OneWorld Boston Grant Program
$10 million in local grants during 2013
In 2013, OneWorld Boston, Inc., will award more than $10 million to local area not-for-profits. Included will be 100 grants of $100,000 each. While many of these grants will be made as single awards, many will be multi-year awards, with payments spread over two to five years, and in a few cases, up to 10 years.
Grant Application Information
100 Grants of $100,000 each
OneWorld Boston opened its 2013 grant cycle in September 2012 with the acceptance of Letters of Inquiry. These letters were received and reviewed on a rolling basis through February 28, 2013.
Organizations invited to the next stage of the process will be invited to complete full online applications, for which the review process began in January. Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis through April 30, 2013.
The first 10 “early decision” grantees were determined by Cummings Properties’ staff and announced in February. The announcement of the remaining 90 grant recipients, and the payment of awards, will take place in June.
Those not-for-profits submitting full applications will be asked to create a Giving Common profile at www.GivingCommon.org. OneWorld Boston is delighted to use and promote this wonderful new online tool introduced in New England by The Boston Foundation that connects charities and donors, while also greatly reducing the paperwork and redundancies for most applications.
In the future, the Giving Common will likely be used in much the same manner as the Common Application for Undergraduate Admission, used by nearly 500 colleges and universities. In this way, charities could satisfy large portions of a variety of grant applications by directing grant-making organizations to the charities’ online Giving Common profiles, rather than repeatedly submitting the same information on different forms to variouse grant-makers. While Cummings Foundation has no formal affiliation with The Boston Foundation, we appreciate its leadership in creating this valuable tool, which has the potential to save significant time for both grant seekers and grant-making organizations. Learn more about the Giving Common through this online video.
As a place-based philanthropy, OneWorld Boston seeks to support not-for-profits in the greater Boston area, with priority given to those based in and serving the communities of eastern Middlesex County. OneWorld Boston will fund a variety of local causes, including underserved populations, healthcare, social justice, and education. While not in any way minimizing the value or importance of arts, cultural, and athletic organizations, these areas are not among OneWorld Boston’s priorities.
The Foundation is particularly interested in funding organizations that would leverage a grant to encourage additional financial support from the community or other foundations. Not-for-profits proposing a matching gift or challenge grant would receive special consideration, but must ultimately achieve their matching gift goals to receive funding.
Grant recipients may be eligible to receive additional
grants as frequently as one time every three years.
New ongoing grants to the same (or substantially
the same) entity generally will not be considered.
Boston will not generally consider requests for support for:
- Scholarship funds
endeavors as such
legislative, or lobbying organizations
benefit events, or debt reduction, no matter
- Organizations with the primary purpose of making grants to other entities
that discriminate based on race, color, gender,
religion, sexual orientation, national origin,
age, disability, etc.
that do not have tax-exempt status under Section
501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service
Code, or the equivalent
- International, national, or regional organizations, or local branches thereof that solicit funds
substantially beyond Massachusetts
Please note that OneWorld Boston has made it a policy not to hold informational, relationship-building meetings with organizations. Since this policy is applied uniformly, organizations will not be disadvantaged by it in any way.
B. Swets, Executive Director
Please note that Cummings Foundation reserves the right to modify, add to, amend, or eliminate any of its eligibility requirements, priority funding areas, or policies at any time.