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Greater Lawrence Summer Fund

Powering Summer Opportunities

The Greater Lawrence Summer Fund (GLSF) focuses on closing the opportunity and achievement gaps for thousands of low-income youth in greater Lawrence each year by providing enrichment activities during out-of-school time.

For 30 years, this fund has supported high-quality summer programs that:

  • Enhance social, academic and emotional abilities
  • Discourage unhealthy behaviors by providing safe alternatives
  • Reduce summer learning loss, which has been shown to widen the achievement gap between low-income youth and their more affluent peers

 

Grant Guidelines

funding priorities

The Greater Lawrence Summer Fund (GLSF) supports enriching summer opportunities for inner-city school-aged children and teens in the Greater Lawrence communities by connecting donors with agencies in need of funding for such programs. GLSF seeks to achieve maximum impact of philanthropic dollars by supporting programs that:

  • Respond to community needs with high quality summer programs for as many school-age youth as possible in Greater Lawrence.
  • Provide young people with opportunities for skill development, personal growth and exposure to new experiences.
  • Provide enriching educational opportunities that address summer learning loss and the opportunity gap often affecting youth in low-income communities.
  • Promote and encourage interaction and communication among youth and staff from different ethnic and racial backgrounds and from different neighborhoods.
eligibility

Applicants must have a 501(c)(3) tax status under the IRS tax code and serve residents of the designated communities of Lawrence, Andover, North Andover and Methuen.

Agencies located outside the area are eligible to apply for funding but proposals must include details on the number of Greater Lawrence youth participating. Such programs should reserve the funds received from GLSF to youth from the designated communities. Transportation is a factor in approving such programs. Evaluation of these programs includes the response to the needs of urban youth.

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.

Stand alone programs within umbrella organizations may be eligible if they meet the following criteria:

  • The umbrella organization provides the 501(c)3 status but not much more.
  • The program has a separate budget and raises its own funds to cover this budget. Note: If the program has only a small amount of administrative costs covered by the umbrella organization, they are still eligible to apply.
  • There is a letter of agreement/understanding between the program and the umbrella organization.
  • The program is core to the mission of the umbrella organization and serves a substantial number of the core client population.

GLSF grants will not be awarded:

  • To individuals.
  • For sectarian or religious purposes. Note: GLSF is limited to non-sectarian programming for youth of all religious and ethnic backgrounds. Programs sponsored by religious organizations are eligible, provided enrollment is open to all youth, and the program is free of mandatory religious instruction, worship, or other sectarian activities.
  • For political purposes.
  • For debt or deficit reduction.
  • For capital campaigns for buildings, land acquisition or endowment.
  • To support academic research.

Residential camps should meet American Camping Association (ACA) guidelines. Day programs should meet the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) licensing requirements.

selection criteria

In addition to the program objectives outlined above, applicants should consider the following criteria:

  • The management staff should have considerable administrative experience, and there should be involvement of the Executive Director and Board of Directors in the planning and monitoring of the summer activities.
  • An orientation should be provided for all staff members involved in the program which should include program philosophy, the needs of youth served, and multicultural issues. Special supervision and training is strongly recommended for teen employees.
  • The program should be fiscally sound with a balanced budget.
  • Funds must be used for program operation, not capital expenditures.
application deadline

Proposals must be submitted online by no later than March 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

ECCF staff, together with the GLSF Committee members, reviews all proposals to the Fund in early spring of each year. The Committee makes grant recommendations to the ECCF Board of Trustees for approval. The review process takes approximately two months. Our goal is to notify agencies of the grant award by the end of May, well in advance of program start dates.

The GLSF Committee awards grants to agencies based on need and quality of programming. These are established through Committee proposal reviews and the information gained through annual site visits which are done while the programs are in session.

A staff person or member of the Committee may contact applicants for additional information about a proposal or to arrange a site visit during the review process.  The Committee may also contact other funders, community leaders or local agencies to learn more about the organization applying for funds and to discuss the outlined plans.  Copies of proposals submitted to ECCF may be shared with others during the review process.

reporting requirements

GLSF grant recipients must submit a final report by October 15th. If Final Reports are not received by this date, applications will not be accepted for the following grant cycle. Please complete your GLSF Final Report via the application portal. 

2020 Summer Fund Grantees

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Summer Fund Grantees
ACT Lawrence Lawrence Recreation Department
Acting Out Theater Let’s Get Ready
Beyond Soccer, Inc. Merrimack Valley Immigrant and Education Center
Blessed Stephen Bellesini, OSA Academy, Inc. Merrimack Valley YMCA (3)
Boston University Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence MSPCA at Nevins Farm
Communities Together, Inc. Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School
Community Day Care of Lawrence, Inc. Phillips Academy Andover
Esperanza Academy Pingree School
Essex Art Center Si, Se Puede
Family Services of the Merrimack Valley Sibling Connections, Inc.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts SquashBusters, Inc.
Greater Lawrence Community Boating St. Ann’s Home and School, Inc.
Groundwork Lawrence (2) Suenos Basketball, Inc.
Jean Appleton Expressions The Governor’s Academy
Lawrence CommunityWorks UNH Tech Camp
Lawrence Family Development and Education Fund (2) Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc.
Lawrence History Center Youth Development Organization, Inc.
Lawrence Public Library YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts

APPLICATION PORTAL

APPLICATION DEADLINE

March 1

GRANTS NOTIFICATION

By May 31

GRANT RANGE

$1,000 – $15,000

GEOGRAPHIC LIMITATIONS

Limited to summer programs serving inner-city youth from the Greater Lawrence communities of Andover, Lawrence, Methuen, and North Andover.

FINAL REPORT FORMS

Final reports should be submitted through the Application Portal.

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Hehershe Busuego

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h.busuego@eccf.org

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