Tully Lake, rescued animals are among grant recipients

Staff Report
Published: 5/6/2022 10:17:09 AM
Modified: 5/6/2022 10:20:08 AM

FITCHBURG — The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts (CFNCM), a public charity serving the philanthropic interests of donors in the north central region of the Commonwealth, has awarded 12 Environmental Preservation and Animal Welfare grants totaling $73,720 to area nonprofits.

“The Environmental Preservation and Animal Welfare Grant Program focuses on preserving and providing access to the natural beauty of North Central Massachusetts, as well as enhancing the welfare of domestic animals,” said Stephen Adams, president of the Community Foundation. “This year’s recipients are doing amazing things to help protect and promote the quality of life for people and animals throughout our region.”

The Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust received $10,000 in funding to assist with permanently protecting 202 acres along the southwest bank of Tully Lake in Athol. This project will prevent the degradation of the Tully Lake viewshed and ensure the continued integrity of the setting as both a recreational destination for tens of thousands of people each year and as a habitat for the various natural communities that live there.

A $10,000 grant for GAAMHA, Inc., will be used to purchase hay for the horses, goats and sheep at the Carl E. Dahl House at Evergreen Grove in Athol. This unique program uses an innovative approach to address the unmet needs of two very different populations that serve one another in a symbiotic way: adult men with co-occurring substance use and mental health disorders and rescued livestock who now call the farm home after being spared from abandonment, neglect, abuse, malnutrition, poor health and slaughter.

Additional environmental preservation and animal welfare grant recipients include:

■Mass Audubon: $5,000 to support nature and social-emotional learning at Head Start sites in Athol, Gardner and Winchendon

■Northeast Organic Farming Association – Massachusetts Chapter: $5,000 to support collaboration with educators and community members to create and deliver a curriculum on pollinators and pollinator habits, and to construct an outdoor classroom

■The Farm School in Athol: $5,000 to assist with the transition to draft power by helping with the purchase of a horse-drawn hay mower

■Newfoundland Pony Conservancy Center: $3,200 for the purchase of new rubber mats and halters for the eight Newfoundland ponies that reside at the Carl E. Dahl house at Evergreen Grove in Athol.

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