BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — A local fund set up by the CEO of an education technology company is offering grants to help Massachusetts organizations that serve children in need during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a press release, the Wayland-based Waldron Charitable Fund announced $1 million in grant funding is now available to "community organizations serving the critical needs of the nation’s underserved K-12 children and the 30 million students who receive free and reduced-price meals."
The release said the grants are designed to "directly fund organizations doing heroic work to serve students during this challenging time by providing critical physical / mental health needs, nutritional assistance, and special education support."
Since time is of the essence during the pandemic, the Waldron Charitable Fund said it has also extended the application window for grant funding, which will now be open until Friday, March 20th, 5 p.m. ET.
"Local community organizations throughout the US that serve children ages 12 and under are welcome to apply. Grants of between $10,000 to $50,000 will be awarded to qualifying 501(c)(3) organizations via the Waldron Charitable Fund," the release said.
The Waldron Charitable Fund is housed at the Boston Foundation. It was launched by Rob Waldron, the CEO of Curriculum Associates, an education technology company that provides more than eight million K–12 students nationwide with adaptive assessment and personalized learning materials.
“Having served schools across the country for many decades, I understand that these institutions provide so much more than academics to the students in their care,” said Rob Waldron. “I am deeply concerned about the loss of essential services for our nation’s underserved children due to school closures, and I hope others will join me in supporting the local organizations doing heroic work to serve students during this challenging time.”
Earlier this week, Gov. Charlie Baker ordered the closure of all schools in the state as part of the effort to curb the spread of the coronavirus.