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September 20, 2020
Gr. Lowell Comm. Foundation Grants $290K to 10 Nonprofits
Greater Lowell Community Foundation

August 16, 2020 — The Greater Lowell Community Foundation, based in Lowell, on Thursday announced it awarded $290,000 from its GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund to 10 nonprofits to help provide rent relief to families and individuals who face a loss of housing due to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Greater Lowell Community Foundation (GLCF) said the grants were part of the seventh and final round of distributions from the Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund to assist area nonprofits serving vulnerable populations during the coronavirus pandemic.

GLCF President and CEO Jay Linnehan said, “These grants boost the efforts of our tremendous nonprofit partners who have continued to go above and beyond during the pandemic to support those who need it most.”

Karen Frederick, CEO of Community Teamwork in Lowell, one of the grantees, which will use the funds to provide financial support to low-income residents for housing, said, “As of June, Massachusetts and Greater Lowell had the highest unemployment rate in the nation at 17.5%, with the city of Lowell exceeding that rate at 20.5%. Coupled with the July 31st expiration of the federal unemployment supplement payments, we at Community Teamwork fully expect to see a secondary increase in demand for assistance from families who are trying stay safe and to remain in current housing.”

Following are the other grantees to receive recent GLCF funding:

  • Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association of Greater Lowell: to provide emergency rental and food assistance

  • Clear Path for Veterans New England: to purchase and provide food and groceries for veterans and their families unable or without means to access food due to COVID-19

  • Coalition for a Better Acre: to provide financial support to low-income residents impacted by COVID-19 for rental payments for low-income housing

  • Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley: to prevent food insecurity among seniors

  • International Institute of New England: Lowell: to provide emergency rental assistance

  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers: to provide rental assistance in cases of urgent need

  • Minute Man Arc for Human Services: to purchase and provide food and groceries for home-bound people with physical and mental disabilities

  • Minuteman Senior Services: to prevent food insecurity among seniors

  • St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen: to purchase food to produce meals for the homeless

To date, GLCF said it awarded nearly $2.5 million through 172 rapid response grants to nonprofits battling COVID-19 and the resulting fallout from the virus through the GLCF COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund.

The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund supports those across the state most impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis, focusing on essential frontline workers and vulnerable populations including the homeless, immigrant populations, people with disabilities and those facing food insecurity.

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