The Get Connected Clinic is a computer clinic that offers beginner-level and advanced training, and free refurbished, high-quality, donated computers for people who are experiencing homelessness, poverty, and other challenges such as language and cultural barriers or severe social isolation during COVID-19.
A weekly television program that addresses cultural, political, and practical issues, including proactive COVID-19 vaccine education and outreach activities help boost vaccination rates in Greater Boston.
The Massachusetts Independent Comics Expo (MICE) and its associated Mini-Grants program annually support local cartoonists by providing a marketplace to build their audiences, grants to support the development of new work, and educational programming to grow a public awareness of the knowledge and skills behind every graphic work.
Working to end young adult homelessness through purposeful transitional employment and financial empowerment. This funding will help launch transitional employment partnerships with nonprofits in Cambridge.
Increased programming and community collaboration in 2022 and important upgrades to nonprofit software for institution, artist, educator, and student management, arts and culture programming, and collaboration.
CAA exhibits quality works of art and seeks to enrich lives and engage art enthusiasts and collectors. CAA also provides educational opportunities to its members and others to enhance their skills as artists and promote the appreciation of visual art.
Day and overnight summer camp, school-year programming and workshops for families and caregivers who work with children impacted by trauma or disability. This grant will help cover day camp costs and support scholarships for youngsters to attend overnight camps throughout New England.
Support for Cambridge CCAE’s priorities to: 1) enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion practices; 2) keep programs accessible by expanding our scholarship program; 3) renew and reinvigorate community partnerships that were interrupted by the pandemic.
Community events for families of color that provide resources, skill-building opportunities, leadership opportunities, a sense of community, and social emotional support through spaces that are created by and for families of color in Cambridge.
High-quality support and advocacy for children, adults, and families to develop and nurture safe, permanent relationships and maximize individual growth. Grant funds will support general operating costs related to our provision of social services to Cambridge residents, predominantly clients of our Developmental Disabilities program.
Cambridge Forum hosts free public discussions that inform and educate, so people can better explore the varied issues and ideas that shape our complex world, with an upcoming series highlighting Cambridge’s Black history.
This grant will support students who need academic support by providing them with a tutor in one or more areas, primarily: before-school drop-in math, the after-school Tutoring Center, the College & Career Mentor Program.
The Cambridge Symphony Orchestra’s mission is to make great music accessible to diverse audiences and to harness the power of music to forge lasting relationships with our community. The CSO’s annual Family Concert will be performed on January 23, 2022.
To ensure low-income cancer patients, immigrants and non-immigrants, receive high-quality care and effective cancer education through the CERI Personalized Patient Program and multi-language, simplified education programs.
Casa Myrna delivers solutions to end domestic and dating violence through intervention, awareness, and prevention. This grant is for emergency assistance to domestic violence survivors and their families in Cambridge who continue to experience negative impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
An inclusive economic empowerment organization helping women business owners and aspiring female entrepreneurs launch and grow their business by providing greater access to the resources, tools, and support they need.
Funding will support the theater during an ongoing recovery period extended into Season 2022-23 which includes a Main Stage program of four productions; a community collaborative project; and a youth development touring program.
Expand afterschool and summer Young Leaders Program to a 3-year progressive leadership development experience, prioritizing the engagement of Cambridge youth ages 11-14 from historically marginalized and low-income communities.
Engaging diverse stakeholders within the underserved Black community in creating ongoing, multigenerational cross-sector dialogue that transforms the healthcare conversation and explores innovative and sustainable change to improve health and health provision at the individual, family, and community level.
Expanding access in Cambridge to the Compass Family Self-Sufficiency program in Cambridge, a voluntary program for families who live in federally subsidized housing to build financial stability and get ahead.
The Everyday Essentials program will provide at least 13,000 instances of service to children (birth-12) living at or below 200% of the FPL in Cambridge, through local service partners to mitigate clothing insecurity and to promote school readiness.
In partnership with Cambridge Public Schools, Discovering Justice will provide a culturally responsive, rich, inquiry-based civics curriculum to all K-3 teachers and students in the district, that supports and enhances social studies, literacy, and social emotional instruction with an equity-centered, social justice lens.
Immigrant high school students at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) and high school graduates in the College Success Program benefit from mentoring, post-secondary planning, job readiness training, internship opportunities, leadership development seminars, college success coaching and tutoring, and social-emotional support in a robust, 4–7-year wraparound model.
Fenway Health advocates for and delivers innovative, equitable, accessible health care, supportive services, and transformative research and education. This grant’s purpose is to assist Youth on Fire in providing services to homeless and unstably housed youth.
Their flagship Language Access Fellowship Program provides free Medical Interpreter Certificate training, direct job placement, and ongoing career development to low-income, bilingual women in Cambridge and Greater Boston.
The College Success Initiative Campus-Based Coaching Program provides individualized coaching support to CRLS and Community Learning Center students who enroll at Bunker Hill Community College or UMass Boston.
The Cambridge Families Initiative provides families with the furniture, home goods, and moving services they need to create a safe and comfortable home as they transition from shelters into stable housing.
Supporting 100 diverse adults to build civic engagement skills through our 3-month, 2-3 hour/week community leadership programs. Members then translate their learning into sustained action and systems change as part of our lifelong community of practice.
Operational support for the new Canopy Crew program that pays CRLS students to plant trees on private property and to the Wildlife Arts program that engages school-aged children in the local environment through art.
Reuniting stakeholders who were part of the Maria L. Baldwin School Equity Team and Outdoor Learning Design Team in School Year 2021-2022 to reflect on new learnings and next steps at a late summer/early fall 2022 retreat at Hale Education.
