WOBURN, Mass., December 6, 2012 – Cummings Foundation, Inc. is accepting Letters of Inquiry for $10 million in grants to be awarded in 2013. Through its grant-making affiliate, OneWorld Boston, Inc., the Woburn-based organization expects to make grants of $100,000 each to 100 not-for-profits. Almost all of the grants will be made in the greater Boston area.
Established in 1986 by longtime Winchester residents Joyce and Bill Cummings, the Foundation is the principal beneficiary of the earnings of Woburn commercial real estate firm Cummings Properties. Many of the Company’s staff live in Winchester, including President and CEO Dennis Clarke.
According to Clarke, one of the Company’s most important goals is to give back to and help strengthen the communities where the firm operates where and most of its employees live.
Joel Swets, the Foundation’s executive director and also a Winchester resident, said, “Cummings Foundation has a strong focus on eastern Middlesex County, but also anticipates contributing to many charities in Essex and Suffolk counties.”
Swets suggested that interested organizations visit www.CummingsFoundation.org to view eligibility requirements and begin an online Letter of Inquiry. Qualifying organizations will then be invited to complete full applications. Grant recipients will be announced in June 2013.
During its inaugural grant cycle in 2012, Cummings Foundation awarded 60 grants totaling $6 million. Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester Field Development, Winchester Hospital, and Winchester Multicultural Network each received $100,000. A complete list of grantees and projects funded is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org.