Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest awarded $300,000 Cummings Foundation grant

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Members of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metrowest
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Marlborough – Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest is one of the local nonprofits sharing in Cummings Foundation’s $25 million grant program in 2019. The Marlborough-based organization has been awarded a $300,000 Sustaining Grant, to be disbursed over 10 years. President Chris Duane and Laura May, director of resource development, represented the nonprofit at a May 2 awards night at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn.

“We are incredibly grateful to receive a Sustaining Grant from the Cummings Foundation. This support is crucial in helping our organization continue to provide quality services to youth in the MetroWest region,” Duane said.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest will use funding from Cummings Foundation to support the afterschool program at its Marlborough Clubhouse, which serves over 200 youth each day.

The Sustaining Grants initiative builds on Cummings Foundation’s “$100k for 100” program. First offered in 2012, $100k for 100 annual awards $10 million through multi-year grants of $100,000 each to 100 nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties. Grant recipients that received their final grant disbursements in 2018 were automatically considered for $15 million in Sustaining Grants.

“We introduced Sustaining Grants to help alleviate the constant burden of fundraising so nonprofit professionals can spend more of their limited time and resourced on actually providing services,” said Christina Berthelsen, grants manager at Cummings Foundation.

Sustaining Grants winners were selected primarily by a 33-member volunteer committee, which included former state legislators, CEOs of local companies, and a retired justice of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court. Among many others, committee members met with each nonprofit twice to learn how the “$100k for 100” funds helped to advance its mission, and how it might put a 10-year grant to use.

View the complete list of the 50 Sustaining Grant winners at www.CummingsFoundation.org. An additional 100 winners will be announced in June through the “$100k for 100” program.