Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL) is pleased to announce its Competitive, Capacity Building and Ad Hoc Grants for 2023. Organizations that received grants are either town agencies or nonprofits, and all focus on one of CEL’s four funding areas: Arts and Culture, Community Building, Health and Human Services, and the Environment.

Since its founding in 2014, CEL has awarded 93 grants totaling more than $450,000 to over fifty organizations that bring vibrant and meaningful programs to Lexington.

“We’re pleased CEL can make it possible for these community-based initiatives to move forward,” says CEL co-chair Ann Boese.

“Congratulations to all of the 2023 grantees,” adds Mary Ann Sorel, CEL co-chair. “They’ve demonstrated they have innovative and well-designed plans, and we look forward to seeing them contribute to our community.”

CEL’s 2023 grant funding will support:

  • Association of Black Citizens of Lexington – 2023 Ad Hoc Grant – Celebrating Black musicians, composers and activists.
  • BINA Farm Center – 2022-23 Capacity Building Grant – Funding for this inclusive therapeutic and recreation program improves its participant and volunteer data management system.
  • Chinese American Association of Lexington (CAAL) – 2022-23 Capacity Building Grant for information infrastructure, organization development as a foundation for next 10 years.
  • LexFarm – Partial funding to build a 4-season geodesic dome to use as an indoor gathering space for programs.

If interested in learning more about CEL by donating and/or volunteering, please contact Ann Boese at

About the Community Endowment of Lexington

The Community Endowment of Lexington (CEL), an endowed fund of the Foundation for MetroWest, enhances the quality of life for Lexington citizens. CEL awards grants to nonprofits and town agencies working in the areas of health and human services, arts and culture, the environment, and community building; provides ways for donors to give back and leave a legacy; and encourages innovative and collaborative solutions to issues facing Lexington, MA. Learn more at

About the Foundation for MetroWest

Established in 1995, the Foundation for MetroWest is the only community foundation serving the 33 cities and towns in the region. The Foundation promotes philanthropy in the region, helps donors maximize the impact of their local giving, serves as a resource for local nonprofits and enhances the quality of life for all residents. Since inception, the Foundation has granted $16 million to charitable organizations and currently stewards more than $23 million in charitable assets for current needs and future impact. To learn more, visit or call 508-647-2260.

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  1. Just finished reading your article about the Community Endowment of Lexington’s 2023 grants, and I couldn’t help but feel inspired by the incredible work they’re doing. It’s fantastic to see organizations like this stepping up to support the local community and make a real difference in people’s lives.

    The grants mentioned in your article seem to cover a wide range of areas, from education and health to arts and culture. It’s impressive how the Community Endowment is addressing such diverse needs and ensuring that no aspect of the community is overlooked. The funds allocated for educational programs will undoubtedly benefit students and teachers alike, fostering a brighter future for the next generation.

    I was particularly touched by the grants aimed at supporting mental health initiatives. Mental well-being is such a crucial aspect of overall health, and it’s reassuring to see the Community Endowment recognizing its significance. The funding for mental health resources will undoubtedly help individuals in need, providing them with the necessary support and resources to overcome their challenges. It’s heartwarming to know that there are organizations out there working tirelessly to ensure that no one is left behind.

    Overall, your article shed light on the incredible work being done by the Community Endowment of Lexington. It’s evident that they are making a significant impact on the local community, and I commend them for their dedication and generosity. Keep up the great work in bringing attention to these inspiring initiatives, and I look forward to reading more of your articles in the future!

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