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The Philanthropy Connection Grants

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits in Eligible
Areas for General Operating Support

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Philanthropy Connection (TPC)

LOI Date:

12/11/20

Deadline Date:

02/26/21 5:00 PM EST

Description:

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Grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in eligible areas for general operating support. Applicants are required to submit a letter of intent prior to submitting a full proposal. Funding is intended for organizations working to benefit socially or economically disadvantaged individuals. Eligible applicants are located in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, defined largely as towns falling within the I-495 loop, plus: Amesbury, Haverhill, Methuen, Lawrence, Lowell, Maynard, Hudson, Marlborough, Milford, Franklin, and towns north of the intersection of I-495 and Rt. 25

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147376

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants of up to $25,000.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must:
A. Have either 501(c)(3) tax status or have a Fiscal Sponsor and a Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement letter
- In the case of local organizations/affiliates with a larger parent organization, the local organization/affiliate must have its own 501(c)(3) status
B. Meet revenue eligibility criteria:
- 501(c)(3) organizations must have annual revenue between $200,000 and $2 million, as reported on the Total Revenue line 12 of its most recent IRS Form 990
- Organizations with fiscal sponsors must have annual revenue between $200,000 and $2 million certified in a letter from its Fiscal Sponsor, including only that which would be reported on the Total Revenue line 12 of IRS Form 990
- Organizations must be in solid financial standing and have filed requisite Massachusetts Form NP and IRS 990 filings. TPC typically does not fund organizations with significant year over year operating losses or less than 3 months of cash reserves to cover operations.
C. Meet geographic eligibility criteria: An eligible applicant must be located in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, or for national organizations, have a site within this area, defined largely as towns falling within the I-495 loop, plus:
- Amesbury, Haverhill, Methuen, Lawrence, Lowell
- Maynard, Hudson, Marlborough, Milford, Franklin
- Massachusetts towns north of the intersection of I-495 and Rt. 25

Applications will not be accepted from the following types of organizations:
- Political, international, or 501(c)(4) advocacy organizations
- Organizations that provide any religious programming, instruction or proselytizing on behalf of a particular religion
- Family foundations
- Local organizations or affiliates of a larger parent organization that lack their own independent 501(c)(3) status
- “Pass through” or conduit organizations

Funding requests for capital campaigns will also not be accepted

Pre-Application Information:

Timeline:
- November 12: New Grant cycle starts and applications are distributed
- December 11: Letters of Intent due at 5 p.m., EST
- January 29: Requests for full proposals are sent to applicants
- February 26: Full proposals are due at 5 p.m., EST
- April 5: Applicants sent site visit requests
- April 16: TPC concludes all site visits
- May 18: Organizations notified of grant awards
- TBD: New Grantees attend TPC’s Grant Awards and All Member Meeting (whether virtual or in-person)

The key stages in the grant-giving process:
1. Letter of Intent Application
2. Full Proposal Application
3. Site Visit by TPC Members

Contact Information:

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

Online LOI Application: https://survey.alchemer.com/s3/6008135/TPC-Letter-of-Intent-Application-2020-21

Any questions, email connect@thephilanthropyconnetion.org.

The Philanthropy Connection
1770 Massachusetts Avenue
Suite 222
Cambridge, MA 02140

Phone: 617.544.7812

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, almost exclusively within the I-495 loop, plus Amesbury, Haverhill, Methuen, Lawrence, Lowell, Maynard, Hudson, Marlborough, Milford, Franklin, and towns north of the intersection of I-495 and Rt. 25

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