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Benefit Individuals Who are Blind or Have Cancer

Sara Elizabeth O'Brien Trust Grants

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U.S. Trust, Bank of America - Sara Elizabeth O'Brien Trust

Deadline Date:

05/01/22 11:59 PM - for Direct Service Grants

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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations to assist individuals who have cancer or are living with blindness. Funding is intended to support health and human services programming that benefits individuals or for medical research in the areas of cancer or blindness.

The O’Brien Trust funds in two primary areas:  

  1. Direct Service: The O’Brien Trust supports organizations in Massachusetts in the area of health and human services to provide treatment, care, training, and/or rehabilitation to individuals living with blindness or who have cancer. Grant requests for general operating support are considered as well as program requests. Program-related capital expenses may be included in general operating or program requests.  
  2. Medical research: The O’Brien Trust’s grant review process for medical research is administered by The Medical Foundation, a division of Health Resources in Action (HRiA). There are two types of research grants in this program:
    • Cancer research grants: Grant applications to the O’Brien Trust are reviewed in conjunction with applications to the King Trust Postdoctoral Fellowships.
    • Blindness research grants: Grant applications are reviewed in conjunction with applications to the Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Research Fund.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 146745

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Cancer research: Two-year research fellowships, ranging from $87,000 to $106,000, are awarded.
- Blindness research: Grants of up to $80,000 are awarded.

Term of Contract:

Cancer research grants are for two years and blindness research grants are for one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Massachusetts nonprofit organizations serving the needs of people with blindness or cancer may apply. Organizations that advance research in these areas may also apply.

Capital requests are generally not advised. Additionally, support for endowment campaigns is not provided. Sponsorships of events such as galas or award ceremonies are not provided. Costs of fundraising events such as sports tournaments will not be funded or sponsored.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadline to apply for direct service grants is May 1. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by the end of August.

Cancer research: The application deadline for cancer research is generally in February. Applicants are notified of grant decisions by August.

Blindness research: The application deadline for blindness research is generally in March of each year. Applicants will be notified of grant decisions by June.

Online applications must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on the day of the deadline date. If the deadline falls on a weekend or a federally recognized holiday, applications are due on the next business day by 11:59 p.m. Online grant applications will be accepted 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, generally on (or prior to) the proposal due date.

Only 1 application may be submitted per calendar year.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online for direct services grants: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_1116?SA=SNA&FID=35019

For questions regarding direct service requests, contact
ma.grantmaking@ustrust.com

For cancer research information email lcarver@hria.org or visit The Medical Foundation - King: https://hria.org/tmf/king

For blindness research applications email jbrown@hria.org, or visit The Medical Foundation - Noonan: https://hria.org/tmf/noonan/

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