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Bruce J. Anderson Foundation

Serving Cape Ann and Nashoba Valley

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation provides grants for programs, direct services and new initiatives in the fields of mental health (treatment, research and suicide prevention, with a particular interest in mental health services supporting LGBTQIA young people), environmental protection, historic and archival preservation, and the arts. Grants are made for organizations and activities focused on two geographical areas: Cape Ann and Nashoba Valley.
The submission period for the 2024 grants cycle has closed.


Bruce J Anderson Foundation Guidelines 2024

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation is a family foundation, structured as a supporting organization of the Boston Foundation, established in 1980 to memorialize Bruce by his six siblings. Governed by a Board of Directors, and in consultation with Anderson family members, grants are made in support of programs, initiatives, and direct services focusing on young people and those who are not served adequately by existing resources (particularly those who are LGBTQ+) in the fields of:

  • Mental health treatment, support, research, & suicide prevention
  • Historic and archival preservation
  • Environmental protection
  • The arts

Grantmaking Priorities:

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation focuses its grantmaking in two geographical areas of Massachusetts:
  • Cape Ann (specifically, the communities of Gloucester, Rockport, Essex and Manchester)
  • Nashoba Valley (specifically, the communities of Harvard, Ayer, Groton, Pepperell, Shirley and Townsend.)

Requests are sought in the $2,500 to $12,000 range. Grant funds are available to support activities that occur after July 1, 2024. Approved requests may be fully or partially funded.

Please note that the Board of Directors favors:

  • Programs that will serve a wide segment of the community and assist those who are not served adequately by existing resources;
  • Demonstration projects that provide practical approaches for dealing with specific problems; and
  • Programs where the Foundation’s contribution is likely to leverage additional support.

The Board does not customarily make grants for:

  • Scholarships or loans
  • Conferences or films, and/or
  • Religious programs
The Foundation does not make grants to individuals.

Proposal process:

Proposal review is conducted by Bruce J. Anderson Foundation trustees and Boston Foundation staff who make recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation. The review process may include a phone conversation. Generally, notification of action on your request occurs after the Board meeting in June and announcements are made at the end of July. We hope you will carefully review the requirements of this Request for Proposal (RFP) and submit a proposal only if your project meets the application guidelines. Questions or requests for additional information should be directed to Amy Kingman at or 207-595-1437.

Past Awards

Lists of 2023202220212020201920182017201620152014201320122011 and 2010 grantees are available as PDFs.