Community Endowment of Lexington

The spirit of giving is strong in Lexington.

The Community Endowment of Lexington supports organizations that are working to create solutions for current needs and implementing new ideas that will improve Lexington now and in the future. It encourages grant applications from nonprofit organizations and public agencies that bring innovative thinking to big issues and small ones.


2017 Grant Program Timeline

Date Event
January 26, 2017, 9:00 AM     Town Agency and Nonprofit Convening, Lexington Community Center
February 3, 2017 Application closed
March 17, 2017 Grant submission deadline
June 13, 2017 Grant Awards Ceremony


  • Nonprofit organizations that serve the Lexington community, as well as Town of Lexington boards, commissions and departments are eligible.
  • Organizations that are not Town of Lexington boards, commissions or departments must be recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Groups with viable ideas, but not yet of 501(c)(3) status may have an eligible fiscal sponsor.
  • Applicant's purpose and programs must serve the Lexington community.
  • Maximum grant amount is $10,000.


Focus Areas

  • Health and Human Services/Support: CEL supports programs that assist families and youth, help underserved populations, and create pathways to overall quality of life. Please note that CEL does not generally grant to programs focused solely on seniors because of other foundation funding available in Lexington directed specifically to this population. 
  • Arts & Culture: CEL supports organizations that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community, promote the visual & performing arts, and work to preserve the historic character of Lexington.
  • Environment: CEL supports programs that preserve the natural resources of the town and promote environmental awareness, education, and engagement.
  • Community Building: CEL supports programs that increase volunteerism and community involvement, strengthen civic engagement, and emphasize collaborations that enhance community initiatives. 



  • Proposals should fall within our focus areas of Health and Human Services, Arts and Culture, Ecological Well-Being or Community Building.
  • Proposals are encouraged to focus on strategic innovations that incorporate collaboration and cooperation, create needed efficiency, and reduce duplication of services.  Collaborations may take place with other nonprofit organizations and/or with for-profit entities.
  • Proposals of strongest interest will clearly state:
    • The issue, program, or problem being addressed
    • Who will benefit, and how lives will be changed for the better
    • A clear definition of how funds will be spent
    • The budget for the program
    • A method to track progress and results
    • The plan for sustained support going forward, if applicable

To learn more about Community Endowment of Lexington's grant recipients, click here.