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Since 1998, ECCF and our family of donors have proudly awarded 12,020 grants totaling $97 million to nonprofit organizations in and beyond Essex County.

ECCF grants are either donor-advised (private and not competitive) or public through a competitive program where eligible nonprofits may submit proposals for funding. All ECCF funds that offer competitive grant programs provide a unique purpose, amount ranges, requirements and deadlines to help nonprofits determine eligibility for each fund.

competitive grant programs

Grant Guidelines


Type of Support

Geographic Region

Essex County COVID-19 Response Fund Open ApplicationSept. 30, 2020Education & YouthOrganizations serving residents of Essex County, Massachusetts. Priority will be given to organizations based in Essex County.
Creative County Initiative Partnership GrantsFeb. 15th
April 1st (Applications)
Collaborative, community-focused public art, creative placemaking and other special projectsEssex County
Dee & King Webster Fund for Greater LawrenceMay 1stEducational and out-of-school time opportunities for youthLawrence, Methuen and Andover, MA
F1rst JobsMay 1stSummer teen employmentNorth Shore - see guidelines
Fund for Excellence in Essex CountyTBDCapacity BuildingEssex County
Essex County Land and Environment InitiativeSept. 15Projects or programsOrganizations serving residents of Essex County, Massachusetts
Greater Lawrence Community FundOct. 1stEssential needsLawrence, Andover, North Andover and Methuen
Greater Lawrence Summer FundMar. 1stSummer programsLawrence, Methuen, North Andover, Andover
Greater Newburyport Fund for the BlindApril 1stPrograms and servicesAmesbury, Byfield, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, and West Newbury
Merrimack Valley Municipal Business Development and Recovery FundRollingMunicipal initiatives for BusinessAndover, Lawrence, North Andover
North Shore Community Health NetworkTBDCommunity Health ImprovementBeverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Rockport, Topsfield, Wenham, Danvers, Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Salem, Saugus and Swampscott.
The Women's Fund of Essex CountyDec. 1stProgramsEssex County

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