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Greater Lowell Community Foundation Awards $135,500 In Community Grants

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. (Courtesy Photo)

LOWELL -- The Greater Lowell Community Foundation has awarded $135,500 to 18 nonprofit organizations through its 2018 Discretionary Grants Program.

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.

“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. 

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

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       


For more information on the Greater Lowell Community Foundation please visit


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