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Clipper Ship Foundation Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits to
Address the Needs of At-Risk Residents

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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in eligible locations to benefit at-risk residents. Applicants must submit a preliminary application prior to submitting a full proposal. Focus areas include foster care, housing and shelter, and opportunity youth. Eligible applicants serve individuals living in Greater Boston (cities and towns lying on or within Route 128) and the cities of Lawrence and Brockton.

The Foundation’s priority funding areas focus on the following:

Housing and shelter

  • Target population: Individuals and families experiencing or at risk for homelessness
  • Examples of target impacts:
    • Increased availability of, and expanded access to, affordable housing
    • Reduced displacement of cost-burdened and at-risk households
    • Increased capacity and enhancement of emergency shelters
    • Operation of transitional shelters and housing for youth, immigrants & refugees, persons recovering from addictions, survivors of domestic violence, and other affected populations
    • Provision of independent and/or assisted living housing or hospice care for the elderly poor and terminally ill

Foster care

  • Target population:  Youth entering, currently in, or aging out of foster care
  • Examples of target impacts:
    • The best possible placement of youth in appropriate homes/settings,
    • Support for youth in foster care and their foster families, and
    • Improved outcomes for youth in and exiting foster care, including higher rates of adoption, better health care, higher rates of educational attainment and increased connection to employment

Opportunity youth

  • Target population:  Youth ages 16-24 who are
    • Out of school and unemployed,
    • Enrolled in school, but not showing up regularly and not progressing academically,
    • Enrolled in college part-time and either unemployed or marginally employed, or
    • Not enrolled in school and only working part-time without benefits.
  • Examples of target impacts:
    • Acquisition of educational/skills credentials as a component of a futures pathway
    • Successful transition to adult life for youth with disabilities
    • Stabilized housing
    • Mental health treatment
    • Reduced recidivism
    • Substance abuse remediation

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163711

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant Award Potential: $25,000–$100,000

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and remain in good standing with the IRS.

Clipper Ship considers funding requests from organizations with annual operating budgets of any size but anticipates awarding most of the available grant funding to organizations with annual operating budgets smaller than $5 million.

The Clipper Ship Foundation does not fund religious programs, hospitals, higher education, research, scholarships, fellowships, student loans or travel, writing or publishing of books, articles, or mass media, campaigns for endowment funds, or expenses related to conferences or conventions.

Pre-Application Information:

The next grant cycle will open November 2, 2020.

Applicants will be notified as to whether they have been invited to submit a full proposal in January, 2021. Invited applicants will receive instructions for completing a full proposal. Following proposal submission, applicants may be asked to host a site visit in April or May.

Milestone dates for the 2020/21 grant cycle
- November 2: Applicants may access the Concept Paper application in the online application system
- December 4: Concept Paper Deadline
- January 28: Full Proposal Notification
- February 26: Full Proposal Deadline
- April-May: Site Visits
- May: Notification of Grant Decisions

Organizations may apply for funding in only one of the three target areas.

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


Clipper Ship Foundation
P.O. Box 870138
Milton Village, MA 02187

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Greater Boston (defined as cities and towns on or within Route 128), and the cities of Lawrence and Brockton

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