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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and Municipalities for Community Development Projects

Community Enrichment and Organizational Development Program


Agency
Foundation

GrantWatch ID#
168271

Funding Source
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF NORTH CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts: North Central Massachusetts

Important Dates
Deadline: 09/08/23 Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $10,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and municipalities for community development projects in eligible regions. Funding is intended for collaborative projects that enhance the vitality of communities in the areas of arts and culture, civic engagement, and community development, and for organizational development activities. Applicants must serve the residents of North Central Massachusetts.

These two programs cover a broad range of activities that enhance the quality of life in communities and help nonprofits enhance their organizational performance and capabilities:

Community Enrichment Program Objectives

The Community Enrichment program supports activities that enhance the vitality of communities. They include activities that promote local arts, culture, creativity, civic engagement, and community development. Vital communities are characterized by strong, active, and inclusive relationships between residents, private sector, public sector, and civil society organizations.

Examples include:

  • Arts and Culture: including but not limited to art in public places, programs that encourage art in community institutions (community centers and schools), and “art for art’s sake.”
  • Community Development: including but not limited to community-enhancing projects, and the preservation of community heritage and history.
  • Civic engagement: Advancing community cohesion and participation

Organizational Development

Organizational development grants are intended to support a variety of activities that strengthen and improve organizational efficiency and effectiveness.

Examples include:

  • Planning support (strategic, fund development, marketing, etc.)
  • Fostering new collaborations
  • Small capital needs (furniture, equipment, technology, etc.)

Proposals for grants are expected to address each of the following principles:

  • Capacity for impact: Demonstrate capacity and potential for achieving and sustaining long-term impact.
  • Plan of action: Include a plan of action with evidence that the plan is likely to achieve its intended outcomes.
  • Collaboration: The Foundation encourages collaboration to leverage new and/or existing resources, organizations, relationships, initiatives, and investments to improve the likelihood of significant impact, efficiency, and sustainability.
  • Tracking impact: Include measurable objectives and outcomes with a plan and tools to monitor progress.


Recipient

Additional Eligibility Criteria
By law, the Foundation may only grant to tax-exempt nonprofit organizations, organizations using a nonprofit fiscal agent, and municipalities.

Additional Geographic Information:

For more information on the eligible region, see: https://cfncm.org/about/our-region

Ineligible
What the Foundation does not fund:
- Individuals
- For-profit organizations
- Loans or debt reduction
- Activities outside the region
- Political activity

Pre-Proposal Conference
Two information sessions will be held. Dates: August 24 at 10 a.m. and August 29 at 2 p.m.

Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/9452255403

Pre-Application Information
- Application Open: August 21, 2023
- Application Deadline: September 8, 2023
- Awards Announcement: by October 23, 2023

Only one application per organization, please.

For additional information on grant opportunities, see: https://cfncm.org/nonprofits/grant-opportunities
FAQs: https://cfncm.org/nonprofits/grant-faqs

Estimated Size of Grant
While there are no set grant amounts, grants tend to fall between $2,000 and $10,000.

Contact Information
Click here to apply for Community Enrichment: https://smr.to/p89992

Click here to apply for Organizational Development: https://smr.to/p90107

For more information contact Meghan Maceiko, Grants and Impact Manager, at mmaceiko@cfncm.org or at 978-345-8383 Ext. 104.

Address
649 John Fitch Hwy
Fitchburg, MA 01420

Phone
978-345-8383

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