August 20, 2019
College Prep; Nonprofit Solar Energy; Grants Awarded, Available

February 5, 2019 — JFYNetWorks gets $15K for college prep program... PowerOptions renews partnership to provide solar energy for Massachusetts nonprofits... Cape Cod Foundation grants $30K to local nonprofits... Community Foundation of SE Mass. seeking proposals

JFYNetWorks Gets $15K for College Prep Program

JFYNetWorks, a Boston-based nonprofit that helps young people build skills for college and careers, recently received a $15,000 grant from the Clowes Fund in Indianapolis to support its College and Career Readiness programs

According to JFYNetWorks, within this decade, 72% of jobs in Massachusetts will require some college education, "But too many of our high school graduates do not have adequate reading and math skills for college or the workplace," which means many students who enter college unprepared get assigned to non-credit remedial courses and eventually leave college without a degree. JFYNetWorks said it has helped students reduce the need for remedial college courses by 50%.

PowerOptions Renews Partnership to Provide Solar Energy for Massachusetts Nonprofits

Power Options a Boston-based nonprofit energy-buying group, recently announced it has renewed a partnership with Solect Energy, a full-service commercial-scale solar developer and installer in Massachusetts, by which PowerOption’s provides solar energy systems for nonprofits.

They noted that the partnership "is well timed to help public and non-profit organizations across Massachusetts as the Commonwealth rolls out its new solar energy incentive program (named SMART) with specific 'adders' that significantly lower electric costs for the end customer, and it includes additional incentives for public entities.In addition, these organizations can take advantage of state grant opportunities like the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources Leading by Example (LBE) grant program which delivers further incentive and direct savings for state entities that commit to clean energy initiatives."

In a first of its kind project, Salem State University recently contracted with Solect, via Power Options, for three solar energy systems (totaling 387 kW). Salem State received the first grant from the 2018 LBE Solar Program, which lowers their energy costs, enabling them to save up to $1 million over 20 years.

Cape Cod Foundation Grants $30K to Local Nonprofits

The Cape Cod Foundation in South Yarmouth last week announced it awarded $30,000 in grants to 12 nonprofit organizations serving the Town of Chatham.

Henry R. Holden, chair of foundation's Chatham Fund Advisory Committee, said, the grant recipients "are helping residents facing extreme financial hardships, providing engaging educational and recreational opportunities for children, supporting job training for people with disabilities, advancing our understanding of the fishing community, and leading critical environmental projects.”

Receiving the grants were:
  • Cape Abilities, $2,500
  • Cape Cod Children’s Place, $1,000
  • Cape Cod Commercial Fishermen’s Alliance, $1,500
  • Chatham Marconi Maritime Center, $2,000
  • The Family Pantry of Cape Cod, $5,000
  • Friends of Chatham Waterways, $1,000
  • Harwich Ecumenical Council for Housing, $2,000
  • Homeless Prevention Council, $2,000
  • Lower Cape Outreach Council, $3,000
  • Mass Audubon Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, $3,000
  • Monomoy Community Services for the Chatham Children’s Fund, $5,000
  • Pleasant Bay Community Boating, $2,000

Community Foundation of SE Mass. Seeking Proposals

The Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts, based in New Bedford, recently issued a request for proposals from nonprofits in southeastern Massachusetts that are working to alleviate hunger and homelessness in the region.

Grants of up to $10,000 per recipient will be made to support capital investments.

"There is nothing more essential to our mission to serve the needs of our residents that alleviating hunger and homelessness,” said John Vasconcellos, foundation president. “Our Community Foundation, in partnership with a very generous and visionary donor, is excited to fill this key role of working with those who seek to feed and shelter our community’s vulnerable.”

Deadline to apply: March 15. Details.

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