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Joy, disbelief, and even a few tears were captured on camera as representatives of five local nonprofits learned, during a May 3, 2017 reception, that they were the winners of Cummings Foundation's first Sustaining Grants program. Each organization was awarded $500,000 in funding.

$100 Million Over 10 Years

Recognizing the value and rarity of long-term financial support for nonprofits, especially smaller organizations, Cummings Foundation's Sustaining Grants program provides ongoing funding to a limited number of $100K for 100 grant winners whose grants are in their final year. Through a 2017 pilot program, the Sustaining Grants Committee selected five nonprofits to receive a total of $2.5 million through annual grant disbursements of $50,000 for 10 years, with no application required.

The program will expand significantly in 2018 and beyond, and is expected to award $100 million over the next 10 years. Each year, a total of $10 million will be granted to about 30 local charities. This funding will be disbursed over 10 years, with recipients receiving annual installments of between $20,000 and $50,000 each.

In addition to rewarding and supporting the work of especially effective local organizations, the Sustaining Grants program will remove many charities each year from consideration in the $100K for 100 program, thus increasing other charities' probabilities of receiving $100K for 100 awards.

2017 Sustaining Grants Winners

CommonWealth Kitchen

To enhance the training programs it provides to early stage food companies in an effort to create jobs, improve healthy food access, and strengthen the regional food economy.

Generations Inc.

To support its volunteer recruitment and training efforts so it can serve 200 additional children each year with reading and literacy programming.

Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell

To expand its Outreach Program over time to every elementary and middle school in Lowell, teaching girls creative pursuits, self-reliance, and critical thinking.

Lawrence CommunityWorks

To improve parent engagement and employment outcomes of Lawrence Public Schools families, with a two-generation approach to community change.

UTEC

To invest in its social enterprise work crew, which provide job opportunities and education for young people returning from incarceration or leaving gangs.

Procedure and Eligibility

There is no application process for Sustaining Grants; rather, the Sustaining Grants Committee relies primarily on past $100K for 100 applications and Impact Reports, as well as Committee members' independent research, to narrow the list of eligible charities. The Committee may then conduct site visits with a limited number of finalists to aid in the decision-making.

All nonprofits in their final year of a $100K for 100 grant will automatically be considered for a Sustaining Grant. Accordingly, please do not contact Cummings Foundation to request to be considered for this program.

The winners of Sustaining Grants will be a diverse group. Each year, no more than 40 percent of recipients will represent the same cause (education, healthcare, human services, social justice, other) or county (Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk). Sustaining Grant recipients must abide by the terms set forth in the Grant Agreement, which include completing an Impact Report annually.


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