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Clipper Ship Foundation Grants

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for Foster
Care, Youth Programs, Housing, and Shelter

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Grants starting at $25,000 to Massachusetts nonprofits to address foster care, youth opportunity, housing, and shelter in Greater Boston and the Cities of Brockton and Lawrence. Applicants must submit a concept paper by December 1. The Foundation seeks to improve the lives of society’s most vulnerable populations.

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 and 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

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.

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

The Foundation evaluates organizations and their funding requests based upon their potential for achieving tangible impact. In reviewing funding requests, the Foundation considers the organization’s:

-Track record of success and experience, and the expertise of its leadership and key staff members;
-Service delivery model and commitment to addressing the needs of its constituents and the underlying causes of these needs;
-Client impact objectives for the next 3-5 years (including demonstrating management’s plan for achieving them);
-Ability to demonstrate integrated strategic and financial planning to predict the proposal’s viability and intended impacts; and
-Ability to carry out the proposed program and achieve the intended impacts.

The Clipper Ship Foundation does not fund:
-Religious programs,
-Higher Education,
-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-proposal Conference:

Applicants are invited to attend the question and answer session about the new process and guidelines on Wednesday, October 25, at 9:30 AM, EST.

Pre-Application Information:

The Foundation now employs a single, annual grant making cycle. Applicants must first submit a Concept Paper indicating the focus area that best aligns with its request. A select group of applicants will be invited to submit full proposals and, potentially, to host site visits to review their requests in more depth.

All concept papers and applications must be submitted online. The online portal will open one month before the deadline.

Applicants will be notified as to whether they have been invited to submit a full proposal by Friday, February 2nd.

Invited applicants will receive instructions for completing a full proposal. Following proposal submission, applicants may be asked to host a site visit in late April or early May.

Clipper Ship intends to award grants by June 2018.

-November 1: Applicants may access the Concept Paper application in the online application system
-December 1: Concept Paper Deadline
-February 2: Full Proposal Notification
-March 2: Full Proposal Deadline
-April-May: Site Visits
-June: Notification of Grant Decisions


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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.

To attend the October 25 question and answer session, dial 1-800-289-0438 and enter the code 1226556 when prompted.

Apply Online:

Once you have logged in, click “Apply” and enter the Access Code: clipper

Hannah Blaisdell, Foundation Assistant
(617) 391-3088

Clipper Ship Foundation
c/o GMA Foundations
2 Liberty Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02109

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Geographic Focus:

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