Watertown Community Foundation Will Give Out Grants on June 5

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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
Operational Support

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
Operational Support

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.

SPRINGWELL
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.

PARENT CHILD+
Home Visits

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
Operational Support

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

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.

2019 Programs
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 jan.singer@watertownfoundation.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.

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