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Open Door Grant

Grants to Massachusetts Nonprofits for Projects
Addressing Critical Needs in the Greater Boston Area

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Boston Foundation (TBF)

Conf. Date:

01/13/20

Deadline Date:

01/31/20

Description:

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Grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to Massachusetts new and established nonprofits in the Greater Boston area for innovative programs that address critical needs and challenges in local communities. Organizations supporting individuals with physical disabilities or seniors are especially encouraged to apply for an Open Door Grant as the Foundation has funding specifically designated for these purposes. Funding is available for general operating support as well as project support, including capacity-building projects.

The Foundation encourages organizations in Greater Boston that are not currently aligned with the strategies, goals, and approaches pursued in the Foundation’s five impact areas to pursue Open Door Grants for support of their efforts to meet existing needs or test new ideas and innovations that address the most critical challenges and biggest opportunities facing the community. The Foundation's five areas of impact are:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Health and Wellness
  • Neighborhoods and Housing
  • Jobs and Economic Development

Open Door Grants are especially focused on organizations serving and building power in communities historically excluded from institutional philanthropy and whose leadership reflects the communities they serve. Examples include, but are not limited to: communities of color; the LGBTQIA community; immigrants and refugees; people with disabilities; poor or low-income people; youth and seniors.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182035

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$2,000,000

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grant funding ranging from $10,000 to $50,000. The average award amount is $24.5k.

Term of Contract:

Grants are made for one year at a time and for up to two years in a row, with a renewal application required for those seeking a second year of funding.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

An eligible applicant would be an existing or new organization that:
- Is not in direct conflict with the strategies, goals, and approaches pursued by the Foundation’s five impact areas
- Has a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit designation from the IRS or operates under the fiscal sponsorship of a tax-exempt nonprofit (Your organization is responsible for having that relationship in place before submitting an application.)
- Primarily serves the people of the cities and towns in the Foundation’s catchment area, with the exception of regional, statewide or national public policy efforts that may benefit a substantial portion of the people in the Foundation’s catchment area
- Aligns with the Foundation’s Values Statement, which seeks to broaden participation; foster collaboration; and heal racial, ethnic and community divisions
- Does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or the provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin or disability
- Has not submitted an application within the past 12 months

The Boston Foundation does not make grants for capital construction costs, endowments, medical or academic research, scholarships, sectarian or religious purposes, or to support candidates for political office. Private non-operating foundations, 501(c)(4) organizations, and Section 501(a)(3) Type III Non-functionally Integrated organizations are not eligible to apply. In addition, grants are not made to individual persons or individual schools. Schools must apply through their school districts and districts may submit one application every 12 months.

Pre-proposal Conference:

If you're interested in learning more about applying for Open Door Grants, you are encouraged to register for a special webinar on the process, Monday, January 13 at 3:00 PM.

To register: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/9106996831246025997

Pre-Application Information:

The application deadline is January 31, 2019.

Decisions announced for August 2019 applications: mid-December 2019.

Webinar: https://vimeo.com/345750238

FAQs: https://www.tbf.org/nonprofits/funding-opportunities/open-door-grants/odg-faqs
Impact Areas: https://www.tbf.org/what-we-do/strategic-focus-areas
Values Statement: https://www.tbf.org/who-we-are/mission

Contact Information:

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

Apply online: https://www.grantrequest.com/SID_333/default.asp?SA=SNA&FID=35025

For questions, contact:
opendoor@tbf.org
617.338.1700

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USA: Massachusetts: Greater Boston Area

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