February 18, 2020
Bay State Nonprofits Are Invited to Apply for Grants

March 8, 2016 — Nominations are being sought for this year's Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which will honor Massachusetts nonprofits that are innovating along a number of dimensions, while Bay State nonprofits are invited to apply for grants to address community needs in Leicester, Lexington, and Wellesley, and support public art within the area bounded by Route 495.

Nonprofits Invited to Nominate Excellence Award Prospects

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network (MNN), the state's nonprofit trade association, is calling for nominations for its annual Nonprofit Excellence Awards, which "honor the amazing nonprofit organizations and employees whose commitment, diversity and effectiveness are at the heart of the nonprofit sector."

All registered 501(c)(3) and 501(c)(4 organizations or individuals associated with 501(c)(3) and/or 501(c)(4) organizations in Massachusetts are eligible.

Nominations are due March 18 in the following categories: advocacy, collaboration, communications, innovation, leadership, small organizations, young professionals. Details.

The awards will be presented June 27 at the State House in connection with the state's annual Nonprofit Awareness Day celebration.

Foundation for MetroWest Invites Applications from Nonprofits

The Foundation for MetroWest, based in Natick, is accepting applications from nonprofits for grants up to $10,000 that address community issues in Lexington and Wellesley.

The grants relating to Lexington should focus on health and human services, arts and culture, ecological well-being or community building, while those relating to Wellesley should address significant community issues.

Proposals are encouraged to focus on strategic innovations that incorporate collaboration and cooperation, create needed efficiency, and reduce duplication of services. Collaborations may take place with other nonprofit organizations and/or with for-profit entities.

Only 501(c)(3) organizations are eligible to apply.

The deadline is March 18. Details.

NEFA Seeks Applicants to Select Site-Specific Public Art

The New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), a Boston nonprofit that helps build the creative sector, is accepting applications from Massachusetts nonprofit, community-based organizations within Route 495 to select and commission artists to create new, site-specific, contemporary public art.

Grant supported activities include but are not limited to: artist selection process, artist fees, community engagement activities, site-specific planning, and acquisition of permits and approvals. Awards for the planning and development phase of public art projects generally range from $5,000 to $20,000.

In addition, NEFA will award funds, ranging up to $30,000 to implement permanent public art, as well as funds, generally ranging from $5,000 to $10,000, to install temporary public art.

The deadline to apply is April 4. Details.

NEFA also recently received a $300,000 grant from the Barr Foundation to help fund a study that will quantify creative economy employment, including at arts and culture nonprofits, in New England.

Greater Worcester Comm. Foundation Seeks Applications from Nonprofits

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation, based in Worcester, is accepting grant applications from nonprofits for projects that improve the quality of life and building a stronger community in Leicester.

Applicants must explain how their proposals will make a positive difference for the Leicester community’s vulnerable citizens, improve Leicester community life through community development, education, recreation, the arts, or human services, and attract other resources or secure matching funds from public or private sources.

Grants up to $5,000 are available for capital expenditures (to acquire or renovate property or equipment) or for operating expenses of specific programs or projects undertaken by associations or organizations.

Applications are due April 15. For more information, email Sarah Shugrue at sshugrue@greaterworcester.org or call 508-755-0980.

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