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The Philanthropy Connection Grants

Grants to Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts
Nonprofits to Benefit Low-Resource Individuals

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Philanthropy Connection (TPC)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

02/23/18 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of $25,000 to Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, Massachusetts nonprofit organizations to support programs that benefit low-resource individuals. LOIs are due December 11. Applications are invited from organizations with missions that address one or more of the following: poverty, income inequality, health and wellness, social bias, employment opportunity and readiness, and educational opportunity and readiness.

Applicants may submit a funding request for one of the following areas:
-Operations and general support
-Programming (existing, new, or expanded)
-Tangible goods to advance a program (e.g., a van, cameras, computers)
-Infrastructure-building resources

Infrastructure-building resources may include, but is not limited to, those for:
-Evaluation: developing methods to collect, analyze, and use information to assess efficacy of projects, policies, or programs;
-Organizational development: creating or enhancing approaches to solicit and gather contributions, identify donors, and other organizational development needs;
-Planning: strategic, financial, or marketing planning;
-Communications: marketing and public relations, social and/or traditional media, and website design;
-Board of Directors: strengthening the Board’s ability to lead, manage, and/or monitor the organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147376

Estimated Size of Grant:


Term of Contract:

An organization may be funded by TPC two years in a row provided the organization has complied with all conditions of the initial grant.

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

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

D. Meet mission eligibility criteria:

An applicant must address in its mission one or more of the following:
-Income inequality
-Employment opportunity and readiness
-Educational opportunity and readiness
-Health and wellness
-Social bias (e.g., gender, ethnic, and/or racial)

Applications will not be accepted from the following types of organizations:
-Political, international, or 501(c)(4) advocacy organizations
-Organizations that offer religious programming
-Family foundations
-Local organizations or affiliates of a larger parent organization that lack their own independent 501(c)(3) status

Funding requests for capital campaigns will also not be accepted.

Pre-Application Information:

The due date for submitting an LOI application is December 11, 2017. Applicants must receive an invitation to submit a full proposal for the February 23, 2018, 5:00 PM EST deadline.

The Team Captains will meet to determine which final candidates will appear on TPC’s ballot in May 2018. Each member then votes for those organizations she would most like to become grantees, and grants are awarded to those organizations with the greatest number of votes.

Key Dates for 2017-18 Grant Cycle Process:
-November 13: New Grant cycle starts and applications are distributed
-December 11: Letters of Intent applications submitted online by 5:00 PM, EST
-January 26: Requests for full proposals are sent to applicants
-February 23: Full proposal applications submitted online by at 5:00 PM, EST
-March 26: Applicants sent site visit requests
-April 23: TPC concludes all site visits
-May 29: Organizations notified of grant awards
-May 31: New Grantees attend TPC’s Annual Meeting and Grants Announcement

Contact Information:

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

Letter of Intent Application:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, almost exclusively within the I-495 loop