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Blue Hills Bank Foundation (BHBF) Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for Arts, Health,
Housing, Human Services, and Economic Justice

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Foundation / Corporation

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Blue Hills Bank Foundation (BHBF)

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Grants starting at $1,000 to Massachusetts nonprofit organizations to benefit communities within the funding source’s service area of Suffolk, Middlesex, Plymouth, Nantucket, and Norfolk Counties. Program areas include arts and education, financial literacy, health and human services, community development, affordable housing, and social and economic justice.

Blue Hills Bank Charitable Foundation has a geographic focus relevant to the bank and its office locations. The Foundation will award grants to the communities in which its branches reside or those locations contiguous to branch and office locations.

The Directors of the BHBF will focus their giving to organizations serving individuals and families in Boston’s Seaport District, Hyde Park, West Roxbury, Brookline, Dedham, Milton, Westwood, Norwood, and Nantucket. Consideration will also be given to organizations within Suffolk, Plymouth, Middlesex, Norfolk, and Nantucket counties.

Applications will be considered for program creation, expansion, evaluation, renovation, new construction projects, capital funding, etc. for organizations whose primary focus is on projects in geographies mentioned above and for those organizations devoted predominately to the health and wellness of individuals and families within the Bank's community.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177547

Estimated Size of Grant:

The minimum request should be $1,000.

Term of Contract:

Multi-year requests will be considered.

Outside a multi-year commitment, an organization is eligible to receive two consecutive years of funding, but will not be considered for a third consecutive year. The BHBF will instill an automatic “rest year” for those organizations seeking funding for three consecutive years. After the “rest year,” the organization is again eligible for funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any organization applying to Blue Hills Bank Foundation (BHBF) must be a Massachusetts charitable corporation or a charitable trust.

An organization must have been determined tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and received a permanent or advance IRS Determination letter that describes the grantee as a publicly supported charity as defined in Sections 509 (a) (1)/170(b)(1)(A)(vi) or 509 (a)(2).

Organizations that have an affiliation with Blue Hills Bank or Nantucket Bank employees (Board Members, Volunteers, etc.) will be given preference.


-No grants will be made to other Private Foundations.
-No grants will be made to Family Foundations.
-No grants will be made to national organizations or “annual giving campaigns.”
-No grants will be made to state or federal agencies.
-No grants will be made to religious organizations (for example, churches and synagogues). Some secular community service programs such as soup kitchens, shelters for the homeless, and job banks are eligible, even when sponsored by religious groups.
-No grants will be made for athletics (for example, youth or adult athletic programs, scholarships, and community leagues).
-No grants will be made organizations classified as Type III supporting organizations or any supporting organizations that cannot prove with evidence satisfactory to the BHBF, that it is not Type III supporting organization.
-No grants will be made that benefit a particular student or individual (such as trips, choirs, bands, tours, and internships).
-No grants will be made to political organizations and activities.
-No grants will be made to fraternal organizations.
-No grants will be made for Tuition fees, loan repayments, and payments in lieu of tuition.

Pre-Application Information:

The following are the deadlines for Grant Applications:

-In 2017: August 1st, November 1
-In 2018 and beyond: February 1, May 1, August 1, and November 1

A link to the application will be posted on the Blue Hills Bank Foundation website mid-June.

Contact Information:

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

Julie Beckham, Community Relations Manager

Julie Beckham, Community Relations Manager
500 River Ridge Drive, Suite 300
Norwood, MA 02062

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Suffolk, Norfolk, Plymouth, Middlesex, and Nantucket counties; giving is focused on Boston’s Seaport District, Hyde Park, West Roxbury, Brookline, Dedham, Milton, Westwood, Norwood, and Nantucket.