FY23 grants from our Community Fund

Name of OrganizationDescriptionGrant size
beheard.worldTo support the development of a performance piece about belonging and "othering" to be performed in two locations in Cambridge. $5,000.00
Breakthrough Greater BostonTo support the delivery of Middle School and High School Programs that support 7th-12th grade, low-income, students of color in Cambridge on their path to and through college. $15,000.00
Breaktime United, Inc. to support the launch two cohorts of young adult associates in Cambridge for a 3.5-year supported transitional employment program. $7,500.00
Bridge Forward Fundto scale critical operations and outreach to serve an increased number of individuals and families in Cambridge in 2023. $2,500.00
Bridges Homewardto support general operating costs related to the provision of social services to Cambridge residents, predominantly clients of our Developmental Disabilities program. $5,000.00
Cambridge Art AssociationTo support professional development programs designed to give visual artists the business tools they need to build successful visual arts practices. $2,500.00
Cambridge Black History ProjectTo support general operations and 2023 projects that include production of a third set of Trailblazer bookmarks, 72 oral histories, and an exhibit of historical photographs collected by members and oral history subjects. $3,500.00
Cambridge Camping AssociationTo support two day camps designed to close the summer and Covid learning loss gaps, address equity issues around enrichment programs and summer camps and provide a trauma sensitive, caring and welcoming community. $20,000.00
Cambridge College, Inc. To support the Laptop Loaner Program to keep low-to-moderate income Cambridge students on their educational pathways, despite heightened financial barriers. $3,500.00
Cambridge Families of Color Coalitionto meet the need for greater financial literacy education by and for caregivers of Color who are navigating family and educational finances. $7,500.00
CAMBRIDGE FORUMTo support website redesign and the connected work to reach a new and wider audience. $2,000.00
Cambridge Historical Society (History Cambridge)To support a project to engage American Indian/Indigenous voices of Cambridge and share that history with the entire city. $2,500.00
Cambridge Local FirstTo support the development of local incubator activities, including specialized business supports, shaped by and for BIPOC and queer business owners, with the goal of growing and supporting both new and young businesses in the area. $5,000.00
Cambridge Math Circle, IncTo support a citywide math festival in person after two years online and to recruit and train new teachers who can teach in-person at various CPS schools. $3,500.00
Cambridge Neighbors, Incto support Scholarships to low- to moderate-income Cambridge elders who live alone and would benefit from critical practical and social supports. $3,000.00
Cambridge Nonprofit Coalitionto support CNC in general operating support to advance the organization as it aims to significantly increase its revenue and staff capacity in order to effectively provide resources for member and non-member nonprofits and serve as a unified, influential and authentic voice for Cambridge nonprofits. ? $50,000.00
Cambridge Public Access Corp.To create and deploy a mobile media and storytelling lab while continuing to deepen and expand the work at our hub in Central Square. $15,000.00
Cambridge School Volunteers, Inc.Expanding the Pacesetters Program at the Fletcher-Maynard Academy, adding 5th graders to the Amigos Learning Center, the Fifth Grade Challenge Math Program. $7,500.00
Cancer Education and Research Institute, Inc. to support the management of incoming patients inquiries and assist with outreach. $1,500.00
Caritas Communities, IncThe support the Caritas’ Resident Support Services program in Cambridge that provides very low and low-income Cambridge residents the support and resources they need to improve their lives and succeed in permanent affordable housing. $5,000.00
Casa Myrna Vazquez, Inc.to support emergency shelter, housing advocacy and homelessness prevention services, trauma-informed mental health counseling, nutritional assistance, and other basic needs for survivors of domestic violence and their children. $2,000.00
CASPAR, Inc.to support program operating costs of the Emergency Services Center and Shelters, which spans the street outreach program, emergency shelters, and the winter warming center. $15,000.00
Center for Women & Enterpriseto support free and low-cost programming to increase access to entrepreneurship training for low-income women in Cambridge, MA. $5,000.00
Central Square Business Improvement DistrictTo support the Activating the Edges initiative where BIPOC musicians perform in public spaces not traditionally frequented by buskers. $2,500.00
Charles River Conservancy, Inc. to support the advancement of strategic plan goals: Cultivate active engagement with the river; Define the parks as a platform for community and cultural life; Advocate using research and placemaking; and Ensure long term organizational and environmental sustainability. $4,000.00
CitySprouts Incto support after school and summer Young Leaders Program (YLP), prioritizing the engagement of Cambridge youth ages 11-14 from historically marginalized and low income communities. $5,000.00
Community Art Centerto support teaching salaries for child care providers. $12,500.00
Community Conversations: Sister to SisterTo support programming that provides a community of Black women with culturally relevant, equity focused health strategies. $7,500.00
Community Dispute Settlement Centerto support mediating with consumers and merchants, and landlord and tenants, in the Cambridge District Court with small claims and summary process disputants; work with youth related to their Harassment Protection Orders in the Cambridge Juvenile Court; conflict coaching with Cambridge residents; provision of conflict skills workshops to at least 4 Cambridge-based groups and work with Cambridge schools and youth groups. $10,000.00
Dance in the SchoolsTo provide excellent dance and arts programming in the Cambridge Public Elementary Schools with the goals of increasing the number of participating classrooms, adding new dance teaching artists, and enhancing the scheduling system. $4,500.00
De Novo Center for Justice and Healingto support the provision of free civil legal assistance and affordable psychological counseling to low-income people, with services helping the homeless and imminently homeless, victims of domestic violence and their children living in poverty, immigrant and refugee survivors of torture and persecution, and people living with disabilities. $12,000.00
Enroot, Inc.to support wraparound programming for immigrant high school and college students which includes mentorship, academic tutoring, leadership development, job readiness, post-secondary preparation and access, college success, STEM exposure, and mental health and well-being support. $15,000.00
Family Opera, Inc. (North Cambridge Family Opera)To lead 30 to 35 science songwriting workshops in the K-5 Cambridge public schools. $2,500.00
Fenway Community Health Center, Inc. to support the ongoing programmatic needs of the Youth on Fire (YOF) drop in center, located in Harvard Square. $7,000.00
First Parish-Paine FundTo support payment for services for clients who cannot pay a fee and would otherwise refuse needed help. $7,000.00
Food For Freeto support program staff and expenses for hunger relief programs: Food Rescue, Just Eats Grocery Boxes, Healthy Eats (formerly known as Home Delivery), Weekend Eats (formerly the Cambridge and Somerville Weekend Backpack Program), and School Markets. $11,000.00
Friday Night Hypeto programming that provides safe spaces for our most vulnerable students to participate in educational and therapeutic activities with positive role models/mentors. $5,000.00
FriendshipWorks Inc.to support an on-going partnership with Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services (SCES) to connect isolated, older residents to volunteers of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds for the Friendly Visiting program. $5,000.00
Greater Boston Legal Servicesto support the prevention evictions and to provide housing and financial stability for low-income families and individuals living in Cambridge and Somerville. $10,000.00
Homeowners Rehab Inc.to support the stabilization neighborhoods by offering Cambridge eligible owners low interest rate financial and technical resources to maintain their home. $10,000.00
HomeStart, Inc. to support people experiencing homelessness and housing crisis in Cambridge find and keep safe, permanent, affordable housing. $10,000.00
Innovators for Purposeto support capacity-building for iFp through the development of two program expansion initiatives: New Futures Lab and Computer Science Integration into iFp Studios. $10,000.00
JazzBoston, Inc To bring live, world-class music programming to Cambridge residents in a safe, affordable, and welcoming environmment in the heart of the City's designated Cultural District. $2,500.00
Just A Start Corporationto support Career Connect, which provides Cambridge area residents with an educational pathway to sustainable careers in the Biomedical and Information Technology fields. $14,000.00
Just A Start CorporationTo support Just A Start in its capital campaign and the development and furnishing of Rindge Commons, a new Economic Mobility Hub, to help Cambridge residents have access to stable housing and pathways to financial stability. $30,000.00
Kendall Square OrchestraTo produce two concerts at a venue in Cambridge to provide cultural experiences for both our players as well as the Cambridge community. $1,000.00
Longy School of Music of Bard CollegeTo ensure that community members can access Longy’s programming at little or no cost. $6,000.00
Margaret Fuller Neighborhood Houseto support the development of Margaret Fuller's programs and program strategy. $5,000.00
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakersto support Cambridge-based Immigrant Integration Services (IIS) and Elder Services Programs (Cambridge Senior Center). These programs increase access and remove barriers to health, education and social services, and a better life, for our ethnically/racially diverse, low-income, mainly monolingual Portuguese-speaking communities. $9,000.00
Material Aid and Advocacy Programto support meeting unhoused community members’ self-identified immediate needs while working towards long-term solutions. $2,000.00
Playworks New EnglandTo deliver safe and healthy play during the school day to students, helping improve physical activity and to develop key social-emotional skills that are proven to help children thrive socially and academically. $4,500.00
Project Citizenship, Inc. to assist permanent residents achieve citizenship with free, high quality legal services. $4,500.00
Prospect Hill Academy Charter Schoolto support the STEAM Saturday program that provides tuition-free, fun and engaging, out-of-school-time, enrichment classes to K-8 students. $2,000.00
Riverside Community Care, Inc. To support critical family services led by the Riverside Community Services Agency (CSA) helping children and families in crisis in Cambridge. $7,500.00
Science Club for Girls, Inc.to support program expansion to reach more underrepresented girls and gender-expansive youth with impactful, high-quality STEM programming in a combination of virtual and in-person formats. $8,000.00
Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, Inc.To support programs at the Caspar/Baycove Womanplace transitional residential recovery program in Cambridge. $3,000.00
Soca Fusion LLCTo support ongoing recovery from the impacts of Covid-19. $2,500.00
Steps in Time®To support a student internship $1,500.00
Cambridge Carnival International, IncTo support general operating in expanding and maintaining staffing and operational capacity to support cultural programs. $7,500.00
The Loop Labto support serving young people of color in Cambridge through Media Arts apprenticeship opportunities and the pipeline through the Media Arts Youth Program for high school students. $10,000.00
The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusettsto bolster DEI efforts, build the capacity of CSBBN (Cambridge-Somerville Black Business Network) and to develop the Equity Fund. $5,000.00
Tunefoolery Music, Inc. To support monthly live music performances at the Sancta Maria Nursing Facility. $3,000.00
Tutoring Plus of Cambridgeto support the operations of elementary, middle, and high school out of school time tutoring programming. $12,500.00
uAspireto support the Cambridge financial aid advising program that connects College Affordability Advisors to students virtually and in person in schools to educate and advise high school juniors, seniors and their families on the financial aid process. $5,000.00
Urban Food Initiative, Inc. (Daily Table)to support marketing associated with getting the word out to shoppers who need Daily Table. $6,000.00
Women of Color Entrepreneurs, Inc.to widen the circle of entrepreneurship by supporting women of color entrepreneurs who are building great businesses and want help to scale. We onboard our fourth cohort in 2023. $5,000.00
Y2Y Network, Incto support program operations and salaries related to Y2Y Network's Harvard Square shelter. $6,500.00
YWCA Cambridgeto support and expand internal HR and Finance department capacity. $10,000.00