MountainOne Awards FHLB Covid Recovery Grant

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GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — Community Access to the Arts (CATA) has been awarded a COVID Recovery Grant for $12,500 by MountainOne from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Boston (FHLB-B) Jobs for New England Recovery Grant pool.

The grant was awarded to nine nonprofits and agencies in the Berkshires and the South Shore.

"MountainOne's leadership team took special care to nominate organizations that are in need of funding to continue their important work, but that also have solid management, excellent reputations, and meaningful partnerships with us and our communities," MountainOne Vice President of Community Engagement Kelli Kozak said. "We are so pleased to award these impactful funds to deserving agencies." 

As a member of the FHLB-B, MountainOne applied for and was awarded $100,000 in grant funding to be distributed directly to organizations impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Parameters for the grant included the recipient organization having annual revenues under $5,000,000, a certified need based on COVID-19 impacts, and being in good standing with the Commonwealth. 


"CATA is deeply grateful to receive this grant through MountainOne and FHLB Jobs for New England to help mitigate increased expenses and loss of income due to COVID-19," Executive Director Margaret Keller said. "We'll put these funds to work immediately to help people with disabilities push back against the devastating and isolating impact of the pandemic through vibrant, online arts workshops. CATA programs in dance, painting, music, acting and other art forms will give teens, adults, and elders with disabilities the opportunity to find connection, strengthen skills, and revel in the joy of creative expression—all while they're sheltering in place."


The $100,000 grant pool is being distributed among nine agencies that serve both MountainOne's Berkshire and South Shore communities: 


Berkshires Organizations:


CATA (Community Access to the Arts), Great Barrington – Arts outreach programs for individuals with disabilities 

Hillcrest Dental Care, Pittsfield – Dental services for individuals with disabilities and low-income individuals 

Lever, Inc., North Adams – Economic development incubator and workforce programs 

Louison House, Adams – Homeless shelter including supportive apartments and housing services 


South Shore Organizations:


Boys & Girls Club of Marshfield – Youth services and childcare programs 

Friendship Home, Norwell – Respite and life skills programs for individuals with disabilities 

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plymouth – Creating affordable housing for low-income families and veterans 

Interfaith Social Services, Quincy – Food pantry and social services programming for low-income individuals 

QARI (Quincy Asian Resources, Inc.) – Resources and support for the Quincy Asian community 


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