Albert W. Rice Charitable Foundation: Grants for Massachusetts

OVERVIEW: The Albert W. Rice Charitable Foundation supports education, health, and human services nonprofits in the Worcester, Massachusetts area.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services

IP TAKE: Rice was deeply connected to the Worcester community, and his legacy of giving still lives on here, especially for local youth and basic needs organizations.

PROFILE: Established in 1959, the Albert W. Rice Charitable Foundation is a private grantmaking foundation in Massachusetts. Born in 1883 in Worcester, Rice attended Harvard Law School, and joined the firm of Brandeis, Dunbar, and Nutter. He served in the Massachusetts State Guard and Naval Reserve, founded his own law office, served as the trustee of many local organizations, and became involved in philanthropy related to health, history, and religion. Managed by Bank of America’s Massachusetts office, the foundation funds education, health, and human services efforts in Massachusetts.

The Albert W. Rice Charitable Foundation supports underserved local populations in the above giving areas. It focuses on small and grassroots local organizations in a variety of grantmaking areas. Rice commonly awards grants for program support and general operating support, but it may also consider occasional capital requests too.

Grants range between about $5,000 and $30,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its Foundation Center grant history. Grantmaking focuses exclusively on the city of Worcester, Massachusetts and the surrounding communities. Past local grantees include Pathways for Change, Girls Incorporated of Worcester, Abby’s House, and the Worcester Youth Center.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is July 1, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by November 30. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at or 866-778-6859.


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