A portion of the Foundation’s grant-making funds are distributed through special programs or initiatives that seek to address a well-defined issue or need. These programs are created when the Foundation, often in partnership with other funders, sets aside resources to address specific, pressing issues, frequently over a multi-year period. The funding criteria and application process vary by program and funds are often, but not always, distributed through competitive requests for proposals.
Below is a complete list of other opportunities for support from the Foundation. Please note that not all opportunities are open to application; we've highlighted those that are or will soon be accepting proposals.
The Equality Fund at the Boston Foundation is now accepting applications for grants of up to $20,000 from organizations working to benefit the LGBTQ community in Greater Boston. The Fund is seeking proposals that unmet or under-met needs, issues or problems facing LGBTQ+ populations in Massachusetts, many of which were outlined in the Boston Foundation's 2018 Equality and Equity report.
We encourage new and existing nonprofit 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 opportunities facing our community.