Grants for Nonprofits Serving Disabled in Massachusetts
Grants for Nonprofits Serving Disabled in Massachusetts
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Coca-Cola Foundation Community Support Grants
The Coca Cola Foundation Inc
The Coca-Cola Foundation is our company's primary international philanthropic arm.
Since its inception in 1984, The Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 billion in grants to support sustainable community initiatives around the world.
Giving Back to Communities
The Coca-Cola Foundation, the independent philanthropic arm of The Coca-Cola Company, is committed to a charitable giving strategy that makes a difference in communities around the world. In 2021, The Coca-Cola Foundation contributed $109.2 million to approximately 350 organizations globally.
Read more about our priorities in the 2021 Business & Environmental, Social and Governance Report.
Hearst Foundations Grants
Hearst Foundations' Mission
The Hearst Foundations identify and fund outstanding nonprofits to ensure that people of all backgrounds in the United States have the opportunity to build healthy, productive and inspiring lives.
Hearst Foundations' Goals
The Foundations seek to achieve their mission by funding approaches that result in:
- Improved health and quality of life
- Access to high quality educational options to promote increased academic achievement
- Arts and sciences serving as a cornerstone of society
- Sustainable employment and productive career paths for adults
- Stabilizing and supporting families
The Hearst Foundations support well-established nonprofit organizations that address significant issues within their major areas of interests – culture, education, health and social service – and that primarily serve large demographic and/or geographic constituencies. In each area of funding, the Foundations seek to identify those organizations achieving truly differentiated results relative to other organizations making similar efforts for similar populations. The Foundations also look for evidence of sustainability beyond their support.
The Hearst Foundations fund cultural institutions that offer meaningful programs in the arts and sciences, prioritizing those which enable engagement by young people and create a lasting and measurable impact. The Foundations also fund select programs nurturing and developing artistic talent.
Types of Support: Program, capital and, on a limited basis, general and endowment support
The Hearst Foundations fund educational institutions demonstrating uncommon success in preparing students to thrive in a global society. The Foundations’ focus is largely on higher education, but they also fund innovative models of early childhood and K-12 education, as well as professional development.
Types of Support: Program, scholarship, capital and, on a limited basis, general and endowment support
The Hearst Foundations assist leading regional hospitals, medical centers and specialized medical institutions providing access to high-quality healthcare for low-income populations. In response to the shortage of healthcare professionals necessary to meet the country’s evolving needs, the Foundations also fund programs designed to enhance skills and increase the number of practitioners and educators across roles in healthcare. Because the Foundations seek to use their funds to create a broad and enduring impact on the nation’s health, support for medical research and the development of young investigators is also considered.
Types of Support: Program, capital and, on a limited basis, endowment support
The Hearst Foundations fund direct-service organizations that tackle the roots of chronic poverty by applying effective solutions to the most challenging social and economic problems. The Foundations prioritize supporting programs that have proven successful in facilitating economic independence and in strengthening families. Preference is also given to programs with the potential to scale productive practices in order to reach more people in need.
Types of Support: Program, capital and general support
People's United Bank Charitable Foundation Grant
People's United Community Foundation
People’s United Community Foundation and People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts support the communities where People’s United Bank branches are located. Through grants for nonprofit programs and services, their overall mission is to:
- Enhance the quality of life for residents
- Promote the economic development and well-being of neighborhoods
- Support the educational and developmental needs of children and youth.
People’s United Community Foundation awards grants to nonprofit organizations that align with our primary areas of focus and giving priorities of economic stability, employment, education, and housing:
Affordable Housing Development
People’s United Community Foundation supports programs that create affordable housing opportunities and the development and sustaining of safe, clean and desirable neighborhoods:
- Nonprofit organizations that directly develop affordable housing or assist developers which create affordable housing, through rehabilitation, new construction and/or neighborhood revitalization efforts.
- Community loan funds
- State and national programs, operating within our footprint, that serve as developers of affordable housing
- Supportive and transitional housing for homeless, low-income and those with disabilities or special needs
- Closing costs and down-payment assistance programs
- First-time homebuyer education
- Homeownership counseling and foreclosure prevention programs
People's United Community Foundation supports programs and services that address basic needs and encourage financial independence and self-sufficiency for low- to moderate-income residents; as well as activities which promote economic development in low-income neighborhoods. Funding priorities include:
- Basic needs services
- Initiatives that transition people from assistance to independence
- Financial literacy Programs
- Education, including ESL, certification and degree programs
- Programs that promote economic stability and self-sufficiency
- Small business development and entrepreneurial programs
- Workforce development, job skills training and job placement programs
People’s United Community Foundation supports programs and services that address the need for educational improvement and academic advancement of children and youth, especially within low- to moderate- income communities and school districts.Funding priorities include:
- Academic improvement and advancement programs
- Accredited early childhood development, school readiness, and Headstart programs
- College and SAT preparation programs
- Career exploration and internship programs
- ESL and literacy programs
- Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) programs
People’s United Community Foundation distributes grants in the communities where People’s United Bank branches are located, including cities and towns throughout Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts*, Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.
