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Greater Newburyport Fund for the Blind
The Greater Newburyport Fund for the Blind (GNFB) was established as a Field of Interest Fund at Essex County Community Foundation (ECCF) in support of residents in Greater Newburyport living with blindness or progressive loss of sight. The Fund provides programmatic grants to nonprofits and charitable entities (like schools, libraries, senior centers, etc.) for programs and services that meet the needs of the vision-impaired and enhance their quality of life and empower them to live independent and productive lives.
GNFB will open with an initial grant cycle beginning February 1, 2020 and on an annual ongoing basis. The first round grants will be distributed by the end of June 2020. If the annual funds are not expended in the cycle, the Fund will consider applications on a rolling basis.
Applicants are invited to apply for grants up to $5,000.
Applicants must represent qualified 501(c)3 nonprofits or other charitable entities such as schools, libraries, senior centers, etc. who support residents in Greater Newburyport. Greater Newburyport is defined as: Amesbury, Byfield, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, and West Newbury.
- Respond to needs of blind and progressive sight-loss residents with high quality programs for Greater Newburyport residents.
- Offer effective and measurable solutions to impact residents with blindness or progressive sight loss in positive, sustainable, and empowering ways.
- Nonprofit or charitable entity must demonstrate strong administrative leadership and fiduciary responsibility
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.
GNFB grants will not be awarded:
- To individuals.
- For sectarian or religious purposes. Note: GNFB is limited to non-sectarian programming for residents living with blindness or progressive loss of sight of all religious and ethnic backgrounds. Programs sponsored by religious organizations are eligible, provided enrollment is open to all who are living with blindness or progressive loss of sight, 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.
In addition to the program objectives outlined above, applicants should consider the following criteria:
- GNFB funds programmatic support which primarily concentrates on programs that have been in existence for at least one year, however we will consider support of program creation or expansion.
- Programs should provide measurable solutions that impact blind or progressive loss of sight residents in a positive and empowering way.
- Demonstration of strong administration, Executive and Board leadership.
- The program should be fiscally sound with a balanced budget.
- Funds must be used for program operation, or capital expenditures related to programs or services.
Proposals must be submitted online by no later than April 1, 2020. Incomplete or late proposals will not be considered in the grant round, but could be considered on a rolling basis.
April 1, 2020
Up to $5,000
Limited to organizations serving residents of Amesbury, Byfield, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, and West Newbury.
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