Changes Are Coming to Our Grant Process

Grant Overview


We aren’t changing the focus of our grants. We’re better organizing the grant-making process.

We are making changes in our competitive grant making schedule and process. The revisions will more clearly articulate the Community Foundation’s areas of focus, spread out the grant making across the year, bring more participants into the grant making process, and allow more thoughtful consideration of grant proposals.


Four categories of impact

Beginning in 2020, the Community Foundation will organize its competitive grant making around four issue areas. These reflect the work of the past several years and include:

  • Environmental Preservation and Animal Welfare (Deadline in April, award in June)
  • Career Readiness and Educational Advancement (Deadline in April, award in June)
  • Community Enrichment and Organizational Development (deadline in July, award in September)
  • Critical Community Needs (deadline in October, awarded in December)

New grant application timetable

The changes mean that for 2020, the Community Foundation’s grant application cycle will begin in April rather than January. The Foundation will use the time to develop new program guidelines, adopt new grant application software and create new grant committees. The first round of grant review will focus on Career Readiness and Educational Advancement with a letter of interest due in early April.

After 2020, the Environmental Preservation and Animal Welfare grant cycle will begin in January.

Going forward, grants will be awarded four times a year, according to area of focus, as indicated above. Applications will be accepted all year, but each focus area will have an annual deadline.


New on-line application process

A new on-line grant application program will improve the process for both applicants and grant reviewers.


Stay tuned for more details

The new grant approach is in development. So, return here in the coming weeks for more details.

Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund


Offered jointly through the Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, the Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund’s purpose is to advance the community health of residents in thirteen (13) communities: Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend, and Westford.

Grant awards will range from $5,000 up to $20,000; however, larger scale collaborative projects with requests that are more than $20,000 will be considered if the increased funding request is justified by the impact of the project.

Priority will be given to, but not limited to, proposals pertaining to:


  • Prevention of health problems
  • Access to healthcare
  • Elder health
  • Youth and adolescent health
  • Mental health
  • Health care service provision

We are especially interested in seeing proposals that address systemic issues like (but not limited to) opiate addiction, food scarcity, obesity, substance abuse, suicide screening and prevention, and other specific issues as indicated by community needs.




Key Dates:

RFP Open   October 22, 2019
Grant Proposals Due   November 27, 2019
Acceptance/Rejection Letters Sent   February 7, 2020
Signed Agreements Due   March 5, 2020
Issue Checks   March 6, 2020





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