Watertown Community Foundation Awards $110K in Grants to Local Organizations

The following press release was provided by the Watertown Community Foundation

Watertown – In the largest grant cycle of the year, the Watertown  Community Foundation has provided financial support to non-profits and programs across the  city, so all Watertown’s residents continue to thrive in a vibrant, welcoming community. The  Foundation awarded a total of $110,000 to 19 non-profit organizations and the City of  Watertown.  

Funds will support the ongoing work of many local non-profit organizations, as well as specific  programs, that prioritize work to address the needs of vulnerable residents, support public arts  and culture, invest in environmental sustainability, promote youth development, and foster a  sense of welcome and belonging for all who live and work in Watertown.  

Forty percent of this year’s funding went to support organizations working to meet the needs of  some of Watertown’s most vulnerable residents. “We know residents in Watertown are  struggling and continue to need support for basic needs including housing, food, mental health,  emergency assistance and learning English. This year the Watertown Community Foundation  continued our long practice to prioritize support for local organizations that meet these needs  for people of all ages,” said Mary Ann Mulligan, Watertown Community Foundation Board Co President and Grants Committee Co-Chair. Recipient organizations included Metro West  Collaborative Development, the Watertown Housing Authority, Springwell, Wayside Youth  Family and Support Network, the Helen Robinson Wright Fund, Watertown Free Public Library – Project Literacy, and the Watertown Community Fridge. 

“At the Watertown Community Foundation, we want our grants to serve the whole community  and create positive change for all residents. We do this by supporting our kids, making art  possible and accessible, supporting the environment, and encouraging programs that help us  know more about each other and bring us together. For more than a decade, we have funded the work of the Watertown Boys and Girls Club, Dorothy and Charles Mosesian Center for the  Arts, Charles River Conservancy, and Worlds in Watertown Unity Breakfast – organizations and  programs we continued to fund this year,” said Tia Tilson, Executive Director, the Watertown  Community Foundation.  

Key programs run by the City of Watertown also received funding, including Hatch Makerspace  at the Watertown Free Public Library, a pilot program for Yoga and Qigong in the Park, and a new mural celebrating artist Arshile Gorky to be featured on the Watertown Cambridge Greenway.  

You can view the complete list of Watertown Community Foundation grant recipients on the  Watertown Community Foundation website here


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