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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 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 - Food Systems Resiliency Partnerships GrantsLOI due April 2Food system supportEssex 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 LawrenceSept. 17thEducational 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. 15thSummer programsLawrence, Methuen, North Andover, Andover
Greater Newburyport Fund for the BlindMay 3Programs and servicesAmesbury, Byfield, Newbury, Newburyport, Salisbury, and West Newbury
Merrimack Valley Municipal Business Development and Recovery FundRollingMunicipal initiatives for BusinessAndover, Lawrence, North Andover
NiSource Charitable Foundation Fund for Merrimack ValleyLOI due Sept. 17thProgramsPreference given to Andover, Lawrence and North Andover. Others will be allowed under specific conditions. See guidelines.
North Shore Community Health NetworkApril 23Community 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 CountyJan. 11Programs and ServicesEssex 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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