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Mass. Census Equity Fund Announces Grants to Local Agencies for Outreach & Engagement Activities

With financial support provided by the MetroWest Health Foundation, the Sudbury Foundation and the Foundation for MetroWest, the Massachusetts Census Equity Fund recently made grants to MetroWest organizations to support outreach efforts to ensure an accurate census count in 2020. Grants were made to:
  • BayPath Elder Services
  • Brazilian American Center (BRACE)
  • Edwards Church, United Church of Christ
  • Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC)
  • MetroWest Legal Services
  • Project Citizenship
  • South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC)
The grantees will conduct outreach to "hard to count" populations about the importance of completing 2020 Census forms. The populations  targeted through these grants include older adults; immigrants; those for whom English is not their first language; families who are low-income; and individuals who are homeless.

Without an accurate count, there is a real risk that the region could lose federal funding for essential health programs. According to the Massachusetts Census Equity Fund, the state could lose up to $2,372 in federal funding each year for every person who is not counted.

The foundation will also be holding information sessions as we get closer to the start of the 2020 census. If you would like to be included on the email list for Census related information, please contact Rebecca Gallo.

Free resource materials about the 2020 Census are also available from the Massachusetts Census Equity Fund.

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