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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Locations to Improve the Quality of Life for Residents

Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) Annual Grant Program


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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts: Lexington

Important Dates
Deadline: 03/17/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $7,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and local agencies in eligible locations to improve the quality of life for residents. Funding is intended to support programs in the areas of arts and culture, health and human services, environment, and community building. Programming must solely or predominantly serve Lexington residents.

The Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) promotes a spirit of philanthropic giving to support organizations that are working to create solutions for current needs and that are implementing new ideas to improve Lexington for the future. CEL encourages grant applications that bring innovative thinking to issues big and small.

Proposals may be submitted for:
  • Programming (existing, pilot, or expanded)
  • Capital goods to advance programming or services offered (e.g., laptops)
  • Capacity-building efforts including, but not limited to:
    • Strategic planning
    • Data and evaluation
    • Organizational development
    • Communications and marketing
    • Board of Directors (e.g., Board training)

For 2023 CEL will take particular interest in grant applications that include a focus on collaboration, thereby supporting CEL’s interest in building a strong, healthy community. CEL is looking for grant applications that feature a project that involves one or more nonprofits or town agencies working together in Lexington.

Focus Areas:

  • Health and Human Services: To support families, youth, and underserved populations in creating pathways that improve
    overall quality of life.
  • Arts and Culture: To support the cultural vitality of the Lexington community, including the visual arts, the performing arts, and historic preservation.
  • Environment: To preserve Lexington’s natural resources and to increase environmental awareness, education, and engagement.
  • Community Building: To support increased volunteerism and community involvement, to strengthen civic engagement,
    and to emphasize collaborations that enhance community initiatives.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
All applicants must have:
- 501(c)(3) tax status as a registered nonprofit organization or have an eligible fiscal sponsor or be a Town of Lexington department, board, or commission

CEL will consider grant applications from religious-based organizations if the program they are applying for does not exclude anyone based on religion and the purpose of the program is in no way to promote a particular set of religious beliefs.

CEL will not consider applications from past grantees who have not completed their most recent grant or have not submitted their final report by the submission deadline.

Grants will not be awarded to projects focused solely on seniors as other funding is available in Lexington that targets this specific demographic.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Open House for Nonprofits, Lexington Community Center
January 27, 9:00 – 11:00 AM

Pre-Application Information
- January 30, 9:00 AM: Applications open online
- March 17, 5:00 PM: Deadline for proposals
- Mid April – End of April: Potential site visits and follow up conversations
- By end of May: Applicants notified of decisions
- June 14: Grantee Reception

Nonprofits and town agencies may submit an application each year.

CEL gives strong consideration to new applicants and to those who did not receive a grant the previous year.

CEL is unlikely to fund the same project/request more than once

Estimated Size of Grant
Grant proposals will be accepted for requests of up to $7,000; the typical grant will range from $1,000 to $5,000.

Contact Information
To apply online:

If you have questions regarding the eligibility or suitability of your proposal, you are encouraged to email as early as possible to schedule a time to discuss.

Foundation for MetroWest
3 Eliot Street
Natick, MA 01760
Phone: 508.647.2260

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