Each year, the Boston Foundation distributes more than $16 million in grants and other support from the Permanent Fund for Boston, an endowed pool of funds contributed by donors who want to see the Greater Boston community thrive. These discretionary grant-making dollars are largely awarded through a competitive process that is open to all nonprofits serving the Foundation’s catchment area and is stewarded by the Foundation’s Program Department Staff. All grants are approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
Since 2009, the Boston Foundation has invested the majority of its discretionary resources to move the needle in a set of five impact areas and two crosscutting strategies outlined below. As a complement to this targeted approach, beginning in the Fall of 2016, the Boston Foundation will distribute a portion of its resources via a new Open Door Grants program that is designed to respond to the expressed opportunities and needs of the communities we serve.
In addition to the above, the Foundation makes grants and strategic investments through a number of special issue-focused programs and initiatives. These Other Support activities have varying purposes, some of which are open to application.