News Members receive grants for census work as countdown to 2020 begins

The Massachusetts Census Equity Fund (MCEF) has awarded more than $500,000 to 45 nonprofits across the state, including a number of Providers’ Council members.

The grants will help nonprofits conduct direct outreach and raise public awareness about the 2020 Census. MCEF is a statewide funding initiative working to increase participation in the 2020 Census, specifically in communities that are at risk of being undercounted.

Council members receiving awards include City Life/Vida Urbana in Boston, Immigrants’ Assistance Center in New Bedford, New North Citizens’ Council in Springfield and South Middlesex Opportunity Council (SMOC) in Framingham.

Council staff was on hand for Census 2020 kickoff events in Framingham and East Boston on April 1 as the Commonwealth prepares for the count that begins April 1, 2020.

Similar to our get-out-the-vote efforts, the Council will be working to provide tools and resources to promote members’ involvement with the census count. It will also be a focus of the 44th Annual Convention & Expo: Everyone Counts. The convention will take place on Monday, Oct. 7 in Boston.

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