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Southborough Community Fund

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What We Support

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SCF accepts grant applications from registered nonprofits and town organizations operating in Southborough. The fund supports programs that increase volunteerism and community involvement, strengthen civic engagement, and emphasize collaborations that enhance community initiatives.

SCF accepts grant applications from registered 501(c) (3) nonprofit organizations, organizations with an eligible fiscal sponsor, and town agencies serving Southborough. At this time, SCF will not accept applications from youth sports programs, as they are currently well-funded and stewarded.

To support families, youth, seniors, and underserved populations in creating pathways that improve the overall quality of life.

To support the cultural vitality of the Southborough community, including the visual arts, the performing arts, and historic preservation.

To support programs that preserve the natural resources of Southborough and to increase environmental awareness, education, and engagement.

To support and continue SEF’s mission of fostering educational excellence by providing funding for innovative programs and enhance the educational experience of students in Southborough Public Schools.

To support increased volunteerism and community involvement, to strengthen civic engagement, and to emphasize collaboration that enhances community initiatives.

We are so appreciative of SCF fully funding our Senior Center’s Caregiver Meals program. We’re frequently told that our volunteers are the only people caregivers get to see unless it’s a medical emergency, and the meals make them feel like they haven’t been forgotten. Thank you!

The Southborough Community Fund has played a critical role in sparking educational innovation through its generous grant program. As a result, educators have piloted new programs, techniques, and technologies to better support students’ learning. The SCF has been a tremendous partner and has made a positive impact on helping educate, inspire, and challenge all students.

Grant Opportunities

As a fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, the Southborough Community Fund (SCF) is a source of funding to support community needs and opportunities in the areas of Human Services, Arts & Culture, Environment, Community Building, and Education, and provides ways for residents to make an immediate impact in their community. The SCF, with the leadership, expertise and support of the Foundation, will provide a source of funding exclusively for the town of Southborough. It is the Community Board’s goal to fund projects that bring innovative thinking to big issues and small ones – for the benefit of Southborough.

SCF Community Grant Program

Through its annual Community Grant program, SCF supports organizations that create solutions for current needs and implement new ideas that will improve Southborough for the future.

Focus areas: Human Services, Arts & Culture, Environment, and Community building

Please review the 2023 Grant Guidelines (PDF) for eligibility requirements and funding priorities.

  • Monday, August 14, 9:00am – Application opens online
  • Friday, September 15, 5:00pm – Application deadline
  • Late September through October – Potential Follow-Up Meetings with Applicants
  • Mid-November – Applicants notified of decision

Additional details, including funding priorities and eligibility requirements, are available here.

If you have questions regarding the eligibility or suitability of your proposal, we encourage you to email as early as possible.

SCF Education Grant Program

One-time grants to enhance the core and supplemental parts of the Southborough Public Schools’ curricula, integrate new educational paradigms, and create richer learning experiences for Southborough students. The goal of the grant program is to fund educational projects that are innovative, relevant, creative, effective, and inspiring.

SCF Education Mini-Grant Program

Southborough Community Fund will accept education mini-grant requests on a rolling basis for initiatives or programs that total $750 or less. Mini-grant requests must enhance the educational experience of students in Southborough Public Schools.

SCF will give grant proposal priority to:

  • Innovative and creative ideas
  • Ideas that will significantly enhance the educational experience or process
  • Ideas that will benefit present and future students
  • Ideas that will make a direct and immediate impact on a wide range of students
  • Programs that are not typically funded by school budget (i.e. books and electronic devices)

To apply for a mini-grant ($750 or less), please fill out this web form. Before applying, applicants should consider researching related pricing for the request and seeking administration / leadership approval for the request. Applicants should be able to indicate the school(s) or student groups impacted by the project / initiative, a description and intended goals of the request, and the approximate number of students that would be impacted.


Community Board


Beth is currently retired after being in Finance and Operations at several companies. Her last position was COO/CFO of Stone Temple Consulting, a digital marketing agency, which was sold to Perficient Digital in July 2018.  She is currently the treasurer of The Lenny Zakim Fund and works closely with Bethany Hill Place.  In addition to her volunteer work, she does some financial consulting in the nonprofit sector and teaches weaving.  Beth and her husband Eric have lived in Southborough for the past 27 years and have raised three children.


Tom recently moved into a Senior Advisor role at Battery Ventures after serving twelve years as Managing Partner responsible for overseeing all investment and operational aspects of the venture capital partnership. He has served as a board member for dozens of companies in the communications, software and ecommerce sectors.

A former executive in sales, Andrew attended Boston College and graduated from Bentley College with a Bachelor of Art’s Degree in Accounting. He joined the real estate industry in 1990, where he has developed a reputation for providing outstanding customer service almost exclusively working by personal referrals from past clients. In September 2004, Andrew parlayed his entrepreneurial spirit and enthusiasm for the business by forming his own real estate company, Andrew Abu REALTORS. Andrew maintains top five status consistently in our county, but he measures his success by the trust and confidence that his clients place in his company. Andrew is involved with his community as follows:

Sujal Bhalakia is an operations executive in the life-science field with extensive leadership experience in the medical device, pharma and biotech companies. Sujal has served on the board of Town of Southborough Economic Development Committee and is currently an Advisory Board member for the biomedical engineering program at UMass Lowell. Sujal and his family have lived in Southborough since 2004.

