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FRAMINGHAM – The MetroWest Health Foundation announced the award of over $1.7 million in grants to area nonprofit and municipal organizations. Based on the recommendations of the foundation’s Grant Panels and Distribution Committee, the Board of Trustees have approved the award of 26
new grants to MetroWest health and human service organizations. Included in this round of funding are
grants to expand mental health services for youth, bolster organizational capacity building, and support
those who are at risk due to housing insecurity.

A half million dollar grant to the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center will support expanded primary medical care in the Greater Milford area. The grant will enable the center to increase the number of medical exam rooms from 9 to 14, increase office space for behavioral health, social and other support services, and launch dental, optometry and pharmacy services for the people who live and work in this region. It is estimated that this expansion will allow the center to serve an additional 5,000 patients per year.

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Organizations receiving grants are as follows:

Youth Mental Health Initiatives

Bellingham Public Schools $31,700
To develop a therapeutic framework for the Keough School.

Chica Project $40,570
To enhance supports to Latinx and other women of color in the Framingham Public Schools.

Framingham Public Schools $100,000
To address barriers to accessing mental health services.

Northborough/Southborough Public Schools $100,000
To expand clinical supports to students and provide consultation to staff.

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Behavioral Health Workforce Capacity Building

Advocates, Inc. $50,000
To recruit Spanish speaking clinicians.

Massachusetts Association for Mental Health $10,768
To create an inventory of behavioral health workforce incentives.

RIA House Inc. $15,000
To support staff professional development.

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Capacity Building

Holliston Public Schools $25,000
To develop a multitiered system of support for social & emotional Learning.

Human Relation Service $50,000
To implement an electronic medical record system.

Jewish Family Service of Metrowest $40,276
To create a centralized and integrated data collection system.

MetroWest Free Medical Program $24,620
To increase the capacity for behavioral health screenings.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc. $50,000
To improve the organization’s website.

Tri-Valley Elder Services $25,000
To improve clinical care coordination.

Community Engagement Initiatives

MetroWest Nonprofit Network $234,715
To provide continued support for the Voices of the Community Project.

Health & Housing Stability

Family Promise MetroWest $50,000
To support families facing housing insecurity.

MetroWest Mediation Service $50,000
To use mediation to prevent evictions and avoid homelessness.

Natick Service Council $25,000
To enhance case management services to those facing housing insecurity.

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Responsive Grants

Gaining Ground $8,000
To translate nutrition/recipe information.

Milford Public Schools $20,000
To increase immigrant student access to community health resources.

Northborough Public Schools $8,000
To support the expansion of social & emotional learning programs.

Wayland Police Department $1,873
To purchase equipment for community CPR training.

Women Making Movies $12,000
To support the local showing of “Recovery City.”

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A Place to Turn $150,000
To support expansion of the food pantry.

DeNovo Center for Justice & Healing $55,578
To implement a pilot legal-mental health team approach for
addressing the needs of low-income clients needing civil legal aid.

Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center $500,000
To support expansion of services in Milford

MetroWest lLgal Services $25,000
To support legal assistance for refugees seeking asylum

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 health equity, the foundation seeks to develop and support programs that have a positive impact on the health of the twenty-five communities in the MetroWest area of Massachusetts. For more information about the foundation, visit


In full transparency, above was a press release submitted to SOURCE media for publication

By editor

Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.