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Our mission at the Community Foundation is to improve the quality of life in North Central Massachusetts through philanthropy.  

One way we do this is by directing grants to programs, projects, and initiatives within our 33-community region.

These competitive grants are made for activities that address the Foundation’s program areas and objectives, are executed by a non-profit organization, and align with the applicant’s mission.

Proposal Principles

Proposals for grants are expected to address each of the following principles:

  • Capacity for impact: Demonstrate capacity and potential for achieving and sustaining long-term impact.
  • Plan of action: Include a plan of action with evidence that the plan is likely to achieve its intended outcomes.
  • Collaboration: Leverage new and/or existing resources, organizations, relationships, initiatives, and investments to improve the likelihood of significant impact, efficiency, and sustainability.
  • Gauging progress: Include measurable objectives and outcomes with a plan to monitor progress.

Grant amounts

While there are no set grant amounts the median grant amount is $10,000.

Grant application exclusions

What we do not fund:

  • Individuals
  • For-profit organizations
  • Loans or debt reduction
  • Political activity

Program Areas

Environmental Preservation and Animal Welfare
This program area focuses on preserving, enhancing and providing access to the natural beauty of North Central Massachusetts and on enhancing the welfare of domestic animals.

Career Readiness and Educational Access
This program area focuses on increasing the competitive position of local residents for family-supporting jobs through post-secondary education and training, and other educational initiatives.

Community Enrichment and Organizational Development
These programs cover a broad range of activities that enhance the quality of life in our communities. They include community development, arts and cultural initiatives and civic engagement.  We also support nonprofit efforts to enhance their organizational performance and capacity and staff capabilities.

Critical Community Needs
This program area focuses on  challenges to the welfare and safety of people in North Central Massachusetts.

Community Health (Nashoba Valley)
This program area focuses on community health initiatives in Nashoba Valley communities.


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