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Apply for a Grant

The Community Foundation supports nonprofit organizations in Essex County and beyond through grantmaking from its charitable funds. To date ECCF has proudly awarded over $30 million in grants to hundreds of organizations for projects that range from food for Lawrence pantries and soup kitchens to Smartboard equipment for Lynn schools to programs for children coping with domestic abuse in Newburyport. Each grant is unique, purposeful and valued in the community.

While the majority of our grants are awarded from our donor advised funds, a number of our funds offer a competitive grant program and invite nonprofit organizations to submit proposals for funding.

ECCF also manages a variety of scholarship funds established by donors to honor friends, family members or communities. Awardees are recommended by special selection committees. Please visit the Scholarship page for information on individual scholarship programs and application procedures.

Competitive Grant Programs

The Community Foundation also offers eight competitive grant programs which are described in the chart below. These programs include the Foundation’s discretionary fund, the Fund for Nonprofit Excellence, Emergency Fund, and six donor advised and field of interest funds.


Grant Guidelines Deadline Type of Support Geographic Region
Merrimack Valley General Fund Sept. 30 Programs Eastern Merrimack Valley
The Women's Fund of Essex County Dec. 1 Programs Essex County
North Shore Community Health Network April 28 Community Health Improvement Beverly, Essex, Gloucester, Hamilton, Ipswich, Manchester, Rockport, Topsfield, Wenham, Danvers, Lynn, Lynnfield, Marblehead, Nahant, Peabody, Salem, Saugus and Swampscott.
Fund for Essex County Excellence Jan. 15 Capacity building Essex County
Greater Lawrence Summer Fund Mar. 15 Summer programs Lawrence, Methuen, North Andover, Andover
Hardscrabble Education Fund Apr. 15 Teacher and administrator generated classroom projects Lynn Public Middle and High Schools, Salem Public Middle and High Schools
First Jobs April 21 Summer teen employment North Shore - see guidelines
Emergency Fund Ongoing Capital, disaster projects Essex County