George W. Wells Foundation: Grants for Massachusetts

OVERVIEW: The George W. Wells Foundation supports education, health, and human services in and around Southbridge, Massachusetts.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, health, human services

IP TAKE: This funder only supports work in Southbridge, Massachusetts. It prioritizes youth and family-related organizations.

PROFILE: Established in 1934, the George W. Wells Foundation is a private foundation in Massachusetts. Wells was an entrepreneur and investor from Southbridge, Massachusetts who found success with the Robert H. Cole & Co. optical shop and the American Optical Company, where he eventually served as president. Managed by Bank of America’s Massachusetts office, the foundation funds education, health, and human services in Massachusetts.

The George W. Wells Foundation supports a broad range of local causes to assist underserved populations in the region. It only supports small and grassroots organizations, but its funding interests remain broad. Wells provides program support and general operating support. However, it considers small, program-related capital needs as part of these requests too.

Grants range between about $3,000 and $40,000. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent Foundation Center grant history. Grantmaking focuses on the city of Southbridge, Massachusetts and the surrounding communities. Most Wells grants are for one-year periods, although the funder will consider occasional multi-year support as well. Past local grantees include the Southern Worcester County Rehabilitation Center, Youth Opportunities Upheld, Family Health Center of Worcester, and Old Sturbridge Village.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is June 1, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision by October 31. 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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