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Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and
Agencies to Benefit Local Residents

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Foundation for MetroWest

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Deadline Date:

03/12/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $7,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and agencies to benefit local residents in eligible locations. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Programs focus areas include health and human services, community building, arts and culture, and the environment. Funding is intended to benefit Lexington.

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 big issues and small ones.

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., succession planning)

For 2021 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.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 143248

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.

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
• Programming that solely or predominantly serves Lexington residents

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-Application Information:

These are unprecedented times and CEL aware that non-profit organizations are under more pressure than ever. In an effort to create a less burdensome process, CEL is asking applicants to submit a very short initial application or Letter of Intent. This will allow CEL to do a preliminary screen of ideas. Organizations whose proposals best match the CEL mission will be invited to submit additional information for final decision.

The 2021 grant cycle will operate based on the following timeline:
• January 21, 2021 9:00 AM: Letter of Intent open online:
• February 4, 2021 5:00 PM: Deadline for Letter of Intent Submission
• February 11, 2021 5:00 PM: Applicants will be notified if invited to submit a full proposal
• March 12, 2021 5:00 PM: Final Proposal Due
• Mid-April -End of April: Potential site visits and follow up conversations
• By end of May: Applicants notified of decision
• Early June: Grant award celebration for 2021 grantees

Nonprofits and town agencies may submit an application each year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit a Letter of Intent Online:

If you have questions regarding the eligibility or suitability of your proposal, we encourage you 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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