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​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 non-profit 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 programs.

 

​A. JAMES LAVOIE Scholarship

The Middlesex Charitable Foundation is pleased to announce the eleventh annual $5,000 A. James Lavoie Scholarship.  The scholarship is open to any graduating senior who meets the criteria below.

All application materials must be physically received by the foundation by Friday, March 24th, 2017. The winner will be notified by Monday, May 1st, 2017.

To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Plan to attend a four-year college program
  • Good academic standing: A GPA of at least 3.0 for junior and senior years
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the community through community service and/or extra-curricular activities
  • Demonstrate financial need
  • Submit a written essay and scholarship application
  • Be a senior graduating from one of the following schools:
     
Advanced Math and Science Academy (AMSA)Joseph P. Keefe Technical High School
Acton-Boxborough Regional High SchoolLincoln-Sudbury Regional High School
Algonquin Regional High SchoolLittleton High School
Ashland High SchoolMaynard High School
Assabet Valley Technical High SchoolMedfield High School
Bedford High SchoolMedway High School
Blackstone Valley Regional Vocational Technical High SchoolMillis High School
Bellingham High SchoolMinuteman Regional High School
Concord-Carlisle Regional High SchoolNashoba Valley Technical High School
Dover-Sherborn High SchoolNatick High School
Framingham High SchoolNeedham High School
Francis W. Parker Charter Essential SchoolNorfolk County Agricultural High School
Franklin High SchoolTri-County Regional Vocational Technical School
Foxborough Charter SchoolWalpole High School
Groton-Dunstable Regional High SchoolWayland High School
Holliston High SchoolWellesley High School
Hopkinton High SchoolWestford Academy

 

All qualifying applicants will be ranked on the basis of the quality and content of their essays.

Applications may be downloaded here.

 

Scholarship Materials and Deadlines:

All applicants must submit the following materials for consideration:

  • Completed application
  • Junior and Senior year transcripts as available
  • FAFSA's assessment of your financial need with Expected Family Contribution (EFC)
  • Essay (see application for details)

 

Please send all materials to:

Michael Kuza

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation
36 Summer Street, SS2-1
Natick, Ma., 01760

 

All materials must be physically received by March 24th, 2017 to be eligible for consideration.

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 nonprofits.  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  and will be available at John R. Heerwagen Award.  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.

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

Learn more about Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation eligilbility requirements.

Apply to Basic Human Needs Program

 

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

Submitted by:                    Reviewed by:
April 1, 2017                        June, 2017
August 1, 2017                    October, 2017

 

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation is proud to work with local philanthropic and non-profit agencies

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.

Learn more about Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation eligilbility requirements.

Apply to Capacity Building Program

 

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

Submitted by:                    Reviewed by:
April 1, 2017                        June, 2017
August 1, 2017                    October, 2017

 

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation is proud to work with local philanthropic and non-profit agencies

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

Learn more about Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation eligilbility requirements.

Apply to Educational Opportunities Program

 

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

Submitted by:                    Reviewed by:
April 1, 2017                        June, 2017
August 1, 2017                    October, 2017

 

Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation is proud to work with local philanthropic and non-profit agencies.

For additional information, please contact us at:​For general and program related questions, or technical questions regarding the submission process, contact:

​​Middlesex Savings Charitable Foundation

PO Box 5210
Westborough, MA. 01581-5210​

​Mike Kuza

mkuza@middlesexbank.com

(508) 315-5361