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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.


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 for a Mid-Sized Capital Grant, please send a letter of inquiry via email to Please include the following information (500 word maximum): organization name, annual operating budget, target population and geographic area served, a concise description of the organization and a brief description of the project you would like the Foundation to consider, including the total project cost and remaining need. The Foundation will review all such emails on a rolling basis and organizations will 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

The next deadline to submit a proposal for the Small Capital Grants program is 5pm ET on Thursday, March 8, 2018. Final grant award decisions for the spring 2018 round of applications are expected to be made by mid-June 2018. Please review the summary of the Small Capital Grants Program to determine whether your organization and capital project align with this funding opportunity. 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
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for further information about the Foundation’s processes.