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Greater Lowell Community Foundation Awards $131,500 To 17 Nonprofit Organizations

Jan 25, 2017 09:22PM ● By Theresa Gilman

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(Editor's Note: the following information was submitted by the Greater Lowell Community Foundation.) 

Lowell, MA – This month, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation granted 17 nonprofit organizations funds to support programs improving the quality of life in Greater Lowell and the Merrimack Valley. As part of its discretionary grant cycle, nonprofit organizations were awarded funds in the areas of opioid abuse prevention and treatment, clean water initiatives, elder services, and children’s services. 

“Discretionary grant funds allow the Community Foundation to respond to the emerging needs in our community. Those needs are great. Fifty seven organizations requested more than $382,000 in funds to support critical programs, and we look to donors to help us support these initiatives,” said Community Foundation Executive Director Jay Linnehan. 

A seventeen-member grants distribution committee representing nonprofit, civic, academic, and private sector interests selected the recipients. 

This year, $131,500 in discretionary funds was available through this grant-making program. The following nonprofit organizations were awarded: 

Children’s Services Grants:

  • $3,500 to Lowell Youth Activities Program for Science on Wheels: Traveling STEM Workshops
  • $3,500 to Lucy’s Love Bus Charitable Trust for Lucy’s Children – free integrative therapies for childhood cancer patients

Leclair Elder Services Grant:

  • $5,500 to The Community Family for Client Outreach Fund
  • $5,500 to Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell for Critical Home Repairs For Low-Income Elderly Families
  • $5,500 to Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc. for Mobile Pantry
  • $5,500 to New Entry Sustainable Farming Project for Promoting Elder Health in Lowell through Increased Access to Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
  • $5,500 to The Open Pantry of Greater Lowell for the Food Pantry
  • $5,500 to VNA of Middlesex-East, Inc. for the Adaptive Equipment Bank

Opioid Abuse Prevention and Treatment Grants:

  • $5,000 to Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell for Youth Substance Abuse Prevention
  • $15,000 to Casa Esperanza, Inc. for Casa Esperanza Clinical Stabilization Services Start-Up
  • $15,000 to The Center for Hope and Healing for Healing from Addiction Recovering from Trauma (HART)
  • $15,000 to Lowell House, Inc. for Creating Long-Term Stability Through Recovery Coaching
  • $15,000 to Megan's House for Recovery Services
  • $11, 500 to Zack's Team Foundation for Zack's House

Water Resources Initiative Grants:

  • $5,000 to Clean River Project, Inc. for Tire Cove Clean Up
  • $5,000 to Nashua River Watershed Association for  Developing a draft Nashua River Invasive Aquatic Plant Management Plan: Collaboration, Early Action and Data Gathering
  • $5,000 to OARS, Inc. for Concord and Assabet River Water Chestnut Rapid Response and Management Plan Implementation 

For more information on supporting the Community Foundation’s grant-making programs please visit

Founded in 1997, the Greater Lowell Community Foundation improves the quality of life in Greater Lowell by building philanthropic resources, connecting donors to nonprofit organizations and programs, making effective grants, and providing leadership to address community issues. The Foundation leverages the philanthropic spirit of citizens, families, corporations and nonprofits to best meet the challenges of changing times. The generosity of our donors has enabled the Foundation to award more than $9 million to the Greater Lowell community since 1999. 

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