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George B. Henderson Foundation Grants

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofit Organizations
and Agencies for Capital and Beautification Projects

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George B. Henderson Foundation

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Deadline Date:

10/08/21 5:00 PM Receipt


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Grants to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations and agencies for capital and beautification projects in eligible locations. Funding may be used for outdoors enhancement projects such as sculptural and architectural works, monuments, parks, buildings, and city streets. Grants are made only for projects that are accessible to the public and within Boston city limits.

Through past grants, the Foundation has supported capital projects such as the restoration of historic buildings; creation of new public sculpture and gardens; restoration of historic monuments; and other projects that enhance quality of life and sense of place, while demonstrating design excellence. 

Types of Grants:

  • Grants are made for capital improvements that would not ordinarily be undertaken by public or private bodies. Targeted grants may be made to identifiable elements within a project in circumstances where that element could be a Henderson Foundation project.
  • Grants are made for preservation and restoration as defined in the National Park Service Technical Preservation Service Standard, but not for routine care or maintenance of distinctive and significant buildings, objects, or features.

Policies for Grants:

  • The Trust directs that Foundation funds shall be devoted solely to the enhancement of the physical appearance of the city of Boston including projects concerning parks, city streets,  buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works. Each project shall be visible by the public, preferably from a public way. If funds are expended for work on building interiors, the building shall be open to the public a reasonable number of days in each year.
  • The term "physical appearance of the city of Boston" includes all neighborhoods in all parts of the city and includes their identity, sense of place, and quality of life.
  • Highest priority is given to requests for grants that would make the most significant and lasting enhancement of the physical appearance of the city of Boston.
  • Future maintenance is an important consideration, including durability of design and materials, who will be responsible for ongoing maintenance, and how maintenance will be funded.
  • Any requests for public art must be for permanent public art. Requests for temporary or time limited installations will not be considered. Any public art projects on property owned by the City of Boston are required to have secured final approval from the Boston Art Commission before being considered by the Henderson Foundation. Projects which have secured preliminary approval require the Henderson Foundation’s approval before applying and will be considered on a case-by-case basis, in consultation with the Boston Art Commission. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175432

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grants awarded will not exceed $40,000, with many grants in the $20,000-$40,000 range, but the Designators will consider all projects that fulfill the Foundation’s goals and offer outstanding benefit to the community. Grants larger than $40,000 are more rare exceptions.

Term of Contract:

Grants that have been made but not expended within three years after the grant award date are cancelled.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Applicants, unless a municipal agency, must be an exempt organization under IRS Sec. 501(c)(3) and must submit a copy of a determination letter from the Internal Revenue Service. Projects must be within the city of Boston.

Exclusions: Grants are not made for general fund drives, endowments, operating or staffing costs, planning or design studies, or construction of playgrounds or tot lots. Grants are not made to individuals.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Applicant Forums: The Designators will host an applicant forum before each grant round. Potential applicants are invited to attend to learn more about the review process and the Foundation’s current priorities. Pre-registration is required and open to all applicants. The forum will be held on Zoom, and all registrants will receive a link in advance of the meeting.

- Spring Forum, Tuesday, April 6, 1:00-3:00 pm on Zoom

- Fall Forum, Thursday, September 9, 1:00-3:00 pm on Zoom

Please pre-register and you will be sent the link in advance of the meeting:

Pre-Application Information:

The Designators will hold two grant rounds in 2021 - 2021 Deadlines:
- May 7, 2021.
- October 8, 2021

Applications must be received electronically by 5 pm on the day of the proposal deadline.

Funding decisions are usually made six to eight weeks after deadlines.

Grants are typically reimbursement funding and are payable upon completion of work for which the grant is made.

Contact Information:

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

Apply Online:

Please direct any questions to Ms. Gioia Perugini, Foundation Administrator, at or 617.557.9777.

George B Henderson Foundation
c/o Hemenway & Barnes, LLP
75 State Street, 16th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

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USA: Massachusetts: City of Boston

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