adVentures in Philanthropy: An Innovation Challenge for Non-Profits Serving Concord and Carlisle

The Concord Carlisle Community Chest has been growing new ideas in philanthropy since 1947.  To continue this work and bring greater public awareness to innovative initiatives, we have created a new funding opportunity titled adVentures in Philanthropy:  An Innovation Challenge for Non-Profits Serving Concord and Carlisle This inaugural grant program will celebrate and support innovative ideas addressing human service needs in our community.

The Opportunity

501c3 organizations or programs with a fiscal sponsor are invited to submit requests for funding of new initiatives. Up to three finalists will be selected and will present their concepts at a community-wide event.  At the event, a panel of judges comprised of community leaders and non-profit executives will decide the distribution of up to $30,000 from the Chest’s Cornerstone Fund to the three finalists.

Project Requirements

adVentures grants will be awarded to new projects that address specific community needs and fall outside of the Community Chest’s annual grant-making process, which primarily supports established, ongoing efforts.  Funding for both capital and programming expenses will be considered.

Specifically we are looking for projects that:

  • Address particular human services needs in our community;
  • Are well-defined and have clear objectives;
  • Are innovative in nature.

Process Overview

Completed applications are due Monday, November 14, 2016.  Members of the Cornerstone Committee will review all submitted applications and meet with selected organizations to review and discuss proposals.

Up to three finalists will be announced on Monday, January 16, 2017.  The three finalist organizations will then present their ideas to the community at our adVentures in Philanthropy event at The Fenn School on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 (finalists will be provided with more detailed information about this event.)  At the event, questions from the judges panel will be taken with the panel of judges deciding on the distribution of up to $30,000 among the three organizations.

Finalists will not be allowed to submit grant requests to the adVenture program in future years, this is a one-time only award to an organization, but are encouraged to continue working with the Community Chest to determine if other funding avenues are appropriate.  Programs not selected for funding are allowed to submit requests through the adVenture program in future years.

Community Event: Wednesday, March 8@7:30

The Fenn School, 516 Monument Street, Concord

Join us for an evening celebrating the innovative work non-profits are doing in our community.

THREE FINALISTS have been selected to present their ideas to a panel of COMMUNITY LEADERS and non-profit executives for the chance to secure a share of up to $30,000 in funding from the Chest’s Cornerstone Fund to LAUNCH THEIR INITIATIVE.


The event will include both an adult and student FAN FAVORITE.  Adults and students will have an opportunity to vote and award your favorite presenting non-profit $1,000!

Register HERE For This Free Community Event; All Are Welcome

Submitting Your Application

  1. Email the completed application as a Microsoft Word document to Include adVentures in Philanthropy in the subject line.


  1. Drop off or mail one copy of your application. If you are tax exempt, include your most recent audit/or financial statements and your IRS 501(c)(3) tax determination letter.

To:    Concord-Carlisle Community Chest
19 Main Street, Suite 2
Concord, MA 01742

Both the hard copy and emailed versions must be received by 5:00 pm on November 14, 2016