June 22, 2018
Nonprofits Receive Funding; Grant Deadlines Posted

April 17, 2017 — Cardinal Cushing Centers gets $500K grant...Duffy Health Center receives $25K from benefit concert... UK Soccer Development Program awarded grant... Nonprofits invited to apply for grants to end hunger, support youth boating, young professionals... Discovery Museums extends STEM partnership.

Cardinal Cushing Centers Gets $500K from BJ’s Wholesale Club

Cardinal Cushing Centers, a Hanover-based nonprofit in that supports individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, last week announced that it has received a $500,000 grant from BJ’s Wholesale Club.

Cardinal Cushing Centers said the two-year grant will enhance its ability to provide opportunities for growth and advancement to individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

The grant brings to $5 million the amount BJ's has awarded to Cardinal Cushing Centers.

“We are grateful for our longstanding partnership with BJ’s and its commitment to helping individuals of all ages and abilities thrive,” said Peter O’Meara, president and CEO of Cardinal Cushing Centers. “Cardinal Cushing Centers continues to pioneer new and better ideas in teaching, transition programs, employment, and community living for individuals with special needs, and BJ’s grant will be critical in helping us realize this vision.”

Duffy Health Center Gets $25K Raised via Benefit Concert

Duffy Health Center, a nonprofit in Hyannis that provides comprehensive health services to homeless people and those at risk of homelessness, recently received a $25,000 donation raised by Cape Cod Academy in Osterville.

The funds, raised via the annual “Shelter from the Storm” benefit concert, will help support the center's new program for treating opioid-addicted young people, according to a report in The Barnstable Patriot.

The center, incorporated in 1997 as Barnstable County’s primary health care provider for homeless adults, last year provided integrated medical, mental health and substance abuse services and case management support to more than 3,300 people.

Centerville Soccer Nonprofit Gets Grant from Cape Cod Foundation

The UK Soccer Development Program, based in Centerville, was recently awarded $9,086 from The Cape Cod Foundation to support soccer for youth in Barnstable.

UKSD, through the UKSD Grass Roots Soccer Program, the Kidz Play 4 Free Project, and the UKSD Academy, uses the game of soccer to educate youth about social issues, such as homelessness, hunger, and substance abuse, while also supplying high quality soccer training, soccer coaching, equipment, and educational items, at little to no cost to kids and teens in the Barnstable area and throughout the world

Funds were provided via the foundation's Houston Memorial Fund, which honors Kevin Houston, a U.S. Navy SEAL who was killed in Afghanistan, and Miranda Houston, who died from ovarian cancer.

Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Grants to End Hunger in Worcester County

The Greater Worcester Community Foundation recently announced it is accepting grant applications for the Worcester County Food Bank Fund to End Hunger.

The following areas are funding priorities:
  • Access to Healthy Food: Examples include initiatives that improve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through advocacy, the quality of and access to child nutrition programs (school meals, summer meals, after-school meals, and the Women, Infant, and Child Nutrition Program known as WIC), and the quality of and access to senior nutrition programs (meals on wheels, etc.)

  • Economic Self Sufficiency: Examples include educational and job readiness initiatives that support individual or household self-sufficiency, skill development programs such as nutrition-based cooking and budgeting that support individuals and households in maximizing their financial resources, and initiatives that create jobs.
The fund will also consider requests for the purchase of equipment for food handling and storage.

Applications are welcomed from 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations with programs in Worcester County. Grant amounts will generally not exceed $3,000.

Deadline to apply: May 15. Details.

Cape Nonprofits Invited to Apply for Grants to Advance Young professionals

The Cape Cod Foundation is now accepting grant applications for the Cape Cod Young Professionals’ (CCYP) Giving Circle Grant Program, which will award $10,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations that offer projects or programs that advance the lives of young professionals on Cape Cod.

Launched in 2015, the CCYP Giving Circle is a philanthropic initiative that engages CCYP members to support CCYP and other Cape-based nonprofit organizations that operate programs and projects that advance the lives of young professionals on Cape Cod

Grants of $500-$2500 will be made for initiatives relating to career development, access to housing, civic engagement, and children and youth.

Deadline to apply: June 23. Details.

Nonprofits Sought to 'Get More Kids on the Water'

Massachusetts nonprofits are being asked to submit proposals to "get more kids on the water" involved with boating programs already in place in the state, which may lead to opening the door to more career avenues for marine related jobs in the future.

“By getting more kids involved in boating at an early age, they are more apt to continue boating when they are older,” said Randall Lyons, executive director of the Massachusetts Marine Trades Association, which with the Massachusetts Marine Trades Educational Trust created the Kids in Boating Initiative. “In addition to an aging boating industry issue, we are also facing a shortage of marine technicians and other marine related staff members."

Grants will be awarded in amounts ranging from $500 to $1,500. Details.

Discovery Museums Renews Partnership with MathWorks

The Discovery Museums, an Acton nonprofit that serves as the children’s and science museums of the MetroWest region of Boston, recently announced the seventh year of a partnership with MathWorks to bring the museums’ Traveling Science Workshops (TSW) program to elementary and middle school classrooms throughout the region.

Now in its 25th year, TSW is a state curriculum-based program that brings hands-on science and STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) concepts into pre K-8 classrooms throughout New England.

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