The Community Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Essex County and beyond through grantmaking from its charitable funds. To date ECCF has proudly awarded over $15 million in grants to hundreds of organizations for projects that range from food for Lawrence pantries and soup kitchens to Smartboard equipment for Lynn schools to programs for children coping with domestic abuse in Newburyport. Each grant is unique, purposeful and valued in the community.
Close to 70% of our annual grantmaking is from our donor advised funds. These funds do not solicit proposals from nonprofit organizations, but they instead receive information from ECCF on current community needs. The Community Foundation also offers eight competitive grant programs which are described in the following grants sections. These programs include the Foundation’s Discretionary and Emergency Funds and six donor advised or field of interest funds.
ECCF also manages a variety of scholarship programs established by donors to honor friends, family members or communities. Awardees are recommended by special selection committees. Please visit the Scholarship page for information on individual scholarship programs and application procedures.