2021 Tufts Community Grants Recipients

April 1, 2021

The Tufts Community Grants Board awarded grants to 10 organizations in Boston, 5 organizations in Grafton, 10 programs in Medford, 10 organizations in Somerville.

TCG collects donations from university employees throughout the year and then awards grants to community-based, charitable organizations that serve Tufts’ host communities (Somerville, Medford, Grafton and Boston) and that actively engage Tufts volunteers in their work.

A committee comprised of Tufts administrators, faculty and staff meets annually to review proposals and select grant recipients.  There was a total of $35,000 available to award to the 2021 TCG applicants The committee received 75 proposals and selected 35 programs and projects for awards. Members of the TCG committee base their decisions on a desire to address the most pressing needs in the communities and to encourage expanded involvement of Tufts volunteers.

All grants awarded were $1,000.

Boston Recipients:

Asian Community Development Corporation – Community cleanup of Chinatown Backyard, an open space located next to the Chinatown Gate

Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center, Inc. – Virtual YouthLead program, with focus on arts and mental health

Building Audacity – Purchase of fresh, culturally diverse produce for weekly distribution to food insecure families in Boston

Chinese Historical Society of New England – Free, single-day seminar about combating anti-Asian racism

Friday Night Supper Program, Inc. – Warm and Dry Feet Program, providing 100 pairs of boots and socks for homeless and low income individuals

Greater Boston Chinese Golden Age Center Inc. – 5-7 tablet computers for elderly clients to expand access to virtual programming

Haley House – Purchase of commercial dishwasher for their soup kitchen

Josiah Quincy Upper School – Virtual community-building “paint night” event for public school teachers, nurses, counselors, social workers and operations staff

MassVOTE – Supplies and materials to contact residents without internet access and increase voter turnout in municipal elections

The Theater Offensive – Virtual performance equipment such as cameras and microphones for True Colors Troupe, drama group comprised of LGBTQ youth and straight allies, many of whom identify as BIPOC

Grafton Recipients:

Apple Tree Arts – Purchase of an outdoor projector for a youth theater arts summer program

Community Harvest – Seeds and garden materials to grow food, made available to food insecure households in the Grafton/Greater Worcester Area

Friends of Grafton Inc./Grafton Food Bank – Monthly gift card distribution to food insecure families in Grafton

Grafton Senior Center – Four months of free medical rides from Grafton to Worcester for seniors and disabled residents

Saint James Outreach/Saint James Church – Emergency relief funds available to Grafton residents in need of assistance with heating costs, food, school supplies and medical expenses, among other needs

Medford Recipients:

ArtsMedford Inc. – “Arts After Dark,” a virtual arts program taking the place of “MARV the Art Bus” during COVID-19 restrictions

Center for Citizenship and Social Responsibility –”Medford Food Drive” to supply bagged groceries and necessities to Medford High School families

Congregational Church of West Medford – Large scale meal packing event serving 25,000 meals to food-insecure residents

English At Large – Beginner English classes offered to new English speakers living in Medford, including zoom subscriptions, apps, textbooks and other supplies

Friends of the Middlesex Fells Reservation – Multimedia intern and video equipment to produce content for their newly created YouTube channel

Medford Farmers Market – Funding for SNAP/EBT benefits available to eligible clients of the Medford Farmer’s Market

Mystic River Watershed Association – Translation and interpretation of materials for “Trash Free Mystic” initiative, making them available in 4 different languages

Mystic Valley YMCA/Malden YMCA – Implementation of “Your Pantry” app used by clients of the Mystic Community Market

Strong Girls United Foundation –Student Athlete mentor program at the Brooks School, including training materials, team shirts, mentee kits

West Medford Community Center (WMCC) – Performers, speakers and workshops for WMCC’S Juneteenth Celebration

Somerville Recipients:

The Beautiful Stuff Project – “Mosaic Story Walk,” an outdoor art installation project to engage families in literacy and exercise

Breakthrough Greater Boston – “Summer Learning Kits” for Somerville and Boston youth enrolled in their summer program

CASPAR, Inc. –800 pairs of women’s underwear, for distribution to shelter residents and homeless individuals

Hearty Meals for All – Monthly meal distribution efforts, including food, hygiene kits and packaging supplies

RESPOND, Inc. – “Palm cards” to spread awareness and access to resources about domestic violence

St. Patrick’s Shelter, Catholic Charities – Two new couches for the shelter lounge, providing a comfortable space for shelter residents

Somerville Community Growing Center – Bilingual “Nature Kits” for children, including books, seeds, journals and gardening supplies

Somerville Family Learning Collaborative – Community closet of winter clothing for students with limited access to climate appropriate clothing

Somerville Food Security Coalition – Food and packing materials for their “Come to the Table” program, providing free to-go meals to residents in need

Somerville Homeless Coalition – All-terrain street outreach cart, and funding to obtain birth certificates,  IDs and phones for homeless individuals