Service Fund for Local Non-Profits Press Release

Organizations in host communities of Westborough and Grafton encouraged to apply for small grants
North Grafton, MA, August 13, 2010

The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University today announced a fund to support nonprofit organizations in its host communities of Westborough and Grafton, MA.

Applications will be reviewed on an annual basis by the school and given priority based on their ability to address community-identified needs. Projects with relevance to education are encouraged.

Our students, staff and faculty live, work, and volunteer in our host communities, and formalizing this giving program is one way we can give thanks to Grafton and Westborough, said Deborah T. Kochevar, DVM, PhD, dean of the Cummings School. Supporting local organizations that enrich the culture in this area is key to our service mission.

Requests for funding should be submitted no later than October 1, for consideration for funding in the next fiscal year (July 1–June 30). A committee comprised of Cummings School administrators, faculty and staff meets annually to review proposals and select grant recipients, and will inform requesters of its funding decision by the end of October.

The Cummings School Service Fund grants typically range from $200–$500.

Any proposal for project or activities is welcome. Activities funded or supported in the past include a local education foundation's STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) conference for middle-school students, the Town of Grafton's holiday festival and the Lion's Club July 4th celebration.


About the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine

Founded in 1978 in North Grafton, MA, the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University is known for academic programs that impact society and the practice of veterinary medicine; five hospitals that treat over 30,000 cases each year; and groundbreaking research that benefits animal, public and environmental health.