Discretionary Grants

Discretionary Grants

Grant funding from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation’s 2018 Discretionary Grants Program includes the following strategic funding categories: elder services, children’s services, water resources/the environment, and social education.

The Discretionary Grants Program’s purpose is to improve the quality of life for residents in twenty communities: Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Pepperell, Shirley, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Westford and Wilmington.

The Foundation is deeply committed to our local nonprofit community and our grant-making program is focused on assisting nonprofits by fostering collaboration and supporting direct services. The goal of the Foundation is to help our nonprofit partners fulfill their mission more effectively and efficiently. We strive to fund projects that touch many lives and enrich the overall quality of life in our region.

2018 Grant Recipients

Social Education Grants:

  • Lowell Community Health Center for Teen BLOCK Lowell Youth-Police Dialogues (YPD) Initiative at $12,500
  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Inc. for My Community Matters at $10,000
  • History UnErased, Inc. for Greater Lowell Youth Equity Conference at $15,000
  • Do-it-Yourself Lowell for Young Ideas Project at $7,500
  • Project LEARN, Inc. for Seeing Our World: Youth Voices Matter at $15,000
  • UTEC, Inc. for Civic Engagement and Candidate Forums by Impact Young Adults at $15,000

Children’s Services Grants:

  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Inc. for Young Company at $5,000
  • Mass Audubon Society, Inc. for TREES: Inspiring Teen Environmental Leaders in Lowell at $5,000
  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc. for Cambodian Cultural After School Program at $5,000


Leclair Elder Services Grant:

  • The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell, Inc. for Food Pantry at $5,500
  • Westford Council on Aging for Helping Meet Unmet Transportation Needs of Older Adults at $4,000
  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) for MAPS Lowell Portuguese-Speaking Senior Outreach & Support Project at $5,500
  • Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts for Critical Home Repair for Aging in Place at $5,500
  • Mill City Grows for Increasing food access and education for older adults at $5,500
  • Lowell Housing Authority for Tech Savvy Seniors at $5,000

Water Resources Initiative Grants:

  • Organization for the Assabet River Inc. (OARS) for Three-River Recreation Map at $4,500
  • Nashua River Watershed Association for Strengthening Citizen Scientist Teams with Enhanced Focus on River Fish at $5,000