Applications sought by November 30 for Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund

The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts (CFNCM) and the Greater Lowell Community Foundation are now accepting grant applications for the Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund. The purpose of the fund is to advance the community health of residents in 13 communities: Ashby, Ayer, Bolton, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Townsend and Westford.

“This year, we are especially interested in funding proposals that address systemic issues such as racism, addiction, food insecurity, obesity, mental health and other specific issues determined by community needs,” said Stephen Adams, president of the Community Foundation.

The fund is accepting grant applications through Monday, November 30 and award decisions will be finalized on February 5, 2021. Applications can be submitted online at glcfoundation.org/nonprofits/grants/nvhcf. Grant awards will range from $5,000 to $20,000; however, larger scale collaborative projects with requests exceeding $20,000 will be considered if the funding request is justified by the impact of the project. Only one submission per applicant will be considered.  Funding awards are made on a year to year basis.

This continues to be an impactful grant opportunity for our nonprofit community,” said Jay Linnehan, president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation. “The grants address the changing health needs of the communities we serve—making them stronger, healthier and more vibrant.” 

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

  • Racism as a public health crisis
  • Prevention of health problems
  • Access to healthcare
  • Addiction
  • Elder health
  • Youth and adolescent health
  • Mental health
  • Health care service provision

Proposals should address efforts to build capacity (if applicable) and include a plan for sustainability of service or replacement funding to allow continuous service after the grant period. Collaboration with other organizations is encouraged. 

All proposals will be reviewed and considered for funding based on their ability to:

  • Clearly demonstrate the impact of the grant on the community
  • Meet well-defined and documented community needs
  • Provide strategic and achievable goals that can be measured and reported within and or at the conclusion of the grant period
  • Provide a clear project budget (statement of sources and uses of funds)
  • Provide evidence of suitable measurement tools to adequately track outcomes, evaluations of change and/or return on investment

Proposals for the following will not be considered:

  • Continuation of funding from a prior grant from this fund
  • Multi-year grants
  • Loans, capital campaigns, attempts to influence legislation and support where the Community Foundations may become the predominant long-term source of revenue
  • Projects that do not directly benefit the geographic service area of the Fund
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