Jane's Trust

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Eligible States for
Arts, Education, Health, and Environment

GrantWatch ID#: 181397
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Hemenway and Barnes


10/01/17 5:00 PM

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Grants starting at $50,000 to Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Florida, and Massachusetts nonprofit organizations for projects, operating and capital support that will benefit underserved communities. An LOI is due by July 17, 2017. Focus areas include arts and culture, education, the environment, health, and welfare. Collaboration and joint applications that bridge two or more areas of interest are encouraged.

Please note that only organizations in southwest and central Florida and in the greater Boston area in Massachusetts are eligible.

Grants in southwest and central Florida and in the greater Boston area will focus exclusively on health and welfare. The Trust will not accept proposals for arts and culture, education or environment in those regions.

The following are the current fields of interest:

1. Arts and Culture

The Trust aims to further quality artistic and cultural development in northern New England. Grants for arts and culture will be made to support a variety of objectives, including:

- Increased access to artistic expression and education in the arts for underserved populations
- Impact of artistic and cultural exposure on communities
- Please note: Jane's Trust will not make direct grants to support individual artists.

2. Education

The Trust seeks to advance educational opportunities and educational quality in northern New England. Grants for education will be made to support a variety of objectives, including:

- Access to educational opportunities, resources and programs, both inside and outside of the traditional classroom, with particular focus on underserved populations
- Support for nonprofit organizations and public/private partnerships to serve educational needs of underserved communities

3. Environment

The Trust aims to protect and enhance the natural environment and to conserve natural resources in northern New England. Grants for the environment will be made to support a variety of objectives, including:

- Meaningful and innovative contributions to protection of critical or historically significant rural and urban natural resources
- Efforts that have a beneficial impact on the quality of life for underserved populations
- Environmental programs that involve or educate youth

4. Health and Welfare

The Trust aims to improve the health and welfare of human and animal populations in all of its geographical areas of interest. Grants for health and welfare will be made to support a variety of objectives, including:

- Efforts to directly improve the health and welfare of vulnerable and underserved populations
- Efforts to alleviate human suffering and provide for basic human needs
- Projects and organizations that promote individual and community wellness, disease prevention and equal care for all
- Efforts to understand links between human and animal health and welfare

The Trust will consider endowment requests on a case-by-case basis. The Trust may make challenge grants where appropriate.

Grants will generally range in size from $50,000 to $150,000, although the Trustees in their discretion may from time to time make awards outside of that range.

The Trust is unlikely to award multi-year grants at this time. Multi-year grants are only made at the Trustees' discretion.

An applicant must be exempt from federal tax under section 501(c)(3) or as provided in section 4945 of the Internal Revenue Code and not a private foundation within the meanings of section 509(a) of the Code. If this is not the case, you may partner with a fiscal sponsor, an organization meeting these requirements that is prepared to certify that the project is a worthwhile endeavor, undertake responsibility to ensure that the grant terms are carried out and that the funds are properly expended. Fiscal sponsorship must be in place at the time of application.

Jane’s Trust will make grants to qualifying nonprofit organizations in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont; in southwest and central Florida; and in the greater Boston area of Massachusetts, defined as the cities and towns that fall within Route 128, as far north as Lynn and as far south as Braintree.

Jane’s Trust will not support:

- Direct loans to charitable organizations;
- Attempts to influence legislation;
- Requests from individuals.

Jane’s Trust will normally not support public entities, such as municipalities, municipal departments, or public schools directly, but will entertain applications from tax-exempt fiscal sponsors or partners for collaborative projects with municipalities or schools (described above). This limitation does not apply to public colleges and universities.

Please complete the online concept paper application, which may be submitted at any time, but must be received by the following dates in order to be considered by the Trustees at their next regular meeting:

January 25 for consideration in March
July 15 for consideration in September

In case of a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next regular business day. Because the current deadline falls on a weekend, the deadline has been pushed to Monday, July 17 at 5:00 PM.

Applicants will receive a confirmation of submission.

Submission of full proposals is by request only after the concept paper application (described above) has been reviewed by the Trustees.

Organizations which submit an Application Form in January will be notified early in March whether they will be invited to submit a full proposal. Invited proposals are due April 1 for consideration in May. Organizations which submit an Application Form in July will be notified early in September whether they will be invited to submit a full proposal. Invited proposals are due October 1 for consideration in December.

Once an organization has been invited to submit a full proposal, the applicant will receive additional information from the staff concerning full proposal form and content. Grants are announced within two weeks of each regular meeting and are paid in December of the year in which approved. Challenge grants and multi-year grants will be paid in accordance with the initial terms of the award, established by the applicant and the Trustees.

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

Register and submit a concept paper online:

For further general information and to submit concept papers, please contact:

Rita R. Goldberg, Grants Manager
(617) 227-7940 x775

For more specific questions regarding the grants program, please contact the following staff at Hemenway & Barnes:

Gioia C. Perugini, Program Officer

Caroline G. Slocum, Program Officer

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

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USA: Florida: Southwest and Central Florida;   Maine;   Massachusetts: The Greater Boston area: cities and towns that fall within Route 128, as far north as Lynn and as far south as Braintree;   New Hampshire;   Vermont

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