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The Philanthropy Connection Grants

Grants to Greater Boston Area, Massachusetts
Nonprofits to Benefit Low-Resource Individuals

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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The Philanthropy Connection (TPC)

LOI Date:


Deadline Date:

02/24/20 5:00 PM EST


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Grants of up to $25,000 to Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, Massachusetts nonprofit organizations to support programs that benefit socially or economically disadvantaged individuals. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full application. Applications are invited from organizations with missions that address one or more of the following: poverty, income inequality, health and wellness, social bias, employment opportunity and readiness, and educational opportunity and readiness.

Applicants may submit a funding request for one of the following areas:

  • Operations and general support
  • Programming (existing, new, or expanded)
  • Tangible goods to advance a program (e.g., a van, cameras, computers)
  • Infrastructure-building resources including, but not limited to, those for:
    • Evaluation: developing methods to collect, analyze, and use information to assess efficacy of projects, policies, or programs;
    • Organizational development: creating or enhancing approaches to solicit and gather contributions, identify donors, and other organizational development needs;
    • Planning: strategic, financial, or marketing planning;
    • Communications: marketing and public relations, social and/or traditional media, and website design; and,
    • Board of Directors: strengthening the Board’s ability to lead, manage, and/or monitor the organization.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 147376

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $25,000

Term of Contract:

An organization may be funded by TPC two years in a row provided the organization has complied with all conditions of the initial grant.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All applicants must:

A. Have either 501(c)(3) tax status OR have a Fiscal Sponsor and a Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement letter.
- In the case of local organizations/affiliates with a larger parent organization, the local organization/affiliate must have its own 501(c)(3) status.

B. Meet revenue eligibility criteria:
- 501(c)(3) organizations must have annual revenue between $200,000 and $2 million, as reported on the Total Revenue line 12 of its most recent IRS Form 990
- Organizations with fiscal sponsors must have annual revenue between $200,000 and $2 million certified in a letter from its Fiscal Sponsor, including only that which would be reported on the Total Revenue line 12 of IRS Form 990
- Organizations must be in solid financial standing and have filed requisite Massachusetts Form NP and IRS 990 filings. TPC typically does not fund organizations with significant year over year operating losses or less than 3 months of cash reserves to cover operations.

C. Meet geographic eligibility criteria:

An eligible applicant must be located in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, or for national organizations, have a site within this area, defined largely as towns falling within the I-495 loop, plus:
- Amesbury, Haverhill, Methuen, Lawrence, Lowell
- Maynard, Hudson, Marlborough, Milford, Franklin
- Massachusetts towns north of the intersection of I-495 and Rt. 25

D. Meet mission eligibility criteria:

An applicant must address in its mission one or more of the following:
- Poverty
- Income inequality
- Employment opportunity and readiness
- Educational opportunity and readiness
- Health and wellness
- Social bias (e.g., gender, ethnic, and/or racial)

Applications will not be accepted from the following types of organizations:
- Political, international, or 501(c)(4) advocacy organizations
- Organizations that provide any religious programming, instruction, or proselytizing on behalf of a particular religion
- Family foundations
- Local organizations or affiliates of a larger parent organization that lack their own independent 501(c)(3) status
- “Pass through” or conduit organizations
- Funding requests for capital campaigns will also not be accepted

In fairness to all applicants, no exceptions will be made.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates 2019-2020 for the Grant Application Process:
- November 11: New Grant cycle starts and applications are distributed
- December 9: Letters of Intent due at 5:00 PM, EST
- January 27: Requests for full proposals are sent to applicants
- February 24: Full proposals are due at 5:00 PM, EST
- April 1: Applicants sent site visit requests
- April 29: TPC concludes all site visits
- May: Organizations notified of grant awards
- Early June: New Grantees attend TPC’s Grant Awards and All Member Meeting

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Letter of Intent Application:

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Massachusetts: Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, almost exclusively within the I-495 loop