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Clipper Ship Foundation Grant

Grants to Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts Nonprofits
for Housing, Foster Care, and Youth Programs

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Grants starting at $25,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations serving the Greater Boston area and the cities of Lawrence and Brockton for programs in the areas of housing, foster care, and youth. A Concept Paper must be submitted before applying. Funding is intended to help vulnerable populations.

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

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 neither employed nor in school

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

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GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 163711

Estimated Size of Grant:

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

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Organizations serving individuals living in Greater Boston (defined as cities and towns on or within Route 128), or the cities of Lawrence or Brockton, are eligible to apply.

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

The Clipper Ship Foundation 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.

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Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation employs a single, annual grant making cycle.

Milestone dates for the 2019/20 grant cycle:
- November 1, 2019: Applicants may access the Concept Paper application in the online application system
- December 9, 2019: Concept Paper Deadline
- January 27, 2020: Full Proposal Notification
- February 28, 2020: Full Proposal Deadline
- April-May, 2020: Site Visits
- June, 2020: Notification of Grant Decisions

Application Process and Concept Paper Requirements:
Applicants will be asked to complete a brief organizational profile, indicate the grant focus area (foster care, opportunity youth, or housing and shelter) of the request, and upload a brief (two-page maximum) Concept Paper explaining the organization’s goals, objectives, and intended impacts for the proposed request.

Applicants will be notified as to whether they have been invited to submit a full proposal by Monday, January 27th. 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.

Contact Information:

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

Application Portal:

Clipper Ship Foundation
P.O. Box 165
Belmont, MA 02478


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USA: Massachusetts: Greater Boston (cities and towns lying on or within Route 128) and the Cities of Lawrence and Brockton

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