Blossom Fund: Grants for Global Development

OVERVIEW: Blossom Fund predominantly supports organizations that concentrate on women’s economic justice and development. It restricts funding to organizations working in Central America and Mexico.

IP TAKE: Blossom prioritizes local and grassroots groups that may have a difficult time securing grants from more traditional funding sources.

PROFILE: Established in 1994, the Blossom Fund is a private foundation that supports grassroots work for women’s economic justice, programs for girls, local cultural and educational activities, and programs that encourage young people to take advantage of outdoor spaces in cooperative ways. Stateside, the fund focuses grantmaking in the greater Boston area; however, abroad, the fund prioritizes organizations working in Central America and Mexico.

While the fund's international grantmaking prioritizes women’s economic development, its taxes reveal other focuses as well. For instance, Blossom funded the International Development Exchange, which works to build strong communities in the Global South. IDE's work there includes programs dedicated to food security, economic development, climate justice, women’s rights and poverty alleviation.

Blossom's grantmaking typically ranges from about $2,000 to $20,000, although it has awarded funding, on occasion, in the $25,000 to $70,000 range. Funding renewable upon reapplication, but Blossom prefers giving to organizations with "small annual budgets" for programmatic and start-up support. It rarely awards grants for general operating support. For a more in-depth understanding of the kinds of organizations that receive support from Blossom, download its PDF listing past grantees. 

Since 2007, Blossom no longer accepts unsolicited grant proposals; however, it does offer grantseekers some application guidelines. Applications are due by September and March 15 each year. Grantseekers should note that few new grantees appear on Blossom's tax filings. 

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