Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund

OVERVIEW: The Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund awards grants to health, arts, environment, and social services organizations in Massachusetts.

FUNDING AREAS: Health, animal health, visual arts, land conservation, historic preservation, social services, youth services

IP TAKE: Although Peabody Fund grants are not as large as those from some other foundations around the city, Massachusetts-based health and arts organization have a great opportunity here.

PROFILE: Established in 1964, the Amelia Peabody Charitable Fund is the philanthropic legacy of Amelia Peabody. She has been described as a private woman with a public conscious, since she distributed her family-inherited wealth to tens of thousands of people who never even knew her name. This "lady of society" studied sculpture in Boston, New York, and Paris, and her work has been distributed throughout the world. She taught wounded World War I and II veterans how to do occupational arts and crafts, and she spent many years raising and breeding horses, cattle, and pigs on the farm that became her favorite place in the world. Current foundation grantmaking interests include health, animal health, visual arts, land conservation, historic preservation, social services, and youth services.

One of Peabody's first philanthropic endeavors was the Amelia Peabody Pavilion, which housed a large animal clinic at Massachusetts' Tufts-New England Veterinary Medical Center. During her lifetime, Peabody gave large generous donations to medical institutions in the Boston area and to one of the world's first solar energy projects. The Peabody Fund does not consider proposals for multi-year funding grants, and it does not provide funding for individuals, start-up organizations, educational institutions, scholarships, events, religious groups, or political causes.

The Peabody Fund often gives out between $5 million to $8 million each year, but it does not publish an online grants database on its website. While grantmaking once took place throughout New England, the foundation is currently only focused on the state of Massachusetts.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. There are two grantmaking cycles per year, and the application deadlines are February 1 and July 1. The funder confirms receipt of applications by email and notifies applicants about a decision within about three months. Direct general question to the staff at 617-451-6178 or to Executive Director Bethany Kendall at


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