Grants

 

The WHJWC proudly supports the wonderful work of nonprofits in Wellesley and the greater Metrowest area. In 2016, the Club funded $65,000 of charitable grants in program areas including seniors, civic and community, education and healthcare.

Here are some examples of how our grants have benefited the community:

Springwell, Inc:  Juniors funds provided 10,000 home delivered meals to Wellesley seniors.  Many of these elderly neighbors are living in poverty and do not have the funds to buy food, or are eating less than two meals a day.  The meals provide not only critical nutrition, but a human connection as well.  One senior noted that that Springwell delivery person was the only kind face she saw all day.

Friends of Wellesley METCO:  Juniors fully funds the METCO breakfast program.  Every day 62 students board a bus in Boston and arrive at Fiske School by 7:30 am.  Many of them have been up for over two hours at that point, and some have not eaten breakfast.  The grant from Juniors provides these kids with yogurt and cereal every day before they begin their school day.

Wellesley Middle School:  Juniors fully funded the Massachusetts Aggression Reduction Center curriculum for students, staff and parents.  WMS expects to see a significant reduction in bullying behavior thanks to this innovate approach.

Charles River Center:  Juniors funded a summer kayaking adventure for kids with special needs.  This special trip was part of their summer camp experience and would not have been possible without Juniors.

REACH Beyond Domestic Violence:  Juniors funds will support the creation of new programming related to teens and sexual violence which will be rolled out at Wellesley High School.

Some other examples include: holiday meal vouchers for Wellesley Friendly Aid, a life long learning speaker series for the Council on Aging, Spanish language libraries at all seven elementary schools.

In reviewing applications, the WHJWC places particular emphasis on programs that serve the Wellesley community or Wellesley residents. The Club strives to provide funds that will make a significant impact on individuals and communities, aiming to support specific programmatic efforts as opposed to general operating expenses.

The 2017 Grant Application is now available here:  The deadline for grant applications is February 1, 2017. Following the grant review process, applicants will receive written notification of the committee’s decision by the end of May, regardless of whether they are awarded a grant or not. Awards are distributed in early June.

If you have any questions about the Grant Program, please contact us at:  whjwcgrants@gmail.com

Thank you! We look forward to your application.

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