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Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and Agencies in Eligible Areas to Enhance the Quality of Life for Local Youth and Families

Youth Development Grant Program


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Funding Source
Brookline Community Foundation (BCF)
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Geographic Focus
USA: Massachusetts: Brookline

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/06/23 11:59 PM Save

Grant Description
Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations, community-based groups, and government agencies for programs that enhance the quality of life for youth and families in eligible communities. Funding is intended for programs that prioritize BIPOC and other vulnerable populations. Proposed projects or programs should directly benefit members of the Brookline community, defined as those who live, learn, work, or play in Brookline.

The Youth Development Grant Program seeks to promote activities that are inclusive and represent the diversity within the Brookline community, with a focus on Brookline youth whose families earn less than the town’s median annual income or are underserved.

Examples of the types of youth-related activities that may be considered for funding include:

  • Programs that fill programmatic gaps, particularly for middle school-aged youth and youth from low-income families
  • Programs that develop youth leadership and/or create job and internship opportunities
  • Programs focusing on arts and culture, environmental education, or health and fitness
  • Programs that support early childhood education
  • Programs that help ensure the basic needs of Brookline’s youth are being met
  • Programs that address the opportunity gap exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Programs that support the social, emotional, and mental health needs of Brookline youth.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations, Town departments or agencies, and community groups can apply for funding. Organizations and groups that are currently funded through other BCF grant programs are eligible to apply.

If an organization or project is new and/or not yet tax-exempt (is not a 501(c)(3) nonprofit), an application may be submitted through a fiscal sponsorship.

Preference is given to community organizations and groups that:
- Are working to advance equity, including removing barriers to opportunities, meeting the immediate needs of those impacted by inequities, addressing root causes of inequities such as poverty or racism;
- Are led by BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color), and/or;
- Focus on BIPOC and other vulnerable populations.

For this grant program, an organization/group is considered BIPOC-led if they meet at least one of the following three criteria:
- The organization/group’s Executive Director/Chief Executive Officer or Board Chair identifies as BIPOC.
- 50% or more of the organization’s leadership staff or program directors identify as BIPOC.
- 50% or more of board members identify as BIPOC.

Organizations that are currently funded through other funding streams of the Brookline Community Foundation are eligible to apply.

The Brookline Community Foundation does not provide grants for travel or to individuals.

Pre-Application Information
- Monday, February 6, 2023: Deadline to submit grant proposals
- February 6, 2023 – March 2023: Grant Review Period; BCF reviewers may contact organizations to schedule a site visit or call during this time
- Early April 2023: Grant decisions announced

Applicants are encouraged to contact program staff prior to applying.


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Term of Contract
The foundation considers one-year requests for project support.

Contact Information
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Brookline Community Foundation
40 Webster Place
Brookline, MA 02445

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