Foundation / Corporation
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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in eligible counties for community services. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to applying. Organizations must operate within Essex, Middlesex, or Suffolk Counties. Funding is intended for projects in education, social justice, human services, and healthcare.
GrantWatch ID#: 138242
Most grants are disbursed over two to five years.
- A 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a valid taxpayer EIN, with no affiliation to a national or regional organization.
- A local affiliate that has its own EIN.
- A school or government entity within one of the 11 communities in which the Cummings organization operates commercial buildings (see www.CummingsProperties.com).
- A religious organization seeking funding for an entirely secular activity that would be open to the community at large.
- Located in Middlesex, Essex, or Suffolk Counties in Massachusetts, and should also provide at least 80 percent of their services in this tri-county area.
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 and Beverly.
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.
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.
$100K for 100 will not generally consider requests for:
- 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.
- July 1, 2018: Online Letters of Inquiry opens
- October 1, 2018 at 5:00 PM: Online Letters of Inquiry closes
- December 15, 2018: Application invitations and decline notices sent via email
- February 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM: Full applications due from those invited to apply
- Mid-May 2019: Grant approval and decline letters sent via postal mail
- Early June 2019: Grant Winner Celebration
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit a Letter of Inquiry online:
Joel B. Swets, Executive Director
Joyce Vyriotes, Deputy Director
Christina Berthelsen, Grants and Communications Specialist
200 West Cummings Park
Woburn, MA 01801
USA: Massachusetts: Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk Counties