MetroWest Health Foundation Awards More than $750,000 in Grants

Jun 12, 2019

The MetroWest Health Foundation recently awarded over $750,000 in new grants to area nonprofit and municipal organizations. The grants were made as part of the foundation’s spring grant cycle and are designed to help organizations accomplish projects that improve the health and well-being of residents and communities in the MetroWest region.

The 19 new grants address a variety of issues including heath equity, healthy aging and access to care.

The largest grants were $250,000 to South Middlesex Opportunity Council to support the establishment of a new South Framingham community center, and $150,000 to Riverside Community Care to support mental health services in the Greater Milford area.

In addition to these organization, grants were also made to the following:

BayPath Elder Services, Inc.                                                     $34,736

To improve access to services for LGBTQ elders.

Brazilian American Center                                                         $30,915

To facilitate the access to mental health and wellness services.

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center                      $20,000

To improve specialty care referrals for patients.

Framingham Board of Health                                                    $19,240

To make Framingham an age/dementia-friendly community.

Framingham Housing Authority                                               $19,944

To reduce incidents of heat stroke among elderly and disabled residents.

Franklin Council on Aging                                                           $9,798

To support a Dementia Friendly community.

Franklin Food Pantry                                                                    $2,150

To train volunteers and staff in trauma informed care.

Health Care for All                                                                      $24,245

To improve access to care for immigrant families in the MetroWest community.

Hudson Board of Health                                                            $20,000

To build local capacity and expertise around how adults can develop strong connections to the youth in their lives.

Learning Center for the Deaf                                                     $20,000

To support the establishment of an outpatient mental health clinic to serve deaf and hard of hearing children and

MetroWest Regional Transit Authority                                     $26,000

To offer diversity, equity, and inclusion training for staff.

MetroWest Worker Center                                                         $20,000

To provide medical accompaniment to immigrant workers injured on the job.

MetroWest YMCA                                                                       $25,000

To strengthen primary prevention strategies within the region.

Natick Service Council, Inc.                                                       $20,000

To increase health insurance enrollment and health literacy of residents.

OUT MetroWest                                                                          $20,715

To build capacity to serve LGBTQ youth of color.

RIA House Inc.                                                                            $29,992

To improve mental health and recovery services for women survivors of

sexual exploitation.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.                             $10,000

To develop an action plan on behalf of the Greater Framingham

Hunger Network.