Join Us for the Watertown Community Foundation 2019 Spring Grant Awards Reception on June 5, 2019 at 6 p.m. at the Mosesian Center for the Arts, 321 Arsenal Street. Free and Open to the Public
The Watertown Community Foundation has awarded grants totaling $52,000 to initiatives in two categories:
One: WCF’s Program Grants awards grants designed to help organizations that serve Watertown develop new or continue existing programs with an educational focus (broadly defined). These are programs that operate outside of the Watertown’s public schools.
Two: WCF’s Institutional Grants are designed to help institutions central to the Watertown community by providing funds to maintain critical programming and retain paid staff. Grants under this program impose neither restrictions on the use of funds nor any program requirements.
Eligible organizations apply for a maximum of $3000 for program grants and a maximum of $5000 for institutional grants. All of the grants are funded by the Foundation’s Watertown Arsenal Education Fund.
2019 Institutional Grants
WATERTOWN BOYS AND GIRLS CLUB
This funding will help to continue to provide the youth of Watertown with programs and services including after school programs and summer camps, regardless of their families’ ability to pay.
WATERTOWN FREE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Expanded Core Programs at Hatch Maker Space
Hatch Makerspace will expand its regular monthly programming, collectively referred to as “Core Programs” to include a new “Art Studio” workshop with paid instruction and the coverage of workshop material expenses.
WORLD IN WATERTOWN
For Watertown Community Conversations
Funds to support community conversations in Watertown.
METRO WEST COLLABORATIVE DEVELOPMENT
Affordable Housing Assistance
In addition to building and operating affordable housing, Metro West CD seeks to provide information and support to Watertown residents with housing questions or facing housing crises.
THE MOSESIAN CENTER FOR THE ARTS
In support of general operating expenses to continue to provide high-quality visual, performing, and literary arts programming to Watertown residents and our surrounding communities.
THE WAYSIDE MULTI SERVICE CENTER
Willow Park After-School Enrichment Program
Funding to support an enrichment program for youth in the Watertown public housing development, Willow Park, and to support Wayside’s graduate internship program.
Nutrition Program for Watertown Seniors
Support for continued efforts to provide hot, nutritious meals to nearly 400 low-income, vulnerable Watertown seniors, and educate seniors about nutrition and the role that good food choices can play in their continued health and independence.
Provides high-needs families with an early opportunity for learning through twice-weekly home visits and educational materials for a full program year of 30 weeks.
PERKINS SCHOOL FOR THE BLIND
Watertown Newspaper Accessibility Project
This project will give seniors who are blind daily access to the local newspaper Watertown Tab & Press through Newsline, a digital service that provides local, regional, national, and international publications in accessible format, so they have access to the latest in local news and community updates.
NEW REPERTORY THEATRE
Funding will support New Repertory Theatre’s 2018-2019 Season and its impact on Watertown residents, including special efforts to reach its seniors, students, and patrons with disabilities.
FRIENDS OF PROJECT LITERACY
Service extensions to provide a full year Saturday class for our beginner students who have week-day commitments, and summer beginner and intermediate classes for parents of children in the Watertown public schools.
THE CHARLES RIVER CONSERVANCY(CRC)
Conservancy Volunteer Programs
Funds to support volunteer program’s efforts in the Charles River parks in Watertown.
TREES FOR WATERTOWN
Teens for Trees
Program supports the education and leadership and skills of Watertown teens to build a healthy urban forest.
HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF WATERTOWN
Frustrationless Flyer DIY Kite Kits
An 18th century kite youth program; supplies to create wall labels for historic artifacts at the Edmund Fowle House; and copies of the “What Happened in Watertown on July 18 and 19, 1776” revised booklet for community distribution.
THE PLUMBING MUSEUM
Puppet Theatre Festival
Funding to present a program of short puppet theater performances featuring local puppeteers and playwrights.
COORDINATED FAMILY AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT (CFCE)
Early Childhood Playgroups
Provides a full year of high quality early childhood programing for the youngest children in Watertown and their caregivers.
THE FRIEND OF MOUNT AUBURN CEMETERY
Summer Concert Series
Public programming with a new series of three free concerts at the greenhouse in Summer 2019, featuring local musicians.
WORLD IN WATERTOWN
2020 Unity Breakfast
Funding for Watertown’s annual celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, an open and welcoming event that brings together Watertown residents, businesses, community organizations, and schools in a celebration of Dr. King’s life commitment to social, economic, and racial justice.
The Watertown Community Foundation, a public, 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, works to build and sustain a vibrant, close-knit community in Watertown – now, and for future generations. To accomplish this, WCF raises funds from individuals, families, businesses, and foundations; awards grants to nonprofits and community projects; and builds networks of donors, grantees, program participants, and stakeholders.
For questions, please contact Jan Singer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WCF Board of Directors
David Siegel and Darshna Varia, Co-Presidents; Robert Airasian; Albrik Avanessian; Emily Barclay; Eleanor Donato; William B. Ford; Ashley Morris; Mary Ann Mulligan; Antonia O’Hara; Anthony Paolillo; Maria Panaggio-Phillips; Lora Sabin; Robert Shay; CL Tian; Elaina Themistos; Lauren Coughlin Unsworth; and Kathryn White.