Erin Cox is a professional coach, a tech co-founder (wiseHer), and a non-profit growth specialist. She is passionate about figuring out what makes something (an organization, a program, a product) or someone (an executive, a rising star, a working parent) special and growing it/them to achieve incredible results. Erin honed her skills in management, organizational development, strategy, programmatic quality and growth, partnership management, fundraising and leadership in long stints at two education non-profits (Jumpstart and uAspire). Erin is a graduate of Tufts University (BA), Boston University (MBA), LeadBoston, the Institute for Professional Education in Coaching, and is a kidney donor.

Lisa Dumont been a resident of Southborough since 2005. She is married with two children, Donald (14) and Lily (12). Since being in Southborough she has found many ways to get involved with the town through the school and recreation activities, serving as treasurer for SOS at Woodward for two years and for SEF for the past 4 years. Lisa has worked at Cabot Corporation, a global specialty chemical company headquartered in Boston for the past 20 years, holding a variety of finance roles including my current role as Controller.

Jason Esten has held the position of Vice-President Connection at Global-Serve since 2019. Jason has over 18 years of inside high-tech sales management expertise.  A resident of Southborough, he has volunteered his time as a Coach, for Northborough/Southborough Lacrosse as well as served on the Board of Directors, Membership Chair, at the Framingham Country Club.

Emily Gifford moved to Southborough in 2010 when she began her teaching career at Fay School. During her time at Fay, she taught Latin, Ancient History, Chinese, English as a Second Language, and Algebra. She served as Class Dean, Faculty Advisor of Community Connections (Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum), and Director of FaySummer’s English Immersion Program. In addition, Emily organized student service events and international learning experiences aimed at encouraging global citizenship. Emily and her husband welcomed a daughter in 2021, and she is taking some time away from teaching in order to raise her. Emily earned her bachelor’s degree from Tufts University and master’s degree from Boston College.

With over 25 years of financial leadership and management experience, Kevin leads Third Rock Venture’s non-investment activities, which include running internal operations and overseeing the firm’s finance, legal, communications and administrative functions. He also leads fundraising activities and manages the firm’s limited partner relationships. Kevin earned a BA in history from Brandeis University and an MBA at Bentley University. He is incredibly proud of his wife and two children, and feels grateful to be part of a wonderful extended family.

Cathy currently heads the Southborough Organization of Schools and volunteers with the Senior Center and Meals on Wheels. She managed the second floor of the Boston Lord and Taylor store before moving to Southborough. Additionally, she has worked with Kindergroup, Smiling Kids, Saint Matthews Church and Southborough Youth Soccer.

Tim is the Senior Vice President of Griffin Industrial, LLC, which is the real estate operating subsidiary of Griffin Industrial Realty, Inc., a publicly traded company (GRIF). His responsibilities include business development, transaction management (leasing, acquisitions & dispositions), land approvals & development, and executive oversight of the company’s management and construction operations. Tim’s industry background includes over 25 years of experience in real estate development, management and brokerage. Prior to joining Griffin Industrial, he was a partner at The Codman Company, and prior to that he was with CB Commercial (now CB Richard Ellis).

Andrea grew up in Southborough and returned with her husband Tim to raise their children, Elizabeth and Teddy.  A graduate of the University of Vermont, she is the owner and founder of Andrea Thomas Interiors, a residential interior design company.  Andrea plays an active role in the Southborough schools and Southborough Kindergroup.

Beth is the founder of Solstice Advisory, a marketing and positioning consulting practice in New England. She previously worked as senior vice president of the Plan Sponsor Network (PSN), and was an investment manager research platform at Informa Investment Solutions.

Beth and her husband David are members of the UMass Medicine Development Council and co-chairs of the UMass Medicine Winter Ball held each December. Additionally, they are members of the US Fund for UNICEF’s Family & Philanthropy Committee. Beth is a member of the Women’s Executive Council at Dana-Farber. Beth and her husband David live in Southborough with their three children.

Amy Yazdani has been a member of the board of the Southborough Education Foundation for seven years, and president for the past five. Amy has also recently been elected to the Southborough Library Board of Trustees after serving as an appointed trustee for a partial term. As an avid lover of books and education, she enjoys learning the details of running a library, a municipal facility and working to keep the library productive, inclusive, evolving and supportive of the community. Amy has been a resident of Southborough for almost a decade. She has been a member of the Friends of Southborough Library for five years, four of those as Vice President.

Donate to Southborough

You may make a gift to the Southborough Community Fund by check, stock, mutual fund or real estate, or through a donor advised fund or private foundation. The staff at Community Foundation for MetroWest can work with you and your financial adviser to review various planned giving options. All gifts qualify for the maximum tax benefit offered.

Transfer Securities

Please contact us via email or call (508) 647 – 2260 if you are interested in transferring assets.

If you have any questions or would like more information about making your gift, please call us at (508) 647 – 2260 or email us and we’ll be happy to help you.

Thank you! We appreciate your support.