2013 GLCF Grant Recipients

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation is pleased to announce the 2013 Discretionary, Elder Services Funds and Water Resources grants recipients. Seventy-seven proposals totaling $442,550 were received and reviewed carefully by the Discretionary Committee who recommended these 17 nonprofits for collective funding of $99,000.

Healthy Living Grants are designed to help our community improve, maintain and enhance their physical, emotional and mental health. Two grants of $10,000 were awarded to:

  • Lowell Parks & Conservation Trust (Lowell) for an Outdoor Recreation: Health & Wellness Program that will raise awareness and engage new audiences in exploring Lowell's open spaces.
  • YWCA/Mill City Grows (MCG)(Lowell) to develop the hub for the organization, the Urban Community Farm, where MCG's Food Access and Food Education Programs meet to create an educational/production farm in the city.

Two Healthy Living Grants of $5,000 were awarded to:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell (Lowell) for their Nutrition Program to purchase an additional storage unit, a 7-quart Robot Coupe commercial food processor, and commercial refrigerator.
  • Bridgewell, Inc.(Lowell) to promote healthy living among the homeless men and women served at the Pathfinder Drop-In Center in Lowell by incorporating fresh, locally grown produce into daily meals.

Capacity Grants are intended to strengthen organizations so they can better meet strategic goals and long-term objectives. Five grants of $5,000 were awarded to:

  • Lowell Association for the Blind to purchase five Dell Desktop computers and a laptop that will be used by staff
  • Merrimack Valley Catholic Charities (Lowell) to support the upgrade of computer hardware to promote young parents' employability and successful attainment of their GED.
  • Mission of Deeds (Reading) to fund their "Strengthen Donations of Household Goods for People in Need Project". The grant money will be used to evaluate and create helpful materials that they can give to individuals and organizations interested in running a successful "drive"
  • Gaining Ground (Concord) to purchase and install a 30' x 80' style high tunnel with peaked roof to better shed snow. The structure consists of metal bow frames covered with one or two layers of polyethylene.
  • St. Patrick School and Educational Center (Lowell) to upgrade their data management system through the purchase of new hardware and operating systems for three administrative offices with additional access points for two faculty members.

Collaboration Grants are designed to promote sustainable partnerships, mergers and collaborations among nonprofit entities. Three grants of $5,000 were awarded to:

  • Cultural Organization of Lowell for Canalway Cultural District This funding program has a 1:1 match requirement. This $5,000 grant will help them meet their match and support the important work of promoting and marketing the Cultural District.
  • Acre Family Child Care (Lowell) and Lowell Day Nursery This grant offers the opportunity to take the next step by creating a joint campaign via a brochure to reach a broader customer base by combining mailing lists marketing family child care and center based child care simplifying the child care selection process for parents.
  • Merrimack Repertory Theatre (Lowell) and the Angkor Dance Troupe Fund a residency and performance by Angkor Dance Troupe at the Nancy L. Donahue Theatre in the 2014-2015 Season, as well as foster relationships and the creation of an infrastructure on both sides to continue this partnership for years to come.

Leclair Elder Service Grants benefit the lives of elderly citizens in our service area. Two grants of $7,000 were awarded to:

  • Challenge Unlimited @ Ironstone Farm (Andover) for Touch Therapy for Elders with Memory Impairment to support a program for twelve elders with memory impairment engaging in activities using horses in the environment of a working farm.
  • Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell for Neighborhood Revitalization in the Acre believes that sustainable homeownership for low-income elderly and veteran families is vital to a thriving community.

Water Resources Grants protect, conserve and improve the Nashua, Sudbury/Assabet /Concord (SUASCO) and Merrimack River Watersheds in Northern Middlesex County. Three awards of $5,000 were awarded to:

  • Massachusetts Audubon Society of Lowell Leaders in Stewardship will serve about 10 Spindle City Corps students through the school year and around 20 in the summer in intensive programming that will raise their awareness of ecological issues, increase their science content knowledge, and enable them to play an important role in stewarding local habitats.
  • Nashua River Watershed Association for a Scientist-in-Residence Program for 4th Graders in two Elementary Schools will provide community-based water resource education programming to schools on how to protect the Nashua River, its tributaries and the adjacent greenways; to encourage critical thinking about and active stewardship of our natural resources; and to increase the youth's level of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) for future career paths.
  • Groundwork Lawrence, Inc. for the Spicket River Restoration Project Year 2: This grant will continue the GLCF funding in 2013, to develop a baseline of the current environmental state of the Spicket, both in terms of establishing a water quality baseline and the most harmful contributing factors to water quality degradation, in order to clearly measure our progress.

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