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Greater Lawrence Community Fund

The Greater Lawrence Community Fund provides support for nonprofit organizations providing essential needs to four communities in the Greater Lawrence community of Massachusetts.

 

Grant Guidelines

funding priorities

The Greater Lawrence Community Fund directs support to essential needs in four communities in Greater Lawrence:  Lawrence, Methuen, Andover and North Andover with a focus on the city of Lawrence.  These needs include: hunger, clothing, shelter and education.  Shelter is defined as affordable housing or shelter programs, but not actual construction projects.  The GLCF Grants Committee looks favorably on collaborative projects and also sets annual priorities for funding.  For 2020, in addition to the essential needs described above, the GLCF is particularly interested in supporting substance use disorder prevention and treatment for people of all ages.

Also starting in 2020, the GLCF will annually award one grant of $10,000 to an exceptional innovative program in memory of Patricia F. Karl, a beloved local leader who was deeply committed to the youth and families of Greater Lawrence.  (Note: this grant would be paid in two equal installments of $5,000 over two years.)

eligibility

Organizations that received a GLCF grant in the previous year are asked to take one year off before applying for additional funding.

Only nonprofit organizations recognized as tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code are eligible for consideration.

ECCF is committed to non-discrimination. We support organizations that use all reasonable efforts to recruit, hire, train, promote and serve persons without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, age, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law, except where such status is a bona fide qualification for the service being provided and is related to the organization’s mission.

Generally GLCF grants are not awarded:

  • To individuals
  • To state or local government agencies including public schools
  • For political purposes
  • For debt or deficit reduction
  • To replace public funding, or for purposes which are generally a public sector responsibility
  • To support academic research
  • For travel outside the region
  • To organizations headquartered outside of Essex County, unless they have a physical presence in the Merrimack Valley.
  • For summer programs that are already supported by the Greater Lawrence Summer Fund.
selection criteria

When reviewing proposals, the GLCF Grants Committee considers:

  • Programs that meet a documented need, are well planned and include evaluation procedures
  • Organizations that have the capacity to support the proposed project and have a sound financial plan.
  • Projects that offer the most significant impact for the contribution dollar.
  • The project’s potential impact on the participants.
  • The needs of the target population.
  • Potential for continuation or impact beyond the grant period.

Proposals should demonstrate how the requested funds will be used directly in the program itself or in the building of the organization’s capacity.

Usually grants are made for specific programs or activities with objectives that can be assessed within a one-year grant period. General operating support is sometimes provided to small organizations.

In general, GLCF awards one-year grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000.  The exception is the Patricia F. Karl Innovation Award, which will provide two years of funding at $5,000 a year.”

application deadline

Proposals must be submitted online by no later than Oct. 1. Incomplete or late proposals will not be considered. 

application procedure

Proposals must be submitted through ECCF’s Application Portal.

If you do not yet have a login for our application Portal, please read our Grant Application Process page which will give you access to the Portal.

review process

The GLCF Advisory Committee reviews all proposals and recommends grant awards for approval by the ECCF Board of Trustees. Those agencies submitting proposals that meet the Fund’s guidelines may be called for a site visit or phone interview.

reporting requirements

Grant recipients must submit a final report by August 31st. 

Grantees will be emailed information and links to the Final Report Form or may access the form through the Application Portal.

APPLICATION PORTAL

APPLICATION DEADLINE

October 1

GRANTS AWARDED BY

December 31

GRANT RANGE

$1,000 – $5,000

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS

In 2017, it was decided that the GLCF would focus on the Greater Lawrence area to include the communities of Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover and Andover with a focus on Lawrence.

FINAL REPORT FORMS

Final reports should be submitted through the Application Portal.

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Hehershe Busuego

Senior Program Officer
(978) 777-8876 x128
h.busuego@eccf.org

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