BEVERLY — The Cabot Theater announced this week that it will receive $100,000 over three years to help launch a new educational program for children.
The historic nonprofit theater was one of 140 local nonprofits to receive grants between $100,000 and $500,000 each under the Cummings Foundation’s $25 million grant program. The Cabot was chosen from a total of 580 applicants through a competitive review process.
The theater says it will use the funding to launch its first educational program, In Focus, which aims to “impact the lives of struggling or underserved children” by allowing them to tell their stories through film. It will also seek to expand the concept and educate more privileged children on how to become allies for marginalized communities.
“The (Cummings grant) provides the structure, the necessary materials and the necessary staff to make In Focus a reality and provides a vital opportunity to have a real impact on the lives of young people in our community,” said J. Casey Soward, Director Director of the Cabot. “We couldn’t be more grateful to the Cummings Foundation and our funders for helping us get to this moment, and we look forward to the launch of In Focus this summer.”
The $25 million Cummings Grant Program supports nonprofit organizations in Massachusetts that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties.
“We are so fortunate in Greater Boston to have such effective nonprofits, and a multitude of talented and dedicated professionals and volunteers to run them,” said Joyce Vyriotes, executive director of the Cummings Foundation. . “We are indebted to them for the work they do every day to meet basic needs, remove barriers to education and health resources, and work for a more equitable society.”
The Foundation says this year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, including food insecurity, immigrant and refugee services, social justice, education and mental health services. Non-profit organizations are spread across 45 different cities and towns.