The Parker Fundation

Arts and Culture 


Angkor Dance Troupe, Inc.
$30,000 as a second-year grant for the dance troupe’s three-year strategic growth plan. (Total support of $70,000 in 2016-17.)

A Brush with History, Inc. d/b/a The Brush Art Gallery and Studios
$10,000 in start-up support for an arts therapy program at Megan’s House, a recovery home in Lowell for young women battling addiction.

Cultural Organization of Lowell
$10,000 in inaugural support of Creaticity: Lowell Art and Maker Festival, to be held in Downtown Lowell in September 2017.

Emerson College
Boston, MA
$25,000 for ArtsEmerson’s Cambodian Festival, showcasing Cambodian film and performance art, with special outreach to Lowell residents.

Hellenic Culture and Heritage Society, Inc.
$7,000 for the Lowell Bicentennial Oral History project, which will chronicle the stories of city leaders active from the 1980’s to the present.  A selection of these interviews will be presented in book form to coincide with Lowell’s bicentennial celebrations in 2026.

Lowell Festival Foundation
$25,000 in second-year support to raise outside support for the Lowell Folk Festival and Lowell Summer Music Series.  (Total project support of $100,000 in 2016-17.)

Lowell Heritage Partnership, Inc.
$50,000 for implementation of the Lowell Waterways Vitality Initiative aimed to provide lighting and other enhancements throughout the city’s 5.6 miles of canals.  The large-scale project is a collaborative effort of the Lowell Heritage Partnership, The City of Lowell, and the Lowell Historic National Park.

University of Massachusetts Foundation, Inc.
Lowell String Project
$25,000 in capacity-building support for the String Project, an after-school string orchestra program for Lowell children and youth.


Subtotal Arts and Culture:  $182,000

Percentage of total:  16%


Community and Economic Development


Coalition for a Better Acre, Inc.
$50,000 in predevelopment work to establish a new arts and community center at the historic Smith Baker Center in downtown Lowell.

Jericho Road Project, Inc.
$10,000 in continued support for Jericho Road and its consulting services for Lowell nonprofits.


Subtotal Community and Economic Development:  $60,000

Percentage of total: 5%


Development of Philanthropy


Aaron’s Presents, Inc.
$10,000 in second-year support for the new organization and its work in engaging Lowell children in charitable activities of their own design. (Total support of $25,000 in 2016-17.)

Greater Lowell Community Foundation
$75,000 to support a new development position and related expenses to advance fundraising efforts in continued efforts to build the foundation’s discretionary endowment.


Subtotal Development of Philanthropy:  $85,000

Percentage of total:  8%




Budget Buddies, Inc.
$15,000 to expand financial literacy training programs for women and girls in Lowell.   (Total start-up support of $45,000 in 2012-17.)

Discovering Justice
Boston, MA
$20,000 to continue to expand the Discovering Justice civics curriculum in Lowell elementary and middle schools. (Total project support of $52,000 in 2011-1.7)

Generation Citizen, Inc.
Boston, MA
$15,000 in second-year support for Generation Citizen and its civics curriculum for students at Lowell High School. (Total start-up support of $30,000 in 2016-17.)

History Unerased, Inc.
Lowell, MA
$10,000 in start-up support to develop primary source LGBTQ history curriculum for K-12 schools.

Institute for Nonprofit Practice
(formerly Institute for Nonprofit Leadership and Management)
Needham, MA
$15,000 to provide scholarship assistance to smaller-scale nonprofit organizations in Lowell.  (Total project support of $45,000 in 2013-17.)

Project LEARN, Inc.
$46,000 in capacity-building support for Project LEARN, which serves as a fundraising and research organization for the benefit of the Lowell Public Schools. (Total start-up support of $226,000 in 2014-17.)

UTEC, Inc.
$50,000 in second-year support for the development of a child care program serving UTEC participants and their children.  (Total project support of $125,000 in 2016-17.)


Subtotal Education:  $171,000

Percentage of total:  15%





Casa Esperanza, Inc.
Roxbury, MA
$20,000 to help establish new clinical stabilization services for individuals recovering from addiction, as offered on-site at Tewksbury State Hospital.

Filmmakers Collaborative, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
$10,000 in startup support for Met(ta), a documentary film showcasing integrative, cultural competent health care at the Metta Health Center in Lowell and the Street Level Health Project in Oakland.

Health Law Advocates, Inc.
Boston, MA
$50,000 in support of the organization’s Mental Health Advocacy Project for Kids in Lowell, an initiative to provide humane care for court-involved children and youth and their families.

Lowell Community Health Center, Inc.
$140,000 in final capital support for the Health Center’s campaign for a new building. (Total support of $1 million in 2010-17.)

Lowell House, Inc.
$125,000 in capital support as the agency relocates to space within the Lowell Community Health Center. Under the leadership of Coalition for a Better Acre, Lowell House’s original Merrimack Street site will be converted to sober apartments for adults recovering from addiction.


Subtotal Health:  $345,000

Percentage of total: 31%



Human Services


Appalachian Mountain Club
Boston, MA
$15,000 in capital support to purchase a new storage shed at the Harold Parker State Forest in Andover, to serve the AMC’s Youth Mountain Adventure Program for the Merrimack Valley.

Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lowell
$50,000 in second-year support to expand programming for older teens. (Total project support of $70,000 in 2016-17.)

Christ Church United in Lowell
$37,500 in continued support for the Church’s emergency assistance program for Lowell individuals in need, as encouraged by the will of Theodore Edson Parker.

Community Teamwork, Inc.
$25,000 for the Secure Jobs work development program, which serves homeless and recently-housed adults in the Greater Lowell region.

Community Teamwork, Inc. f/b/o African Community Center
$25,000 in second-year startup support to launch and sustain a community center for African immigrants and refugees living in the Greater Lowell area. (Total project support of $35,000 in 2016-17.)

Greater Lowell Family YMCA
$20,000 to renovate the agency’s gymnasium.

Humane Society – Lowell
d/b/a Lowell Humane Society
$15,000 to establish a new on-site veterinary clinic.

Life Saver Ministries, Inc.
d/b/a My Father’s House
North Chelmsford, MA
$10,000 in capital support to replace flooring at the organization’s shelter for homeless women and their children.

Operation Delta Dog, Inc.
Chelmsford, MA
$20,000 to provide service dog support to Lowell veterans.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and the Merrimack Valley, Inc.
Boston, MA
$40,000 in renewed support for the Summer Experiences in Greater Lowell program, which provides camping, youth employment and early childhood education opportunities for Lowell children and youth.

Veterans Legal Services, Inc.
Boston, MA
$10,000 to expand services to Lowell-area veterans at the Bedford VA Medical Center.


Subtotal Human Services:  $267,500

Percentage of total:  24%




Associated Grant Makers, Inc.
Boston, MA


Subtotal Memberships:  $5,000

Percentage of total:  1

Total Grants 2017:   $1,115,500