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Funding Opportunities

An overview of the Boston Foundation's discretionary grantmaking approach

Each year, the Boston Foundation distributes more than $15 million in grants and other support from the Permanent Fund for Boston, an endowed pool of funds built over the last 100 years by contributors who want to see the Greater Boston community thrive. Discretionary grants are largely awarded through a competitive process open to all nonprofits serving the Foundation’s catchment area, stewarded by the Foundation’s Program Department staff and approved by the Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Current Opportunities

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Applications Now Open: TBF Safety Net Grants Program

The Safety Net Grants program is designed to support social service organizations that respond to essential needs, defined as resources that restore health, wellness, safety and belonging for individuals or families in crisis, for marginalized communities and vulnerable residents in Greater Boston. 

Safety Net Grants Overview and How to Apply
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Equality Fund 2023 Grant Applications

The Equality Fund is now accepting applications from Greater Boston nonprofit organizations that serve and strengthen the LGBTQ+ community, with an eye toward highlighting and partnering with organizations at the intersection of race and ethnicity with LGBTQ+ identities.

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Our Funding Programs

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Impact Area Funding

The Boston Foundation invests the majority of its discretionary resources in five impact areas informed by research we have commissioned and by our Civic Leadership work in general. Nonprofits fitting within the defined goals of those areas and strategies are invited to apply for support after conversation with a program officer from their respective field.

Grant Guidelines
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Safety Net Grants

The Safety Net Grants program is designed to support social service organizations that respond to essential needs for marginalized communities and vulnerable residents in Greater Boston.

Safety Net Grants Overview
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Special Grant-Making Initiatives

The Foundation makes grants and strategic investments through a number of special issue-focused programs and initiatives. These activities have varying purposes, some of which are open to application.

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Sponsorships

Each year, the Boston Foundation devotes a portion of its discretionary grant-making resources to help support the fundraising events of nonprofits in the Greater Boston community. 

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