Hoche-Scofield Foundation: Grants for Massachusetts

OVERVIEW: The Hoche-Scofield Foundation focuses its giving on Worcester, Massachusetts, in the areas of education, community and social services.

FUNDING AREAS: Education, community, social services

IP TAKE: This funder prioritizes the town of Worcester, which means that even nonprofits in other parts of Massachusetts may find it difficult to secure grants from Hoche-Scofield.

PROFILE: Established in 1983, the Hoche-Scofield Foundation is a New England funder with roots in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The foundation is managed by Bank of America as trustee in its Boston, Massachusetts office. Other foundation co-trustees are Sumner Tilton, Henry B. Dewey and Warner S. Fletcher. Grantmaking areas of interest include education, community and social services.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. In addition to its major areas of giving, the foundation has recently supported community health programs, medical equipment purchases, and art campaigns, as well. The funder regularly provides unrestricted general support, as well as capital campaign support, equipment purchases and program support. Local grantees include Worcester Comprehensive Child Care Services, the American Antiquarian Society, the United Way of Massachusetts, and Becker College.

Foundation grants range between $10,000 and $100,000 each. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation’s giving is almost exclusively focused on the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. The funder occasionally supports a cause in Kalamazoo, Michigan, as well.

It does not appear that this foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 888-866-3275.

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