Felicia Rose Grant Program

Felicia Rose


To support animal welfare nonprofits that work to:

  • strengthen the human-animal bond
  • promote respect for and kindness toward animals
  • help animals in need through sheltering, adoption, education, and medical care

About Felicia

Felicia Rose, an American Staffordshire Terrier, was a guest of MSPCA-Angell in 2015 and soon thereafter found her forever home. She has since thrived, becoming an emotional support animal, as well as a therapy and service dog. Trained by her owner, she was certified through Pet Partners.

This sweet pup has volunteered with Tufts University’s Paws for People. She loves playing at the dog park, enjoying KONGs full of peanut butter, and being the center of attention.


The Felicia Rose Grant Program (FRGP) awards $250,000 each year through five grants of $50,000 each. Grants will be payable over two to five years. Proposals are considered by invitation only.

An invitation is not a guarantee of funding, as it is likely that the number of proposals each year will exceed the number of awards. Please note that our small staff does not have the capacity to review or respond to unsolicited requests.


FRGP supports 501(c)(3) organizations that focus on animal welfare. Applicants should not only be headquartered in but also primarily serve eastern Massachusetts. A limited number of proposals may also be accepted from nonprofits that are based in Southern New Hampshire or Rhode Island but provide significant services within Massachusetts.

This program will not generally consider requests for:

  • Endowments
  • Medical research
  • Relatively new entities
  • Political, legislative, or lobbying organizations
  • Individuals or debt reduction, no matter how worthy
  • Organizations that do not regularly file IRS Form 990
  • Major capital campaigns, unless very near completion
  • Very large organizations already supported by robust endowments
  • Organizations that do not have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the U.S. Internal Revenue Service Code
  • National or regional organizations, or local branches thereof that do not have an EIN separate from that of the larger entity
  • Organizations that discriminate based on race, color, gender, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, etc.

Prior grant recipients are eligible to apply for an additional grant if:

  • All previous grants to that organization from FRGP or other Cummings Foundation programs have been fully disbursed
  • All requirements stipulated in the prior grant agreement have been fulfilled by the recipient organization
  • At least one year has passed since the disbursement of the final grant installment
  • The organization has been invited to re-apply

Cummings Foundation reserves the right to make exceptions to the above eligibility requirements or to change them with or without notice.

Application Process and Grantee Requirements

The application process begins with a brief letter of inquiry (LOI). A limited number of applicants will then be invited to complete a more comprehensive full application. At the discretion of FRGP, site visits may be conducted as part of the evaluation process.

FRGP is very interested in learning about the activities being supported by its grant funding. Accordingly, it typically conducts one site visit during each year of a grant term and asks each grant recipient to complete an annual impact report. The report is required for an organization to be eligible for future installments of current grants as well as future new grants.

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2021-2022 Application Timeline

November 1
LOI opens for invited applicants

Preview the 2022 LOI

LOIs are accepted via the online portal only, and an access code is required. Organizations should submit no more than one LOI per grant cycle.

December 30, Noon
LOIs due

Foundation staff will be available to answer questions up until the deadline. Nonprofits are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and submit well before the deadline, as extensions will not be granted.

February 1
Application opens for invited applicants

Nonprofits that submit an LOI should mark this date on their calendar and, if they do not receive an email notification, should contact FRGP (after first checking their spam folder).

March 1, Noon
Applications due

Grants staff will be available during business hours to answer questions up until the deadline. Nonprofits are strongly encouraged to plan ahead and submit well before the deadline, as extensions will not be granted.

Week of May 1
Grant approval and decline letters sent via postal mail

Nonprofits that submit an application should mark this date on their calendar, watch their postal mailbox, and if they do not receive a notification, contact FRGP.

Important notices about funding requests are sent via email. To decrease the likelihood of missing such emails, applicants are encouraged to check their spam folders regularly for emails from an @cummings.com address.

How to Apply

All applications begin with a simple letter of inquiry, accepted via an online portal only.