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GLCF awards $525B in coronavirus response grants to local nonprofits

LOWELL – The Greater Lowell Community Foundation announced $525,860 in COVID-19 Assistance Grants to 13 local nonprofits.

Grants from the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund will be used to mitigate hardship due to the pandemic and to respond to support for housing and education programs, food insecurity and essential supplies and services , according to a press release from the foundation.

“Greater Lowell nonprofits have shown incredible resilience throughout the pandemic,” said GLCF President and CEO Jay Linnehan. “Through the partnership with the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Department of Housing and Community Development, GLCF has continued to support nonprofit programs vital to our community through this latest round of funding.”

The nonprofits receiving the grants and the total they received are:

  • Alternative House, of Lowell, to provide language access to reduce health disparities ($25,000)
  • Asian Domestic Violence Working Group, Boston, for the Lowell Program to provide information in language and create new materials in language to empower victims and survivors of domestic and dating violence (15,000 $)
  • Cambodian Mutual Aid Association of Greater Lowell, Lowell, will provide ongoing COVID-19 related assistance to the Cambodian community ($15,000)
  • Catie’s Closet, by Dracut, to underwrite two of their flagship programs, including In-School Closets allowing students to “shop” for what they need on-site in the privacy of their own school ($20,000)
  • Coalition for a Better Acre, of Lowell, to support the full-time health access program at the ABC walk-in center ($65,000)
  • Community Teamwork, of Lowell, to support tenants and landlords with financial assistance for rent or mortgages and utility bills, as well as to meet the basic needs of at-risk or homeless youth (95 $000)
  • Dignity Matters, of Framingham, to provide low-income women and girls with menstrual care ($15,000)
  • New England International Institute, Lowell, to address food and housing insecurity for refugee and immigrant households and also to provide mental health support to some of their female clients ($50,000)
  • Life Connection Center, Lowell, to address transportation needs and improve sanitation stations ($50,000)
  • Lowell Community Health Centre, for funding to reduce health disparities and ensure health equity for low-income, immigrant and refugee populations ($95,000)
  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers, of Lowell, to help low-income Portuguese-speaking customers pay rent and utilities ($25,000)
  • Northeast Legal Aid, from Lowell, to meet the need for housing assistance ($25,860)
  • The Center for Hope and Healing, Lowell, to improve its Driving Hope mobile outreach services and meet basic household needs for survivors and families ($30,000)

Funding for the grant is made possible by the administration of Governor Charlie Baker’s Community Foundation Grants Program for COVID-19 Relief. The program is administered by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development and the Department of Housing and Community Development.

Since 2020, the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund has provided more than 135 local nonprofits with grants totaling more than $5.1 million.

Donations to the fund can be made online at or by mail to GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund c/o GLCF, 100 Merrimack St., Suite 202, Lowell, MA 01852.