George W. P. Magee Memorial Trust: Grants for Massachusetts

OVERVIEW: The George W. P. Magee Memorial Trust supports youth development and the Boy Scout Councils in Massachusetts.

FUNDING AREAS: Youth development, Boy Scouts of America

IP TAKE: Only local Boy Scouts of America groups need to get familiar with this very focused Massachusetts funder.

PROFILE: George W. P. Magee established the George W. P. Magee Memorial Trust after becoming involved with youth in the Boston community. Magee was a theater agent who managed Boston’s Grand Opera House in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He believed that scouting was an effective way to positively impact the lives of local youth and established this trust to support local Boy Scouts of America organizations. Today, this foundation is managed by Bank of America’s Massachusetts office. The foundation’s grantmaking centers on youth development.

This funder dedicates itself to supporting local chapters of the Boy Scouts of America and purchasing and maintaining youth summer camps and training camps in New England. It also funds capital projects that benefit Boy Scouts groups and requires architect renderings and three estimates for capital projects as a part of the application process. Magee funds projects that improve facilities, maintain existing facilities, and that collaborate with nearby councils and camps. It provides funds for emergency-related replacement projects and one-time maintenance needs on an occasional basis. However, the funder does not typically support new requests from groups that have not already completed their existing projects.

Foundation grants are often $10,000 to $50,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Past local grantees include Boy Scouts groups in Lancaster, Westfield, Marlborough, and other local communities. Grants have gone towards shower house renovations, lodge upgrades, camp pavilions, and accessible campsites. Grantmaking centers on Massachusetts. Organizations all across the state of Massachusetts have received grants from this funder.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits, and the annual application deadline is September 15. The funder will consider multiple projects submitted at once if project priority is indicated. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at ma.grantmaking@ustrust.com or 866-778-6859.

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