Bruce J. Anderson Foundation Grant Program

The Boston Foundation

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Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $12,000

Anticipated deadline: Feb 8, 2020 8:59pm PST

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

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

Location of residency: United States

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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. Grants, which range from $5,000 to $12,000, are made for organizations and activities focused on two geographical areas: Cape Ann and Nashoba Valley. 

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


  • To be eligible for support, your organization must be a 501(c)(3) public charity or operate under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit.
    • In addition, you must be primarily serving the people of Greater Boston, with the exception of regional, statewide or national public policy efforts that may benefit a substantial portion of the Greater Boston community.
  • An eligible organization must be operated and organized so that it does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or the provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability.
  • Organizations that have received a multi-year grant will generally be expected to take at least one year off before submitting another application. 
  •  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)
    • The communities of Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend.


  • We are most interested in supporting organizations with a track record of collaboration and collaborative groups of agencies working together to address significant community needs.
  • We place a high priority on organizations that are able to clearly articulate organizational goals, present a clear plan for achieving results and track outcomes and impact on the people and communities served.
  • 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.


  • In general, organizations are not eligible to receive more than one type of funding from the Foundation concurrently.
  • Organizations that are denied funding through a competitive grants process may not re-apply until 12 months after its most recent denial letter from the Foundation.
  • The Foundation does not make grants for capital construction costs, endowments, medical or academic research, scholarships, sectarian or religious purposes, or to support candidates for political office.
  • Private non-operating foundations, 509(c)(4) organizations, and Section 509(a)(3) Type III Non-functionally Integrated organizations are not eligible to apply.
  • The Board does not customarily make grants for:
    • Scholarships or loans
    • Conferences or films, and/or
    • Religious programs
  • Nor does the Foundation make grants to individuals.