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Funding Sources

Sun Life Rising Star Award: Next deadline June 9, 2014

To be considered for a Sun Life Rising Star Award, your organization should:

  • be designated as not-for-profit and tax-exempt as defined by the Internal Revenue Service code,
  • operate within (or within 40 miles of) one of the following locations: Boston, MA; Detroit, MI; Philadelphia, PA; Los Angeles, CA; or South Florida (includes the following counties: Miami-Dade, Palm Beach, Broward, Lee, Hendry, Collier, and Monroe),
  • directly benefit secondary school youth, ages 21 and younger, in the area of education engagement and matriculation rates,
  • be aligned with or partner with secondary or post-secondary educational institutions,
  • demonstrate fiscal soundness,
  • have clearly stated and measurable goals and objectives,
  • seek funding for specific program support, and
  • have at least a three-year track record of success.

Each organization will also be required to nominate a student for a Sun Life Rising Star Award. Students may be nominated only through their supporting nonprofit organization. For more information, click here.

NEW Mass Mentoring Technical Assistance Project (TAP): accepting requests through Aug. 30
Mass Mentoring Partnership (MMP) is dedicated to making some of our technical assistance resources available to programs that need financial support. The Technical Assistance Project (TAP) was developed to provide limited no-cost technical assistance to qualifying programs to continue this important service. MMP has provided more than 400 hours to more than 60 programs across the state. In 2014, MMP is committed to providing more than 150 hours of technical assistance through TAP. The hours will be spread over as many organizations as possible with an intended focus on organizations that are unable to afford the Fee-for-service rate. Get more information and apply now.

Cabot Family Charitable Trust: Annual deadlines Feb. 1 and Sept. 1
The Cabot Family Charitable Trust makes grant awards to nonprofit organizations working in the arts and culture, education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and for the public benefit. The trust provides funding for general support, as well as for specific programs and activities and capital campaigns. For more information, visit

Paul and Edith Babson Foundation: Annual deadlines Feb. 6 and Sept. 9
The areas for funding consideration include: entrepreneurship and economic development; culture, education and leadership development; and environment and community building. For more information, visit

Essex County Community Foundation: Deadlines vary
ECCF has a number of different grant making funds with deadlines throughout the year. The details of these funds can be found at

Bank of America Philanthropic Management: Deadlines vary
Separate from the funding Bank of America gives through its corporate Foundation, Bank of America Philanthropic Management serves as trustee, co-trustee or agent to a wide variety of discretionary charitable foundations. These foundations' donors have granted Bank of America the authority to design their grantmaking programs and carry out the philanthropic mission of the foundations. For a complete listing of these nearly 100 foundations, as well as detailed information about the grant making focus of each, go to

Mabel Louise Riley Foundation: Deadlines quarterly
The Foundation's current priorities include:

  • Education and social services for disadvantaged children and adolescents.
  • Community development that will benefit low-income and minority neighborhoods, including job development and training, housing, historic preservation, the urban environment, and the arts.
  • Citywide efforts in Boston and vicinity that will produce cultural improvements and benefits.
  • Grants that, despite some risk, offer a potential of high impact or significant new benefits for a community. The Foundation is especially interested in leveraging its grants by funding a new program that can become self-sufficient or may serve as models for other areas.
  • Preschool reading programs.
  • Improvement of race relations and safety issues.

For more information, visit

The Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits: Deadline rolling
The Catalyst Fund for Nonprofits is a unique five-year fund created through a partnership of the Boston Foundation, Boston LISC, The Hyams Foundation, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and managed by Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF). It will be a source of financial and technical advisory support as a catalyst for promising voluntary collaborative ventures and mergers among nonprofit organizations. It will initially be focused on support to Greater Boston nonprofits, with the goal of developing a permanent resource infrastructure to support nonprofit collaborations—rooted in best practices and data-based outcome metrics. Click here for more information.

Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation: Deadlines rolling
The Foundation supports local organizations that provide basic human services to residents of eastern Massachusetts. Grant recipients generally provide services in the following areas: affordable housing, homelessness prevention, job readiness, family and children, human services, and community healthcare. The foundation accepts two types of grant requests: Community Grants and Partnership Grants. For more information, click here.

BJ's Charitable Foundation: Deadlines quarterly
Eligible organizations must be tax-exempt under 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code and recognized as a “public charity” by the IRS. Organizations must also align with BJ’s Charitable Foundation’s mission of supporting organizations that support basic needs programs in the form of hunger prevention, self-sufficiency, healthcare and education to those who are underserved. To apply for a grant visit BJ’s Charitable Foundation website.

