The George B. Henderson Foundation provides support for projects focused on the enhancement of the appearance and preservation of outdoor elements within Boston’s city limits, including parks, city streets, buildings, monuments, and architectural and sculptural works.
Project priorities identified in 2019 include permanent public art projects, projects focused on outdoor spaces, and historic preservation projects. In 2019, the foundation also is seeking proposals from projects in neighborhoods that have not been well represented in previous years, including but not limited to East Boston, South Boston, Mission Hill, Allston/Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Mattapan, and Roslindale.
Past grants have included support for capital projects such as the restoration of historic buildings, the creation of new public sculpture and gardens, the restoration of historic monuments, and other projects that demonstrate design excellence while enhancing the quality of life and sense of place for residents of the city. Projects should be visible by the public, preferably from a public way. If a project is dedicated to work on a building interior, the building should be open to the public a reasonable number of days each year.
The typical grant award ranges between $20,000 and $40,000, but the foundation will consider any project that fulfills its goals and offers outstanding benefit to the community.
Unless a municipal agency, applicants must be tax exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Projects must be located within the City of Boston.
The foundation will host an applicant forum for potential applicants on September 11, 2019, at Hemenway & Barnes, 75 State Street, Boston. Pre-registration for the session is required.
See the George B. Henderson Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and an FAQ.