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Falling into a New Grant Season

Falling into a New Grant Season
Monday, August 4, 2014

August already?! How’d that happen? Just as summer flies past us and a new school year is about to begin, ECCF’s new grant cycle for the fall will get here before we know it. So find your desk, pick up a pen (or a lap top) and consider one of three upcoming grants.

The first deadline is less than a month away Sept. 1 with the Webster Family Fund. Supporting capital projects at nonprofits in the Greater Lawrence communities of Andover, Lawrence, Methuen and North Andover, this field of interest fund was established in 2005 when the Webster Family Foundation was transferred to ECCF. It focuses on capital projects with preference for organizations that provide youth development, health care or arts and culture programming or services.

The next deadline is Sept. 15 and it’s for The Merrimack Valley General Fund, which provides program support for nonprofit organizations serving 14 communities in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts. Established in 1987 by several passionate community leaders as a community foundation, it merged with the ECCF in 2004 to continue addressing community needs such as food, clothing, shelter and education. This year’s geographic focus will be Lawrence, Haverhill, and Newburyport/Amesbury.

Deadline #3 isn’t until Dec. 1 but that’s not too far away (the application will be available Aug. 15). In 2003, eight visionary women created The Women’s Fund at ECCF to increase resources, expand opportunities and promote positive social change for women and girls in Essex County communities. It supports existing programs which offer the most impact for the grant dollar, addressing issues such as college, employment, and career readiness and homelessness solutions. Find out more about The Women's Fund of Essex County at http://www.thewomensfundec.org.

Don't forget, these generous funds happened because passionate people came together and found their voice (and desks) by giving where they live. That might be you. If so, let’s chat!

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