*If your organization is located and/or operating programs and services within Massachusetts, first check the cities and towns listed for People’s United Community Foundation of Eastern Massachusetts.
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation
Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Grant
The Foundation will consider requests to support museums, cultural and performing arts programs; schools and hospitals; educational, skills-training and other programs for youth, seniors, and persons with disabilities; environmental and wildlife protection activities; and other community-based organizations and programs.
Community Experts Fund
Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation
NOTE: All applicants will be contacted after they submit their application to schedule a 20-minute zoom interview. Calls will be scheduled on a rolling basis as applications are received. All calls must be completed by August 5th.
The Tower Foundation is a family foundation that helps children, adolescents, and young people affected by intellectual disabilities, learning disabilities, mental health issues, and/or substance use disorders. Our goal is to improve the lives of young people in our geographic footprint of Erie and Niagara Counties in Western New York, and Barnstable, Dukes, Essex, and Nantucket Counties in Eastern Massachusetts.
Community Experts Fund
This grant initiative has been developed by the Tower Foundation’s Advisory Team, an eleven-member group of young adults with lived expertise relating to the Foundation’s funding areas. The Advisory Team will direct its funding toward programs (new or existing) that deliver mentoring and coaching in support of self-advocacy, or counseling in support of mental health. Advisory Team members will take the lead in both the review of applications and the approval of grant awards for this initiative.
The design and administration of this grant opportunity is spearheaded by young adults with ties to the communities where services will be delivered. Their engagement in the grantmaking process both amplifies community voice and informs grantmaking with the concerns, insights, and priorities of the young people that are the focus of the work. This fund is focused on supporting costs and activities that make services for youth more accessible, more engaging, and more sustainable for your organization.
Applicants may apply for any amount up to $20,000. The Advisory Team has a total of $100,000 available to award. Your request may include 20% overhead.
Somerville Health Foundation Grant
Somerville Health Foundation
The Somerville Health Foundation, Inc. (SHF) was established on June 26, 1996 in the Affiliation Agreement executed by Somerville Hospital and the Cambridge Hospital when those hospitals merged. Under the terms of the Agreement, Somerville Hospital incorporated a new nonprofit corporation known as the Somerville Health Foundation, Inc.
The SHF has two main purposes.
- Promote and support the provision of primary care and preventive health services accessible to the residents of the City of Somerville, Massachusetts
- Promote and support educational, research and outreach programs that will improve the delivery and accessibility of primary care and preventive health services to the residents of the City of Somerville, Massachusetts.
It is the Foundation’s goal to provide financial resources for projects or activities which will enable it to fulfill these purposes.
SHF PRIORITY AREAS FOR 2022 - 2023 FUNDING
The Foundation invites proposals for projects that relate to its major purposes as stated above. The priority for funding support is programs/projects with a prime emphasis on root causes of disease, health equity and/or health disparities, systemic racism, and serving vulnerable populations among Somerville residents.
Examples might include projects that address:
- Protective factors to reduce substance use disorder and/or decrease violence;
- Mental and emotional health promotion and/or stress prevention, suicide prevention;
- Physical activity and food/nutrition programming, infrastructure and/or policy work related to obesity prevention and reduction of diabetes and/or cardiovascular disease;
- Chronic disease and disability prevention, based on Somerville health outcomes indicating respiratory disease (asthma and COPD), digestive diseases, cancer, living with a disability, and dental health factors impacting the health of residents;
- Impacts of Covid-19, health access/health literacy, vaccine access.
Projects that align with multiple priorities are strongly encouraged. Collaborative approaches will receive priority consideration.
Greater Lawrence Community Fund Grant
Essex County Community Foundation
Greater Lawrence Community Fund Grant Guidelines
The Greater Lawrence Community Fund (formerly Merrimack Valley General Fund) provides program support for nonprofit organizations serving four communities in the Greater Lawrence community of Massachusetts.
The Greater Lawrence Community Fund directs support to essential needs in four communities in Greater Lawrence: Lawrence, Methuen, Andover and North Andover with a focus on the city of Lawrence. These needs include: hunger, clothing, shelter and education. Shelter is defined as affordable housing or shelter programs, but not actual construction projects. The GLCF Grants Committee looks favorably on collaborative projects.
When reviewing proposals, the GLCF Grants Committee considers:
- Programs that meet a documented need, are well planned and include evaluation procedures
- Organizations that have the capacity to support the proposed project and have a sound financial plan.
- Projects that offer the most significant impact for the contribution dollar.
- The project’s potential impact on the participants.
- The needs of the target population.
- Potential for continuation or impact beyond the grant period.
Proposals should demonstrate how the requested funds will be used directly in the program itself or in the building of the organization's physical or governing capacity.
Usually grants are made for specific programs or activities with objectives that can be assessed within a one-year grant period. General operating support is sometimes provided to small organizations.
One-year grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 are awarded.
Local Cultural Council Grant Program
Mass Cultural Council
Local Cultural Council Program
The Local Cultural Council (LCC) Program is the largest grassroots cultural funding network in the nation supporting thousands of community-based projects in the arts, humanities, and sciences annually.
The program promotes the availability of rich cultural experiences for every Massachusetts citizen.
Administered by 2,400 municipally appointed volunteers, the LCC network consists of 329 councils serving all 351 Massachusetts cities and towns. Each year, local councils award more than $3 million in grants to more than 5,000 cultural programs statewide. These include school field trips, afterschool programs, concerts, festivals, lectures, theater, dance, music, and film. LCC projects take place in schools, community centers, libraries, elder care facilities, town halls, parks, and wherever communities come together.
Types of grants
Applicants may apply to the LCC Program for projects, operating support, ticket subsidy programs, field trips, artist residencies, fellowships or other activities, based on local priorities and needs. Local councils may also choose to fund cultural field trips for children, grades pre-K through 12, by subsidizing the cost for children to attend programs in the arts, humanities and interpretive sciences (including performances, educational tours and exhibits)
Applicants may apply for grants for programs that take place during an 18 month window of eligibility between July 1, preceding the application deadline in October, through December 31 of the following year. This means that applicants may apply for projects that have already happened or which happen prior to LCCs' grant announcements, with the knowledge that funding is not guaranteed. LCCs are authorized to establish a smaller window of eligibility; if they chose to do so, the date range will be posted in their council priorities.
Local cultural councils use the first three rules listed below in the review of all funding decisions. All three rules are equally important. Additionally, councils have the option of developing local review criteria and may decide how to weigh their importance:
- Arts, Humanities, and Sciences
- Public Benefit
- Local Criteria
Arts, Humanities, and Sciences
LCC funds may only be used to support programs in the arts, humanities, and sciences in Massachusetts. This definition includes the study, pursuit, performance, exhibition, and appreciation of cultural activities in the broadest sense.
How does MCC define the arts, humanities, and/or interpretive sciences?
- Arts refer to the creation of work in the crafts and performing, visual, media, folk, design, literary, and inter-disciplinary arts. In addition, they also include the presentation and preservation of, and education about works in these disciplines.
- Humanities are types of learning that deal with human values and aspirations, human thought and culture, language, and creativity. Examples include, but are not limited to, history, social studies, philosophy, criticism, and literature.
- Sciences are types of learning that deal with nature, science, and technology in ways that explain how they relate to people's lives. Some organizations that conduct this type of activity include aquariums, botanical gardens, nature centers, natural history museums, planetariums, and science centers.
LCC funds must be used to support activities that contribute to the cultural vitality of the community as a whole, rather than benefiting any private individual or group. However, this does not mean that a large crowd of people needs to participate in order to satisfy the public benefit requirement. For example, an artist working with a small group of teens is a valid public benefit. Whenever possible, activities funded by LCCs should be available to the general public by exhibit, performance, demonstration, reading, or other means.
In accordance with state law, LCCs may not discriminate against applicants on the basis of race, gender, religious creed, color, national origin, ancestry, disability, sexual orientation or age, nor may they fund projects that discriminate on the basis of these attributes.
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requires that persons with disabilities have access to public programs or services on an equal basis with the rest of the general public. Furthermore, federal law mandates that any programs or service that receives federal or state funding must be accessible to persons with disabilities. Therefore, all events and programs funded by the LCCs must be accessible to persons with disabilities, including the facility or event location as well as the content of the program.
LCCs are authorized to develop additional criteria and may give different weight to their criteria in order to reflect local concerns and community cultural needs.
Bruce J. Anderson Foundation Grant Program
Boston Foundation Inc
The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation provides grants for preventive programs, direct services, and new initiatives in the fields of mental health (treatment, research and suicide prevention focused on young adults), environmental protection, historic and archival preservation, and the arts.
The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation focuses its grantmaking in two geographical areas of Massachusetts:
- Cape Ann (specifically, the communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester)
- Nashoba Valley (specifically, the communities of Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend.
Requests are sought in the $2,500 to $12,000 range. Grant funds are available to support activities that occur after July 1, 2022. Please note that the Board of Directors favors:
- Programs that will serve a wide segment of the community and assist those who are not served adequately by existing resources.
- Demonstration projects that provide practical approaches for dealing with specific problems, and
- Programs where the Foundation’s contribution is likely to leverage additional support.
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