Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

Since its creation in June 2000, the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation has provided more than $4 million in grants to over 400 nonprofit organizations providing critical community services throughout its community.

Established as a nonprofit, private charitable foundation, the Foundation carries out the philanthropic mission of Middlesex Savings Bank, supporting nonprofit organizations, services and programs in a wide variety of fields, including education, public health and welfare, the arts, and community development.  The Foundation also provides annual scholarship support to college bound seniors in addition to its principal grant-making philanthropic program

A. James Lavoie Scholarship

We are pleased to announce the winner of our Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation's Twelfth Annual $5,000 A. James Lavoie Scholarship Essay Contest.

To be eligible for scholarship consideration, applicants must demonstrate financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement. They must also plan to attend a four-year college program, and graduate from one of the many public, charter, or vocational high schools in the communities we serve. The winner is selected from among eligible applicants by an independent committee on the basis of strength and quality of submitted essays.
 

Apply to the Lavoie Essay Contest.

Basic Human Needs Program

The Basic Human Needs Program funds projects and programs whose primary focus is on food, shelter, and clothing for low and moderate-income and vulnerable populations. Food pantries may apply, but the request must be for a program or other initiative, with no more than 25% of grant proceeds used towards the purchase of food related to the broader initiative.

Foundation Directors will review each grant proposal for the following:

  • Confirmation that the organization is reasonably financially stable, with no overwhelming threats to continued viability

  • Evidence of experienced leadership at the staff and board levels

  • Program uniqueness and the needs of the target population

  • Anticipated impact of the project on its participants

  • Significance of the grant on the organization's ability to implement the project

  • Clear detailing of how results will be measured and communicated, and how success will be defined

  • Primarily benefits those within the Bank's communities
     

Apply to the Basic Human Needs Program.

Learn more about Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation eligibility requirements.

 

Grant requests considered up to $20,000 and reviewed on the following schedule:

Submitted by:                    Reviewed by:

April 1, 2018                        June, 2018

August 1, 2018                    October, 2018

 

 

Capacity Building Program

The Capacity Building Program funds initiatives designed to strengthen and increase the impact of local non-profits by improving their organizational capacity.

Desired outcomes for non-profits selected to receive grants through this program include one or more of the following:

  • Improved governance and leadership

  • Improved staff skills

  • Improved management systems and practices

  • Completed strategic plans

  • Improved, expanded, or additional services

  • Expanded strategic assets, including financial and human resources

Successful applicants will be able to describe how their enhanced capacity will ultimately benefit the communities that they serve.


Apply to the Capacity Building Program.

Learn more about Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation eligibility requirements.

 

Grant requests considered up to $20,000 and reviewed on the following schedule.

Submitted by:                    Reviewed by:

April 1, 2018                        June, 2018

August 1, 2018                    October, 2018

 

 

Educational Opportunities Program

The Educational Opportunities Program is designed to encourage organizations to provide unique and meaningful educational opportunities

to youths and adults.

Programs include, but are not limited to:

  • Job training and job readiness programs

  • Adult education and English as a Second Language

  • Credit education and home buying seminars

  • Youth enrichment programs

 

Foundation Directors will review each grant proposal for the following:

  • Confirmation that the organization is reasonably financially stable, with no overwhelming threats to continued viability

  • Evidence of experienced leadership at the staff and board levels

  • Program uniqueness and the needs of the target population

  • Anticipated impact of the project on its participants

  • Significance of the grant on the organization's ability to implement the project

  • Clear detailing of how results will be measured and communicated, and how success will be defined

  • Primarily benefits those within the Bank's communities
     

Apply to the Educational Opportunities Program.

Learn more about Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation eligibility requirements.

 

Grant requests considered up to $20,000 and reviewed on the following schedule.

Submitted by:             Reviewed by:

April 1, 2018                     June, 2018

August 1, 2018                 October, 2018

 

 

The John R. Heerwagen Award For Nonprofit Leadership

During his tenure as CEO of Middlesex Savings Bank, John was supportive of the Foundation and its efforts to help strengthen local non-profits.  John also believed in the importance of leadership and the need to develop and recognize strong leaders.

To honor his contributions to the Foundation in a way that reflects his personal interests, we are proud to introduce The John R. Heerwagen Award for Nonprofit Leadership.

This annual award will recognize a strong, nonprofit leader whose work has significantly benefited the lives and wellbeing of residents within the Foundation's community. The award provides a one-time grant of $15,000 to the recipient's organization to be used in a manner that the recipient believes will benefit the organization.

 

Nomination Process:

The Selection Committee will accept nominations from anyone familiar with the nominee.  Self-nominations will not be accepted.  

The nomination period will begin on June 1st. Nominations are due, via email submission, to the Foundation by 5:00pm on August 1st.  

Only the individual chosen to receive the award will be notified of their nomination and selection.  The Award winner and their nominator will be contacted about their selection in October and the Award will be presented at the Foundation's annual grantee ceremony in November.

 

Selection Criteria:

The Selection Committee seeks to recognize experienced, nonprofit leaders who demonstrate the ability to develop and implement effective organizational strategies.  The ideal nominee will demonstrate the following capabilities and characteristics:

  • Creates and stewards collaborations and partnerships to advance the work of their organization in a manner that produces tangible benefits to the community.

  • Brings innovative ideas forward and to fruition.

  • Builds organizational and individual capacity and expertise.

  • Instills passion in themselves and the people with whom they work.

  • Demonstrates the highest levels of integrity and ethical behavior.

 

For additional information, please contact us at:

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation
PO Box 5210
Westborough, MA. 01581-5210

For general and program related questions, or technical question s regarding the submission process, contact:

Mike Kuza
mkuza@middlesexbank.com