The program provides long-term follow-on funding — typically between $20,000 and $50,000 a year for up to ten years — to former grantees in the foundation's $100K for 100 program. This year's recipients include the Asian Task Force Against Domestic Violence in Boston, which will use the funding to hire a full-time community engagement specialist; Boston Health Care for the Homeless, whose case managers help homeless individuals and families access health care and navigate a path out of homelessness; and C.L.A.S.S.—Community Inclusion in Wilmington, which provides opportunities for individuals with disabilities to gain life and work skills, achieve economic self-sufficiency, and participate in the community.
Other recipients include LEAP for Education in Salem, which helps underserved and first-generation students succeed in college, career, and life; Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust, which seeks to boost by 50 percent the number of at-risk students in its afterschool science education and outdoor learning opportunities; Operation Delta Dog in Chelmsford, which will expand its veteran mental health services, public education opportunities, and programming; the PAIR Project in Boston, which will transform its Asylum Intake Initiative into a full-fledged program, expanding the number of potential asylum seekers served; and Project RIGHT in Roxbury, which will work to double the number of male students of color who participate in the Boy's RIGHT group discussions and prevention activities.
"We hope this decade-long commitment allows you to think bigger, to plan for the future, and — perhaps most importantly — to dedicate more of your resources to actually providing services rather than raising money for them," Cummings Foundation executive director Joel Swets told The Advocate.
For a complete list of 2019 Sustaining Grants recipients, see the Cummings Foundation website.
(Photo credit: Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust)