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$30 million from Cummings to assist charitable organizations
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$30 million from Cummings to assist charitable organizations

The Woburn, Massachusetts-based Cummings Foundation has announced 150 grants totaling $30 million to assist charitable organizations in the Boston region.

125 NGOs out of 150 received funding of up to $225,000 over a three-year period. Grants ranging from $300,000 to $1 million were given to each of the remaining 25 applicants, with payments spread out over ten years.

The Acton Food Pantry, which was awarded $135,000 to expand home delivery and establish a mobile market program, Lifting Spirits Miniature Therapy Horses, which will receive $30,000 to increase the number and types of therapeutic visits, social/emotional learning opportunities, and academic supports using rescued miniature horses, Clarendon Early Education Services, which was awarded $225,000 to create a comprehensive online training model with individualized supports to provide equitable access for family childcare educators, and Amplify Latinx, which will receive $225,000 to promote fair economic opportunity for Latinx small businesses and to increase Latinx representation in leadership roles are among the recipients of the three-year grants.

The recipients of the ten-year grants are as follows: The Boston Foundation ($300,000) will produce reports, hold public forums, highlight trends and issues impacting the region, and promote informed public discourse; Community Day Care Center of Lawrence ($300,000) will support Department of Children and Families-involved siblings living in separate foster homes by providing consistent, well-supported, and enjoyable opportunities to spend time together; Si, Se Puede ($350,000) will sustain and improve educational enrichment for children and teens from Merrimack Courts Public Housing Project; and BEST Hospitality Training ($500,000) will offer unemployed/underemployed people enhanced case management and support services to increase opportunity.

Since the start of the Cummings Foundation’s official grantmaking program in 2012, the organization has given out $480 million in awards.

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