism (ASD) in the tri-county area with specialized family support services; the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center (Newburyport), which provides advocacy, counseling, housing, and legal services for survivors of domestic violence; Raw Art Works (Lynn), which will expand opportunities for underserved youth to access free arts-based afterschool programs that support resiliency, self-efficacy, community and civic engagement, and postsecondary success; Wellspring House (Gloucester), which will strengthen its capacity to provide low-income adults with accessible targeted education and long-term career advice and support; and Women's Lunch Place (Boston), which helps women living in poverty and/or homelessness avoid eviction and secure housing and access to public assistance and health care.
"Greater Boston is so fortunate to have a wealth of effective nonprofits that are listening to the community and working to meet its needs," said Christina Berthelsen, the foundation's grants manager,. "By providing a full decade of support, we hope to alleviate some of the constant fundraising burden, enabling nonprofit staff to spend more time actually providing services."
For a complete list of this year's Cummings $20 Million Grant Program recipients, see the Cummings Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Raw Art Works)