Tufts University distributed more than $5,000 in grant money to 10 Somerville organizations, the university said.
Administered through the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund, which is supported each year exclusively by university employees, the grants total more than $19,500 in 2011, according to the school, and are given only to groups in communities that host Tufts facilities.
Also awarded money were nonprofits from Medford, Grafton, and Boston's Chinatown.
In all, Tufts fielded 49 applications for funding, totaling more than $75,000 in requests, while only $19,500 was available.
“It’s a sign of the times when we receive grant applications from food banks in all four of our host communities,” said director of Community Relations Barbara Rubel. “The [fund] committee spent a lot of time considering the proposals and deliberating about distribution of the funds and made it a point to allocate the grants where the most need was demonstrated."
The largest allotment was for $1,000 to the Somerville Homeless Coalition for the group to buy a walk-in refrigerator for Project SOUP.
The other winners were Eagle Eye Institute Inc., Gentle Giant Rowing Club, Groundwork Somerville, Second Chances Inc., Somerville-Cambridge Elder Services, Somerville Church of God, and the Somerville Public Library.