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Community Leadership Funds

Community Leadership Funds

ECCF offers a variety of ways for donors to support Funds that benefit the county’s 34 communities. These collaborative funding programs address a range of needs and geographical areas. They thrive because each year a variety of donors support their mission. The grants awarded annually from these funds are competitive. ECCF receives detailed grant proposals that are carefully reviewed by trained grant committee members. Each grantee is also receives a site visit and is responsible for submitting a final report on the grant’s impact to the Foundation.

Please take a look at our Community Leadership Funds listed. If you are a nonprofit and could benefit from a grant from one of these Funds, visit the Grants page to find the grant guidelines for each fund. If you are a donor and would be interested in supporting the work, you can do so through an online gift to the Fund. Please contact us if you would like additional information on any of these Funds.

Impact Essex County Fund

Improve the quality of life for Essex County’s 750,000 residents. Impact Essex County is the Foundation’s community leadership project aimed at making a measurable impact on the quality of life in Essex County. The Impact Essex County Fund supports the ongoing research behind ECCF’s strategic initiatives and the implementation of solutions to Essex County’s most pressing needs. Learn More...

Emergency Fund

Provide assistance to nonprofits during a time of need. Any interruption in a nonprofit’s essential services can mean those in need will go without. The Emergency Fund assists organizations with short-term, urgent funding needs created by unforeseen events that significantly interrupt the ability to provide for their communities.

F1rst Jobs Fund

Help teens earn valuable work experience. Run by the North Shore Workforce Investment Board, F1rstJobs recruits and trains teens from 19 North Shore communities for their first summer jobs. Teens benefit from job training, experience and a summer income, while nonprofit organizations receive funding to cover the salary of an additional employee. For-profit businesses also support the Fund by hiring a teen or making a donation. Learn more...

Fund for Excellence in Essex County

Invest in the grassroots work of nonprofits. Essex County’s 1,266 nonprofits represent an important part of the lifeblood of our communities. This fund supports programs and operating expenses of local nonprofits to enable them to continue vital work within our communities. Learn more...

Greater Lawrence Summer Fund

Increase enrichment opportunities for low-income youth. The Greater Lawrence Summer Fund focuses on closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for thousands of low-income youth in Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover by providing educational and enrichment activities during the out-of-school summer months. Learn more...

Essex County Hunger Relief Fund

Help local food pantries feed the hungry. Over 60 organizations of all shapes and sizes provide food to those in need in our communities. The Hunger Relief Project supports the work of these vital organizations, and the four regional hunger networks serving Essex County. Learn more...

Merrimack Valley General Fund

Sustain the quality of life in the Merrimack Valley. This regional fund provides program support for nonprofits serving the 14 communities in the eastern Merrimack Valley in the areas of food, clothing, shelter and education. Learn more...

The Women's Fund of Essex County

Empower women and girls to reach their full potential. When women and girls prosper, everyone benefits. Since 2003, The Women’s Fund of Essex County has supported nonprofit programs across Essex County that provide local women and girls with the outreach, skills, knowledge and mentoring necessary for their self-sufficiency and self-empowerment. Learn more...

David Tory Fund

Support the leadership work of your community foundation. Named for ECCF’s founder, this fund provides support for the long-term sustainability of the Foundation and for staff to implement initiatives that go above and beyond the ongoing stewardship of the funds we manage.

Institute for Trustees Fund

Support the leadership, development and training needs of Essex County’s nonprofits. The IFT Fund supports ECCF’s annual leadership conference for board members and executive directors of nonprofit organizations. The fund enables ECCF to subsidize the full-day program and offer full scholarships to those who would otherwise be unable to attend. Learn More...

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