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Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation Grant Programs

Grants to Massachusetts and New Hampshire Nonprofits
to Support Immigrants and Benefit Local Communities

GrantWatch ID#: 171171
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation

08/01/17 - Partnership Grants only; Community and Neighborhood Support Grant requests are reviewed monthly

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Grants of up to $50,000 to Eastern Massachusetts and Southern and Coastal New Hampshire nonprofits for programs and services that benefit underserved and needy members of communities in the funding source's service area. Funding is intended to support activities that focus on the areas of affordable housing, strengthening families, human services, healthcare, social justice, economic revitalization and workforce development, education, and healthy families and youth.

Please Note: The Foundation prefers to make smaller grants rather than a few large ones to increase the number of organizations and communities served.

Eastern Bank Foundation accepts four types of grant requests. Please carefully read the grant descriptions below to determine which type of grant is most appropriate for your request.

Community Grants:

- Community Grants are used for annual support, projects, program support and event sponsorships. The average Community Grant is $2,500. The maximum award for a Community Grant is $10,000. Within the Community Grant category, Eastern Bank participates in the Commonwealth’s Community Investment Tax Credit (CITC) program. For the CITC program, the Foundation will consider grant requests up to $15,000.

Partnership Grants:

- Although Partnership Grants may be used for program or operating support, the Committee gives preference to requests that fund capacity building, increasing sites for successful programs, initiatives, collaborations or capital expenditures. Partnership Grants are reviewed once a year as described below (see Pre-Application Information section).

- These grants range from $10,000 to $50,000, with the majority of awarded grants in the $10,000 to $15,000 range.

Targeted Grants:

- Over the past few years, the Foundation has supported organizations addressing issues related to community healthcare, homelessness, workforce development, student success, and violence prevention.

- For 2017, the Targeted Grant category of the Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation will be supporting immigrants and their families in search of the American dream. The needs are great and varied. For additional information on the 2017 Targeted Grant program, please see the attached guidelines in the Supporting Documents section below.

- Targeted Grants must fall within the Foundation's highlighted annual mission category. These grants can be used to support your organization in a variety of ways, but the majority of grants are used as program support, support for a specific project or a capital campaign.

- These grants range from $10,000 to $50,000, with the majority of the awards granted in the $10,000 to $15,000 range.

Neighborhood Grants:

- This program supports organizations within any community served by the funding source that do not have 501(c)(3) designation. Typically, this includes fundraisers, local youth-related activities, chamber of commerce events, and other efforts that improve the fabric of local neighborhoods. There is no minimum or maximum dollar value for support in this category, but the average gift is $500.

Community Grants: The average Community Grant is $2,500. The maximum award for a Community Grant is $10,000.

Partnership Grants: These grants range from $10,000 to $50,000, with the majority of awarded grants in the $10,000 to $15,000 range.

Targeted Grants: These grants range from $10,000 to $50,000, with the majority of the awards granted in the $10,000 to $15,000 range.

Neighborhood Support: There is no minimum or maximum dollar value for support in this category, but the average gift is $500.

The Charitable Foundation will not make multi-year commitments regardless of the grant category.

For Community Grants, Partnership Grants, and Targeted Grants, an applicant organization:

- Must have a 501(c)(3) designation;
- Cannot have an IRS sub-classification of 509(a)(3); and
- Cannot be a private foundation

For Neighborhood Support Grants, an applicant organization cannot have a 501(c)(3) IRS designation. If it does, please apply for a Community or Partnership Grant.

Geographic Focus:

The Foundation is interested in funding organizations in communities it serves in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The Foundation impacts geographic communities from southern New Hampshire to Cape Cod and throughout the South Shore, North Shore, Metro West, Merrimack Valley, and Greater Boston areas.

CITC request requirements: If you are applying for a grant request through the CITC program, you will need to provide the Community Investment Plan (CIP) Executive Summary for the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations (MACDC). Please attach the CIP Executive Summary to the Additional Information Upload when submitting your online grant application.

Grant Restrictions:

- Once you receive a Partnership Grant, you are ineligible to apply for a Partnership Grant for three years.
- No other grant categories are impacted by a Partnership Grant award.

Application Instructions:

All applications must be submitted via the online application. The Foundation does not accept paper requests or letters of inquiry. If you are a first-time user of the online system, you will need to register yourself as a new user.

Your email address is your unique identifier and can be associated with only one organization. If you are affiliated with more than one organization, please obtain additional email addresses and register for each organization separately.

Submission Deadlines for Each Grant Area:

- Community Grants: Requests are reviewed monthly. Within 60 days of receiving your grant request, you will be notified of the Committee's decision. Applications for events should be submitted at least 60 days before your earliest print deadline.

- Partnership Grants: Requests are reviewed annually. Requests must be submitted by August 1, with notification of the Committee's decision being received by the end of November.

- Targeted Grants: The grants are reviewed annually. Requests must be submitted by April 18, with notification of the Committee’s decision being received by the end of June.

- Neighborhood Support: Requests reviewed monthly. Within 60 days of receiving your grant request, you will be notified of the Committee's decision. Applications for events should be submitted at least 60 days before your earliest print deadline.

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

Click here to apply online: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=Eastern

Should you have questions on the application process or the appropriate category for your request, please do not hesitate to email the Foundation at foundation@easternbank.com (preferred), or call 781-598-7596.

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USA: Massachusetts: Eastern Massachusetts;   New Hampshire: Southern and Coastal New Hempshire

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