Grant Overview

The Foundation invests in a wide variety of important programs throughout North Central Massachusetts through two funds, our General Endowment Fund and Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund. 

Thank you for your interest in applying for a grant. Know that grants are made only to 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organizations serving North Central Massachusetts. 


We accept grants twice a year, once for our General Endowment Fund, which is generally in February.  For the Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund, we accept applications in October. 

If you would like to learn more about what types of programs we fund, please click on the links on this page to read the grant guidelines.  

Community Foundation General Endowment Fund

The 2018-2019 Grant Funding process is open through February 2, 2018 @ 12:00 p.m. – via online software. Late submissions WILL NOT be considered.

Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts (CFNCM) is accepting Qualification & Request to Apply for grants. Agencies/Entities meeting preliminary qualifications may submit these forms online for consideration to be invited to submit a full application.

The grant review committee will invite a select number of applicants to complete the full RFP process. To view complete guidelines, CLICK HERE. 

In the past, the Foundation has been able to award up to 10 grants per grant cycle, ranging in amounts between $5,000 and $30,000. 

The grants are made possible by: 

  • Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts General Endowment Fund, which is supported in part by:
  • Anderson, Bagley & Mayo General Endowment Fund
  • W.E. Aubuchon, Jr. General Endowment Fund
  • Brown Petersen Family General Endowment Fund
  • IC Federal Credit Union Founders Society General Endowment Fund
  • K.R.C. Family General Endowment Fund
  • Allen and Barbara Rome General Endowment Fund
  • Community Foundation Organizational Fund for Non-Profits
  • Doyle General Endowment Fund
Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts General Endowment Fund – Funding consideration will be given to community development, arts and culture, and health and human services.

Community Foundation Organizational Fund for Non-Profits
 – Funding consideration will be given to proposals intended to be of assistance for the benefit of our region’s nonprofit organizations. Grants considered will be for purposes that will improve the sustainability of the organization. These grants are not intended to be utilized as a band-aid in organizations that have deep-rooted issues that cannot be adequately addressed by a one-time grant. Staff training, technical assistance and succession planning are some examples of the types of matters that should be considered

Doyle General Endowment Fund
 - Funding consideration will be given to proposals requesting general support for programs/projects pertaining to animal welfare and the environment. 

Summary of Guidelines

  • These grants are not intended to be utilized as a band-aid in organizations that have deep-rooted issues that cannot be adequately addressed by a one-time grant.
  • Staff training, technical assistance and succession planning are some examples of the types of matters that should be considered.
  • Grants to support capital fund drives will not be considered.
  • All funding awards are made on a year to year basis with no multi-year commitments.
  • Funding requests that will generally not be considered include loans, attempts to influence legislation and support where the Foundation may become the predominant long-term source of revenue.
  • Proposals for grants that do not directly benefit the geographic service area of the Foundation will not be considered.
  • The grant-making committee will give greater consideration to those proposals that are strategic, innovative and sustainable.

  • Up to 2 Qualification and Request to Apply application may be submitted PER AGENCY/ENTITY, however, ONLY if one of the proposals is in the Organizational Development category. ONLY ONE Organizational Development submission per Agency/Entity will be considered. (If multiple applications that do not meet these criteria are submitted you will be required to choose only one for consideration.) CFNCM’ application process has two steps and all submissions are to be done electronically, using our online software portal, e-C Impact. 

Step 1

First, please verify if your agency has a profile by accessing the list of registered nonprofits by clicking on the following link:  

Click here.

If your agency is listed and you do not have your login information, please contact Sue Cordio or 978-345-8383, ext. 320.  

If your agency does not currently have an account on the e-C Impact portal for CFNCM or United Way of North Central Massachusetts, you will be required to create an agency profile. Please click below to create an agency profile: https://agency.e-cimpact.com/registration/account.aspx?org=23180U 

Step 2

If you have an account and would like to start the application process, please click below. https://agency.e-cimpact.com/login.aspx?org=23180U 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Maribeth Janseens at 978-345-8383, ext. 303. 



Nashoba Valley Community Healthcare Fund

Nashoba Valley Health Care Fund Grant Cycle - Now Accepting Applications

Offered jointly through the Greater Lowell Community Foundation and the Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts, the Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund’s purpose is to advance the community health of residents in thirteen (13) communities: Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend, and Westford.

Grant awards will range from $5,000 up to $20,000; however, larger scale collaborative projects with requests that are more than $20,000 will be considered if the increased funding request is justified by the impact of the project.

Priority will be given to, but not limited to, proposals pertaining to:

  • Prevention of health problems
  • Access to healthcare
  • Elder health
  • Youth and adolescent health
  • Mental health
  • Health care service provision

We are especially interested in seeing proposals that address systemic issues like (but not limited to) opiate addiction, food scarcity, obesity, substance abuse, suicide screening and prevention, and other specific issues as indicated by community needs.

For additional information and guidelines please click here

Key dates are as follows:

RFP released October 22, 2018
All Grant Proposals Due November 27, 2018
Acceptance and Rejection
Letters to be sent
February 6, 2019
Signed Agreements Due
to CF’s
March 5, 2019
Issue checks March 2019

Grant Guidelines and Reporting Requirements

Grants & Scholarships - Grant Reporting Requirements

Grant Reporting Requirements

All grant recipients are required to submit reports as detailed in their award letter.  In addition, the Community Foundation may request additional information, reports and documentation when deemed necessary.

If you have any questions, please contact Maribeth Janssens.

Grant Guidelines

Grants are subject to the following conditions: 

  1. Grantee is an organization that is exempt from tax in accordance with the Internal Revenue Code. 
  2. Grantee will utilize the grant’s proceeds only for charitable and educational activities consistent with its tax-exempt status. Without limiting the generality of the preceding sentence, Grantee will not intervene in any election or support or oppose any political party or candidate for public office, or engage in any lobbying.
  3. Grantee will inform CFNCM immediately of any change in or IRS proposed or actual revocation (whether or not appealed) of its tax status.
  4. Grantee will report in writing to CFNCM quarterly on the uses of the grant and will provide promptly such additional information, reports and documents as CFNCM may request. 
  5. Grantee agrees to adhere to the laws as they pertain to non-discrimination.
  6. The grant is earmarked for the project as described in Grantee’s funding proposal and related correspondence. It is not earmarked for transmittal to any other entity or person, even if Grantee’s proposal or other correspondence expresses expenditure intentions. Rather, Grantee accepts and will discharge full control of the grant and its disposition and responsibility for complying with this agreement’s terms and conditions.
  7. This grant is not in any way earmarked to support or carry on any lobbying or voter registration drive. If this grant is restricted to a specific project, Grantee hereby reaffirms that the project’s current budget, as previously submitted or explained to CFNCM accurately reflects Grantee’s present intentions to expend at least the amount of this grant (plus any other grant from the CFNCM this year for the same project) on project non-lobbying and non-voter-registration activities in Grantee’s current fiscal year. 

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