CASPAR Awarded 10-Year Sustaining Grant from Cummings Foundation
CASPAR is one of 33 Massachusetts nonprofts that were recently awarded a total of $10 million from the Woburn-based Cummings Foundation through its new Sustaining Grants program, which provides funding for up to 10 years. CASPAR is set to receive $300,000 over that period for its vital services in Cambridge and Somerville.
"All of us at Bay Cove and CASPAR are profoundly grateful to Cummings Foundation for this generous funding," said Bay Cove President & CEO Bill Sprague of the grant. "It will have a significant impact on our ability to support individuals battling addiction and homelessness--not just today, but for years to come."
CASPAR plans to use the Sustaining Grant funds to further the mission of its FirstStep Street Outreach Program, which provides lifesaving support to the homeless and unsheltered men and women of Cambridge. This support takes many different forms: providing meals and clothing, rides to our Emergency Services shelter, access to CASPAR's full spectrum of addiction treatment programs, help in obtaining identification, referrals for medical and psychiatric treatment, and much more. The Sustaining Grant will make it possible for CASPAR to expand the FirstStep program and operate it seven days a week, helping to improve the health and wellbeing of the unsheltered residents of Cambridge, particularly those struggling with addiction.
The Sustaining Grants program builds on Cummings Foundation's $100K for 100 program. First offered in 2012, $100K for 100 annually awards $10 million through multi-year grants of $100,000 each to 100 nonprofits. Grant recipients that received their final grant disbursements in 2017 were automatically considered for the Sustaining Grants initiative in 2018.
"Long-term financial support is rare for nonprofits, making fundraising a constant and time-consuming task for organizations like CASPAR," said Joyce Vyriotes, deputy director of Cummings Foundation. "The Sustaining Grants are intended to provide some relief, allowing them to focus more of their time and energy on delivering and enhancing their important services."