Clipper Ship Foundation Grant

Clipper Ship Foundation

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Next anticipated deadline: Dec 9, 2020 (Pre proposal)

Later anticipated deadlines: Feb 28, 2021 (Full proposal)

Grant amount: US $25,000 - US $100,000

Fields of work: Homelessness Services Child Foster Care & Adoption Services Children’s Mental Health Children With Disabilities Career/College Preparation Vocational & Trade Education Juvenile Justice Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

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

Location of project: Counties in Massachusetts: Barnstable County, Essex County, Middlesex County, Norfolk County, Plymouth County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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About this funder:




The Clipper Ship Foundation was founded in 1979 by David Parmely Weatherhead. The Foundation makes grants to federally tax-qualified nonprofit organizations offering critical services to individuals living in Greater Boston (cities and towns lying on or within Route 128) and the cities of Lawrence and Brockton. The Foundation focuses its grant activities in the areas of housing and shelter, foster care, and opportunity youth.

Clipper Ship Foundation Grant

The Clipper Ship Foundation aims to improve the lives of society’s most vulnerable populations. Towards that end, the Foundation supports nonprofit organizations serving individuals living in Greater Boston (defined as cities and towns on or within Route 128) and the cities of Lawrence and Brockton.

The Foundation’s priority funding areas focus on the following:

Housing and shelter

Target population: Individuals and families experiencing or at risk for homelessness

Examples of target impacts:

  • increased availability of, and expanded access to, affordable housing
  • reduced displacement of cost-burdened and at-risk households
  • increased capacity and enhancement of emergency shelters
  • operation of transitional shelters and housing for youth, immigrants & refugees, persons recovering from addictions, survivors of domestic violence, and other affected populations
  • provision of independent and/or assisted living housing or hospice care for the elderly poor and terminally ill

Foster care

Target population: Youth entering, currently in, or aging out of foster care

Examples of target impacts:

  • The best possible placement of youth in appropriate homes/settings,
  • Support for youth in foster care and their foster families, and
  • Improved outcomes for youth in and exiting foster care, including higher rates of adoption, better health care, higher rates of educational attainment and increased connection to employment

Opportunity youth

Target population: Youth ages 16-24 who are neither employed nor in school

Examples of target impacts:

  • Acquisition of educational/skills credentials as a component of a futures pathway
  • Successful transition to adult life for youth with disabilities
  • Stabilized housing
  • Mental health treatment
  • Reduced recidivism
  • Substance abuse remediation

Organizations may apply for funding in only one of the three target areas.

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


  • Geographic focus:
    • Organizations serving individuals living in Greater Boston (defined as cities and towns on or within Route 128), or the cities of Lawrence or Brockton, are eligible to apply.
  • Nonprofit status:
    • Applicants must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and remain in good standing with the IRS.
  • Organization size:
    • Clipper Ship considers funding requests from organizations with annual operating budgets of any size, but anticipates awarding most of available grant funding to organizations with annual operating budgets smaller than $5 million.


  • The Foundation evaluates organizations and their funding requests based upon their potential for achieving tangible impact. In reviewing funding requests, the Foundation considers the organization’s:
    • track record of success and experience, and the expertise of its leadership and key staff members;
    • service delivery model and commitment to addressing the needs of its constituents and the underlying causes of these needs;
    • client impact objectives for the next 3-5 years (including demonstrating management’s plan for achieving them);
    • ability to demonstrate integrated strategic and financial planning to predict the proposal’s viability and intended impacts; and
    • ability to carry out the proposed program and achieve the intended impacts.


  • The Clipper Ship Foundation does not fund:
    • Religious programs,
    • Hospitals,
    • Higher Education,
    • Research,
    • Scholarships,
    • Fellowships,
    • Student loans or travel,
    • Writing or publishing of books, articles, or mass media
    • Campaigns for endowment funds, or
    • Expenses related to conferences or conventions.