We are pleased to announce that the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) awarded $60,000 to 12 local nonprofit organizations and town agencies on Monday, November 14, 2016 at St. Mark’s Church.
Recipients of the 2016 SCF Grant Awards are:
 

ASSABET VALLEY MASTERSINGERS (AVM) 
The Assabet Valley Mastersingers is dedicated to perpetuating the love and appreciation of choral music. With a commitment to performance excellence and innovative programming, local talented vocalists and instrumentalists perform celebrated masterworks, lesser known masterworks and commissioned works.
This grant will support the production and presentation of the Assabet Valley Mastersinger’s concert “The Poet Sings” to be held March 19, 2017 at St. Mark’s School, Southborough.


BEST BUDDIES, INTERNATIONAL
The mission of Best Buddies is to establish a global volunteer movement that creates opportunities for one-to-one friendships, integrated employment and leadership development for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
This grant will fund the cost of conference attendance (fees and travel expenses) for three buddy ambassadors and a teacher chaperone to attend the Best Buddies Leadership Conference during July 2017.

THE FRIENDS OF THE SOUTHBOROUGH COUNCIL ON AGING (COA)
The Friends of the Southborough COA provides financial support to the Senior Center for programs, supplies, and services.  The mission of the COA is to advance the well-being of the senior population through policy making and advocacy, enhancing the dignity and interests of Southborough Seniors.
This grant will enable the Council to provide meals twice a month for seniors and their primary caregiver(s).

GREATER MARLBORO PROGRAMS, INC.
Greater Marlboro Programs, Inc. designs services to empower individuals and their families and to foster inclusion, interdependence and self-expression. Our supports build upon individual strengths and preferences with the ultimate goal that each person will live in our community as a productive, participating member.
This grant will provide funding to pilot a new Extended Day Program for young adults with developmental disabilities who would benefit from a structured educational and recreational program in the hours following the young adult’s school, work, or day program.

NEW HOPE, INC.
New Hope’s mission is to end domestic and sexual violence in our communities. They work towards this goal by providing full-spectrum, trauma-informed care to survivors of domestic and sexual violence, regardless of race, age, income level, gender or sexual orientation.
This grant will support New Hope’s continued work to build a  network of local community resources and direct outreach to Southborough residents, making them aware of the free services available through their local advocate and through their 24-hour, toll-free hotline.

SOUTHBOROUGH HISTORICAL SOCIETY
The mission of the Southborough Historical Society is to preserve the best of our past for our future, enhancing the quality of life in Southborough, Massachusetts.
This grant will assist with immediate needs for organizational support and preservation of historic resources due to flood and subsequent mold damage.

SOUTHBOROUGH PUBLIC LIBRARY
Our public library serves patrons of all ages beginning at birth. They are the center of community activity providing services such as circulating books and other materials as well as in-house programs for children, teens and adults.  Programs vary from literature related in natures, arts, sciences and other fields with an emphasis on variety to meet the needs of the community.
This grant will fund a series of art workshops and classes for children, covering an age range from preschool to middle school.

SOUTHBOROUGH FRIENDS OF YOUTH COMMISSION (SYFS)
SYFS is a community resource that offers guidance and support to children and families who are in need or in crisis. They offer a variety of both preventive and treatment services, in and out of the schools, including early intervention programs, mental health education for school personnel and parents, counseling/crisis intervention, and programs connecting families with resources. They also provide programs that offer fun and strengthening activities for youth and the community at large.
This grant will once again provide Youth Camperships for those in need so that more children in town can receive a positive and meaningful camp experience.

SOUTHBOROUGH OPEN LAND FOUNDATION
SOLF works to preserve, protect and enhance the natural resources of the Town of Southborough in order to maintain and improve the quality of life for present and future generations.
This grant will support estate planning workshops with property owners about the advantages of placing a conservation restriction on property and/or donating land to a land trust.  

SOUTHBOROUGH TOWN AGENCY COLLABORATIVE
The collaborative of Southborough includes the Food Pantry, Senior Center and Youth and Family Services. They work together to provide services, referrals and assistance to town residents in need of support. It also provides financial assistance to households in emergency situations. The three groups work together with the Fire and Police Dept. to share information and resources in order to assist residents short and long term.
This grant will once again create a pool of emergency funds designated to assist with urgent, essential services for Southborough residents in need.  Areas of assistance include food insecurity, utilities, transportation, heating fuel, medications and other essential services. 

SOUTHBOROUGH TRAILS COMMITTEE
The STC oversees volunteers to create, monitor and maintain town resource trails in Southborough in coordination with any entities that are public or private, and will coordinate with the Regional trail organizations.
This grant will support the hiring of professionals to remove the most dangerous obstructions from a recent microburst on Town trails, and assist with purchase of posts and “blazes” to mark trails clearly.

PILGRIM CHURCH – MESSIAH COMMUNITY CHORUS 
The Messiah Community Chorus comprised of 40-50 volunteer vocalists, supported by a professionally hired full orchestra and vocal soloists presents an annual performance of George Friedrich Handel’s “Messiah”. As an annual tradition that dates back to the early 1970’s the concert is performed at the Pilgrim Congregational Church in downtown Southborough.
This sponsorship & matching grant challenge will once again support the 2016  performance of Handel’s “Messiah” at Pilgrim Church in Southborough.