GRAFTON, Mass. — Five Grafton-based charities were awarded more than $5,000 in grant money from Tufts University last week as part of an annual contribution collected by employees and distributed to nonprofit organizations located in Tufts’ host communities.
Known as the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund, the recipients for 2012 in Grafton are:
• Community Harvest Project, which received $500 toward the purchase of energy-efficient irrigation system upgrades.
• Grafton Public Schools received $350 for the production of a Pet Wellness Day to take place at the elementary schools.
• Grafton Senior Center received $800 for two-and-a-half months’ worth of transportation services for seniors and disabled persons in the community.
• St. James Church Outreach Program received $1,850 to expand its emergency relief funds for community members in need of assistance.
• St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen Ministry received $1,825 to extend its Market Sunday Ministry to include perishable foods for the community during the winter.
Many of the recipients applied in December. St. Mary’s Soup Kitchen Ministry, affiliated with St. Mary’s Church in North Grafton, received a large increase in funding this year. In 2011, it received a $500 grant to build storage for its soup kitchen.
A committee of Tufts administrators, faculty and staff meets annually to review proposals and select recipients. “This year’s grant proposals were thoughtful and compelling. We wish we could fund all of them,” Barbara Rubel, director of community relations, said in a statement. The range of grant applications is “diverse and telling,” making it a challenge for the committee to choose the award recipients, she said.
The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts, located in North Grafton, is one of four regional campuses that receive grant money. The others are in Boston’s Chinatown district, Somerville and Medford.