About Us Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

Since its creation in June 2000, the Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation has provided more than $10 million to hundreds of 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.

2020 Grant Programs Update

Please be advised that the Basic Human Needs, Capacity Building, and Educational Opportunities grant programs are temporarily suspended for the remainder of 2020. In lieu of these programs, the Foundation has established the Operating Support Program to better support the needs of our nonprofit partners in the community during this time. Please see below for additional information.


Operating Support Program

In an effort to better support the needs of our nonprofit partners during these challenging times, the Foundation has established the Operating Support Program. Grant dollars may be used by organizations to support any of a wide variety of operating expenses including supplies, staffing, and other overhead.
Foundation Directors will review each grant proposal for the following:

  • Confirmation that the organization is financially stable, with no overwhelming threats to its continued viability
  • Evidence of experienced leadership at the staff and board levels
  • A commitment to continuing to provide services to the community

The application period for the Operating Support Program is now closed. 
Maximum grant size is 10% of the agency’s annual operating budget or $10,000, whichever is less.

Grant requests will be reviewed on the following schedule:
Submitted by:                    Reviewed by:
August 3, 2020                  October, 2020




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 have created The John R. Heerwagen Award for Nonprofit Leadership.

This annual award recognizes 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 $20,000 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 2020 nomination period is now closed. 

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.



A. James Lavoie Scholarship

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 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. 

The recipient of the 2020 A. James Lavoie Scholarship is Allison Blais from Framingham High School. Congratulations, Allison!  


Basic Human Needs, Capacity Building, and Educational Opportunities Programs

Please be advised that the Basic Human Needs, Capacity Building, and Educational Opportunities grant programs are suspended for the remainder of 2020.  We will be reevaluating our funding priorities in early 2021 and ask that you please check back for additional information at that time.

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 questions regarding the submission process, contact:

Mike Kuza