Foundation awards grants that includes the following strategic funding categories: Social Education, Elder Services, Children’s Services, and Water Resources Initiative.
Grant funding from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s 2019 Discretionary Grants Program includes the following strategic funding categories: Social Education, Elder Services, Children’s Services, and Water Resources Initiative.
The Discretionary Grants Program’s purpose is to improve the quality of life for residents in twenty communities: Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Pepperell, Shirley, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Westford and Wilmington.
The Foundation is deeply committed to our local nonprofit community and our grant-making program is focused on assisting nonprofits by fostering collaboration and supporting direct services. The goal of the Foundation is to help our nonprofit partners fulfill their mission more effectively and efficiently. We strive to fund projects that touch many lives and enrich the overall quality of life in our region.
The Foundation will award multiple grants of up to $15,000 that focus on social education as defined as civic engagement, community building, and working with local and regional elected officials, community leaders, and/or policy-makers.
A priority focus will be given to projects that support youth, but all age groups will be considered. Projects should go beyond engaging the target populations and should encourage active leadership by the population that the proposal addresses (i.e. youth-led, immigrant-led, women-led).
A condition of this award is to participate in a community forum upon completion of the grant program.
Examples of social education projects may include:
Engaging immigrants in the political process
- Youth advocating for gun free streets and neighborhoods
- Increasing access to affordable housing for the elderly
Learning outcomes may include:
- Increased communications/partnership with community leaders
- Public policy recommendations or implementation
- Increased understanding of the civic process and increased participation
Children’s Services Grants
The Foundation will award three (3) grants at $5,000 each to projects that support services for children. The Foundation welcomes proposals that enhance the quality of life in children and young adults.
Leclair Elder Services Grant
The Foundation will award six (6) grants at $5,500 each to organizations that support services to elderly people in our service area.
Water Resources Initiative Grants
The Foundation will award three (3) grants at $5,000 each to organizations that support water-resources projects. The Foundation welcomes proposals from nonprofit organizations that include a broad range of water-related projects involving biological conservation, habitat restoration and community-based clean-ups for the Sudbury-Assabet-Concord (Suasco) River Watershed, Merrimack River Watershed, or Nashua River Watershed.
For more information about the grant process, contact Fatima Palermo, GLCF Grants & Scholarship Coordinator with any questions at 978-970-1600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
APPLY NOW! Greater Lowell Community Foundation is seeking applicants for its 2019 Discretionary Grant Cycle. There will be $140,000 in grant awards available through this program.
Cycle Opens: October 1, 2019
Submission Deadline: October 29, 2019 at 12 p.m.