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December 4, 2021
Gr. Lowell Comm. Foundation Grants $209K to 13 Nonprofits
Greater Lowell Community Foundation

October 22, 2021 — The Greater Lowell Community Foundation, based in Lowell, on Wednesday announced that it granted $208,750 to 13 nonprofits in the region to address mental health needs stemming from the coronavirus pandemic.

Jay Linnehan, president and CEO of the Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF), said, “GLCF received more than $600K in grant requests for this cycle – the needs are enormous as the community deals with the mental health implications of COVID-19.”

Receiving the funds were the following:

  • Adolescent Consultation Services (Cambridge): $15,000 for Direct Mental Health Services for Court-Involved Children and their Families in Lowell

  • Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell: $20,000 for Youth Services

  • Cambodianutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell (CMAA) M: $20,000 for Supporting Mental Health Among Cambodian Americans

  • The Center for Hope and Healing: $20,000 for Providing Culturally-Competent, Inclusive & Gender-Responsive Mental Health Services for BIPOC Youth
  • Community Teamwor

    Inc. (CTI): $20,000 for Community Teamwork, Inc.’s Center for Behavioral Health and Development

  • Health Law Advocates: $15,000 for Mental Health Advocacy Program for Kids in Lowell
  • Lowell Community Health Center: $20,000 for Teen BLOCK Teen Talk Program: Building Resilience among Vulnerable Lowell Youth
  • Lowell Council on Aging: $15,000 for Lowell Elder Mental Health Outreach Startup
  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers (MAPS): $15,000 for MAPS Short-Term COVID Mental Health Initiative
  • Operation Delta Dog (Hollis, NH): $15,000 for PTSD Veteran/Mentor Program in Greater Lowell

  • Rise Above Foundation for Activities for Lowell Area Yout in Foster Care - $15,000

  • Wayside Youth & Family Support Network: $15,000 for Creating Capacity for Allyship

  • Westford Council on Aging: $3,750 for Mindfulness for Better Health and Mental Health

“We are grateful for the grant support from GLCF,” said Vichtcha Kong, CMAA’s interim executive director. “Cambodian immigrants and Cambodian American residents of Greater Lowell already cope with intergenerational trauma, so the isolation, stress, and disproportionate impact of the pandemic have had a significant impact within our community. This grant will help us by connecting and providing clinical interventions to support mental health.”

Karen Frederick, CEO of Community Teamwork, said the grant “meets a critical need and addresses a significant public health issue – children’s mental and behavioral health. Now more than ever, it is essential that parents, staff, and partners in our community working directly with children have the capacity, skills, and support to foster children’s healing and posttraumatic growth.”

Since March of 2019, through grants from the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund and the Massachusetts COVID Relief Fund, the foundation has supported more than 130 local nonprofit organizations with grants totaling over $4.8 million.

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