Who does the Smith Family Foundation fund?
Generally speaking, the Smith Family Foundation supports 501(c)3 organizations in Greater Boston addressing issues in health, urban education, and economic mobility. Lists of current and past Smith Family Foundation grantees can be found on the Areas of Giving pages. For additional information on who is eligible to apply for a grant, please visit Eligibility.
How do I apply?
Due to the high volume of requests the Foundation receives in any given year and the number of grants the Foundation is able to make, applications for all grants, except Small Capital Grants and Mid-Sized Capital Grants, are by invitation only. Unsolicited applications will not be accepted. If you are applying for a Small Capital Grant or Mid-Sized Capital Grant, please see Grant Guidelines.
Does the Foundation buy tables at events?
No, the Foundation does not support organizations in this way.
Does the Foundation make multi-year commitments?
Yes, many of the Smith Family Foundation’s grants are structured as multi-year commitments, which are contingent upon agreed upon performance benchmarks. The Foundation has learned that this approach allows highly-effective leaders to focus their time and attention on long-range planning, innovation, and quality improvement instead of fundraising.
In which Gateway Cities does the Foundation fund?
While the vast majority of grants from the Smith Family Foundation are directed toward organizations in Greater Boston, the Foundation is also open to funding opportunities in the Gateway Cities of Brockton, Chelsea, Fall River, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, and New Bedford.
Will a staff member from the Foundation come out to visit my organization?
All organizations being considered for funding will be visited by a staff member from the Foundation. Unfortunately, staff is not able to accommodate all requests for site visits from organizations not actively being considered for funding.