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Amelia Peabody Foundation Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for
Programs that Empower Disadvantaged Youth

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Grants generally ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Massachusetts nonprofits for projects and programs to benefit disadvantaged youth residing in inner-city areas of the state. The funding is intended to enable organizations to offer youth an increased number, variety, and depth of positive learning experiences.

The Foundation prefers to give grants to those that bring about real changes in the neighborhoods where people live. Grants may help an existing organization to increase its capacity for service where it is currently situated, but from time to time such grants will help the organization to establish a new facility where no such facility exists, bringing services to a neighborhood for the first time. Examples of such organizations and programs supported by Peabody grants are neighborhood and community centers, youth centers, charter schools, out of school time and sports programs with educational enrichment and mentoring components, YMCAs and YWCAs, Boys & Girls Clubs and classroom and facility technology improvements.

Peabody grants are made for almost any project that serves to promote and enhance the grantee organization's mission: for existing and new programs, for capital acquisitions, for the renovation of existing buildings and facilities, for the repair, maintenance, and purchase of equipment.

What the Foundation Favors:
- Most often the organizations receiving grants will be located in the very neighborhoods that they would serve by their efforts.

- The Foundation particularly favor grants to organizations that employ on their staffs members of the populations that they serve.

- The Foundation particularly favors grants that help organizations to leverage additional funds.

- The Foundation particularly favors grants that significantly increase an organization's ability and capacity to deliver its services.

- When considering a grant application the Foundation looks first and most of all at the leadership of the organization. Experience has taught that the people who lead and staff the organization are most instrumental in bringing about real and positive changes in the lives of inner-city families and communities.

- From time to time the Foundation will issue a challenge grant requiring the grantee to match funding by a specified time from other sources as detailed in the challenge. Such other sources vary from grant to grant, but have included as examples: only Board members, only individuals, only funders from the same city, only new funders and/or increased amounts from previous funders, only amounts above a given threshold. The Foundation encourages applicants to consider if a directed challenge of this nature would be helpful to address any fundraising areas needing development. A challenge grant request may be a part of your application, detailed in the Proposal Narrative.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179704

Estimated Size of Grant:

Most grants fall in the $10,000 to $50,000 range for programs or operations. A smaller number of grants, generally in the $50,000 to $100,000 range, are capital improvement grants or other grants which take an organization to a new level of operations in respect to the quality or quantity of services provided.

Term of Contract:

Most Peabody grants are for one year only. Three years are the maximum that will be considered.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grants are made for programs, operations and capital projects in Massachusetts only.

Organizations with 501(c)(3) designation are eligible to apply. Please note that, to comply with Amelia Peabody Foundation specific requirements, the address printed on the IRS 501(c)(3) documentation for the applicant must be in Massachusetts. If an applicant is not 501(c)(3) qualified or if the applicant's IRS 501(c)(3) address is not in Massachusetts, then a Fiscal Sponsor with a Massachusetts address on its 501(c)(3) must be used.

Grants are not made directly to individuals, nor are they made for; promotional videos; endowments; independent research; seed money, advertisements, sponsorships, or fund raising events; or for lobbying or other items listed in the Grant Agreement. Program-related investments (PRIs), as defined by the IRS, are not made.

Pre-Application Information:

The deadlines for submissions for 2018:

- January 16
- April 10
- July 10
- October 2

Grant proposals are accepted or rejected at one of the four yearly meetings of the Amelia Peabody Foundation Trustees. Following these meetings grant applicants will receive written notification of the decision of the Trustees usually within three months of the application deadline. Unfortunately, the Foundation receives many, many more grant requests than it can possibly fund. If it is not able to fund your proposal the Foundation does wish you all success with your project.

The Foundation staff does not provide preliminary advice on a proposal, indicate preliminary interest in a proposal, opine on the appropriateness of a proposal, offer advice on which of several proposals to choose, nor opine on the dollar amount appropriate for a given proposal. Letters of interest should not be sent. Other than a call to the Foundation's Wellesley office with procedural questions regarding the filing process itself, your first contact with the Foundation should be the completed grant application.

In addition to the online application, one hard copy of the Application Summary, Organization Profile, Proposal Narrative and all attachments must be submitted.

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

Online Application:

Please mail hard copy to:
Amelia Peabody Foundation
Margaret N. St.Clair, Executive Director
1 Hollis Street, Suite 215
Wellesley, MA 02482-4677

Phone: 781-237-6468
Fax: 781-237-5014

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USA: Massachusetts