Cambridge Community Foundation announces fall grants

Cambridge Chronicle & TAB — December 13, 2016 — Grants addressing a wide range of issues touching the lives of local residents and the Cambridge community as a whole were announced by Cambridge Community Foundation’s board of overseers at its Dec. 7 meeting.

One late addition to the list is a $10,000 grant to establish a fund in response to the fire that erupted in a neighborhood on Berkshire Street in the center of the city on Dec. 3. Called the Rebuilding Fund, it is designed to augment the city’s efforts to help the more than 104 residents, 48 families, including 29 students at local schools who lost their homes. As the name suggests, the fund is provided to help those who were burned out rebuild their lives.

In addition to the Rebuilding Fund, the foundation’s initiative grants including several new investments, including a three-year commitment to the BioBuilder Educational Foundation. This expands the foundation’s commitment to creating pathways into the innovation economy for local youth, and to begin working with local partners, such as Biogen and Novartis. Students will be offered introductory experiences in their community labs, which will be extended through BioBuilder Learning Lab at LabCentral. A second initiative grant will support important work planned by new Cambridge School Superintendent Kenneth Salim, as he explores existing achievement gaps among Cambridge students….

Cambridge Children’s Chorus: $3,500 to support programming for children from ages 4 through middle school, and collaboration with organizations throughout the metro area.