Grantseeker FAQ


What are GLHA grants?

GLHA offers grants to support programs and services to improve the overall health of the Greater Lowell community. Individual grants may target specific health priority areas, such as substance abuse or cancer.

Who is eligible to apply for GLHA grants?

Non-profit 501(c)(3) organizations or public entities (such as municipalities, schools, health institutions and services) are eligible to apply.

Do I need to be a member of a GLHA task force to apply?

Collaboration is integral to the GLHA, so priority is given to agencies with representatives serving on one of the five GLHA task forces (Mental Health, Substance Use and Prevention, Cultural Competency, Maternal/Child Health, and Healthy Eating and Living). If you/your agency are not currently involved in a task force, your application will not be excluded. However, if funded, you will be required to participate in a GLHA task force.

Which communities are eligible to apply?

Organizations or municipalities whose service area is within the CHNA 10 Are designated by the Department of Public Health are eligible to apply. These communities include Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Dunstable, Lowell, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, and Westford.

What if we are not in one of those communities?

Organizations in towns outside the CHNA 10 service area may serve as partners on grants.

Will our project be considered a priority if it is not in one of your health priority areas?

Currently, the GLHA has task forces for Mental Health, Substance Use and Prevention, Cultural Competency, Maternal/Child Health, and Healthy Eating and Living. However, we also consider asthma/respiratory diseases and cancer among our health priority areas. Grants with a focus in those areas will be considered priority.

Can individual schools apply?

Yes, but the GLHA stresses the importance of collaboration and may give priority to schools or municipalities that partner with each other.

Can we use grant funds for capital or overhead expenses?

No. Grant awards may not be used to fund capital or overhead expenses.

Can we submit more than one application?

An organization may only submit one proposal as the lead organization, but can be listed as a collaborator on others.

Can we submit an application online?

At this time, application forms may be downloaded from our website, but must be submitted via email or standard mail.

What if I submit an application and I’m missing some required documents?

Applications will only be considered complete when it includes the following supporting documents: completed cover sheet; narrative page; budget; updated list of your Board of Directors, Board of Selectmen or other governing body; federal tax exempt letter, including tax identification number; and most recent 990, 990N filing or similar documentation. Your application, including cover sheet, narrative, and budget, may not exceed six pages. Letters of commitment are preferred to letters of support, but are not required, and do not count against your 6 page maximum.

What if we are a municipality and do not have a 990 or 990N?

Please submit similar documentation.

Where can I get further information?

Questions or concerns may be directed to GLHA Executive Director Kerrie D’Entremont.