Marlborough Brigham Family Trust Awards - 2014

The Marlborough Brigham Family Trust announced that it awarded $47,350 in grants to 14 Marlborough community organizations. This is the second cycle of grants for the trust, which this year received 34 grant applications. Trustees were encouraged by the depth and range of the applications, all of which detailed valuable services to the community. The trustees met as a group, aligned the grants with the language in Ronald H. Brigham’s will regarding the spirit of the trust, and deliberated the applications. The trustees congratulate these organizations for their community-oriented efforts and programs.

Boys & Girls Clubs of MetroWest:
$2,900 for its Power Hour homework room renovation
. The renovation includes electrical updates and WiFi services in support of the 1:1 Chromebook initiative at the Marlborough Public Schools, so that students have the access and connectivity to use the devices for homework and other school-related projects.

Employment Options:
$2,700 toward implementing The Parenting Journey
to help parents struggling with mental illness to discover and develop the inner strengths and life skills they already possess to support better parenting.

The Friends of the Marlborough Public Library:
$2,600 in support of its wide variety of programs and events
designed to educate and entertain the Marlborough community as well as add cultural life by presenting programs in performing arts. The grant will help the Friends keep programs and events free and open to the public in a handicapped-accessible facility.

Friends of the Marlborough Seniors:
$6,000 for library furnishings at the new Marlborough Senior Center
in honor of the late Ronald H. Brigham, founder of the Marlborough Brigham Family Trust. Brigham was a bookseller and a member of the Senior Center, and the Friends have requested the grant to furnish the new library in his name to honor his commitment to and love for the Marlborough community.

Ghost Light Players of MetroWest:
$2,200 to help offset the increased cost of expanding the theater company
in Marlborough and offering a production of one of the works of William Shakespeare free to the public.

Greater Marlboro Programs:
$4,400 for extension of its Family Support Center
, which offers a broad range of general family support services and activities to families of children and adults with developmental disabilities.

Holy Trinity Anglican Church:
$3,700 toward restoring the kitchen in the Outreach Center
to help with its existing and future social outreach programs particularly in the French Hill area, and to assist in its participation in the “Our Father’s Table” community dinner program, which serves dinners three nights a week to those in need.

Kane Elementary School PTO:
$2,600 to expand the enrollment and accessibility of its after-school pre-engineering LEGO program
, which dovetails with the district’s STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program.

Marlborough Downtown Village:
$3,700 toward bringing a mini Labor Day entertainment festival in 2015
to be held on the Union Common in conjunction with the Labor Day Carnival.

Marlborough Historical Society:
$4,400 to help with outdoor painting and inside repairs of the Captain Peter Rice Homestead
in preparation for Applefest, the celebration of the society’s 50th anniversary of incorporation.

Marlborough Public Library and Marlborough Public Schools:
$4,400 for “Marlborough Reads: One City, One Book,”
a communitywide program to promote literacy among all ages and strengthen the sense of community.

Marlborough Public Schools English Language Learners Program:
$2,300 toward a wireless simultaneous translation system
, which provides delivery of translated information to up to as many as 25 “receivers” in up to six languages at the same time.

Raymond C. Richer Elementary School:
$4,000 for document cameras
for kindergarten, first- and second-grade classrooms to allow teachers to more consistently provide effective instruction in a 21st Century learning skills environment.

Whitcomb Middle School Grade 7:
$450 for a video camera and tripod
to be used for building student communication/presentation skills, developing inquiry skills, generating evidence of student performance, and reflecting and improving upon teaching practices.

Additionally, Marlborough Brigham Family Trust trustees approved the initiation of a scholarship in the trust’s name to be established with the CSF of Marlborough Dollars for Scholars program, and has authorized an annual contribution to the fund of $1,000 for 12 years to establish the scholarship.
Marlborough Brigham Family Trust, P.O. Box 221, Marlborough, MA 01752