Funding Priorities

We envision families weathering the storms of life, nurturing and supporting each other while facing challenges.  Toward that vision, The Linden Foundation funds nonprofit organizations that strengthen families facing multiple hardships that affect their well-being.  

Our preference is to fund community-based organizations that offer comprehensive programs that build family resiliency, involve multiple family members, and provide sustained support.

The Foundation has three funding strategies:

1. Family Relationships: Support entire families through programs that nurture, build, and strengthen family relationships. Particular areas of interest include:
- Educational programs that build mediation skills, parenting skills, relationship building skills, stress management skills, connections to a community of peers

2. Economic Stability and Mobility: Help families increase economic stability and mobility through programs that make it feasible for family members to become and remain employed as well as move onto a career pathway that offers a living wage. Areas of interest include:
- Workforce development / Job training / Entrepreneurial assistance
- Financial literacy and education 
- Quality child care, when provided in conjunction with an educational program for parents. (Note: Stand alone child care programs are not eligible.)

3. Housing Opportunities: Increase and preserve housing opportunities for families facing housing instability by providing:
- Operating support for organizations that provide transitional housing, supportive housing with social services, and/or permanently affordable housing for very low income (below 30% of median income)
- Case management to find or sustain housing
- Emergency or short-term financial assistance to enable families to stay in existing housing 

Direct Client Assistance:

For all three funding strategies, a portion of the grant request, up to 25%, may include direct cash assistance to clients for food, medical care, transportation, housing, utilities, and other necessities to help families address unexpected challenges.

  Eligibility and Geographic Focus

All applicants must be non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations, generally serving communities in need of greater economic investment, in the following areas:

  • Massachusetts: the North Shore area, especially Gloucester, Lynn, and Salem, and the Merrimack Valley area, especially Haverhill, Methuen, Lawrence and Lowell.

  • New Hampshire: the Lakes Region and northern New Hampshire, the Capital region, and Greater Manchester.