TD Charitable Foundation: Deadline rolling
The TD Charitable Foundation is providing grants to eligible nonprofit organizations for employees to attend classes and courses that will enhance job performance. Organizations must have a mission or a focus that promotes one of the following:

  • Affordable housing for low-to-moderate-income individuals;
  • Increased economic (small business) development;
  • Financial literacy for low and moderate-income youth, individuals, or families; and
  • After-school or extracurricular programming for low- and moderate-income children.

Classes and courses must be pertinent to the job the employee performs and they may be one day classes or part of a certification program; attendance at conferences is not eligible. To apply, click here.

Bank of America Local Grants: Deadline rolling
The majority of Bank of America's local grant making programs have no deadline; applications are reviewed throughout the year at regularly scheduled local market leadership meetings. To be considered for a local grant, your organization should be aligned with the funding priorities in your market. For information on specific priorities, or to apply, click here.

Brown Rudnick's Community Grants Program: Deadline rolling
Brown Rudnick's Community Grants Program subsidizes small projects designed to improve inner-city education in Boston, Hartford, Providence, New York, or Washington, D.C. To get more information and the full RFP, click here.

Google Grants: Deadline rolling
The Google Grants program supports organizations sharing our philosophy of community service to help the world in areas such as science and technology, education, global public health, the environment, youth advocacy, and the arts. For more information, click here.

The Lynch Foundation: Deadline rolling
The Lynch Foundation provides assistance to programs primarily in Massachusetts with an emphasis on education; culture and historic preservation; healthcare and medical research; and religious and educational efforts of the Roman Catholic Church. For more information, click here.

General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Program: Next deadline TBA
Through the Champions for Healthy Kids Program, the General Mills Foundation will award 50 grants of $10,000 to nonprofits working to improve nutrition and physical fitness for youth. For more information, click here.

Bank of America Student Leaders: Next deadline TBA
Opportunities are available to eligible high school juniors and seniors through this unique program. Student Leaders receive an eight-week paid summer 2012 internship with select nonprofits as well as a week-long, all-expense paid trip to the Student Leadership Summit in Washington, D.C. in July 2012. To be considered as a Student Leader, the applicant must:

  • Currently be a junior or senior in high school
  • Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leadership Summit in Washington, DC (July)
  • Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit/charitable organization
  • Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship
  • Be a student in good standing at his/her school

Visit Bank of America's website for more information.

Yawkey Foundations Scholars Program: Next deadline TBA
The Yawkey Scholars Program is a need-based, college scholarship program for students with unique life circumstances who participated in a sustained mentoring relationship during high school. There are several requirements for this scholarship - most notably a student must be a current senior at an accredited high school in Massachusetts, and accepted to and plan to attend a private four-year college or university in Massachusetts. 

Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation Youth Program Evaluation grants: Next deadline TBA
The Ruddie Memorial Youth Foundation has announced the availability of evaluation grants for innovative youth programs (birth to 25 years of age) to fund studies that document successful programs. Grants are designed to fund the evaluation of innovative youth programs or services with the purpose of identifying which programs and services are most effective. The foundation seeks to support programs that are innovative and have a potentially replicable service concept; are offered by small or medium nonprofit organizations (operating budget of less than $5 million); promote scholastic, professional, athletic, and/or other excellence in youth; and provide youth with new opportunities for health, personal growth, and success in the greater metropolitan areas of Baltimore, Boston, Madison, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, San Francisco, and Washington, D.C. Click here for more information.


Additional Resources

Center for Corporate Citizenship at Boston College
Center for Nonprofit Success
In the Arena
Mass Nonprofit Network
Massachusetts Service Alliance

MMP program e-newsletter
Nonprofit Collaboration Database
Tech Soup
Third Sector New England
United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

Boston After School and Beyond

Finding Resources to Support Mentoring Programs and Services for Youth


Boston Young Nonprofit Professionals Network

Mission-Based Massachusetts

Marketing and Media

Mondo Times 

Match & Youth Support

Alliance For Education

Get Schooled

Match activity ideas
Mentor support
Search Institute
Wired for 2020

Program Support

Common Impact

Manual - Intervention Work with High-Risk Young People


Mentors of Color
Mentor Michigan - recruiting men
National Youth Mentoring Network database
Red Sox Mentoring Challenge

Boston Cares
Cape Cod Volunteers
Corporate Volunteer Council of Greater Boston Connect and Serve
Points of Light Foundation

Volunteers of America, Massachusetts

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