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Cornerstone Initiative

Grant-Based Funding

The Cornerstone Initiative was established in 1995 as a source of grant-based and special funding with a special focus on serving youth and seniors, specifically for pilot or innovative programs.

The Cornerstone Initiative Innovation grants are a renewed commitment to address important needs in our community in new and creative ways. If you are seeking funding for a start-up, new, or innovative project, we welcome ideas on an ongoing basis. Click here for more information.

Examples of projects funded:

  • Community Skate Park at Concord-Carlisle High School
  • Concord-Carlisle High School Teen Mental Health
  • Concord Integrated Preschool Playground
  • Movable Hoop House at Gaining Ground
  • Concord Police Officer Training
  • CC at Play Fields

And in 2022, we were pleased to have awarded a total of $35,762 to the following five organizations: CCACE, Cooperative Elder Services, First Connections, Metrowest Legal Services, Open Table.


Organizations interested in learning more about this fund should contact Jennifer Ubaldino

The Cornerstone Initiative Scholarship of The Community Chest: Advancing Racial Justice and Equity

Launched in January 2021, the Cornerstone Initiative Scholarship is given to candidates who have demonstrated interest in, experience in or commitment to racial justice, equity, or working with historically underserved or underprivileged populations. This experience or commitment can be demonstrated through their school experiences, community service experiences, or their future college and career plans and aspirations. If an applicant is not available that meets this criteria, The Scholarship Fund will make the award to otherwise eligible “best fit” candidates.

To learn more about the Scholarship, please contact Jennifer Ubaldino

Collectively, the Community Chest distributed $593,451 back into our towns in 2022-2023!
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