The following press release was provided by the Watertown Community Foundation
Watertown – The Watertown Community Foundation awarded $40,487 in health and education grants during the fall grant cycle to invest in healthy, bright futures for Watertown’s families and kids.
Healthy Watertown Grants Will Keep People Healthy and Save Lives
“We are so impressed by the quality of the proposals we received to address the health and well-being of the Watertown community,” said Emily Barclay, WCF Board Secretary and Healthy Grants Committee Chair. “There is more need in Watertown than we can possibly know. This year’s grants support programs that touch every age group and support some of the most vulnerable people in Watertown.”
The Watertown Community Foundation awarded a total of $7,500 in grants to the Watertown Boys and Girls Club for afternoon snacks, the Watertown Housing Authority for hygiene and cleaning supplies for residents, Enhance Asian Community on Health for a stability movement program for elders, and the Watertown Police Department for the free NARCAN program.
Education Program Grants To Enhance the Excellence of Our Schools
“This year we were excited to see so much interest in our Education Grant program. We had more than $66,000 in requests for $30,000 in available funds. The proposals were fantastic and we are so pleased to be able to provide funding to most applicants,” said Lauren Coughlin Unsworth, WCF Board Co-President and Education Grants Committee Chair. “We are proud to partner with the Watertown Public Schools and the amazing staff and teachers in funding these programs.” To recognize the strength of the proposals, the Watertown Community Foundation awarded a total of $32,987 to support programs in every school in the district. Twenty-one programs working with or adjacent to the schools received funding to support literacy and reading, promote acceptance and inclusion, celebrate our diversity and different cultures, provide anti bullying training, provide support for students with disabilities, purchase musical instruments, support the robotics team and more. Please see the full grantee recipient list here.
About Watertown Community Foundation
The Watertown Community Foundation works to build and sustain a vibrant, close-knit community in Watertown – now, and for future generations. To accomplish this, WCF connects networks of non-profits, grantees, program participants, and stakeholders; builds financial resources from people and partner institutions; grants funding opportunities to non-profits and community projects. Since its inception in 2003, WCF has awarded more than $3,000,000 in grants to programs and organizations serving Watertown.
WCF Board of Directors: Lauren Coughlin Unsworth and Mary Ann Mulligan; Co-Presidents; Albrik Avanessian; Emily Barclay; Ninos Hanna; Eileen Hsü-Balzer; Heather Leary; Anthony Paolillo; Lora Sabin; Robert Shay; David Siegel; Felicia Sullivan; and Donna Tuccinardi
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