Arts and Culture
Angkor Dance Troupe, Inc.
$40,000 to support the dance troupe’s three-year strategic growth plan. (Projected additional support of $30,000 in 2017 and $20,000 in 2018.)
First United Baptist Church
$5,000 toward the fabrication and installation of historically appropriate iron grilles to protect the building’s windows.
Lowell Art Association
d/b/a Whistler House Museum of Art
$20,000 for a new round of renovations to the historic Whistler House, the birthplace of painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler.
Lowell Festival Foundation
with Lowell National Historical Park
$75,000 to hire a new development director for the Folk and Summer Music Festivals. (Projected additional support of $75,000 in 2017.)
Made In Lowell
$5,000 in support of “Trailer Chat,” an oral history project capturing stories from various Lowell neighborhoods through multimedia exhibits and displays.
New England Quilt Museum
$25,000 in emergency support for replacement of the museum’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning system.
Subtotal Arts and Culture: $170,000
Percentage of total: 16.5%
Community and Economic Development
Entrepreneurship for All, Inc. (EforAll)
$20,000 in continued support for EforAll’s Cambodian outreach project in Lowell serve emerging Khmer-speaking entrepreneurs. (Total project support of $25,000 in 2015-16.)
Lawrence Community Works, Inc.
f/b/o Mill Cities Leadership Institute
$10,000 for capacity building of the Mill Cities Leadership Institute, a leadership development program for local leaders and innovators in Lowell and Lawrence. (Total project support $25,000.)
Lowell Community Loan Fund, Inc
d/b/a Mill Cities Community Investments
$30,000 in continued operating support for the organization as it builds it base of capital for long-term self-sufficiency.
Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth, Inc.
$20,000 for a new research project on the use of state capital expenditures in gateway cities and their effect on economic revitalization.
Mill City Grows, Inc.
$50,000 in capacity-building support to expand the positions of key staff allowing them to develop a five year plan, increase fundraising, volunteer satisfaction, and data management.
Subtotal Community and Economic Development: $130,000
Percentage of total: 13%
Development of Philanthropy
Aaron’s Presents, Inc.
$15,000 in support of the new organization’s work in engaging Lowell children in charitable activities. (Projected additional support of $10,000 in 2017.)
Subtotal Development of Philanthropy: $15,000
Percentage of total: 1.5%
$45,000 toward the expansion of services in Lowell, thereby providing an additional 4,000 students with clothing and basic necessities.
Generation Citizen, Inc.
$15,000 to bring the organization’s civics education program, which engages freshman students at Lowell High School in hands-on organizing projects and presentations.
Greater Lowell Community Foundation, Inc.
$5,000 to cover the cost of the Tom Leggat Youth Opportunities Fund’s second-year award. In future years this award, honoring longtime Parker Foundation trustee Thomas E. Leggat, will be drawn from the $100,000 endowment. (Total project support of $110,000, 2014-2016.)
Jumpstart for Young Children, Inc.
$30,000 to recruit, train, and manage 60 student Corps members who engage 200 Lowell children in a year-long literacy and language curriculum that helps children be ready for kindergarten. (Total support of $80,000, 2012-16.)
Let’s Get Ready, Inc.
$15,000 for college prep and retention work with 45 Lowell high school students. (Total project support of $35,000, 2014-16.)
Project LEARN, Inc.
$40,000 in third-year support for Project LEARN, a strategic initiative to raise private dollars for the benefit of the Lowell Public Schools. (Total project support of $160,000, 2010-16.)
United Teen Equality Center
$75,000 in startup support for a child care center serving parent participants of UTEC and their young children.
Subtotal Education: $225,000
Percentage of total: 22%
Boston Medical Center, Inc.
Department of Psychiatry
$10,000 in second-year support for a mental health program serving African immigrants in Lowell run in collaboration with Christ Jubilee International Ministries and Lowell Community Health Center. (Total project support of $35,000, 2013-16.)
$40,000 for capital improvements to the organization’s downtown Lowell building housing Bridgewell Counseling Services and Lowell Adult Day Treatment.
Lowell Community Health Center, Inc.
$143,285 as the fourth installment of a five-year, $700,000 grant toward the health center’s campaign for a new facility. (Total commitment of $1 million 2010–16, with projected additional support of $140,000 in 2017).
Merrimack Valley Project, Inc.
$15,000 for the membership organization’s campaign to close systemic gaps in opioid drug treatment.
Subtotal Health: $208,285
Percentage of total: 20.5%
International Institute of Boston, Inc.
d/b/a International Institute of New England
$50,000 to hire a full-time housing specialist to more quickly and efficiently secure housing for incoming refugee clients in Lowell.
Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers
$10,000 for the organization’s senior housing initiative, to support outreach to Portuguese-speaking families in Greater Lowell in need of assisted living services.
Subtotal Housing: $60,000
Percentage of total: 6%
Adolescent Consultation Services, Inc.
$5,000 in support of the Lowell Juvenile Court Clinic’s new family therapy intervention program for court-involved teens whose primary reason for juvenile justice involvement is family conflict.
Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell
$20,000 to expand the number of teen served and add new teen programming.
Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell, Inc.
$30,000 in core support for the agency, to be used toward the executive director position and that of a part-time development director to be hired.
Community Teamwork, Inc.
f/b/o African Community Center of Lowell
$15,000 as a six-month planning grant to build key organizational infrastructure needed to launch and sustain a new community center for African immigrants and refugees living in the Greater Lowell area.
Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell
$5,000 to purchase a development management software program to strengthen the organization’s overall fundraising efforts.
Life Connection Center
$15,000 to hire professional staff for a soup kitchen/community center for low-income families and individuals struggling with substance abuse.
Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell, Inc.
$10,000 planning grant for a foster care program serving adult Cambodians in Lowell.
Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc.
$17,500 for replacement of the organization’s refrigerated food truck.
Plummer Home for Boys
$20,000 in second-round support for the Plummer Home’s foster care program in Lowell.
Project Citizenship, Inc.
$25,000 for expansion of services to Lowell providing training of partner nonprofit staff to obtain certification as Board of Immigrations Appeals representatives.
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley
$40,000 in renewed support for the Summer Experiences in Greater Lowell program, providing camping, youth employment and early childhood education opportunities for Lowell children and youth.
Subtotal Human Services: $202,500
Percentage of total: 20%
Associated Grant Makers, Inc.
Subtotal Memberships: $5,000
Percentage of total: .5%
Total Grants in 2016: $1,015,785