Grants and other charitable distributions FY 2016AmountPurpose
Adbar Ethiopian Women’s Alliance $ 5,000 For two literacy programs seeking to close language and learning gaps between children in low- and high-income households and to help families gain the same skills.
Afterworks $ 4,000 For operational support to maintain the scholarship program ensuring that children in need will have access to after-school programming.
Agassiz Baldwin Community $ 22,000 For the Living Well Network that supports aging in place and for the scholarship program at the Agassiz Baldwin after-school program.
Agenda for Children: Out-of-School Time $ 40,000 To support building quality in out-of-school time programs through professional development, citywide network facilitation, and advocacy for equity and access.
AIDS Action: Youth on Fire $ 9,000 For the Youth on Fire Drop-In Center for homeless youth.
Algebra Project: Math Talk $ 4,000 A pilot program to support parents & teachers to engage children ages 2-5 to develop a basic understanding of math concepts, build vocabulary, and accelerate language development.
American Friends Service Committee $ 5,000 For the Material Assistance Program to provide clothing and household goods to those in need.
American Repertory Theater $ 5,000 To help support program expenses for 220 CRLS students to attend a matinee and interactive discussion addressing the “school-to-prison pipeline” that affects disadvantaged youth.
Art Connection $ 3,000 To help place 25 works of art in each of three or more Cambridge social service agencies.
Baby University $ 20,000 To support the 16-week course, which includes workshops, playgroups, and home visits and the alumni programming which creates a network for parents where they support one another.
Belmont High School Scholarship Award$ 500Funding for a scholarship for a Belmont High School student who plans to pursue a career in elementary education.
Beyond the 4th Wall Expression Theater $ 5,000 To cover operating expenses for an organization that develops musical theater programming for Cambridge students of various ages, socio-economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Big Sister of Greater Boston Association $ 5,000 For one-to-one mentoring through community-based and site-based programs in Cambridge.
Boston Area Rape Crisis Center $ 6,000 To help fund operating expenses and to hire a contracts manager to support BARCC’s services.
Boston Minstrel Company $ 1,700 To support programming costs for three Minstrel appearances at CASPAR’s shelter for homeless people.
Boston Mobilization $ 5,550 To support a program that seeks to strengthen teen civic participation in Cambridge by taking advantage of a change in law that allows 16- and 17-year-olds to pre-register.
Boston Symphony Orchestra $ 2,500 The grant will enable Cambridge students to take part in Days in the Arts, a residential program near Tanglewood that gives middle school students a high-quality arts immersion experience.
Breakthrough Greater Boston $ 10,000 Helps Cambridge students in 7th through 12th grades make the transition to high school and pursue careers in education.
Bridge Fund $ 5,000 A homelessness prevention program helping those in arrears with rent or mortgage payments as well as comprehensive support and financial counseling.
Bridge Over Troubled Waters $ 6,000 For street outreach to connect with homeless youth.
BSA Foundation $ 2,500 To support the Boston Society of Architects outreach program to engage Cambridge children in community-based, hands-on architecture and design activity using STEAM practices.
Cambridge Art Association $ 33,590 To support Creativity Lab, introducing middle school students to making art with Cambridge Creativity Commons and Gately Youth Center. And distribution from CAA's endowment held at CCF.
Cambridge Arts Council $ 10,000 For the Summer in the City program that provides free diverse arts programming for the public in parks and community spaces and the Commons.
Cambridge Camping $ 25,000 Cambridge Camping programs make camping experience possible for underserved Cambridge children and children with special needs. And for overnight camperships.
Cambridge Children’s Chorus $ 4,000 Funding for a sequential music and youth development training program for children ages 4 to 18.
Cambridge Community Center $ 25,000 For services offered to low-income families, including Coast Kitchen and Teen Hip Hop Transformations - with Cambridge Health Alliance and Cambridge Police.
Cambridge Community Services $ 20,000 For CityLinks to expand workforce development programming, career exploration and financial literacy for students who have limited English proficiency at CRLS.
Cambridge Community Television $ 3,974 For a six-week media institute to enable two high school seniors to join the staff as youth trainers.
Cambridge Connects $ 20,000 Partnerships in 4 neighborhoods around Central Square will raise awareness of the value of inclusion by pairing Arts organizations with resident youth to articulate what neighborhoods value.
Cambridge Creativity Commons $ 27,500 To enrich teaching and learning through the arts in Cambridge schools.
