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The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation Grants

Grants to MetroWest Boston Area, Massachusetts Nonprofits
for PreK-12 Learning and Arts Education Projects

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Foundation / Corporation

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The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/01/19 Postmarked


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofits in the MetroWest Boston/Lincoln area for projects related to general education and arts education, and to develop arts education scholarship programs. Funding is intended to support specific programs or projects that can demonstrate measurable outcomes.

The Foundation has two areas of interest that often coincide.

1. General Education: The Foundation will consider proposals for projects from the Pre-school through high school level. The Foundation is committed to helping students become excited and engaged in learning, whether it is in the school environment, after-school, or in other settings.
2. Arts Education: The Foundation will consider proposals for projects in any area of Pre-school through High School hands-on arts education. The Foundation is particularly interested in projects with sustained contact for students.

Trilogy Grants are three-year grants which award the grantee $7,500 per year for three consecutive years. Only organizations that have received at least two Single Year grant awards from the Foundation are eligible to apply for a Trilogy Grant.

Scholarship Fund Grants: The Foundation will consider a small number of applications each year from arts education non-profits that would like to start or expand Scholarship Funds for their organization. Grants for Scholarship Funds are single year grants of up to $2500. Organizations applying for these funds are expected to have a process in place for identifying children/families who would benefit from financial assistance to participate in the organization's programs. These are NOT scholarship awards for individuals.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160754

Estimated Total Program Funding:


Number of Grants:

Each year the Foundation awards ten - fifteen Single-Year Grants and four Trilogy Grants.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Trilogy grants: $7,500 per year for three years
Scholarship fund grants: Up to $2,500
Single-year grants: Up to $7,500

Term of Contract:

Trilogy grants: Funding is given each year for three consecutive years.
Single-year grants are given for one year.
Scholarship fund grants are single year grants.
Grants are awarded on January 31st each year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The Foundation is local in scope and limits it new grantmaking to the fifty mile radius around the MetroWest Boston (Lincoln, MA) location.

The Foundation makes grants to 501c(3) tax-exempt organizations eligible for funding under the United States Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation does not provide funding for: general operating funds, endowments, building funds, or individuals. The Foundation will not make grants intended directly or indirectly to support political candidates or to influence legislation.

Pre-Application Information:

Letter of Inquiry:

Single Year Grant and Scholarship Fund Grant seekers new to the Foundation are strongly encouraged to begin the process by a letter of inquiry. The letter (1-2 pages) should briefly describe the grant applicant and the project. It should contain enough information for the Foundation to determine whether or not the application falls within its program interest areas.

Letters of inquiry should receive a response within two - three weeks of our receiving them in the Foundation Office (this time may be longer during the summer months).

Grant Application Process

The Foundation has one grant cycle per fiscal year for all grants. Grants are awarded on or around January 31st each year. Applications must be completed in the online portal by 11:59 pm on October 1st to be considered for the grant cycle. During the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the Foundation will be accepting applications for Single Year Grants, Scholarship Fund Grants and the Trilogy Grants. For example, the key dates for the upcoming grant cycle are as follows:
- Complete applications entered into the online portal by October 1, 2019
- Site Visits during October 2019 to January 2020
- Grants awarded end of January 2020.

The dates for the subsequent full grant cycle are:
- Complete applications entered into the online portal by October 1, 2020
- Site Visits during October 2020 to January 2021
- Grants awarded end of January 2021

Because the number of applications for Trilogy Grants each year is limited, organizations interested in applying should contact the Foundation to discuss and request the Trilogy Grant Application.

An organization may apply for a grant once during the Foundation's fiscal year of April 1 to March 31. An organization may apply for and receive a grant for up to three consecutive fiscal years. If an organization receives a grant in three consecutive years, the organization must wait at least one fiscal year before again submitting a grant application to the Foundation.

How to apply:

Contact Information:

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

Apply online at

Margaret Ramsey, Managing Trustee
The Ramsey McCluskey Family Foundation
P.O. Box 275
Lincoln, Massachusetts 01773

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: MetroWest Boston (Lincoln, MA)

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