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Family Support Grant Program

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits to Address
Community Concerns in Eligible Locations

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Foundation for MetroWest (FFMW) - MetroWest Fund for Families

Conf. Date:


Deadline Date:

09/17/21 5:00 PM


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations in eligible areas to address family and community issues in the wake of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. Funding is intended to support programs and activities within the focus areas of housing, transportation, mental health, workforce development, and community safety. The focus of the grant program is “Resilience, Recovery, and Rebuilding.”

Through its Fund for Families, the Foundation for MetroWest awards discretionary grants that align with the belief that equitable access to opportunities and resources is central to a strong and healthy region. The Foundation envisions a diverse and inclusive community where there are no barriers to accessing resources and services in MetroWest. 

Grants will support human service organizations in MetroWest with general operating funding. In particular, the Foundation will support organizations that demonstrate financial sustainability and have a proven commitment to improving the quality of life for all residents, especially those negatively impacted by the pandemic.

The Foundation also seeks proposals that particularly benefit:

  • Low-income households
  • Underserved individuals
  • Immigrant populations
  • Individuals with disabilities
  • Older adults

When reviewing proposals the Foundation will consider organizations that:

  • Have a strong commitment to and prioritize serving one or more MetroWest communities
  • Demonstrate strong leadership and financial stability or a commitment to achieving financial stability post-pandemic
  • Have a clear and meaningful impact on the community as a whole or their intended beneficiaries
  • Have the ability to outline organizational and programmatic changes during COVID-19, as well as plans to address recovery and rebuilding post-pandemic.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 173564

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum grant size will be 10% of the organization’s annual operating budget or $25,000, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

One-year grants

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants must:
- Have 501(c)(3) tax status as a registered nonprofit organization or have an eligible fiscal sponsor
- Not discriminate in the hiring of staff or the provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability
- Serve the MetroWest region.

Ineligible organizations include:
- City/town agencies, including libraries
- Individuals
- Schools – private, public, pre-K, charter, or Chapter 766
- Healthcare or disease-specific organizations.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Join the Foundation for MetroWest to learn about the focus of the 2021 Family Support Grant Program. There will be time for Q&A as well.

The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 26, 2021, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM IDT via Zoom, and all event details will be sent to those registered 24 hours prior to the event.

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Pre-Application Information:

The 2021 grant cycle is an online process and will operate based on the following timeline:
- August 16, 9:00 AM: Applications open online
- September 17, 2021, 5:00 PM: Deadline for proposals
- October 4th – October 29th: Potential virtual site visits/follow-up conversations
- Week of December 6th: Applicants notified of decisions

Additional information:

About the Foundation:

Application tutorial:

Contact Information:

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

Online application portal (apply from August 16):

Direct questions to

Foundation for MetroWest
3 Eliot Street
Natick MA 01760
(508) 647-2260

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