GLCF 2014 DISCRETIONARY GRANTS PROGRAM

Guidelines and Procedures

2014 Types of Funding

Creative Economy Grant (Two-Year)

GLCF will award one (1) $15,000 two-year Creative Economy Grant for an innovative project that stimulates creative industries/businesses, attracts visitors and patrons, and/or boosts community participation in the arts or performing arts. GLCF strongly encourages projects that are collaborative in nature and use the arts as a means to revitalize communities and stimulate economic activity. This grant provides a total of $30,000 funding over 2 years ($15,000 each year). The second year of funding will be conditional upon the submission and approval of an interim report by September 1, 2015 citing satisfactory progress in achieving agreed upon outcomes/milestones during the first phase.

GLCF Distribution Committee will organize site visits to proposed program locations for the three Creative Economy Grant finalists. Site visits will take place July 22, 2014 - July 24, 2014. Finalists may use the site visits to inform the Distribution Committee about its capacity and program.

Note: Any organization that received a Capacity Grant of $10,000 from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation in 2013 is not eligible for the $15,000 Creative Economy Grant in 2014.

Substance Prevention Grant

GLCF will award one (1) $7,500 grant to a program that addresses the prevention of substance use especially among adolescents. GLCF encourages applications from programs that provide positive alternatives for adolescents to combat substance use.

Social Enterprise Grants

GLCF will award two (2) $5,000 grants to support social enterprise projects that propose innovative solutions to a community challenge or employ entrepreneurial approaches to address opportunities to effect positive change. Projects that involve collaboration, capacity building, and/or leveraging additional funding sources are encouraged to apply.

Healthy Communities Grant

GLCF will award two (2) $5,000 grants for programs that promote healthy communities. The Greater Lowell Community Foundation believes funding programs that promote healthy living in communities is cost effective; less funding and resources will be needed in the future for the effects of ill health.

Water Resources Initiative

GLCF will award three (3) $5,000 grants to organizations that support water-resources projects. GLCF welcomes proposals from nonprofit organizations that include a broad range of water-related projects involving biological conservation, habitat restoration and community-based clean-ups for Sudbury-Assabet-Concord (Suasco) River Watershed, Merrimack River Watershed and Nashua River Watershed.

Leclair Elder Services Grant

GLCF will award four (4) grants of $5,000 each to organizations that support service to the elderly people in our service area.

Children's Services Grants

GLCF will award two (2) grants of $3,500 to projects that support services for children. GLCF welcomes proposals that enhance the quality of life in the children and young adults in the Greater Lowell and Merrimack Valley Regions.

Leadership Program Grant

GLCF will award four (4) grants of $2,500 to support programs that teach leadership. GLCF welcomes proposals from nonprofit organizations that provide dynamic leadership programs that help to teach, train and/or inspire the next generation of leaders in our communities.


REQUIREMENTS OF RECIPIENT ORGANIZATIONS:


Successful applicants will be expected to:

  • Attend Celebrate Giving! event on September 18, 2014 at the Westford Regency Inn and Conference Center
  • Attend a "Collaboration and Networking Meeting" on November 20, 2014 at the Greater Lowell Community Foundation offices


The Creative Economy Grantee must complete the following reports:

  • Complete and submit an interim report by September 1, 2015
  • Complete and submit a final report by September 1, 2016


All one-year grantees must complete the following report:

  • Submit a final report by September 1, 2015.


IRS 501(c)3 tax determination letter or public agency certificate (PDF document).*

*Organizations that do not have 501(c)3 status must provide the above from their fiscal sponsor. Please include the name, address and EIN# of the fiscal sponsor.

DEADLINES

GLCF Grant Deadlines
RFP released June 2, 2014
Information Session June 10, 2014 at GLCF 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Application deadline by Noon July 1, 2014
Grant recipients notified August 12, 2014
Celebrate Giving! September 18, 2014
Collaboration and Networking Meeting November 20, 2014


HOW TO APPLY


Submit a completed Full Grant Proposal Narrative Form, Program Budget and attachments by email to fatima@glcfoundation.org and info@glcfoundation.org by July 1, 2014.
Click for the Full Grant Proposal Narrative Form .
Click for Program Budget using GLCF's Budget Form .
Click for GLCF policy of non-discrimination .

Attachments include:

  • GLCF's Full Grant Proposal Narrative Form (Word document).
  • Program Budget using GLCF's Budget Form (Excel document).
  • The organization's most recent fiscal year financial statements - audited or unaudited as required by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (PDF format).
  • The organization's most recent fiscal year IRS Form 990/990EZ (PDF format).
  • Certification that your organization endorses the GLCF policy of non-discrimination (PDF document).
  • IRS 501(c)3 tax determination letter or public agency certificate (PDF document).*

    *Organizations that do not have 501(c)3 status must provide the above from their fiscal sponsor. Please include the name, address and EIN# of the fiscal sponsor.

CATCHMENT AREA:

Applicants must be located in, or the proposed project must serve one of the following communities: Acton, Andover, Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Haverhill, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, Methuen, North Andover, North Reading, Pepperell, Reading, Shirley, Stoneham, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Wakefield, Westford and Wilmington.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR LOWELL AND LAWRENCE ORGANIZATIONS

If you are a Lowell or Lawrence nonprofit, please consider contacting the Jericho Road Project to determine whether Jericho Road can support your project with a pro bono consultant or other assistance. The Jericho Road Project bridges communities by matching the professional talents of volunteers with the needs of community based nonprofit organizations and businesses to promote community development, strengthen social services, and enrich the lives of volunteers.

Website: www.jerichoroadproject.org
Telephone: (781) 775-3480 - 2014

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