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 2021 include permanent public art projects, projects focused on outdoor spaces, and historic preservation projects. The foundation welcomes proposals from projects in neighborhoods that have not been well represented in previous grants, including but not limited to East Boston, South Boston, Mission Hill, Allston/Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Mattapan, and Roslindale.
Past grants include 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 accessible and visible to the public. If a project is focused on a building interior, the building should be open to the public a reasonable number of days a 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.
See the George B. Henderson Foundation website for complete program guidelines, application instructions, and an FAQ.