Guidelines

The Bruce J. Anderson Foundation is a family foundation, organized 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 program, initiatives and direct services in the fields of :


  • Mental Health, focusing on young adults, treatment, research and suicide prevention


  • Historic and Archival Preservation 


  • Environmental Protection


  • The Arts



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, 2021.  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



Nor does the Foundation make grants to individuals. Proposal review is conducted by The Philanthropic Initiative and Boston Foundation staff who make recommendations to the Board of Directors of the Bruce J. Anderson Foundation.  The review process may include a site visit or phone conversation.  Generally, notification of action on your request occurs after the Board meeting in June and announcements are made shortly after.  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 Paola Villatoro at pvillatoro@tpi.org or 617-338-5898.

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Grassroots Grant-Making


Purpose of Grassroots Grant-Making

Grassroots grant-making at the Boston Foundation is set up to respond quickly to community needs, with the Grassroots Fund proactively providing grants that range from $200 to $10,000 to grassroots organizations. These grants help people come together, establish relationships, strengthen political will, form caring connections, heal divides and build efficacy, clout and resilience. 


The Grassroots strategy provides early support for grassroots ideas and neighborhood-based innovation by making a range of small and speedy grants through the Grassroots Fund


The lessons learned and connections made through this process have enriched the Foundation’s grant-making. Ideas funded over the past five years have ranged from targeted events to transformational opportunities — each starting with the power of people.


Grassroots Fund Applications & Process

Applications for the Action Fund are accepted on a rolling basis.


Successful applications will:

  • Be complete, and follow application guidelines
  • Demonstrate resident participation and diverse perspectives
  • Show careful planning and appropriate budget allocations
  • Reflect the neighborhood’s ability to implement the proposed project


Priority will be given to projects that accomplish one or more of the following

  • Make your neighborhood safe, vibrant, clean or green; 
  • Have leaders that represent the communities with which they work;
  • Include diverse perspectives and participation by residents of all ages;
  • Increase participation by residents, organizations and businesses in 
  • Neighborhood activities and community associations; 
  • Increase residents’ confidence to do other projects;
  • Build partnerships with residents, community-based organizations, schools,
  • Religious institutions, local merchants or others. 


For questions about the application process, contact:

Natanja Craig, Director, Grassroots Programs, (617) 338-2678

Cairo Mendes, Grassroots Program Associate, (617) 338-4276


Hello,

Thank you for your most recent partnership with the Grassroots Strategy here at the Boston Foundation. 

In order to measure the impact of the work, we ask you to please fill the following evaluation as a complete evaluation is required to be considered for future funding through the Grassroots Fund. 

For any questions please email Cairo Mendes, cairo.mendes@tbf.org. 

_______________________________________________________________________

The Grassroots Strategy is one of the 7 impact areas operated by the Boston Foundation. We seek to recognize, include, and support the leaders and communities that have historically been excluded. 


There are three core components to our work: 

Activating Grassroots Leaders

We recognize the leadership and vision of community members and seek to support their growth and work. We do this by sponsoring professional development opportunities for grassroots leaders, connecting leaders to resources and other support systems, and hosting the Boston Neighborhood Fellows. 


Seeding Grassroots Ideas

Grassroots grant making at the Boston Foundation is set up to respond quickly to community needs, with the Grassroots Fund proactively providing grants that range from $200 to $10,000 to grassroots organizations and efforts led by leaders with lived experiences in the issues we work to address through all of our grant making. 


Deepening Grassroots Connections

We work to deepen grassroots connections by partnering with leaders to co-create safe and welcoming spaces and opportunities for community members, grassroots nonprofit leaders and Foundation staff to meet together, exchange stories and discuss lessons learned from community action to ensure that voices of communities historically excluded are present in all of our work


For any questions please email Cairo Mendes, cairo.mendes@tbf.org. 

Hello,

Thank you for your most recent partnership with the Grassroots Strategy here at the Boston Foundation. 

In order to measure the impact of the work, we ask you to please fill the following evaluation as a complete evaluation is required to be considered for future funding through the Grassroots Fund. 

For any questions please email Cairo Mendes, cairo.mendes@tbf.org. 

_______________________________________________________________________

The Grassroots Strategy is one of the 7 impact areas operated by the Boston Foundation. We seek to recognize, include, and support the leaders and communities that have historically been excluded. 


There are three core components to our work: 

Activating Grassroots Leaders

We recognize the leadership and vision of community members and seek to support their growth and work. We do this by sponsoring professional development opportunities for grassroots leaders, connecting leaders to resources and other support systems, and hosting the Boston Neighborhood Fellows. 


Seeding Grassroots Ideas

Grassroots grant making at the Boston Foundation is set up to respond quickly to community needs, with the Grassroots Fund proactively providing grants that range from $200 to $10,000 to grassroots organizations and efforts led by leaders with lived experiences in the issues we work to address through all of our grant making. 


Deepening Grassroots Connections

We work to deepen grassroots connections by partnering with leaders to co-create safe and welcoming spaces and opportunities for community members, grassroots nonprofit leaders and Foundation staff to meet together, exchange stories and discuss lessons learned from community action to ensure that voices of communities historically excluded are present in all of our work


For any questions please email Cairo Mendes, cairo.mendes@tbf.org. 

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