Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund: Grants for Boston

OVERVIEW: The Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund supports education, health, human services, and arts and culture in the Greater Boston area.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services, arts and culture

IP TAKE: This is one of two funds named after Deborah Munroe Noonan. Both exclusively serve Boston, but this one is more accessible to local nonprofit organizations. It also offers general operating support.

PROFILE: Established in 1949, Deborah Munroe Noonan Memorial Fund is a private foundation in Massachusetts. Walter Noonan founded this fund in memory of his mother, Deborah Munroe Noonan. The Noonan Memorial Fund primarily aims to “support and promote quality education, services for families, and healthcare in relation to the treatment of (or recovery from) mental and physical illness or injury.” Managed by Bank of America’s Massachusetts office, grantmaking funds education, health, human services, and arts and culture.

In addition to education and healthcare, the Noonan Memorial Fund also promotes the arts for underserved populations. The fund often provides general operating support for organizations that follow the fund’s guidelines. The fund also offers program support. Groups may submit requests for small, program-related capital expenses in their grant applications.

Grants range between $10,000 and $50,000 each. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its Foundation Center grant history. Grantmaking focuses exclusively on the Greater Boston area. This funder provides both single-year and multi-year support. Past local grantees include the Boston Center for the Arts, Dimock Community Health Center, Brookview House, and Family & Children’s Services of Greater Lynn.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is May 1 and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by the end of September. 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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