We would like to extend a special thanks to those in our community whose generosity enables us to continue to serve the girls of Greater Lowell.
The Sustaining Grants program builds on Cummings Foundation’s “$100K for 100” program. First offered in 2012, $100K for 100 annually awards multi-year grants of $100,000 each to 100 nonprofits that are based in and serve Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties. Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell was honored to receive a “$100K for 100” grant in 2015. The Cummings grant made an incredible impact on the Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell Center-based programs, allowing the agency the opportunity to serve hundreds of new girls each year. Grant recipients that received their final $100K for 100 grant disbursements in 2016 were automatically considered for the new funding opportunity of sustaining $50,000 annual grants $50,000 for up to 10 additional years.
In May of 2017, the Cummings Foundation awarded $2.5 million sustaining grants to five local nonprofits, including Girls Incorporated of Greater Lowell. This grant funded the Outreach Program from 2017 through early 2020, doubling and then tripling the number of girls and young women served to nearly 750. Since March 2020, the agency has had to shift gears due to the COVID-19 pandemic and created a remote learning center, serving 50-60 members from 7:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. daily, providing meals and a safe space for as many members as state guidelines would allow. We anticipate relaunching the Outreach Program in the near future.
We are immensely grateful for the Cummings Foundation support!