Cambridge Economic Opportunity Committee $ 5,000 To expand its FAFSA application assistance so low-income households who complete the college financial aid process can strengthen their financial literacy around higher education costs.
Cambridge Family & Children Service $ 6,000 To help pay for parent-support and safety training workshops for foster and adoptive homes. Also for respite care for families in the Developmental Disabilities Program.
Cambridge Family YMCA $ 3,000 A grant to help support a boxing program offered by the Y in partnership with the Cambridge Police Department to at-risk Cambridge youth.
Cambridge Health Alliance Foundation $ 5,910 To support the health integration program in outpatient psychiatry and medical expense support.
Cambridge Homes for Aged People $ 2,018 To support services for Cambridge's seniors, such as independent senior living, assisted living, and Alzheimer's and dementia care.
Cambridge Housing Authority $ 15,000 For Workforce which works with residents in 8th through 12th grades and beyond, providing employment training to more than 250 youth.
Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition $ 50,000 Support for CNC Coordinator.
Cambridge Performance Project $ 3,000 To support in-school opportunities to learn from participation in performing arts in Cambridge public schools.
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School: Arts $ 1,000 Funding for a scholarship to recognize and reward CRLS students who have demonstrated talent and commitment in the field of Visual Arts.
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School: Reading $ 2,000 Funding of scholarships for CRLS students who have succeeded in school after being assisted by reading recovery programs in elementary school.
Cambridge School Volunteers $ 15,200 Funding for recruitment, screening, training and supervising tutors, mentors and other volunteers in Cambridge Public Schools and #STEAMinspiration.
Cambridge Senior Volunteer Clearinghouse $ 25,250 Support for the recruitment of volunteers for a broad range of nonprofits through one-to-one in-person help with making good volunteer matches.
Cambridge SNAP Match Coalition $ 5,000 To help double the buying power of low-income residents by matching what consumers spend in SNAP at local farmer’s markets, to make healthy local produce more affordable.
Cambridge Symphony Orchestra $ 2,000 For a free Pops on the Lawn Concert in Sennott Park.
Care Dimensions $ 2,000 Support for end-of-life care for patients in Cambridge.
Caritas Communities $ 5,000 Funding for healthy food, cooking classes, and Y membership for residents of Central House which serves previously homeless men.
CASPAR $ 12,000 This grant provides support to FirstStep OutReach and Emergency Services Center and Shelter for Cambridge homeless people.
Central Square Theatre $ 5,000 For the Community Connectivity Program and resident youth ensemble in Central Square and across neighborhoods.
Charles River Conservancy $ 5,000 To help support the activities devoted to the stewardship and enhancement of the Charles River urban parklands.
City Sprouts $ 3,500 A garden-based program that supports a school curriculum about healthy food choices for young people.
Community Action Agency of Somerville $ 5,000 For early childhood teacher training.
Community Art Center $ 15,250 To support the Center as it grows in response to the closing of the Middlesex Boys and Girls Club while serving Cambridge youth with creative programs; DIYDS!!; and the Home Port Art Trailer.
Community Central Meeting Room $ 12,962 Funding to support shared infrastructure -- a meeting room-- for use by nonprofits serving the Cambridge community.
Community Conversations $ 15,000 Funding to bring together key community and provider stakeholders for conversations focused on health topics for underserved residents through Sister to Sister Women's Health Initiative.
Community Dispute Settlement Center $ 10,000 To help provide affordable and accessible mediation services, including programs that address Spanish-speaking residents.
Community Learning Center $ 15,000 This grant will help support the Life Transitions Program, connecting low-income Cambridge immigrants to services, further education and careers.
Community Legal Services & Counseling Ctr $ 12,000 To support counseling and legal services to low-income and vulnerable individuals and families, as well as technical assistance to staff from Cambridge community based agencies.
Community Servings $ 9,000 Funding for the nutrition program for Cambridge residents affected by an acute life threatening illness.
Compass Working Capital $ 10,000 For financial education and coaching to help residents of Cambridge public housing increase earnings, strengthen financial capabilities, build savings and achieve personal goals.
Cradles to Crayons $ 2,500 To support their year-round program to provide children living in low-income and homeless situations items to help them thrive at home, at school and at play.
Dance in the Schools $ 3,000 Support for dance to promote social and emotional development; teach science and math concepts; and appreciation of the art of dance, in elementary school classrooms.
Early Intervention, TGC/RCC $ 5,500 For outreach to families of newborns in their primary language to link them to resources; conduct risk assessments; and provide developmental evaluations and therapeutic services.
