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Medford-based Boston Shakespeare Project receives $100K grant – News – Medford Transcript

Medford-based Boston Shakespeare Project is one of 100 local nonprofits to recently receive grants of $100,000 each through Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. The organization was chosen from a total of 549 applicants during a competitive review process.

Boston Shakespeare Project brings mentorship and arts-integrated literacy programs to Greater Boston’s under-resourced youth and builds bridges between local schools and universities. Through an affiliation with the Center for Humanities at Tufts and the support of CHAT Director Lisa Lowe, the organization currently teams with Tufts University students, professors and local teachers to deliver humanities outreach programs to the community.

Representing Boston Shakespeare Project, Kerri Bowen, executive director, and Kevin Dunn, board member, recently joined approximately 300 other guests at a reception at TradeCenter 128 in Woburn to celebrate the $10-million infusion into Greater Boston’s nonprofit sector. With the conclusion of this grant cycle, Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $170 million to local nonprofits alone.

“This is a high-impact grant for our organization, and we are honored that Cummings Foundation will be supporting our work in Medford, Somerville and Boston,” Bowen said. The grant award will enable the organization to increase weekly program hours for existing partner schools and to replicate their theater arts and writing programs in eight new community schools over the next four years.

The “$100K for 100” program supports nonprofits that are not only based in but also primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties. This year, the program is benefitting 35 different cities and towns within the Commonwealth.

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundation aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the foundation, by its affiliate Cumming Properties. Founded in 1970…

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