Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund Seeks Applications from Host Community Agencies

Non-profit community organizations in Somerville, Medford, Grafton, and Boston’s Chinatown are invited to apply for 2015 grants from the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund (TNSF).  TNSF collects donations from faculty and staff throughout the year and then awards small grants to community-based, charitable organizations that serve Tufts’ host communities.

Applicants must also have Tufts volunteers actively working with their organizations. In this way, TNSF supports not only community organizations, but also the work of the many Tufts students, staff, faculty, and alumni who volunteer with them. 

Last year, 35 programs and projects in Tufts’ host communities were granted awards. The funds supported a wide range of programs and projects in each community including emergency home-delivered Meal-on-Wheels for seniors in Somerville, materials to help establish a community garden by the Condon Shell in Medford, emergency relief funds for Grafton community members who are in need of assistance, and basketball hoops for an after-school program at the Josiah Quincy Elementary School in Chinatown.

The Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund is a giving option for members of the Tufts community during the Tufts Community Appeal.  Each year, employees of Tufts University are asked to contribute to charitable organizations that provide service locally, nationally and internationally. 

Interested organizations should contact the Community Relations office at Tufts University (617) 627-3780 to request an application.  Application materials are also available online at the following web address: http://go.tufts.edu/TNSF.

Individual grants will be made in amounts ranging from $250 to $2,000.  Applications are due by November 27, 2015 and awards will be announced in January 2016.


Tufts University, located on three Massachusetts campuses in Boston, Medford/Somerville, and Grafton, and in Talloires, France, is recognized among the premier research universities in the United States. Tufts enjoys a global reputation for academic excellence and for the preparation of students as leaders in a wide range of professions. A growing number of innovative teaching and research initiatives span all campuses, and collaboration among the faculty and students in the undergraduate, graduate and professional programs across the university is widely encouraged.

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