Hildebrand partners with children and families experiencing homelessness while they are in shelter, receiving supportive services, searching for new homes, and working to remain stably housed in permanent, supportive housing.
Comedy performances, community outreach programs, executive coaching, corporate trainings, comedy school, and youth programming, where students from all walks of life learn the power of “Yes, and…” while training in the theater’s signature form of improv, stand-up, and sketch comedy. This funding is for high-school outreach programs.
A multifaceted program for high-potential young people, especially those from underrepresented groups, to discover their passions, develop innovative mindsets and cultivate the skills to solve the problems they care most about.
Kendall Square Orchestra (K2O) is a Cambridge, MA, based volunteer community orchestra founded in 2018 with a mission to connect science and technology professionals through music to spark innovation and support causes related to healthcare, education, and equity.
The School promotes vibrant and inclusive programs impacting Cambridge and beyond by providing music to vulnerable populations, partnering with professional arts organizations, and presenting high-quality, accessible arts experiences including free public concerts and academic programming.
General operating funds for all programs: weekly dance classes; mentoring sessions and consultations for teachers and community members (free for BIPOC community dance artists); community assistance (connecting artists to resources and information); and local arts advocacy work.
Learning from the COVID-19 era to rebuild and reshape the Multicultural Arts Center guided by the needs of the community, through accessible, inclusive, and antiracist visual and performing arts, and cultural experiences.
My Brother’s Keeper Task Force (MBK Cambridge) is committed to disrupting and eradicating the chronic social, mental, economical, and educational barriers for youth, young adults, parents and caregivers.
With a mission to share in solving longstanding community problems using technology, Nananke aims to build micro houses and sustainable stationary housing using upcycled plastics and other recyclables.
An annual contribution to Philanthropy Massachusetts’ Summer Fund, which amplifies and redistributes the dollars to engaging summer experiences for Cambridge youth and children that prevent summer learning loss and foster social emotional health.
The TeamUp program at the Fletcher Maynard Academy in Cambridge to support equitable access to play while building on the foundational health and social-emotional needs of vulnerable elementary school students, helping them heal from trauma, reconnect in school, and recover lost learning.
Increasing necessary food assistance for people with zero or low income of all ages, races, cultures, religions, and backgrounds who are experiencing homelessness and food insecurity, as identified by service agencies and schools in Cambridge.
Fostering excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women-in-STEM mentors.
“You’re Worth It” at the CASPAR/Baycove Womanplace transitional residential recovery program in Cambridge helps clients build skills and confidence to foster a successful transition to employment and education/training programs.
Breaking the cycle of poverty and homelessness by providing individuals and families with resources and opportunities to strengthen their self-confidence, achieve self-sufficiency, and participate in helping others. This grant supports their Children’s Clothing Exchange.
To expand current transportation options for older adults and younger adults with disabilities; to offer free taxi rides to medical appointments and beyond, so that the population we serve can access veterinary appointments, grocery stores, meal sites, banks, hairdressers, and social engagements.
Dedicated to the economic and social growth of immigrant communities in Boston, SAWC will use this grant for basic resource distribution (food drive, grocery gift cards) as well as to build a more robust organizational framework, increase marketing, and expand our educational sessions on mental health, technology, and income generation.
Support for Cambridge-based women of color entrepreneurs who are building great businesses and want help to scale, by providing long-term mentorship combined with tailored programming, peer support, and curated access to potential lenders and investors.
Support for the Passport to Black-owned Businesses event in Cambridge and Somerville on Small Business Saturday, as well as to the administrative costs associated with building the capacity of the Cambridge-Somerville Black Business Network as it grows and provides more resources to its members.
Tech Goes Home partners with local schools and community organizations to advance digital equity by offering Cambridge residents digital skills training, new computers, and if needed, one year of internet services.
Math enrichment for K-8 students, focused on the children of Cambridge from groups underrepresented in STEM, with a goal to encourage students to enjoy solving challenging problems, and to be able to go into STEM-related careers when they get older.
The Dance Complex seeks more efficacy and impact for our community, furthering its own journey as a more nimble and reimagined organization, as they continue to learn from the COVID-era, dialogue with our communities, and organization-wide antiracism work.
Empowering Womxn and People of Color in the media arts to develop careers in audio/video through job training and job placement. This grant supports the Loop Lab Media Arts Apprenticeship in 2022 for young people of color, with a focus on Cambridge residents.
Integrated services to individuals and families to empower them to overcome challenges, reach their potential and achieve their goals. The funding will bring high-quality math enrichment to elementary and middle-school students in Cambridge from underrepresented groups.
The Nature Connection’s mission is to improve the wellbeing of individuals and communities through the therapeutic use of nature. Goals are to improve participants’ psychological and social wellbeing while fostering environmental responsibility and an understanding of the human-nature relationship.
Dance With Parkinson’s Program at Youville House Assisted Living in Cambridge is a free, weekly class for residents living with Parkinson’s Disease to engage in the joy of movement in a fun, welcoming, and safe environment.
Operating support for VLA DANCE to pay administrators and company dancers while working towards a new dance theater epic at Hibernian Hall in September 2022; and to support the initiation of a new youth initiative spanning across Cambridge and Boston starting January 2023.
The program, Removing Barriers to Health for Cambridge Home Health Patients in Need, addresses social and economic concerns for vulnerable Cambridge home health care patients with characteristics that result in a disproportionately high disease burden such as inadequate insurance, low income, cultural/linguistic barriers, or housing instability.
The purpose of this award is twofold: (1) to build resilience for Y2Y Harvard Square amid the ongoing effects of COVID-19, and (2) to incorporate programmatic learnings from COVID and continue to build innovative and impactful programming.
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