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Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation Grants - Basic Human Needs, Capacity Building, and Educational Opportunities Programs

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits in Eligible Areas
for Basic Needs, Capacity Building, and Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

Deadline Date:

08/01/19

Description:

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Grants of up to $20,000 to Massachusetts nonprofits in eligible areas to support low- and moderate-income communities and vulnerable populations in a range of areas. Funding is intended for programs in education and basic needs, as well as organizational capacity building.

The Basic Human Needs Program funds projects and programs whose primary focus is on food, shelter, and clothing for low-and moderate-income and vulnerable populations. Food pantries may apply, but the request must be for a program or other initiative, with no more than 25% of grant proceeds used towards the purchase of food related to the broader initiative.

The Capacity Building Program funds initiatives designed to strengthen and increase the impact of local non-profits by improving their organizational capacity. Desired outcomes for non-profits selected to receive grants through this program include one or more of the following:
- Improved governance and leadership
- Improved staff skills
- Improved management systems and practices
- Completed strategic plans
- Improved, expanded, or additional services
- Expanded strategic assets, including financial and human resources

The Educational Opportunities Program is designed to encourage organizations to provide unique and meaningful educational opportunities to youth and adults. Programs include, but are not limited to:
- Job training and job readiness programs
- Adult education and English as a Second Language
- Credit education and home buying seminars
- Youth enrichment programs

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 161656

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant requests up to $20,000 are considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for a grant from the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation or a contribution from Middlesex Savings Bank, applicants must be nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations serving one or more communities served by Middlesex Savings Bank.

Communities include: Acton, Ashland, Ayer, Bedford, Bellingham, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dover, Dunstable, Foxborough, Framingham, Franklin, Groton, Harvard, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, Northborough, Norwood, Pepperell, Sharon, Sherborn, Shirley, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Upton, Walpole, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Westford, Weston, Westwood, and Wrentham.

Projects for which support is sought should benefit people who live or work in the region. While preference is given to organizations primarily serving the aforementioned cities and towns (the community), the Board will also consider funding for programs which reach a broader, more regional area, as long as such area incorporates the community.

Frequency: Organizations may apply for funding from the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation only once per calendar year. Organizations whose proposals are rejected in one calendar year may reapply the following calendar year. Organizations whose proposals are funded, even partially, may not reapply until the second calendar year after the year in which they were approved.

​Individuals, organizations that are religious or political in nature, organizations that are discriminatory in their practices, or in-kind donations are not eligible to apply.

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation will not fund political or sectarian activities. Additionally, it will not fund organizations which utilize a fiscal agent.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications deadlines:
- Submitted by: April 1, 2019
- Reviewed by: June 2019

- Submitted by: August 1, 2019
- Reviewed by: October 2019

Eligibility: https://www.middlesexbank.com/about-us/community-support/middlesex-savings-charitable-foundation/eligibility

Grant summary: https://www.middlesexbank.com/about-us/community-support/sponsorships-and-charitable-giving

Contact Information:

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

For additional information, contact:

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation
PO Box 5210
Westborough, MA. 01581-5210

For general and program-related questions, or technical questions regarding the submission process, contact:
Mike Kuza
mkuza@middlesexbank.com

Grant Coverage Areas:

Communities of Acton, Ashland, Ayer, Bedford, Bellingham, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Carlisle, Chelmsford, Concord, Dover, Dunstable, Foxborough, Framingham, Franklin, Groton, Harvard, Holliston, Hopedale, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Littleton, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Mendon, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Newton, Norfolk, Northborough, Norwood, Pepperell, Sharon, Sherborn, Shirley, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Townsend, Tyngsborough, Upton, Walpole, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Westford, Weston, Westwood and Wrentham

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts