$100K for 100 Program

Cummings Foundation Inc.

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Grant amount: US $100,000

Next deadline: Oct 1, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry)

Later deadlines: Feb 15, 2020 2:00pm PST (Full proposal)

Applicant type: Indigenous Group Government Entity Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program, General Operating Expense

Location of project: Counties in Massachusetts: Essex County, Middlesex County, Suffolk County

Location of residency: Counties in Massachusetts: Essex County, Middlesex County, Suffolk County

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$100K for 100 Program

Cummings Foundation awards $10 million each year through its $100K for 100 grant program. This place-based philanthropic initiative primarily supports nonprofits in the Massachusetts counties where the Foundation and its founders originally derived their funds and where staff and clients of the Cummings organization live – Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk County.

Begun in 2012 as a pilot program with 60 grants, $100K for 100 has since announced 100 grants of $100,000 each, annually. Most grants are disbursed over two to five years, depending on the size and needs of the organization. Through $100K for 100 and its other grant programs, the Foundation has awarded more than $170 million in recent years.

Priority Funding Areas - Causes

The $100K for 100 program will fund a wide variety of local causes, especially including human services, education, healthcare, and social justice. 

To ensure that funds benefit a wide variety of causes, the Foundation limits the number of grants awarded each year to independent organizations affiliated with the same national organization (e.g., Boys & Girls Clubs, YMCA).

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • The $100K for 100 program primarily seeks to support nonprofits in Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties in Massachusetts.
    • Applicants should not only be headquartered in but also provide at least 80 percent of their services in this tri-county area. 
  • A grant recipient will be eligible to apply for an additional grant after all the requirements below have been satisfied.
    • All previous Cummings Foundation grants to that organization have been fully disbursed, and at least one "gap year" has passed during which the organization did not receive $100K for 100 funding. (i.e., A recipient may not submit an LOI during the same calender year that it receives its final grant installment, but it may submit an LOI the following year)
    • A minimum of three years has passed since the previous grant was awarded (e.g., a winner of a grant awarded in 2017 will be eligible to apply again no sooner than the 2020 grant cycle, for which LOIs will open in summer 2019).
    • All requirements stipulated in the prior Grant Agreement, including the completion of annual Impact Reports, have been fulfilled by the recipient organization.


  • Priority is given to cities and towns where the Cummings organization operates commercial real estate, and where many of its staff members and clients live.
    • The Foundation may sometimes give special consideration to organizations based elsewhere in the tri-county area that propose introducing programming or services in these communities, especially Woburn.s.


  • A charity that is based in this region and has programs in other states or countries, will not generally be considered for funding.
  • While not in any way minimizing the value or importance of organizations focused on the arts (including dance, music, and theater), culture, athletics, or the preservation of land or historic buildings, these areas are not among this program's priorities.
  • Additionally, animal welfare organizations are not typically considered for these grants, as the Foundation already supports animals in a significant way through the ongoing fulfillment of a more than $70 million commitment to Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University.
  • $100K for 100 will not generally consider requests for:
    • Endowments
    • Medical research
    • Scholarship funds
    • Religious endeavors
    • Relatively new entities or initiatives
    • Political, legislative, or lobbying organizations
    • Individuals or debt reduction, no matter how worthy
    • Organizations that do not regularly file IRS Form 990
    • Major capital campaigns, unless very near completion
    • Very large organizations already supported by robust endowments
    • Nonprofits that primarily serve other nonprofits, such as with management assistance
    • Organizations with the primary purpose of raising funds to distribute to individuals or other organizations
    • Organizations that do not have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code
    • National or regional organizations, or local branches thereof that do not have an EIN separate from that of the larger entity
    • Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, etc.
    • Municipalities (including requests for public schools, police departments, etc.), except for the 11 communities in which the Cummings organization operates commercial properties
    • Primary and secondary schools, except for those located in the 11 communities in which the Cummings organization operates.
      • Schools in these priority communities will typically not be considered, however, if they charge significant tuition.