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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits in Eligible Counties to Benefit Local Communities

Cummings $30 Million Grant Program


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Funding Source
Cummings Foundation Inc
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts: Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties, plus six communities in Norfolk County: Brookline, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Quincy, and Wellesley.

Important Dates
LOI Date: 09/08/23
Deadline: 12/20/23 5:00 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in eligible counties to benefit local communities. Applicants must submit a letter of inquiry prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for projects and activities within a wide range of local causes, especially those related to human services, social justice, education, and healthcare. Eligible programs benefit the residents of Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties, plus six communities in Norfolk County: Brookline, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Quincy, and Wellesley.

Recognizing that most nonprofits incur general operating costs, the Foundation will consider funding necessary "overhead" expenses (e.g., rent, phone service, administrative salaries, etc.).

Given the Cummings organization's basis in commercial real estate and construction, the Foundation understands the importance of bricks and mortar. Capital projects are reviewed closely, however, to ensure that plans are appropriate (and not extravagant) and that quotes are fair and reasonable. If approved, these awards will be treated as pledges to be paid when construction is ready to commence. In addition, large capital projects are not typically funded unless very near completion.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Cummings $30 Million Grant Program is a place-based initiative that primarily supports nonprofits in the Massachusetts counties where Cummings Foundation operates commercial properties and where most staff and clients of Cummings Foundation and Cummings Properties live—Middlesex, Essex, Suffolk counties, plus six communities in Norfolk County: Brookline, Dedham, Milton, Needham, Quincy, and Wellesley.

Applicants should be local organizations that are not only headquartered in but also provide at least 50 percent of their services in this tri-county area. In addition, all funding requests should focus exclusively on operations within the priority area.

Special consideration is given to nonprofits based in the 11 cities and towns where the Cummings organization operates commercial real estate. The Foundation may also give such consideration to organizations that are based elsewhere in the tri-county area and propose introducing programming or services in one or more of these 11 communities, especially Woburn.

501(c)(3) organizations that request funds to then disburse to individuals or other entities will be considered for the Cummings $30 Million Grant Program, but such grant-makers will be expected to demonstrate expertise and due diligence in their processes to select and follow up with their own grantees.

Prior grant recipients are eligible to apply for an additional grant.

For a list of ineligible applicants see the Full Grant Text RFP link.

Nonprofits that meet these criteria and provide some services statewide, or even in adjacent states, are eligible for consideration. Given the strong local nature of this funding program, however, organizations that are truly regional, national, or international (or have staff or offices in other states) will typically not be considered even if they meet the 50 percent threshold for services. In addition, local offices/affiliates of national organizations will not be considered, even if they meet the 50 percent threshold unless they have their own EIN.

While not in any way minimizing the value or importance of organizations focused on the arts (including dance, music, and theater), culture, environment, 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.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Q&A Sessions
Is your nonprofit planning an LOI submission? Do you have questions, or might you benefit from hearing the questions of others? Join Executive Director Joyce Vyriotes and Grants Manager Andrew Bishop for a virtual Q&A session. All prospective applicants are welcome to logon.

- Tuesday, July 18, 10:00 AM. View the recording:
- Wednesday, August 9, 10:00 AM. Zoom link:

Pre-Application Information
2023-2024 Application Process and Timeline:
- July 1: Letter of Inquiry opens
- September 8, 2023, 5 PM: Letter of Inquiry closes
- November 1, 2023: Application invitations and decline notices sent via email
- December 20, 5 PM: Full applications due from those invited to apply
- Week of April 29, 2024: Presentation Days - Some applicants being considered for 10-year awards will be contacted during the week of April 8 and invited to schedule a 45-minute time slot during the week of April 29 to meet with and make a presentation to Foundation volunteers.
- May 20, 2024: Grant approval and decline letters sent via postal mail
- June 13, 2024: Grant Winner Celebration - Grant winners will be invited to send up to two representatives to this festive not-to-be-missed event. Due to space limitations, attendance is by invitation only.

Foundation staff will be available to answer questions up until the deadline. Nonprofits are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and submit well before the deadline, as extensions will not be granted.

See the Full Grant Text RFP for additional information regarding the application process.

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).


Information session recording (from July 18, 2023):

Information session recording (from August 9, 2023):

Additional Funding Information

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants

Estimated Size of Grant
- Three-year grants: $30,000 - $300,000
- 10-year Grants: $300,000 - $1 million

Term of Contract
25 repeat recipients will have their three-year grants upgraded to 10-year grants, providing sustained funding over a full decade without the need for submitting further applications.

Contact Information
Submit LOI:

Joyce Vyriotes
Executive Director

Andrew Bishop
Grants Manager

Cummings Foundation
200 West Cummings Park
Woburn, MA 01801

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