The Boston Foundation is accepting applications for its Open Door Grants program, which supports organizations and programs working to meet existing needs or eager to test new ideas and innovations that address the most critical challenges and biggest opportunities facing the greater Boston community.
In particular, Open Door Grants are focused on organizations serving and building power in communities that historically have been excluded from institutional philanthropy and whose leadership reflects the communities they serve. Examples include but are not limited to communities of color, the LGBTQIA community, immigrants and refugees, people with disabilities, poor or low-income people, and youth and seniors. Organizations that work on behalf of seniors or individuals with physical disabilities are especially encouraged to apply for a grant, as the foundation has funding specifically designated for these purposes.
Organizations may apply for either general operating support or project-specific (including capacity-building projects) grants ranging between $10,000 and $50,000.
To be eligible, an applicant must be considered tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code and serve the people of the cities and towns in the foundation’s catchment area, with the exception of regional, statewide, or national public policy efforts that may benefit a substantial portion of the people in the foundation’s catchment area. In addition, applicants must not discriminate in the hiring of staff or the provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.
For complete program guidelines and application instructions, see the Boston Foundation website.