Mid-Sized Capital Grants
The Foundation will consider requests for support for transformative capital projects with a total project cost in the $250,000-$3 million range from agencies that are well-led, can point to significant accomplishments, and have a mission that is clearly aligned with that of the Smith Family Foundation.
The Trustees’ intent in presenting this opportunity is not to provide general support for larger, multi-million dollar capital campaigns, but rather to catalyze discrete, identifiable projects that meet a specific need in keeping with the Foundation’s mission. Projects that might be funded include those that enliven public spaces, such as recreational or community facilities, parks, or public art, as well as projects that improve the quality of life and well-being of individuals and families, and provide for the benefit of entire neighborhoods and communities.
The requested funds must be for a game-changing physical asset that will permanently enhance an agency’s service delivery potential, either by enabling it to serve significantly more clients, provide new and vitally important services, or improve the quality of its existing programs in deep and lasting ways. It is anticipated that one to two such grants could be made annually.
Examples of previously funded projects that meet these criteria include a new Boys & Girls Club teen center in Mattapan, a disaster operation center for Boston for the American Red Cross, and an overnight shelter for homeless youth in Cambridge. Please review our list of past Mid-Sized Capital grantees to assess whether your project aligns well with the program’s objectives.
To be eligible for a Mid-Sized Capital Grant, an applicant must be:
- A nonprofit organization with 501(c)3 tax-exempt status
- An agency whose primary mission aligns with an issue area in which the Foundation funds. Possible issue areas of interest include, among others:
- cultural and economic vitality
- economic mobility and/or human services
- youth development
- An agency (or program within an agency) that serves people in Greater Boston or in the cities of Chelsea, Lawrence, Lowell, Lynn, Brockton, Fall River, or New Bedford.
In seeking a Mid-Sized Capital Grant, the recipient organization must demonstrate that it will have sufficient funding to maintain and repair the capital project over time and to support programs that make maximum use of the funded project.
Ineligible applicants include individuals; endowments or private foundations; religious organizations, where the grant is to be used for sectarian purposes; federal, state, or municipal agencies; or political campaigns.
Process For Consideration
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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, however, due to high volume of inquiries received for a limited number of funding opportunities, staff will only respond if there is interest in learning more and/or sufficient interest on the part of Trustees to solicit a full proposal.
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