The Parker Fundation

Investing in the future of our community


The Parker Foundation’s primary goal is to make effective grants that benefit the residents of the City of Lowell. Grants are made for a variety of purposes, such as social services, cultural programs, community development activities, education, community health needs, and urban environmental projects. The foundation funds specific needs including special programs and projects, capital improvements, equipment purchases, and technical assistance.

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Grant recipient impact statements

Lowell Community Charter Public School

In 2018, Parker Foundation provided a $15,000 grant to support the Middle School Lowell Community Charter Public School literacy program. Through this program the Middle School Literacy Program (MSLP) which aimed to expand use of culturally diverse and inclusive texts.

Mill City Grows

Mill City Grows is committed to equitable access to land and gardening education for Lowell residents to improve food access and community connections. Funds from the Parker Foundation helped us to provide outreach to community members and implement new programming at our Armory Park Garden, which was established in the Spring of 2021, and now serves 40 gardeners. Community volunteers worked all day to build the garden beds at Armory Park.

International Institute of New England

Funding from the Theodore Edson Parker Foundation supported costs associated with IINE-Lowell’s relocation to the Lowell Community Health Center in 2021. The Foundation has also recently provided funding for IINE-Lowell’s Afghan Evacuee Response, which supported 236 Afghans with resettlement, employment, ESOL and other critical services.


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