Arts & Culture Grants

Funds will support necessary building improvements related to accessibility, including modifying an existing accessible ramp and restroom, adding a bi-level drinking fountain, and purchasing a portable stage lift.

Funds will support efforts to replace all windows in the facility to help significantly reduce utility bills.

Funds willl support the Decoding Dance series aimed to present high caliber kathak performances on diverse community platforms in order to engage audiences, help decipher the complexities of Indian classical dance and highlight its universal relevance. 

Funds will support the expansion of the hands-on visitor experiences in FY18 to create the Lab, an all-new space that will thoughtfully integrate art, science, and nature.

Funds will support improved and increased marketing efforts for the organization to help with increasing audience size.

Funds will support a monthly children's series, including low-cost opportunities for families to enjoy children's concerts, puppet shows and theatrical performances that are both entertaining and educational.  

Funds will support efforts to build two, five-stall handicapped accessible restrooms.

Funds will support a cataloguing project to recreate lost data and record it in a digital database to improve collections management, delivery of services, and public outreach.

Funds will support three free performances of its critically-acclaimed production "Thurgood" being brought to venues in MetroWest communities to perform for underserved youth, seniors, and the general public. Performances will be scheduled in Winter/Spring 2018. 

Funds will support the planning, resarsal and production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Cinderella in 2018, which will star a mixed population of actors ages 9 and up of various ability, including approximately 35% actors with special needs; such as mobility challenges, Autism, Down Syndrome, cancer and Deafness). 

Funds will support the organization's efforts to revitalize a historic town asset to build a History Center, complete with museum galleries, an archive, and a visitor’s center, in the town-owned c. 1730 Loring Parsonage located in Sudbury’s Town Center. 

Funds will support the development and implementation of “makerspace” programs that meet the specific needs of families with children on the Autism spectrum, who are deaf/hard of hearing, or who are visually impaired. 

Environment Grants

To support the Conservation and Drought Preparedness project, including analysis of 2016 outdoor watering restrictions in the Charles River Watershed; advocacy for adoption of an improved drought management plan; and dissemination of information

To support the work of Shaping the Future of Your Community program in partnership with Hudson and other MetroWest communities to conduct education programs and technical assistance

To support efforts to reform state policies and practices that will preserve our streams and water supplies during times of water scarcity

To build public support for investment in green infrastructure that will create a more resilient local landscape

To support the Gray Water Initiative which seeks to demonstrate and highlight gray water systems as a component of drought management in Massachusetts

Family Support Grants

Funds will support their Family, Youth and Community Programming, providing an intergenerational family approach to care, guidance and support through workshops and seminars. 

Funds will support the Healthy Families Home Visiting program and the Medical Legal Partnership program serving vulnerable families living in MetroWest communities with needed legal and/or medical advice, and legal representation. 

Funds will support free programs in Waltham, including One-to-One Tutoring, Conversation Groups and job readiness training and support provide through our Career Access Lab (CAL) as well as Beginner English Classes.

Funds will support their Waltham Family Strengthening Project to provide comprehensive and evidence-based mental health services, cross-cultural supports, and case management to improve the well-being of an estimated 140 beneficiaries (parents and children 0-5), including pregnant and parenting teens, immigrants, homeless and very low-income families.  

Funds will support their Transitional Living Program, which provides case management to MetroWest families for one year along with subsidies to assist with rent, child care or addressing debt.

Funds will support their general operating efforts to furnish approximately 514 MetroWest households (1200 people) with 15,500 pieces of furniture and home goods in 2018. 

Funds will support their Interactive Literacy Program, which provides weekly opportunities for low income, immigrant parents to play and learn with their preschool child in their child's classroom.  

Funds will support their Critical Home Repair  (CHR) and Home Preservation initiatives in Marlborough, Framingham and Natick, which enable families and individuals to affordably and safely address critical life, safety and code issues on their homes, allowing them to age in place and maintain their community connections.  

Funds will support the distribution of personal hygiene items to individuals and families in need through MetroWest food pantries and organizations that provide basic aid and emergency relief to low-income area residents as well as organizations that serve MetroWest youth.

Funds will support their Family Assistance Network program serving poor immigrant and refugee families of young, elementary school age children to thelp them meet basic needs including food security, clothing and school supplies, emergency financial assistance, increased access to state benefits, etc.  

Funds will support their Framingham-based Immigrant Integration Services Program to meet the needs of the Portuguese-speaking communities of MetroWest, including expanded hours for one case worker.

Funds will support the salary and benefits of attorneys providing direct legal assistance to low-income, elderly and disabled clients in civil legal matters in MetroWest.

Funds will support their free mediation services in Summary Process sessions (housing eviction cases), to landlords and tenants, in Concord, Framingham and Natick District Courts.

Funds will support the extension of their intervention program for people with dementia and their caregivers, which includes a thorough nutrition assessment, a personalized nutrition care plan, caregiver coaching, and a 30 and 90 day follow up. 

Funds will support their Case Management (CM) program for to support their clients as they work towards improved health, economic independence, and self-sufficiency. 

Funds will support their efforts to provide the Family to Family (F2F) program to MetroWest area Spanish-speaking families affected by mental illness.   

Funds will support the Credential to Career Coaching (C2C) program's expansion to Framingham, which will provide homeless and at-risk families with resources and advice to gain skills and secure employment and housing and create a stable economic future for their family.

Funds will support their 2018 Citizen Workshop in Framingham to serve an estimated 150 MetroWest residents. 

Funds will support the stability and strength of their Community Based Advocacy program during the organization's growth. 

Funds will support the Haven Emergency Shelter and Hotline program, which provides temporary refuge for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, as well as their children, who are fleeing imminent threats of violence or abuse. 

Funds will support their residential and community programs to ensure that families impacted by domestic violence in Metrowest will receive comprehensive services to effectively support them from crisis to well-being. 

Funds will support Thrive's efforts to provide linguistically and culturally competent family support services to Brazilian, Cabo Verdean, Portuguese, and other Portuguese-speaking families, as well as culturally competent family support services to LGBTQ families.

Funds will support general operating needs for Watch CDC, which works to advance and promote affordable housing, provides adult education and leadership development, and empowers underrepresented residents through civic engagement.