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Since 1998, ECCF and our family of donors have proudly awarded 12,863 grants totaling $106 million to nonprofit organizations in and beyond Essex County.

ECCF grants are either donor-advised or public through a competitive program where eligible nonprofits may apply. ECCF funds that offer competitive grant programs each provide a unique purpose, requirements and deadlines to help nonprofits determine eligibility.

competitive grant programs

Grant Guidelines


Type of Support

Geographic Region

Behavioral Health Partnership Grants

Feb. 11Behavioral Health systemsEssex County
NiSource Charitable Foundation Fund for Merrimack ValleySept. 24ProgramsPreference given to Andover, Lawrence and North Andover. Others, see guidelines.
Dee & King Webster Fund for Greater LawrenceSept. 17Educational and out-of-school time opportunities for youthLawrence, Methuen and Andover, MA
Greater Lawrence Community FundOct. 1Essential needsLawrence, Andover, North Andover and Methuen
Essex County Land and Environment InitiativeOct. 15Projects or programsOrganizations serving residents of Essex County
The Women's Fund of Essex CountyJan. 10Women and girlsEssex County
Greater Lawrence Summer FundMar. 15Summer programsLawrence, Methuen, North Andover, Andover
North Shore Community Health NetworkApril 23Community Health ImprovementBeverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Rockport, Topsfield, Wenham, Danvers, Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Salem, Saugus, Swampscott.
Greater Newburyport Fund for the BlindMay 3Programs and servicesAmesbury, Byfield, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, and West Newbury
F1rst JobsMay 1Summer teen employmentNorth Shore - see guidelines
Merrimack Valley Municipal Business Development and Recovery FundRollingMunicipal initiatives for BusinessAndover, Lawrence, North Andover
Fund for Excellence in Essex CountyTBDCapacity BuildingEssex County
Creative County Initiative Partnership GrantsClosed for 2021Public art, creative placemaking and other special projectsEssex County
Essex County COVID-19 Response Fund - Food Systems Resiliency Partnerships GrantsClosed for 2021Food system supportEssex County

nonprofits & grants

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Carol Lavoie Schuster

Vice President for Grants, Nonprofit & Donor Services
(978) 777-8876 x133

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