GRAFTON, Mass. - The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund is now taking applications from Grafton non-profits.
The fund, created by donations from faculty and staff at Tufts University, awards small grants to community-based, charitable organizations that serve Tufts’ host communities of Grafton, Somerville, Medford, and Boston’s Chinatown.
Applicants must also have Tufts volunteers actively working with their organizations. In this way, the service fund supports not only community organizations, but also the work of the many Tufts students, staff, faculty, and alumni who volunteer with them.
Last year, 29 programs and projects in Tufts’ host communities were granted awards. The funds supported a wide range of programs and projects in each community including installation of power generators at a residential facility for people with developmental disabilities in Grafton; the creation of a public service announcement on dating violence for youth in Boston’s Chinatown; providing food pantry supplies for those in need in Medford; and support for the design of a new agricultural site in Somerville.
The service fund is also a giving option for members of the Tufts community during the Tufts Community Appeal. Each year, employees of Tufts University are asked to contribute to charitable organizations that provide service locally, nationally and internationally.
Interested organizations should contact the Community Relations Office at Tufts University 617-627-3780 to request an application. Application materials are also available online at http://communityrelations.tufts.edu/tufts-neighborhood-service-fund.
Individual grants will be made in amounts ranging from $250 to $2,000. Applications are due by Nov. 16 and awards will be announced before the end of 2012.