Grafton Organization Grants

Tufts University employees give grants to five Grafton organizations

Medford/Somerville, MA, January 11, 2011

The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF) committee recently awarded grants to five organizations in Grafton. TNSF collects donations from university employees throughout the year and then awards grants to community-based, charitable organizations that serve Tufts' host communities (Somerville, Medford, Grafton and Boston's Chinatown) and that actively engage Tufts volunteers in their work.

A committee comprised of Tufts administrators, faculty and staff meets annually to review proposals and select grant recipients. In 2010 there was a total of $18,000 available to distribute through TNSF. The committee received 46 proposals representing more than $70,000 in requests and selected 34 programs and projects for awards. Members of the TNSF committee base their decisions on a desire to address the most pressing needs in the communities and to encourage expanded involvement of Tufts volunteers.

The Grafton grant recipients for 2010 are:

Alternatives Unlimited, Inc.
$500 towards the cost of a lift in the Grafton House residential program.
Apple Tree Arts
$300 to pilot a one-month music program for people suffering with dementia in area nursing homes.
Community Harvest Project
$500 for additional equipment for their soil amendment project to increase water and nutrient efficiency.
Saint James Outreach
$1,000 to expand and provide emergency and supplemental services to families and the elderly.
Second Chance Fund for Animal Welfare, Inc.
$500 for surgical instruments to operate a mobile spay van, offering low to no-cost spay/neuter services.

When you read these proposals, you always wish there was more funding to distribute, said Barbara Rubel, director of Community Relations. The range of community based services and the work they do continue to impress our committee. No wonder Tufts’ volunteers want to work with them. Our deliberations were difficult—we wish we could give everyone what they need. Thank you to all Tufts volunteers and the faculty and staff who made this possible.

TNSF is a giving option of the annual Tufts Community Appeal (TCA), in which the university encourages its employees to contribute to charitable organizations at the regional, national and international levels. The TCA unites faculty and staff across all campuses of the university, and demonstrates the support the Tufts community for local and global efforts. It reflects the university community's belief that individual action can make a difference in the world.

Questions regarding the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund can be directed to the Community Relations Office at Tufts University (617) 627-3780.


Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of teaching and research initiatives span all Tufts campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university's schools is widely encouraged.