2018 Grantees

Each year the Foundation for MetroWest awards grants based on our three categories, Arts & Culture, Environment, and Family Support. Learn more about the grantees for 2018 and what they were able to use their grants for.

Arts & Culture

Arlekin Players Theatre

To support a new Theatre Manager position responsible for the organization’s operations and directly impact an increase in the number of productions Arlekin provides to the community.

Cultural Alliance of Medfield

To support campaign planning to build an Art Center at the former Medfield State Hospital.

deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

To support the expansion of their innovative educational model through new installations in the Process Gallery and The Lab, as well as enabling research and design for a new accessible outdoor learning space called The Grove.

Framingham Downtown Renaissance Framingham

To support the new Cultural Projects Manager position that will oversee more than 50 cultural events hosted by Downtown Framingham, Inc. while also promoting weekly events within the area’s nearly 15 arts and entertainment venues.

Gore Place Society

To support workshops to older adults to teach watercolor painting while creating their own still life setups from treasured personal objects and collection at Gore Place.


To support efforts to implement a new integrated Customer Relationship Management (CRM) system to allow staff to more efficiently manage content and programs, identify and steward new donors, and market programming to new audiences.

New Repertory Theatre

To support four free performances of its Classic Repertory Company productions to venues in MetroWest communities to perform largely for underserved youth, but will also impact seniors and the general public.

River’s Edge Arts Alliance

To support the consolidation of systems to a single cloud-based relational database to track registrations, ticket sales, scheduling, memberships, and donors.

Rose Art Museum Waltham

To support the establishment of a series of community-facing programs specially designed for local families and also to create a teen council that learns about art and artists on view and assists in building new links to other peers around the community.

The Wang Center for the Performing Arts DBA The Boch Center

To support ArtWeek in the MetroWest region, an award-winning, ten-day spring arts festival featuring unique, affordable and creative experiences in all artistic genres that are participatory, interactive, or offer behind-the-scenes access to artists or the creative process.

Advocates, Inc. Framingham

To support seniors with consistent mental health counseling in the community who are struggling with anxiety, loneliness, depression and other mental health issues.


Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc.

To support work with the City of Framingham and other partners to showcase effective regulations and on-the-ground Low Impact Development projects.

Massachusetts Rivers Alliance

To support the research of state-delegated US NPDES programs that identify best regulatory practices and pitfalls to avoid.

Waltham Land Trust, Inc.

To support the creation of a Hardy Pond Watershed map.

Family Support

Advocates, Inc.

To support seniors with consistent mental health counseling in the community who are struggling with anxiety, loneliness, depression and other mental health issues.

Bethany Hill Place

To support learning opportunities that help resident families move toward an independent, successful future with offerings that respond to their needs in five program areas including Adult education & career counseling, Parenting, Life Enrichment and Advancement Programs, and Community and Youth Programs.

Budget Buddies

To support their expansion to Sudbury to provide financial literacy programming for 10-12 women while engaging 15-20 volunteer Coaches and Presenters.

Commonwealth Green Low-Income Housing Coalition

To support a pilot gray water installation in different households and businesses, including low-income housing units in Framingham and Westborough.

Employment Options, Inc.

To support their Cooking Up A Career culinary training program for unemployed and/or underemployed young adults with disabilities in the MetroWest area.

English at Large

To support the free and accessible services provided by English At Large in MetroWest, including One-to-One Tutoring, Conversation Groups, the Career Access Lab and Beginner English Classes in Waltham.

Family ACCESS of Newton

To support the expansion of their multi-lingual parent-child counseling, home visiting, case management, and cross-cultural supports to Framingham.

Gifts of Hope Unlimited Inc.

To support their Educational Assistance programs and help with the expansion of their storage facility.

Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester

To support the Critical Home Repair (CHR) program which enables families and individuals to affordably and safely address safety and code issues allowing them to stay in their own homes.

Jeff’s Place Children’s Bereavement Center

To support a new Parenting While Grieving Workshop series to educate parents on the impact of grief on their children, and give them strategies to employ while waiting to join our groups.

Jewish Family Service of MW

To support their Reducing Achievement Gaps/Family Assistance program, a comprehensive system of interventions to address the academic, social, and basic assistance needs of low-income children of immigrant families in Framingham with a focus on improving academic achievement.

LVM Literacy Unlimited

To support the expansion of their staff to include a new assistant providing overall office support and database management.

Marlborough Community Development Corp.

To support the expansion of the Financial Fitness Center into additional MetroWest towns, enabling adults and families to improve their financial self-sufficiency.

Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS)

To support its Framingham-based Immigrant Integration Services Program to meet the needs of the Portuguese-speaking communities of MetroWest.

MetroWest Legal Services

To support general operating needs to support the salary and benefits of attorneys providing direct legal services to low-income, elderly and disabled clients in civil legal matters.

One Family, Inc.

To support the Credential to Career Coaching program for homeless and low-income families in MetroWest to access reliable information and resources to identify and enter careers that can increase income and allow them to build assets.

Project Citizenship

To support the continuation and expansion of their citizenship services in the MetroWest region, including two MetroWest based citizenship workshops in 2019 that will serve an estimated 200 MetroWest immigrants.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence

To support the general operating needs of REACH as they expand their Community-Based Advocacy program with a newly expanded office space.

RIA House, Inc. — Ready.Inspire.Act

To support their organizational capacity with an additional staff person to maintain and expand sustainable funding for our specialized recovery services provided to women survivors of exploitation, trafficking, and prostitution.

South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)

To support Voices Against Violence, a survivor-centered, trauma-informed service serving more than 500 individual survivors of sexual and domestic violence (SDV) in the region.

SPARK Kindness, Inc

To support the Executive Director’s salary to strengthen their organizational resiliency and increase their impact during a time of growth.

Thom Child & Family Services

To support a parent/caregiver support group focused on providing mutual support, sharing valuable information and resources, teaching advocacy skills for parents, and providing onsite babysitting so that all families will have the opportunity to participate.

Thrive Support & Advocacy

To support their ability to provide stipends to clients to cover the cost of additional supports to aging parents (aged 60+) of adult children with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities (I/DD).


To support the general operating needs of WATCH CDC, an organization promoting affordable housing, providing adult education and empowering underrepresented residents.