Cummings Foundation's brand new Sustaining Grants program provides additional support to a limited number of multi-year $100K for 100 grant winners whose grants are in their final year and who the Foundation believes have provided exemplary services to local communities. In 2017, the Sustaining Grants Committee will select five nonprofits to continue receiving annual grant disbursements of $20,000 to $50,000 for undefined extended periods of up to 10 years, with no application required. The program may expand to 10 recipients in 2018.
In addition to rewarding and supporting the work of especially effective local organizations, the Sustaining Grants program will remove a number of charities each year from consideration in the $100K for 100 program, thus increasing other charities' probabilities of receiving $100K for 100 awards.
Procedure and Eligibility
There is no application process for Sustaining Grants; rather, the Sustaining Grants Committee will rely primarily on past $100K for 100 applications and Impact Reports, as well as Committee Members' independent research, to narrow the list of eligible charities. The Committee may then conduct site visits with a limited number of finalists to aid in the decision-making.
All nonprofits in their final year of a $100K for 100 grant will automatically be considered for a Sustaining Grant. Accordingly, please do not contact Cummings Foundation to request to be considered for this program.
The winners of Sustaining Grants will be a diverse group. Each year, no more than 40 percent of recipients will represent the same cause (education, healthcare, human services, social justice, other) or county (Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk). Sustaining Grant recipients must abide by the terms set forth in the Grant Agreement, which include completing an Impact Report annually.