GRAFTON – Five Grafton nonprofits just received grant money from Tufts University as part of the university’s Tufts Community Grants program.
Available to qualified non-profits in communities hosting Tufts facilities, the grants now support local groups that have often struggled to make ends meet during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It has been challenging and costly for organizations to develop programs to serve residents during COVID-19,” Tufts Community Programs Specialist Leah Boudreau said in a press release.
Thirty five non-profits across the state collectively won $35,000.
In Grafton, that list of recipients included Apple Tree Arts, the Community Harvest Project, the Grafton Food Bank, the Grafton Senior Center and Saint James Church.
Apple Tree Arts will use its money to purchase an outdoor projector for a youth theater arts summer program.
The Community Harvest Project will buy seeds and garden materials to grow food. It will then make that food available to food insecure households in the Grafton/Greater Worcester Area
The Grafton Food Bank is buying monthly gift cards also for food insecure families in Grafton while the Senior Center is offering four months of free medical rides for seniors and disabled residents.
Saint James will offer emergency relief funds to Grafton residents in need of assistance with heating costs, food, school supplies and medical expenses, among other needs.