Applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and classified as "not a private foundation" under Section 509(a) of the Code.
The trustees will continue the foundation's tradition of favoring organizations located in the towns listed in the Areas Served section of this website, with the exception of Lynn, MA. From time to time grants of special interest to the trustees may be made outside of normal geographic guidelines.
The foundation's priority interests are education, health, social services and the arts in Lawrence and other towns listed in the Areas Served section of the website. Preference is given to program support.
Grant Size and Duration
Grants vary in size, but average from $10,000 to $25,000. Applicants should justify the amount requested. Typically, grants are for one year although the trustees have considered a very limited number of multiyear grants. The foundation intends to de-emphasize its past support of capital campaigns.
Proposal Deadlines and Meeting Schedule
Trustees meet twice a year in May and November. Deadlines for receipt of complete online proposals are March 1 for consideration at the May meeting and September 1 for consideration at the November meeting. When a deadline falls on the weekend, or a holiday, applications will be due the following business day. All applicants will be notified of the trustees' decisions shortly after the meetings. Organizations may submit only one application per year, and those who are declined must wait a year before reapplying.
Online Application Procedures
Please Note: The foundation's application process has changed. All applicants must submit applications on-line. The online application follows the Common Proposal designed and published by Associated Grant Makers, Inc. To link to detailed online application instructions, click here.