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George B. Henderson Foundation Grants

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits and Agencies
for Capital and Beautification Projects in Boston

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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George B. Henderson Foundation

Deadline Date:

10/13/17 5:00 PM


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Grants ranging from $20,000 to $40,000 to Massachusetts nonprofits and agencies for capital and beautification projects that will permanently enhance the physical appearance of Boston. Projects can take place in all neighborhoods and areas of the city and may include parks, city streets, buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works.

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.

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.

Maintenance of the project after completion is a key component of proposal evaluation. State who will maintain the project, how annual and long term maintenance and repairs will be funded, and whether any endowment will exist for the care of the project.

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 already submitted an application for review by the Boston Art Commission before being considered by the Henderson Foundation.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 175432

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grants awarded will be 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.

Term of Contract:

Projects must be completed and reimbursement funding sought on or before December 31, 2017. 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.

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

Pre-Application Information:

The Designators will hold two grant rounds in 2017.

The Spring 2017 grant round will focus on requests for projects which can be completed and for which reimbursement funding can be sought on or before December 31, 2017. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, May 12 and will be reviewed at a meeting in early June.

The Fall 2017 grant round will accept requests for projects whose projected completion is on or before December 31, 2018. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on Friday, October 13 and will be reviewed at a meeting in late November.

Contact Information:

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

Please submit completed applications to:
Ms. Gioia Perugini, Foundation Administrator

Hemenway & Barnes LLP
75 State Street, 16th Floor
Boston, MA 02109

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: City of Boston