Supporting Nonprofits serving Watertown
The community foundation supports individuals and nonprofit organizations that serve the people of Watertown through grantmaking from its charitable funds. Since it was founded in 2003, WCF has awarded over $600,000 in grants to dozens of organizations for Watertown programs and projects that range from assisting our local food pantries to funding a community-wide health program on the “Issues of Aging.”
The Foundation offers the following grant programs:
Program Grants grants are designed to help organizations that serve Watertown develop new or continue existing programs with an educational focus, broadly defined. Eligible organizations may apply for grants in the range of $500 – $5,000. Average grant size is $1,500 – $3,000. These grants are funded by the Foundation’s Watertown Arsenal Education Fund. Application forms can be downloaded from Program Grants section. The application deadline is in the spring.
Institutional Support Grants
Institutional Support grants are designed to help institutions central to the Watertown community by providing funds to maintain critical programming and retain paid staff. Grants under this program impose neither restrictions on the use of funds nor any program requirements. Eligible organizations may apply for grants of $500 to $5,000. Average grant size is $3,000 – $4,000. These grants are funded by the Foundation’s Watertown Arsenal Education Fund. Application forms can be downloaded from Institutional Support Grants section. The application deadline is in the spring.
Watertown School Program Grants
The Watertown Education Foundation and the Watertown Community Foundation have partnered to offer a new School Grants Program for the 2016-2017 academic year. Eligible organizations implementing programs within the Watertown Public Schools are encouraged to apply for grants of up to $2,500, though the average amount awarded will likely range from $250 to $1,000. Applications are available at Watertown School Program Grants section starting on November 1, 2016.
“Healthy Watertown” Grants
These health-related grants are designed to help organizations that serve Watertown develop new or continue existing programs with a health focus, broadly defined. Eligible organizations may apply for grants up to $2,500. Average grant size often is $1,500 – $2,500. For more details, visit the “Healthy Watertown” Grants section.
Block Party Grants
WCF sponsors “Neighborhood Block Parties for Philanthropy.” WCF reimburses residents up to $200 to cover reasonable party-related expenses for their first block party ($100 per year in subsequent years) so the neighborhood can have a fun and festive event. Most block parties take place in the summer or fall, but they can be fun any time of year. The Watertown Community Foundation requests that every WCF-sponsored block party feature philanthropic support for a local charity as part of the event. Many neighborhoods collect canned goods and other non-perishables for one of the community’s two local food pantries:
- Watertown Food Pantry at St. John’s Methodist Church,
- St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry at St. Patrick Catholic Church.
Block Party packages can be downloaded on the Block Party page.
High School Internship grants
Starting in 2015, WCF has offered stipends to high school students living in Watertown, attending any school, to do a summer internship for at least 20 hours of voluntary work per week for at least six weeks. Grant recipients were interns in summer education programs, doctor’s offices, veterinary clinics, theater programs a makerspace and non-profit organizations working to alleviate poverty among others. Students gain valuable professional experience, learn more about an area of interest, all while earning an income. Applications are due in the spring, and students are encouraged to learn more from the WPS High School guidance counselor.