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Eligibility and Guidelines

Due to the volume of requests the Richard and Susan Smith Family Foundation receives in a given year and the finite number of grants the Foundation is able to make, applications for all grants, except Mid-Sized Capital Grants and Small Capital Grants, are by invitation only. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted.

Eligibility

In general, organizations looking to receive funding from the Foundation must demonstrate:

  • strong and creative leadership;
  • a transformative program model with a track record of success;
  • evaluation capacity;
  • the potential for increased impact in Greater Boston or select Gateway Cities; and
  • alignment with the Foundation’s mission and areas of giving.

 
All applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status or a fiscal sponsor that is a 501(c)3 public charity; and
  • Agencies or programs within agencies that serve people in the Greater Boston area (roughly defined as within Route 128) and/or the Gateway Cities of Brockton, Chelsea, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, or New Bedford.

 
The following entities are ineligible for a grant from the Foundation:

  • Individuals
  • Endowments or private foundations
  • Religious organizations, where the grant is to be used for sectarian purposes
  • Federal, state, or municipal agencies (with rare exceptions)
  • Political campaigns

To Be Considered for a Mid-Sized Capital Grant

Please review the summary of the Mid-Sized Capital Grants Program to determine whether your organization and capital project align with this funding opportunity. If you believe your work aligns with the Foundation’s funding criteria, please submit a letter of inquiry via the new online application system. The LOI includes brief questions about organization contacts, annual operating budget, mission, programs, target population and geographic area served, and a concise description of the project you would like the Foundation to consider, including the total project cost and remaining need. First-time applicants must register before starting an LOI. You will be asked to take a brief eligibility quiz before you may begin the LOI process. If you have applied to the Smith Family Foundation in the past, please email Amy Hampe at ahampe@smithfamilyfoundation.net to receive a login and password.
 
The Foundation will review all LOI submissions on a rolling basis and organizations typically hear back within six months. However, due to the high volume of inquiries received for a limited number of funding opportunities, few organizations will be invited to submit full proposals.

To Apply for a Small Capital Grant

Please review the summary of the Small Capital Grants Program to determine whether your organization and capital project align with this funding opportunity. The next deadline to submit a proposal for the Small Capital Grants program is 5pm ET on Thursday, March 8, 2018. The new online application is now open. First-time applicants must register before starting an application. You will be asked to take a brief eligibility quiz before you may begin the application process. If you have applied to the Smith Family Foundation in the past, we ask that you please email Amy Hampe at ahampe@smithfamilyfoundation.net to receive a login and password.
 
If you would like to discuss a potential project or have questions about your organization’s eligibility, please contact Amy Hampe at 857-404-0705 or ahampe@smithfamilyfoundation.net. Final grant award decisions for the spring 2018 round of applications are expected to be made by mid-June 2018.
 

Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for further information about the Foundation’s processes.