Greater Lowell Community Foundation Offered Grants and Scholarships

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation is a philanthropic organization comprised of over 350 funds, currently totaling over $35MM, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life in 20 neighboring cities and towns. The Community Foundation annually awards grants and scholarships to hundreds of worthy nonprofits and students. The Foundation has awarded more than $13 million in the last 20 years.

Announced this month, the Community Foundation awards $135,500 in community grants to 18 local nonprofits in Greater Lowell area through its Discretionary Grants Program.

“New this year, six social education grant requests were funded that will encourage active community leadership to help citizens understand and participate in their social, political, economic and cultural surroundings. The Foundation is proud to support the important work being done by our local nonprofits to strengthen our community.” says Greater Lowell Community Foundation President and CEO Jay Linnehan.

6th, 7th, and 8th graders at the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell’s “All Stars” Program learned to develop positive characteristics that research has shown to decrease involvement with risky behaviors, made possible by grant funding from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

Amongst these new programs were funded including the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell which has received $5,000 for its after school program. The complete listing of the 18 local nonprofits were awarded including below:

Social Education – $75,000:
– Lowell Community Health Center for Teen BLOCK Lowell Youth-Police Dialogues (YPD) Initiative at $12,500
-Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell, Inc. for My Community Matters at $10,000
– History UnErased, Inc. for Greater Lowell Youth Equity Conference at $15,000
-Do-it-Yourself Lowell for Young Ideas Project at $7,500
-Project LEARN, Inc. for Seeing Our World: Youth Voices Matter at $15,000
-UTEC, Inc. for Civic Engagement and Candidate Forums by Impact Young Adults at $15,000
-Children’s Services – $15,000:
-Merrimack Repertory Theatre, Inc. for Young Company at $5,000
-Mass Audubon Society, Inc. for TREES: Inspiring Teen Environmental Leaders In Lowell at $5,000
-Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc. for Cambodian Cultural After School Program at $5,000

Leclair Elder Services – $31,000
-The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell, Inc. for Food Pantry at $5,500
-Westford Council on Aging for Helping Meet Unmet Transportation Needs of Older Adults at $4,000
-Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS) for MAPS Lowell Portuguese-Speaking Senior Outreach & Support Project at $5,500
-Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts for Critical Home Repair for Aging in Place at $5,500
– Mill City Grows for Increasing food access and education for older adults at $5,500
-Lowell Housing Authority for Tech Savvy Seniors at $5,000

Attendees at the Nashua River Watershed Association’s free “Citizen Scientist” training are learning to identify aquatic invasive plants, made possible by grant funding from the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.

Water Resources – $14,500

– Organization for the Assabet River Inc. (OARS) for Three-River Recreation Map at $4,500
-Nashua River Watershed Association for Strengthening Citizen Scientist Teams with Enhanced Focus on River Fish at $5,000
– Merrimack River Watershed Council for Getting Up to Speed on Sewers — A Community Introduction to CSOs at $5,000

These grant awards are part of a competitive grant process in which nonprofit organizations apply for funds and an independent committee reviews the proposals and selects awardees.

The Discretionary Grants Program is one of several competitive grant programs offered through the Community Foundation each year. Another highlight program is the Lowell High School Honors Night Scholarships, which are given at an event held in May each year. In 2018, over $500,000 in scholarships were awarded to assist students with the cost of the tuition and range between $250 – $5,000 per scholarship.

Any senior who has a minimum of a 2.5 GPA, attended LHS as a junior, and plans to further their education is eligible to apply.

The criteria for scholarship funds are as unique and diverse as the students at Lowell High School. There are scholarships for first-generation immigrants, healthcare and nursing majors, students who excel in academics, and students who have shown a commitment to community service.

Seniors at Lowell Highs School can apply by completing an online application at by mid-February.