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Fay Slover Fund

The Fay Slover Fund was established at The Boston Foundation in 2010 to support start-up or program grants to organizations looking to increase access to art in underserved communities.

The Fund provides grants of up to $25,000 for organizations working to create, sustain, or grow programs to increase access to the arts in underserved communities throughout the United States and beyond.

We have seen the following models achieve their goal of increasing access to art in their communities:

  • Independent nonprofit organizations, grown from the ground up
  • Programs within existing community arts organizations
  • Programs within colleges/universities
  • Collaborative efforts
The Fund is advised by an Expansion Committee, whose members serve as advisors to the Fund and review grant applications.

 Application process

The Fund is now accepting brief Letters of Interest (LOIs) for Fall 2021. LOI deadline: Thursday, September 30.

Click the link below for the Request for LOIs, which provides more information on what to include:

Fay Slover Fund 2021 Request for LOIs

For current Fay Slover Fund grantees, more information will be posted soon on the fall 2021 renewal application process.

Artwork by Leslie Miller
Artwork by Leslie Miller

Eligibility and Current Sites

Eligibility of Recipients

To be eligible for grants from the Fay Slover Fund, applicants must be:

  • Organizations or programs working to create, sustain, or grow an art donation program
  • Have a board of directors and a 501(c) (3) status*

* If your status is pending, please include a fiscal agency agreement. International agencies should provide an equivalent proof of NGO status.

Artwork by Adria Arch
Artwork by Adria Arch

Fay Slover Fund Grant Priorities

Funding amounts will be awarded based on key indicators of success:

  • A demonstrated ability to acquire significant support from sources other than the Fay Slover Fund at The Boston Foundation
  • Sustainability beyond our funding period
  • Previous grantees who have demonstrated progress appropriate to the amount of funding they received in past years
  • Previous grantees who have demonstrated decreasing reliance on FSF funding, as evidenced by grant representing a smaller percentage of budget and/or requesting less than the largest grant size
Artwork by Caren Loebel-Fried
Artwork by Caren Loebel-Fried

Learn more about our current Expansion Sites:

Artwork by Fay Chandler
Artwork by Fay Chandler

Past Expansion Sites :

For more information about grants from the Fay Slover Fund at The Boston Foundation, please contact Mahalia Banton, oMNPldPtBSJgf2cmyhrQKkcgq6jLXZ49gvQ7eXdav4lT2pzYmNP6wjAuOTm70TM0oQA6ke6GGfcobVGXZmygBe+/GVPmTGLUNT2NnK+BkPIQqWMoEsI0ppRfnPXm3VWBemiFzyHKDrCfSwMNDfrwnr7dbmYGd671uiMqhVQg/b0= or Leslie Pine, yRn2z6U1IiqimYuIBoAqiV7To23YO3iC0kJSn4gPD0eSS3xzGlx9xJB4N0UrlIcH/FyVsrr6GxFzSUQq0vhlXSNi3fqoaOQH4/yPGTL46LCpa0veL30Jg91yU7VrkR06ROJhe1K6zuhm80MOE0QDWA== at The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI)