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MassDevelopment Announces Grants for Community Health Centers Statewide, including the Lowell Community Health Center

May 2, 2021 : Merrimack Valley Magazine, by Kristin Cole

MassDevelopment has awarded grants totaling $273,488 to six community health centers across Massachusetts through its Community Health Center Grant Program. The program offers grants of up to $50,000 each to fund capital improvement projects including construction, renovation, equipment, furniture, technology-related projects, and other facility needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Community Health Center Grant Program is funded by the MassDevelopment/HEFA Trust. MassDevelopment offers other financing options to community health centers, including tax-exempt bond financing and TechDollars, a loan program to help nonprofits purchase and install technology equipment.

The Lowell Community Health Center has received $50,000 in funding from these grants. The center has served the communities of greater Lowell since 1970 by providing access to high-quality, affordable health care for children and adults of all ages. It has grown to include many specialty services in addition to comprehensive primary health care, dental services, and eye care. Funds will support the health center’s transition to the 3CX Communications System. 3CX’s multichannel communication system offers a flexible platform that will enhance practice efficiencies and improve patient access, helping meet demand and evolve the organization’s patient facility with technology beyond the conventional phone call.