Charles A. King Trust: Grants for Massachusetts

OVERVIEW: The Charles A. King Trust supports medical research related to basic sciences and clinical/health services research in Massachusetts.

FUNDING AREAS: Medical research, basic sciences, clinical/health services research

IP TAKE: Massachusetts researchers should get to know the King Trust because its support opens the doors to other locally focused foundations too, including the Sara Elizabeth O’Brien Trust and the Simeon J. Fortin Charitable Foundation.

PROFILE: Established in 1936, the Charles A. King Trust is a private foundation in Massachusetts. Bank of America serves as a trustee of this foundation, along with Edward Dane and Lucy West as additional co-trustees. However, its grant review process is externally administered by the Medical Foundation, which is a division of Health Resources in Action (HRiA). HRiA is based in Boston, Massachusetts. This funder supports and promotes the “investigation of human disease and the alleviation of human suffering through improved treatment,” and as a result, primarily supports medical research.

Accordingly, it provides funding for postdoctoral fellows in the fields of basic sciences and clinical and health services research. For the basic science grants, applicants must be working under the supervision of established mentor-scientists. Clinical/health services research grant applicants have this same requirement.

Grants range between $15,000 to $35,000. However, current two-year basic science and clinical/health services research grants are more like $104,008 to $117,760, inclusive of a $2,000 expense allowance. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent Foundation Center grant history. Past local grantees include the Children’s Hospital Corporation, the Harvard Medical School’s Neurobiology Graduate Fellowship Fund, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Grantmaking focuses on Massachusetts, with many Boston-based researchers receiving support.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is typically in February or early March. Grantseekers must use the HRiA online system to apply for a grant. Direct grant-related questions to the Medical Foundation grants officer, Lindsey Phelan, at or 617-279-2238.  


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