Committed to improving the quality of life in Greater Boston.

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 may align with this funding opportunity. Potential applicants are encouraged to contact Foundation staff prior to submitting a letter of inquiry to determine whether their organization and/or proposed project are eligible for consideration under this program. Inquiries may be directed to Amy Hampe at 857-404-0705, info@smithfamilyfoundation.net, or sign up for a 15 minute introductory call to share more about the organization/project. If you believe your work aligns with the Foundation’s funding criteria, please submit a LOI via the online application system. LOI questions are available here for review. 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 info@smithfamilyfoundation.net to request a login and password.
 
The Foundation will review LOI submissions on a rolling basis and organizations typically hear back within six months. However, please submit by September 16, 2019 in order to be included in the upcoming review round. Please note that 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 may align with this funding opportunity. The next deadline to submit a proposal for the Small Capital Grants program is 5pm ET on Wednesday, September 25, 2019. Final grant award decisions are expected to be made by the end of January 2020.
 
Potential applicants are encouraged to register for the Thursday, August 15 information session webinar to learn more about the Small Capital Grants program. If you have additional questions, please contact Amy Hampe at 857-404-0705, info@smithfamilyfoundation.net, or sign up for a 15 minute call.

For All Other Grant Areas

If you believe your organization could be a fit for one of the invitation-only grant areas (Health or Urban Education), please send a brief introductory email to info@smithfamilyfoundation.net including the following information: organization name, location, website, a brief description of the organization and population served, your contact information, and the grant area for which you would like to be considered. Please note that this email is for informational purposes only and should not be considered a formal letter of inquiry or an application which will be evaluated for funding. We will do our best to respond to your email in a timely manner.
 
Please review the Frequently Asked Questions for further information about the Foundation’s processes.