The TURI Community Grant program helps organizations create and promote healthier communities in Massachusetts. Congratulations to this year's grant recipients:
Community Action Works and Clean Water Fund of Boston, will provide workshops and resources to community members about PFAS contamination in drinking water and other sources. These chemicals have been linked to health effects such as cancer, liver damage, decreased fertility, asthma and thyroid disease. The project team will provide community members with information about health and environmental concerns, safer alternatives and practical steps to reduce the use of, and exposure to, PFAS.
Nantucket PFAS Action Group will work with firefighters to replace firefighter gear containing PFAS, study the impacts of this replacement and educate firefighters about PFAS and safer alternatives. PFAS, which is used in firefighting protective gear to repel oil and water, can shed from the gear, leading to human and environmental exposures. Working with the Nantucket and Fall River Fire Departments, the project team will share information with firefighters, fire marshals, unions and cancer prevention groups in Massachusetts. The team will create fact sheets, host a webinar and use social media to share information on PFAS and safer alternatives.
Silent Spring Institute of Newton and Resilient Sisterhood Project of Boston will use social media to share information about toxic chemicals in personal care products marketed to Black women. These chemicals – including phthalates, parabens, phenols and antimicrobials – are associated with a broad range of health effects, including endocrine disruption, asthma and cancer. Based on in-depth research about how women seek information on personal care products, the team will work with influencers to share information about safer alternatives on social media.
About the Community Grants
The maximum award amount for regional or statewide projects is $20,000 and for local projects is $10,000. Community grants are only available to Massachusetts community organizations, municipalities, youth groups and regional and state-wide organizations.
The annual grant deadline is typically the end of June. To discuss your project ideas, email [email protected] at anytime.