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GLCF Receives $100K Grant To Aid Communities Impacted By The Coronavirus Crisis

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The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) announced that it has received a $100,000 grant from Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. The grant is part of a $3 million commitment Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation is targeting in financial support to area nonprofits focused on COVID-19 relief. This is, in turn, part of an over $10 million commitment Eastern Bank has made to aid individuals and families, small businesses, and nonprofit organizations impacted by the coronavirus crisis.

The grant will support the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund which supports the unanticipated needs of those nonprofits serving vulnerable populations in Greater Lowell, such as the elderly, low-income and homeless, during these uncertain times.

“We are truly grateful to the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation for their support of Greater Lowell,” said GLCF President & CEO Jay Linnehan. “The ripple effect of this virus is already visible as an overwhelming number of vulnerable populations are struggling to meet basic needs – this critical grant will guide our community forward.”

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation’s COVID-19 relief is helping communities across Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island with grants supporting regional community organizations’ assistance; as well as nonprofit partners providing relief in food security, support to small businesses with a focus on small businesses of color, and across the community healthcare system. This commitment is in addition to Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation’s already-planned $10 million in community support for 2020.


The Greater Lowell Community Foundation is among 10 community foundations each receiving a $100,000 grant to support their efforts to identify the most acute community needs and mobilize their resources to address them on the ground quickly. Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation is granting $1 million total to regional community organizations.


“We know that providing support at a local level and across our region is critical to meeting the challenges today and those that lay ahead—from maintaining the resiliency, health, and well-being of people in our communities to helping small businesses experiencing severe hardships,” said Nancy Huntington Stager, President and CEO of Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation. “We also want to assure our community partners that we’re here to support them going forward, that we will continue our Community Donation program for nonprofit partners even as their normal operations are being upended. We encourage all companies and foundations to join us in increasing their funding at this time of crisis.”

About Greater Lowell Community Foundation

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF), founded in 1997, is a philanthropic organization comprised of over 350 funds, currently totaling over $40MM, 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. It is powered by the winning combination of donor-directed giving, personal attention from its staff, and an in-depth understanding of local needs. The generosity of our donors has enabled GLCF to award more than $20 million to the Greater Lowell community.


Donations to the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund can be made online at or by mail to the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund c/o GLCF, 100 Merrimack Street, Suite 202, Lowell, MA 01852.


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