Community Foundation Makes First COVID-19 Response Grants to Area Non-Profits

Fitchburg, MA — On Friday, March 27, the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts made 10 initial grants from its Critical Needs COVID-19 Response Fund. The grants, totaling $36,800, will support the operational needs of nonprofits working to provide food, safe housing, emotional support and other life essentials to North Central residents in need.


“North Central Massachusetts is fortunate to have the dedicated nonprofit professionals we are working with today,” said Community Foundation President, Stephen Adams. “With innovation, dedication and determination they are helping ensure the region’s most vulnerable residents have the essentials to weather this difficult time”, Adams said.


Initial grant recipients are listed in the table below.

Organization                                                                Award

Winchendon Community Action Committee, Inc.               $3,000

YWCA of Central MA Domestic Violence Services            $3,000

WHEAT Community Connection                                         $2,500

North Star Family Services, Inc.                                          $5,000

L.U.K                                                                                   $3,000

Friends of Hubbardston Sr. Center                                     $2,800

Clear Path for Veterans New England                                $3,500

Our Father’s House                                                            $3,500

Ginny’s Helping Hand, Inc.                                                 $5,000

Heywood Hospital Children/Elder Food Program               $5,000

Total                                                                                   $36,300


The Critical Needs COVID-19 Response Fund was established with $25,000 in funds from the Community Foundation Critical Needs Endowment. Additional donations from Community Foundation donors and the public has swelled the fund to $115,000. 

The Community Foundation is considering additional grant requests as they come in. To be considered for an emergency grant from this fund, applicants should:

  • Be a nonprofit organization with a 501c3 designation or be supported by a fiscal sponsor.
  • Be located and operate within the 33-community region of North Central Massachusetts.
  • Priority will be given to organizations providing essential services.


The grant program can be found on at


To donate to the Community Foundation COVID-19 Response Fund, visit our web page. (


About Community Foundation of North Central

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts is a tax-exempt public charity founded in 2001, created by and for the people of the North Central Massachusetts region. Since then, the Community Foundation has been helping people establish charitable funds and make grants to improve the quality of life in the 33 communities across our region. We work with individuals, families, financial advisors and nonprofit organizations.


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