BACC Members Awarded Cummings Grants

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July 11, 2018

Four nonprofit BACC members were awarded  grants from the Cummings Foundation: The Burlington Police Department, Lahey Health, Nashoba Learning Group, and Minuteman Senior Services.

Through their grant programs, the Cummings Foundation has awarded more than $170 million to nonprofits in Massachusetts in recent years.

$100K for 100 Grants

Cummings Foundation awards $10 million each year to organizations through its $100K for 100 grant program. This place-based philanthropic initiative primarily supports nonprofits in the Massachusetts counties where the Foundation and its founders originally derived their funds and where staff and clients of the Cummings organization live – Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk County.

Nashoba Learning Group received a $100K for 100 grant to provide adults with autism and intensive clinical needs with supported community trips to engage in  volunteer work, recreation, and daily life activities.



The Burlington Police Department received a $100K for 100 grant To take a comprehensive approach to mental health issues by hiring a certified Mental Health Clinician and offering mental health first aid and crisis intervention team training.

Sustaining Grants 

In addition to $10 million in initial funding, the program awards $15 million each year as extensions of the original grants. These follow-on awards are called Sustaining Grants. Recognizing the value and rarity of long-term financial support for nonprofits, especially smaller organizations, Sustaining Grants provide ongoing funding, typically from $20,000 to $50,000 annually, for up to 10 years.


Minuteman Senior Services received a Sustaining Grant to improve the health and wellness of more people through the expansion of preventive services like Meals on Wheels, benefits counseling, and evidence-based healthy living programs.

Major Grants

Cummings Foundation supports Greater Boston nonprofits with grants of greater than $100,000 each. Proposals for Major Grants are accepted by invitation only, and many of the awards build on previous funding.

Lahey Health received A multi-year $1 million grant in 2018 to increase the integration of behavioral health professionals into Lahey Health primary care practices and Lahey Health Behavioral Services’ Student Assistance Program, which provides school-based support and services.

Katie OConnor

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