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

FRAMINGHAM – The MetroWest Health Foundation awarded more than $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 health 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 families.

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.

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The MetroWest Health Foundation is a catalyst for a healthy MetroWest, providing more than $5 million in annual financial support for preventative and responsive health programs. Through its work on issues such as adolescent health, healthy aging and access to care, the foundation seeks to develop and support programs that have a positive impact on the health of the 25 communities in the MetroWest area of Massachusetts.

Framingham Source Editor Susan Petroni

Susan Petroni Framingham Source Editor Email: editor@FraminghamSource.com Phone: 508-315-7176

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