Early Years Project, TGC/RCC $ 7,500 To provide professional development to all providers of childcare in Cambridge at no cost to them. The focus is on supporting mental and behavioral health.
East End House $ 36,000 To support a wide range of services to low-income families including senior support services.
EMERGE $ 3,000 For scholarship support of the Abuser Intervention Program.
Families First $ 4,000 To support research-based parenting workshops for Cambridge parents and community partners.
Family After School, TGC/RCC $ 4,000 To help children 6 to 12 with serious emotional and behavioral challenges.
Family Independence Initiative (FII) $ 30,000 To support ending poverty by cultivating connections, choice, and capital in very low income communities. Families set goals, track their progress, and meet monthly to share resources.
Family-to Family Project $ 5,000 FTF Project works with direct service providers to prevent or reverse homelessness through timely financial help.
Food For Free $ 18,000 To support the Food Rescue and Distribution program that helps feed more than 25,000 people in partnership with more than 100 local food programs.
Gallery 263 $ 2,500 To support operations for the nonprofit arts space on Pearl Street.
Girl’s Leap $ 2,000 Helps provide a 20-hour curriculum teaching physical safety skills and activities to develop conflict resolution.
Greater Boston Food Bank $ 10,000 To provide meals for individuals in need through relief agencies in Cambridge.
Green Streets Initiative $ 7,500 Support for Cambridge Walk/Ride Day Programs including collaborations with Cambridge public agencies, schools, working places, retail stores and the general public.
Grow Native $ 3,000 For the Evenings with Experts lecture series in collaboration with the Cambridge Public Library to support ecologically sound landscapes and gardens.
Habitat Education Center $ 1,500 To support programs for Cambridge third grade students studying a meadow habitat at Fresh Pond’s Maynard Ecology Center.
Harvard Square Churches Meal Program $ 4,000 A grant to hire additional homeless or formerly homeless people to help serve meals.
Harvard University: Scholarship $ 83,569 Funding of scholarships for local low-income students.
Heading Home $ 5,000 To help chronically homeless individuals with disabilities in Cambridge.
Homeless Empowerment Project/Spare Change $ 11,000 To help support the production of a newspaper for poor and homeless people to sell to showcase their talents and earn money.
Homeowners Rehab $ 15,000 For free technical assistance and loan programs to assist low-income homeowners in Cambridge.
HomeStart $ 17,500 To support programs that help marginalized and vulnerable people obtain and keep housing.
Horizons for Homeless Children $ 3,000 For Playspaces in family shelters in Cambridge and to recruit and train playspace activities leaders to help staff them.
Innovators 4 Purpose $ 10,000 To help youth develop skills as innovators, preparing them to participate in today’s innovation economy while ensuring the STEM education pipeline reflects America’s demographics.
Jean Appolon Expressions $ 5,000 To support reduced tuition for the after-school Teen Program at the Dance Complex, focused on Caribbean and African cultures.
José Mateo Ballet Theatre $ 5,000 To help support Dance for the CommonWealth, an outreach program that gives Cambridge residents of all ages access to the arts.
Just-A-Start Corporation $ 20,000 Funding to support education and training services for 250 teens and adults through YouthBuild and Biomedical Careers programs.
Longy School of Music at Bard College $ 22,500 To support the use of Longy students as teachers and performers in local shelters, hospitals, elder facilities and schools, and to help underwrite free concerts. Also for operations.
MA Alliance of Portuguese Speakers $ 13,000 A grant to support MAPS work to enable Portuguese-speaking seniors receiving critical services to live independently at home.
Many Helping Hands $ 7,500 To support: 6th Cambridge MLK Day of Service; www.ManyHelpingHands365.org; and Gift Cards for Guns, a Safer Homes, Safer Community Initiative to reduce the number of guns.
Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House $ 16,000 General support for one of the key community institutions serving local residents in need.
Meeting Place, TGC/RCC $ 19,000 To provide safe settings for parents and children to meet in when supervised visits are necessary.
Metamovements Latin Dance Company $ 3,500 Funding for a Youth Arts Ambassadors residency at Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House and Cambridge Senior Center.
Metropolitan Boston Housing Partnership $ 4,500 To build providers’ capacity for effective case management of low-income elders with hoarding disorder.
Mount Auburn Hospital $ 2,018 Funding for operations and special needs, especially as they apply to elderly and low-income patients.
Multicultural Arts Center $ 4,000 To support the presentation of multicultural visual and performing arts programs that educate people about diversity.
