[Press Release] GMGI Awarded $100,000 Cummings Grant

(GLOUCESTER, MA) Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is one of 140 local nonprofits selected to receive a grant between $100K and $500K through Cummings Foundation’s $25 Million Grant Program. The Gloucester-based organization was selected from over 550 applicants during a competitive review process, and will receive $100,000 over three years.

GMGI is a not-for-profit research institute located on Gloucester’s historic harbor, and was founded with the belief that the ocean would be a renewed source of opportunity not only for Cape Ann, but the world. An ambitious science strategy with a focus on marine genomics, addresses critical challenges facing our oceans, human health and the environment through innovative scientific research and education. The Gloucester Biotechnology Academy, GMGI’s education entity, provides innovative, hands-on training to young adults, preparing them for careers as entry level lab technicians.

The organization is committed to bringing science to the area in a meaningful way, and the generous funding from the Cummings Foundation will support GMGI’s Science Community initiatives, catalyzing the regional economy and creating a vibrant science community on Cape Ann. “This grant will support our annual Science Forum, our entrepreneur-in-residence program, and a new Biomanufacturing Education and Workforce Development conference,” said Chris Bolzan, GMGI’s Executive Director. “We are incredibly grateful for the Cummings partnership and their support of important work this funding will make possible.”

The Cummings $25 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex and Suffolk counties.

Through this place-based initiative, Cummings Foundations aims to give back in the area where it owns commercial buildings, all of which are managed, at no cost to the foundation, by its affiliate, Cummings Properties. This Woburn-based commercial real estate firm leases and manages 10 million square feet of debt-free space, the majority of which exclusively benefits the Foundation.

“We aim to help meet the needs of people in all segments of our local community,” said Cummings Foundation executive director Joel Swets. “It is the incredible organizations we fund, however, that do the actual daily work to empower our neighbors, educate our children, fight for equity, and so much more.”

This year’s grant recipients represent a wide variety of causes, and are spread across 43 different cities and towns. The complete list of 140 grant winners, plus more than 800 previous recipients, is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org. Cummings Foundation has now awarded more than $300 million to greater Boston nonprofits.

About GMGI
Gloucester Marine Genomics Institute (GMGI) is a non-profit enterprise that addresses critical challenges facing our oceans, human health and the environment through innovative scientific research and education. By bringing world-class science and transformative workforce development to Gloucester’s historic waterfront, GMGI is catalyzing the regional economy. Please visit www.gmgi.org and follow GMGI on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn for more information.

About Cummings Foundation
Woburn-based Cummings Foundation, Inc. was established in 1986 by Joyce and Bill Cummings and has grown to be one of the three largest private foundations in New England. The Foundation directly operates its own charitable subsidies, including New Horizons retirement communities in Marlborough and Woburn, and Veterinary School at Tufts, LLC in North Grafton. Additional information is available at www.CummingsFoundation.org