LZF Grants

Growing the Grassroots

An LZF grant is often the first step – a chance to turn a vision into a sustainable reality. Awarded to small, non-profit organizations with limited ability to raise other funds, general operating and program grants range between $1,000 and $20,000 per year. Grants may be renewed for up to five years.

How to Apply

Our Impact Since 1995

23 years providing opportunity, safety, and equity

for thousands throughout Massachusetts

grants awarded since our founding

Health Promotion and Accessibility for All

Organizing and Support for Immigrants & Refugees

current grantees

Child and Youth Developement & Education

Civil and Human Rights Advocacy and Support

dollars given to community-based organizations dedicated to social justice

Access to Food, Housing, and Economic Security

Violence Prevention, Criminal Justice Reform, and Family Outreach

The value of an LZF grant far exceeds the amount of a check.

LZF strengthens its grantees by providing a variety of learning opportunities and services that are usually unaffordable for smaller organizations.


Free day-long conferences help current and former grant recipients to negotiate the challenges of the non-profit world.


LZF frequently offers free, interactive seminars facilitated by experts in the field. Topics have included: Corporate Governance for Nonprofits, Learning About Donor Advised Funds, and Navigating Insurance Risks and Rewards.


The opportunity to meet and learn from other like-minded community leaders is one of the most valuable parts of the LZF grantee experience. The exchange of ideas, resources, and support creates lasting relationships and strong community ties.

Pro bono legal assistance

Legal assistance is often necessary and always expensive. Through our partners, DLA Piper and The Lawyers Clearinghouse, LZF can provide all current and former grantees with free or low-cost legal guidance.

Leadership counseling

Whether seeking advice on management, board development or donor stewardship, LZF staff members are always available to help grant recipients resolve problems and build confidence.

Access to experts

Board members, donors, and other supporters are eager to share their expertise with grant recipients.

How to Apply

The Lenny Zakim Fund makes grants for program, capacity building and general operating purposes. All applicants submit full proposals. After a preliminary review, LZF performs extensive due diligence by visiting every program that it considers and then makes final allocation decisions. All grant recipients must submit written and financial evaluations at the completion of each grant cycle.

The Lenny Zakim Fund will release our 2019 application on May 15th. To express interest in the 2019 cycle and get notified when application materials are released, please sign up here.

LZF’s application is hosted on Fluidreview at https://lzf.fluidreview.com/

Please review our grant guidelines here. You do not have to attend a conference call in order to begin your application. If you cannot make a conference call, please contact Jeannette at jandre@thelennyzakimfund.org.

Grant Cycle Key Dates

May 15, 2018LZF Application is Released
May 24, 20181st Grant Cycle Informational Call at 1:00 pm register
June 7, 20182nd Grant Cycle Informational Call at 3:00 pm register
June 13, 20183rd Grant Cycle Informational Call at 8:00 am register
July 11, 20184th Grant Cycle Information Call at 5:30 pm register
July 16, 2018Grants are due at 5:00 pm
Early SeptemberBoard review and invitations for site visits, meetings and calls go out
September - DecemberSite visits, phone calls & meetings
1st week in JanuaryNotification of final grant selection
1st week in FebruaryAward Ceremony