An Andover-based nonprofit is one of 130 recipients of grants from the Cummings Foundation and will receive $100,000 in four installments to help fund its operations.

Project Home Again, founded in 2003 by Nancy Kanell of Andover, was among 730 nonprofits that applied for the grants, which are awarded in the amounts of $100,000 to $500,000.

Kanell started Project Home Again to help low-income families by matching unwanted and discarded household items with those in need. Recipients are given new and gently used household goods, furniture, and small appliances.

"PHA assists families and individuals who are transitioning from setbacks — including domestic violence, poverty, homelessness and natural disasters — to turn their houses into homes that are habitable," Kanell said. "We provide a sense of dignity and comfort, and serve as a foundation for their lives."

She said the Cummings Foundation grant "changes everything for us."

"It has made it possible to extend our programs and services to meet the growing demand from our community, which has been particularly affected by COVID-19," she added.

PHA also plans to use the money for general operating expenses, such as rent toward a new warehouse space in Lawrence that expands its capacity to receive donations and investing in technology to make the organization’s processes more efficient, safe and streamlined.

The Cummings Foundation $20 Million Grant Program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties and 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.

 

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