Ironstone Farm receives Cummings Foundation grant

Courtesy photo. Ironstone Farm’s nonprofit program Challenge Unlimited received a three-year, $100,000 grant from the Cummings Foundation. 

Ironstone Farm’s Challenge Unlimited program won a three-year, $100,000 Cummings Foundation grant.

Challenge Unlimited is one of 130 Massachusetts-based nonprofits the Cummings Foundation gave money to this year. In total, 738 nonprofits applied.

Challenge Unlimited is a therapeutic program that uses horseback riding and the farm’s “ tranquil environment” to help those with special needs, veterans and others from more than 90 communities in the Merrimack Valley and Boston area.

“We are indescribably grateful for the support of the Cummings Foundation, particularly during this unusual year,” said Deedee O’Brien, executive director of Challenge Unlimited.

According to a press release from Neil Fater, Ironstone Farm’s marketing director, “The Cummings $20 million grant program supports Massachusetts nonprofits that are based in and primarily serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties.”

In addition to helping Ironstone Farm continue to run its regular therapeutic programming, the grant will also allow for the expansion of the Head Start preschoolers' program.

“Our program supporting Head Start preschoolers has been a success and we hope to grow it to support young learners in additional cities with this grant,” said O’Brien.

O’Brien said they would like to expand the Head Start nature program into additional cities in Essex, Middlesex and Suffolk counties. The Head Start program is run in partnership with Community Teamwork Inc. of Lowell.

To see all 130 winners of this year’s Cummings Grant, visit


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