Reliant Foundation trustees met with staff in mid-November to review and discuss requests for funding. Community grants totaling $790,000 were disbursed in support of 51 area nonprofits, bringing total grants for the year to $850,000.
Reliant Foundation has announced its latest round of community grants to 51 area nonprofit organizations totaling $790,000. Earlier this year, the Foundation issued $60,000 in 3 off-cycle grants bringing funding to a total of $850,000 for 2023.

The Foundation’s mission-driven grants program is focused on strengthening mental health and/or behavioral health supports for children and youth; helping individuals of all ages reach recovery from substance use; building the pipeline of professionals to provide mental health, behavioral health, and recovery services; and supporting initiatives to reduce stigma around mental health and substance use. Over the past 6 years, the Foundation has provided more than $4.4 million in funding to area non-profits.

“Through the increased number of grant requests and our everyday work in the community, we are seeing a continued need to expand mental health and behavioral health services for children and adults,” said Reliant Foundation President Kelsa Zereski. “We are proud to play a role in helping these programs meet the demand, and we’re immensely grateful to all of our donors and volunteers for their generous support, and to our Board of Trustees for their commitment.”

“Having received a record number of grant proposals this year, it is concerning to see the need for support around mental health, behavioral health and substance use continuing to grow within our communities,” stated Marianne Felice, MD, Reliant Foundation Board Chair. “It is critical that we not only provide tangible support in the form of grant funding, but that we all work together to eliminate the barriers to receiving services, and the stigma that surrounds these issues.” 

The following area non-profits, located throughout Central, North Central, South Central and MetroWest Massachusetts are receiving grants from the Foundation this fall:

Abby’s House – Women’s Services Program 
ACE (African Community Education) – Social-Emotional Learning Program
Addiction Referral Center – Project B.R.A.V.E. (Building Recovery Accessibility through Validation)
Adolescent Consultation Services (ACS) – Youth Mental Health Services at Framingham Juvenile Court 
Adult & Teen Challenge NE – Capital Renovations at the Chatham St. Adult Men’s Recovery Center 
Advocates – Ensuring Care for Spanish-Speaking Children Needing Mental Health Services 
Anna Maria College – Workforce Opportunities in Behavioral Services Program 
Bancroft School – Worcester Partnership Program
Behavioral Health Partners of MetroWest – MetroWest Care Connection Program (MWCC) 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central MA – Mind Matters Program 
Boys & Girls Club of Lunenburg – GROW SMART Initiative 
Boys & Girls Club of MetroWest – Teen Mental Health First Aid Program and Teen Health Workshops 
Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley – Mental Health and Behavioral Health Programs 
Boys & Girls Club of Worcester – Mental Health and Behavioral Health Programs 
CASA Project Worcester – Shine the Light Initiative 
Catholic Charities Worcester County – Crozier House and Leominster Women’s Program Support 
Center for Family Connection – Intensive Trauma-Informed Services for Children and Families
Community Harvest Project – Fresh Produce and Volunteer Programming for Recovery Homes 
Community Healthlink – Women Enhancing Recovery through Fitness and Empowerment 
Community Legal Aid – Family Preservation Project 
Dismas House – Substance Use Prevention Initiative 
Doc Wayne – Chalk Talk® Group Therapy Program 
GAAMHA, Inc. – Clinician Services for R.O.O.T.S. at Evergreen Grove Program 
Genesis Club – Zero Stigma Project 
Girls Inc. of Worcester – Health and Family Services Initiative 
Growing Places – Be Your Best Self Project 
Latin American Health Alliance – Workforce Development Program for Men in Recovery
Legendary Legacies – Mental Health Pipeline Tuition Support and Workforce Initiatives
Lovin’ Spoonfuls – MetroWest Food Rescue and Distribution to Recovery Homes 
LUK Inc. – Mental Health Awareness and Suicide Prevention Trainings 
MARE (MA Adoption Resource Exchange) – Trust-Based Relational Intervention Caregiver Trainings 
Pernet Family Health Services – Youth Program 
Rainbow Child Development Center – Children’s Mental Health/Behavioral Health Program 
Regional Environmental Council – YouthGROW Program
Revive of the USA – Recovery Movement Therapy for Leominster Recovery Home and Addition of One New Coach
RFK Community Alliance – Behavioral Health Services for Children in Clinton & Nashoba Schools
RIA (Ready Inspire Act) – Sisters Leading Sisters, Reducing Stigma: Substance Use and Mental Health 
Rise Above – Supporting Mental Health through Activities for Youth in Foster Care 
Riverside Community Care – Workforce Development & Diversity Project 
Shrewsbury Youth and Family Services – Screen Time Reduction Education Program
South Middlesex Opportunity Council – Licensed Mental Health Counselor Career Path Program 
SPARK Kindness – Addressing the Emotional Health and Resilience of Children and Youth 
The Torch Foundation – Social-Emotional Learning for Worcester Teens 
United Way of North Central MA – Healthy Minds Youth Conferences 
Veterans Inc. – Residential Recovery Support Expansion 
Westborough Connects – Community Programming to Address Mental and Behavioral Health Impacts of Loneliness and Social Isolation 
Women Make Movies/Recovery City – Documentary on Women in Recovery/Community Screenings
Worcester Addresses Childhood Trauma (ACTS) – Trauma Training Tuesday Series 
Worcester Youth Center – Substance Use Reduction Program 
YOU Inc. – The Carriage House Grief Support Center 
YWCA of Central MA – Social-Emotional Health Program for Young Children 

Off-Cycle grant support was provided earlier in the year to Our Bright Future of Southbridge to fund a part-time licensed social worker; a UMass Memorial Health training program aimed at advancing prescriber education and opioid use treatment in primary care settings; and a United Way of Central MA project in the Main South area of Worcester to build a Fitness Court for individuals in recovery.

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About Reliant Foundation

Established in 1988, Reliant Foundation is an independent public charity, not affiliated with any health care facility or medical group, whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of individuals of all ages in the Central and MetroWest regions of Massachusetts. As a 501(c)3 charity, the Foundation offers grants to non-profit organizations within its service area for the purpose of supporting programs that battle critical community health issues like substance use disorder, and children’s mental health. Our charity partners work with thousands of individuals in our community to provide life-saving recovery coaching, mental health and behavioral health services, and impactful education and initiatives to reduce the stigma around these issues. For more information, please visit