Theodore Edson Parker Foundation Grant

Theodore Edson Parker Foundation

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Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $50,000

Next deadline: Jul 15, 2020

Later deadlines: Jan 15, 2021

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, General Operating Expense, Project / Program

Location of project: Middlesex County, Massachusetts

Location of residency: United States

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NOTE: When a deadline falls on the weekend or holiday, applications will be due the following business day.

The Theodore Edson Parker Foundation was established in 1944 in Lowell, Massachusetts, under a charter that reflected the founder’s interest in a wide range of community needs. Because of the many compelling needs and opportunities in that city, the foundation has chosen to focus its grantmaking there.

Fields of Interest and Types of Support

The Parker Foundation’s primary goal is to make effective grants that benefit the city of Lowell and its residents. Grants are made for a variety of purposes including 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 and equipment purchases, and technical assistance. 

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grants are restricted to organizations that are tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and are classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509(a).
  • Grants are made for projects in Lowell, MA.
  • Non-Lowell organizations encouraged to apply for Lowell-based projects.
  • The foundation occasionally makes multiple-year grants. 
  • We support project and capital costs, but, with the exception of startup grants, are reluctant to support general operations.


  • In his will, Mr. Parker suggested that his trustees give special consideration to the welfare of children, disadvantaged young women, and the elderly.
    • The foundation is especially committed to assisting these and other under-served individuals including refugees, immigrants, and people of color.
  • Preference is given to applicants who have formulated creative approaches to societal problems and can provide leverage for Parker funds. The foundation favors projects that can demonstrate good prospects for continuation after the conclusion of Parker’s funding.


  • The trustees do not usually award funds for the operating expenses of well-established organizations, for endowment, or to fund deficits.
  • No awards are made to individuals.