GRANTS PROGRAM: 2013 Guidelines and Procedures

2013 Types of Support

Capacity Grants
Capacity grants are intended to strengthen organizations so they can better meet strategic goals and long-term objectives. GLCF encourages applications for projects that improve organizational effectiveness through technology, staff training and development, technical assistance, improved financial systems, strategic partnership or collaboration with another organization, diversifying or developing new funding sources, and strategic planning.

Funding available for Capacity Grants: $25,000 total
    • Five (5) $5,000 grants

Collaboration Grants
The Greater Lowell Community Foundation believes in the power of collaboration and that organizations can achieve more working together than they can alone. Collaborations can save resources and can also make an organization more powerful in its collective focus. Our Collaboration Grants are designed to support teams of two or more community based organizations that seek to create or expand innovative partnerships to achieve measureable outcomes for the people they serve.

    Criteria for funding:
  • Possible partners are encouraged to attend Win Win Collaboration seminar on July 9, 2013
  • All those who are advanced to the next step and invited to submit a full proposal are highly encouraged to attend Advanced Win Win Collaboration seminar on August 8, 2013
  • Grant recipients will be offered 3 hours of individual consultation services by GLCF consultants

Funding available for Collaboration Grants: $20,000 total
    • Four (4) $5,000 grants

Healthy Living Grants
We welcome grants from nonprofits programs that promote healthy living. The Greater Lowell Community Foundation believes funding programs that promote healthy living is cost effective; less funding and resources will be needed in the future for the effects of ill health.

Funding available for Healthy Living Grants: $30,000 total
    • Two (2) $10,000 grants
    • Two (2) $5,000 grants

Special Initiative Grants

Water Resources Initiative
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.

Funding Available for Water Resources: $15,000 total
    • Three (3) $5,000 grants

Leclair Elder Services Grant
GLCF welcomes proposals from nonprofit organizations that serve elderly people in our service area.

Funding Available for Elder Services: $14,000 total
    • Two (2) $7,000 grants

The information above is subject to change.


Step one: concept paper - Wednesday July 17, 2013 by noon.
Step two, by invitation only: full proposal - Friday, August 30, 2013 by noon. - Invitations sent the week of August 12, 2013.

Grant recipients will be announced at the 17th Annual Celebrate Giving! Event.
October 30th, 2013. Save the Date


Both steps use the Associated Grant Makers' (AGM) Common Proposal Forms ( in addition to GLCF's application checklist.

Step One - Concept Paper
Concept papers will be reviewed by the Distribution Committee and a limited number of applicants will be invited to submit a full proposal. Submit your materials by email to and .

Include the following:

  • AGM coversheet and concept paper (AGM calls this the Proposal Summary) as a Word document. Both documents should follow the AGM guidelines outlined in the Common Proposal Instructions. For the third item on the concept paper/proposal summary, please identify the intended outcomes that will be produced as a result of the funding. The proposal summary should not exceed three pages.
  • IRS 501(c)(3) tax determination letter or public agency certificate as a PDF document (download PDF example) . Organizations that do not have 501(c)(3) approval must provide a letter from a fiscal sponsor that has 501(c)(3) status and is willing to serve as a fiscal agent. The letter must indicate that there is, or will be, a fiscal sponsorship agreement in place.
  • GLCF application checklist available for your use only! (download Word document)
  • 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.
  • Organizations that received a Capacity Grant of $10,000 or $5,000 from Greater Lowell Community Foundation in 2012 are not eligible for a Capacity Grant in 2013.
  • All nonprofits are invited to apply for Collaboration and Healthy Living Grants regardless if you received a $10,000 or $5,000 Capacity Grant in 2012.

Step Two - Full Proposal (by invitation only)
If invited, please submit your materials by email to and .

Full proposal to include:

  • AGM coversheet, full proposal and budget using AGM's forms as Word and/or Excel documents.
  • 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 as a PDF document. (download non-discrimination document).
  • GLCF application checklist available for your use only! (download Word document)

Interviews or site visits may be requested to supplement the full proposal.


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 non-profit organizations and businesses to promote community development, strengthen social services, and enrich the lives of volunteers.

Telephone: (781) 775-3480

©2009 Greater Lowell Community Foundation - 100 Merrimack Street, Suite 202, Lowell, MA 01852          Phone: 978-970-1600        Fax: 978-970-2444          National Standards