Grant Overview


The Foundation invests in a wide variety of important programs throughout North Central Massachusetts through two funds, our General Endowment Fund and Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund.


Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant. Know that grants are made only to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations serving North Central Massachusetts. 

We accept grants twice a year, once for our General Endowment Fund, which is generally in February.  For the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, we accept applications in October. 

If you would like to learn more about what types of programs we fund, please click on the links on this page to read the grant guidelines.  



Community Foundation General Endowment Fund


The 2019-2020 Grant Funding process is currently closed


Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts (CFNCM) is accepting submission of a Letter of Intent (LOI) to apply for consideration to be invited to submit a full Request for Proposal from one of three CFNCM Field of Interest Funds. Agencies/Entities meeting preliminary qualifications may submit this LOI online (using online forms) for consideration to be invited to submit a full grant proposal. Invited applicants may apply for amounts between $5,000 and $30,000.

To view complete guidelines, click the button below. Note: Significant changes have been made to the grant process. Please read this document in its entirety before proceeding.


        Field of Interest Areas


        The 2019-2020 CFNCM Grant Awards will be made from three funds in the following field of interest areas:

        • Animal Welfare and Environment (Doyle Fund for Animal Welfare and Environment Issues) - Funding consideration will be given to proposals requesting support of services, programs, or projects pertaining to animal welfare and environment. 
        • General (CFNCM General Endowment Fund) - Funding consideration will be given to proposals requesting support for service, programs, or projects that will result in a positive impact for the community and/or defined group of people within the community. These may include community development, arts and culture, and health and human services. 
        • Organizational Development for Non-Profit Funds (CFNCM Organizational Development for Non-Profit Organizations Fund) - Funding consideration will be given to proposals intended to be of assistance for the benefit of our region's non-profit organizations. Grants considered will be for purposes that will improve the sustainability of the organization. These grants are not intended to be utilized as a band-aid in the organizations that have deep rooted issues that cannot be adequately addressed by a one-time grant. Staff training, technical assistance, and succession planning are some examples of the types of matters that should be considered. Grants to support capital fund drives will not be considered.

        The grant making committee will give greater consideration to those proposals that are strategic, innovative and sustainable. 



        2019-2020 Grant Cycle Changes


        Agencies are limited to submitting ONE Letter of Intent (LOI) per agency/entity. All agencies must determine which one of the three area of interest funds their LOI will apply to. 

        Based on the increasing amount of requests submitted in each grant cycle, the CFNCM Grant Making Committee has established the following policy with regard to previously granted agencies/entities eligibility to apply: 

        • In order to be fair to all agencies in North Central Massachusetts, all agencies can only submit applications to one fund (General Category (GEN)), Organizational Development (ORGDev), or Animal Welfare and Environment (AW/E) during a grant-making cycle. Furthermore, starting in next year's grant-making cycle, agencies who have received two or more awards from either the GEN or ORGDev funds in the last three years (the "look back period") will not be permitted to receive GEN or ORGDev awards in that current grant year. Due to the smaller pool of AW/E agencies, the "look back period" will not apply for AW/E awards, but when agencies apply for GEN and ORGDev grants, less funded agencies will be given priority on apples-to-apples applications. 

          Application Process


          The application process is completed using CFNCM's on-line portal (e-C Impact), which can be accessed by clicking the button below. If prompted, please enter the CFNCM Organization ID: 23180U. 


          If your agency does not currently have an account on the e-C Impact portal for CFNCM, you will be required to create an agency profile. Click the button below for a list of active agency profiles.


          If your agency is listed, but you do not have your login information, please contact Sue Cordio, Administrative Assistant, or (978) 345-8383, Ext. 320.  



          Step 1: Letter of Intent


          First, submit a Letter of Intent (LOI) application packet. An application for the 2019-2020 Grant Cycle has been created to provide an easier format for applicants. For the guidelines, please click below.

          Deadline for submission is February 15, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. via online software. Late submissions WILL NOT be considered.

          If you have any questions, please contact Maribeth Janseens, Grant Manager, at (978) 345-8383, Ext. 303.



          Step 2: Grant Proposal


          Identified applicants will begin part two of the process, submission of a full grant proposal. Deadline for submission of the grant proposal is Friday, April 19, 2019 at 12:00 p.m. via e-C Impact. Late submissions WILL NOT be considered. All submissions must be completed online. 

          Applications invited to submit full proposals will be provided directions to access the application in their invitation correspondence.


          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




          Grant Guidelines and Reporting Requirements


          Grant Reporting Requirements


          All grant recipients are required to submit reports as detailed in their award letter.  In addition, the Community Foundation may request additional information, reports and documentation when deemed necessary.

          If you have any questions, please contact Maribeth Janssens, Grants Manager, at (978) 345-1577, Ext: 303.


          Grant Guidelines


          Grants are subject to the following conditions: 

          1. Grantee is an organization that is exempt from tax in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code. 
          2. Grantee will utilize the grant’s proceeds only for charitable and educational activities consistent with its tax-exempt status. Without limiting the generality of the preceding sentence, Grantee will not intervene in any election or support or oppose any political party or candidate for public office, or engage in any lobbying.
          3. Grantee will inform CFNCM immediately of any change in or IRS proposed or actual revocation (whether or not appealed) of its tax status.
          4. Grantee will report in writing to CFNCM quarterly on the uses of the grant and will provide promptly such additional information, reports and documents as CFNCM may request. 
          5. Grantee agrees to adhere to the laws as they pertain to non-discrimination.
          6. The grant is earmarked for the project as described in Grantee’s funding proposal and related correspondence. It is not earmarked for transmittal to any other entity or person, even if Grantee’s proposal or other correspondence expresses expenditure intentions. Rather, Grantee accepts and will discharge full control of the grant and its disposition and responsibility for complying with this agreement’s terms and conditions.
          7. This grant is not in any way earmarked to support or carry on any lobbying or voter registration drive. If this grant is restricted to a specific project, Grantee hereby reaffirms that the project’s current budget, as previously submitted or explained to CFNCM accurately reflects Grantee’s present intentions to expend at least the amount of this grant (plus any other grant from the CFNCM this year for the same project) on project non-lobbying and non-voter-registration activities in Grantee’s current fiscal year. 


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