GLCF Awards Record $300,000 in Grants to Local Nonprofits

LOWELL – The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) has awarded a record $300,000 in grants to 34 local nonprofits that will be used for child and elder services, racial equity and inclusion , as well as the initiatives of Nashoba Valley Healthcare.

The GLCF Discretionary Grants and the Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund are part of a competitive grantmaking process in which nonprofit organizations apply for funds which an independent committee then reviews, according to a GLCF press release.

GLCF President and CEO Jay Linnehan revealed in the statement that the $300,000 provided to local nonprofits was a record total distributed by the foundation.

“These grants were made possible through the generous contributions of our community,” Linnehan said in the statement. “Through these strategic donations and investments, GLCF can provide critical support to our community.”

Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell was among the grant recipients, receiving $7,500 that will be used for the nonprofit organization’s Strong, Smart, Bold Girls program. Girls Inc. chief executive of Greater Lowell, Ashley Filipp, said the aim of the program was to develop girls’ social and emotional skills.

“The Strong, Smart, Bold Girls helps prepare girls to meet the challenges and opportunities they face through adverse societal influences,” Filipp said in the statement.

The 2022 Discretionary and Nashoba Valley Healthcare grants were awarded as follows:

Children’s Services Grants:

  • $7,500 for direct mental health services from Youth Counseling Services for children on trial in Greater Lowell
  • $7,500 for Clarendon Early Education Services Inc.: Comfort Kits for Foster Children
  • $7,500 for Dignity Matters Dignity at Lowell Schools
  • $7,500 for Discovery Museum’s Special for Me
  • $7,500 for Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell Inc.: Strong, Smart and Bold Girls
  • $6,250 for the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless: A Bed for Every Child
  • $7,500 for Mission of Deeds Inc.: Children’s Beds
  • $7,500 for Seven Hills Extended Care in Groton: Seven Hills Pediatric Center assistive technologies boost support for children with significant challenges
  • $7,500 for the basic needs of the Wish Children’s Project

Services for seniors Leclair:

  • $7,000 for Touch Therapy from Challenge Unlimited
  • $7,000 for Clear Path for Veterans New England neuro-fit retraining program supports older veterans in Greater Lowell
  • $7,000 for Habitat for Humanity of Greater Lowell’s Seniors Aging Successfully at Home
  • $7,000 for the Grand Lowell Pantry Open Pantry
  • $6,000 for the Power of Flowers Project Special Delivery
  • $7,000 for Virginia Thurston Healing Garden addressing transportation barriers to cancer care for elderly patients in Greater Lowell

Racial Equity and Inclusion Grants:

  • $15,000 for the Soil Arts Collective Free Cookie Referendum by Raysam Donkoh-Halm
  • $15,000 to expand Merrimack Valley Housing Partnership down payment assistance to improve equity in homeownership opportunities in Greater Lowell
  • $10,000 for LEARN Project students making the switch
  • $15,000 for Coalition for a Better Acre Youth-Led Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Training
  • $15,000 for the Lowell Food Policy Council of Mill City Grows
  • $15,000 for the Center for Hope and Healing’s Young Black Women’s Wellness Support
  • $15,000 for the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advancement Strategy
  • $5,000 for Merrimack Repertory Theater’s Amplifying Voices of Khmer Theater and Lowell’s Khmer Community Service

Nashoba Valley Healthcare Fund Grants:

  • $5,000 for Gaining Ground farm fresh food for Nashoba Valley residents
  • $10,000 for Clear Path for Veterans Neuro Fit/Brain Retrain Neural Mapping of New England, an integrated health and wellness program for veterans
  • $5,500 for expansion of Alternative House Inc.’s police partnership
  • $16,000 for Our Father’s House – ensuring the welfare of homeless children
  • $7,500 for RFK Community Alliance Behavioral Health Services at Doctor Franklin Perkins School in the Nashoba Valley
  • $10,000 for Virginia Thurston Healing Garden’s expanded psychosocial support services for Nashoba Valley residents
  • $5,000 for Habitat for Humanity from Greater Lowell’s Critical home repairs for seniors
  • $9,750 for the Massachusetts Central Agency Initiative on Aging Grandparents Raising Grandchildren, Mental Health and Culturally Appropriate Meals
  • $10,000 for Habitat for Humanity North Central Mass’ critical home repair program to support economically challenged families in the Nashoba Valley
  • $7,000 for Kids in Disability Sports Membership Campaign
  • $2,000 for Able To Serve – New England’s Hope for Women with Young Children

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