Nature Connection $ 4,000 To support therapeutic and animal-assisted programs for a diverse population of senior citizens at the Cambridge Health Alliance Elder Service Plan.
New Communities Services $ 5,000 To support holistic day services for frail elders, including specialized care for adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other kinds of cognitive impairment.
North Cambridge Family Opera Company $ 3,000 To support science songwriting workshops conducted by composer David Haines in Cambridge public schools, grades K-5, and help support the science festival chorus.
Nurtury $ 4,362 For a new language and literacy curriculum and to provide three teacher coaching sessions for the Harvard Street center in Cambridge.
On the Rise $ 3,000 To help support Safe Haven & Keep the Keys programs for homeless women as they move beyond crisis.
Paine Senior Services $ 9,464 To provide consistent support and services to Cambridge seniors regardless of their ability to pay.
Parenting Journey $ 4,000 To support parenting programs that help at-risk parents create stronger, more resilient families.
Pine Street Inn $ 5,000 To provide shelter food clothing and healthcare to more than 1,600 homeless people a day with a range of services.
Poets’ Theater $ 2,200 To fund tickets for low-income residents and children from Cambridge to see Beowulf at the Muticultural Arts Center in East Cambridge.
Possible Project $ 20,000 To support Youth Entrepreneurship Program which uses entrepreneurial, experiential, innovative learning to promote positive youth development for low-income students.
Preschool Team, TGC/RCC $ 5,000 To help fill a persistent gap in services for children with mental health and developmental problems.
Project Manna $ 4,000 To support nutritious meals served twice a week at a soup kitchen and the operation of a food pantry.
Project Prakash $ 2,000 For Unruly Arts, quality-of-life programing for children with autism and their families.
Revels, Inc. $ 2,000 For the 18th Annual RiverSing event.
Self Esteem Boston $ 3,000 To provide self-esteem training to low-income, at-risk people, with a focus on women in shelters and transitional programs.
Shelter Legal Services $ 5,000 Funding will help provide matching funds for a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant to provide free civil legal services for homeless people in Cambridge.
Small Can Be Big Inc. $ 10,000 To help support Cambridge families at risk of becoming homeless through this program which provides modest supports by raising public donations.
Solutions At Work $ 10,000 For the Children’s Clothing Exchange and Solutions Wear - which provides homeless or low-income individuals with business attire as they seek to re-enter the workforce.
Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services $ 3,000 For weekend home-delivered meals for isolated elders.
St. Patrick Shelter $ 7,500 SPS serves homeless women primarily from Cambridge and Somerville with shelter, advocacy and meals.
Summer Fund $ 20,000 To support Summer Fund which ensures camps are available for underserved, low-income and homeless youth. Funds go to camps that serve Cambridge and address summer learning loss.
Transition House $ 11,325 For Solutions to Domestic Violence, a pilot partnership (Transition House, Cambridge Council on Aging, Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services) and to support children at the shelter.
Tunefoolery Music Inc. $ 1,000 For the Music Scholarship Program that helps people living with mental illness build identities as musicians.
Tutoring Plus $ 19,000 For academic support and enrichment to students in grades 4 to 12 and gender specific programs.
uAspire $ 5,000 To help support their college affordability programs for Cambridge students.
Union Partnership for a Whole Community $ 7,500 To support the effort to develop a pipeline of highly trained nonprofit leaders of color.
Visiting Nurse Association $ 13,000 To help provide supportive housing and services for extremely low-income seniors and disabled people from Cambridge.
VNA Care Network & Hospice $ 5,910 To defray costs at the Elizabeth Evarts de Rham Hospice and care provided in patients’ homes in Cambridge.
Watertown High School: Scholarships $ 3,000 Funding of scholarships for Watertown High School seniors who have shown good citizenship and academic potential.
Wellmet Project $ 3,000 To support transitional housing services for individuals with mental illness.
Wheelock Family Theatre $ 4,000 To help Cambridge teens participate in a technical theatre training program aimed to foster interest in STEM plus arts (STEAM) through a hands-on immersion in theatre crafts.
Women’s Educational Center $ 5,000 To support services to low-income, homeless, and abused women.
Young People’s Project $ 7,500 To launch a new math literacy program in partnership with Cambridge Youth Programs for students in Moses Youth Center and Fletcher Maynard Academy.
Youth Enrichment Services $ 2,500 For Operation SnowSports & Outdoor Adventure which serves a diverse population of low-to-mid-income Cambridge youth.