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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 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

Grant Guidelines

funding priorities

.The Greater Lawrence Summer Fund (GLSF) supports enriching summer opportunities for school-aged children and teens in the Greater Lawrence communities. 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.
  • 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.
  • Promote and encourage interaction and communication among youth and staff from different ethnic and racial backgrounds and from different neighborhoods.

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 15. 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 1. 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. 

2022 Summer Fund Grantees

Summer Fund Grantees
Aaron’s Presents, Inc. Merrimack College
ACT Lawrence Merrimack Valley Immigrant and Education Center
acting Out Theater Merrimack Valley Spartans Football and Cheer
Beyond Soccer, Inc. Merrimack Valley YMCA (2)
Blessed Stephen Bellesini, OSA Academy, Inc. Methuen Arlington Neighborhood, Inc.
Boys & Girls Club of Lawrence MSPCA at Nevins Farm
Brooks School Notre Dame Cristo Rey High School
Central Catholic High School Phillips Academy Andover
Communities Together, Inc. Pingree School
Elevated Thought Foundation Inc. ServingStars
Esperanza Academy Si, Se Puede
Essex Art Center SquashBusters, Inc.
Family Services of the Merrimack Valley St. Ann’s Home and School, Inc.
Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts Suenos Basketball Inc
Greater Lawrence Community Boating The Actors Studio of Newburyport Inc
Groundwork Lawrence (2) The Children’s Center
Jean Appolon Expressions The Community Group (2)
Lawrence CommunityWorks The Governor’s Academy “GovsPLUS”
Lawrence History Center UNH Tech Camp
Lawrence Prospera Utopia Dance Company
Lawrence Public Library Windrush Farm Therapeutic Equitation, Inc.
Lawrence Recreation Department Youth Development Organization, Inc.
YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts



March 15, 2023


By May 31


$1,000 – $15,000


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


Final reports should be submitted through the Application Portal.

GLSF 2021 Report

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