Grant Applications sought by December 7 for Greater Lowell Community Foundation Discretionary Grants

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation will open its 2020 Discretionary Grant Cycle on November 2 and is seeking requests for proposals from nonprofit organizations. The Foundation will award $140,000 through the Discretionary Grant Cycle. Funding areas for 2020 include children’s services, elder services, water resources, as well as racial equity and inclusion.

This year, GLCF will award multiple grants of up to $15,000 that focus on racial equity and inclusion.

The grant funding should focus on one or more of the following goals:

  • Increase understanding of our community’s challenges with racial equity and race relations;
  • Provide access to stories and diverse perspectives on the lived experience of racial inequity in Greater Lowell;
  • Strengthen relationships among Greater Lowell residents, particularly across racial and ethnic groups;
  • Increase awareness of resources and best practices related to advancing racial equity

             Additionally, GLCF will award a total of $5,000 in mini-grants to support Racial Equity and Inclusion in Greater Lowell. Individual grants will not exceed $1,000.

“Our community is fortunate to have a network of exceptional nonprofits that provide tremendous services,” said Jay Linnehan, Greater Lowell Community Foundation President and CEO. “Our generous donors have allowed us to improve the quality of life in the communities we serve with these grants, especially as we navigate this pandemic. Together, we do so much more.”

Nonprofit organizations serving the communities of Ashby, Ayer, Bedford, Billerica, Burlington, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dracut, Dunstable, Groton, Littleton, Lowell, Pepperell, Shirley, Tewksbury, Townsend, Tyngsboro, Westford and Wilmington are invited to apply.

Optional online information sessions will be offered and will provide an overview of the application process and GLCF’s four funding priorities for 2020. There will also be an opportunity to talk with our staff to discuss your funding proposal and ask any questions. Register in advance on the GLCF webpage.

  • Monday, Nov. 16 at 3 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 20 at 9 a.m.

Grant applications must be submitted by noon on December 7, 2020. Grant recipients will be announced in January. Application information is available on the website:

If you have questions about the grant cycle and application process, contact GLCF at 978-970-1600 or email

            To learn more about the Greater Lowell Community Foundation, or to establish a fund or make a donation, visit


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