Playworks New England received $5,000 from the Cambridge Community Foundation for its work at the Fletcher-Maynard Academy. (Photo: Playworks New England)

The Cambridge Community Foundation is putting $672,500 into the nonprofit sector in Cambridge through its fall grant making and investments, ranging from $120,000 for the United Legal Defense Fund for Immigrants to $500 for the Cambridge Math Circle club.

The foundation said in a Wednesday email – just in time for Thanksgiving – that 56 local nonprofits will get a total $357,500 in grants to address needs in Cambridge including hunger, housing and homelessness; youth and early childhood education and services; workforce training; services for elders; and arts and cultural vibrancy. An additional $315,000 is being combined with money from partners for everything from bolstering out-of-school programs to a three-year commitment of giving to the Cambridge Nonprofit Coalition.

“Our nonprofits are the backbone of Cambridge and it’s incredibly important that we support their critical work to bridge gaps to opportunity,” Cambridge Community Foundation President Geeta Pradhan said.

The Foundation got 65 proposals for grants in the fall cycle – one of two for the year – for a total $831,450. Proposal reviews and grant recommendations were made by a committee led by board members Lori Lander and Rev. Lorraine Thornhill.

The complete list of giving amount is here.


This post was written from a press release.

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