Trust Family Foundation: Grants for New England

OVERVIEW: The Trust Family Foundation is a private family funder in New England that awards grants for programs and projects in Jewish causes, education, medical technology, and the arts.

FUNDING AREAS: Jewish causes, education, medical technology, the arts

IP TAKE: This is a family-run foundation with no outside or full-time staff. Prospective applicants should keep their initial pitch brief and concise in order to attract the foundation’s attention.

PROFILE: Established in 1986, the Trust Family Foundation (TFF) originated in New Hampshire and is now based in Auburndale, Massachusetts. This funder has close ties to the New England area and focuses its grantmaking there. Foundation interests includes Jewish causes, education, medical technology, and the arts.

The foundation may prioritize proposals that combine two or more of the above interests. TFF regularly supports both existing programs and start-up projects in the New England states; however, it only funds specific programs, and does not award unrestricted funds for general operating costs or for organizational endowments. It also does not support public school systems, salaries, state and city governments, private foundations, and international organizations. Grantees include the New England Aquarium, WGBH, Children’s Hospital Corp., the Brookline Foundation, the Jewish Federation, and M.I.T. Community Fellows.

Recent grants range between $7,500 and $110,000. Other grants have been more like $1,000 and $2,5000 recently. Recent annual contributions, gifts, and grants paid have exceeded $1.7 million. Overall, grantmaking focuses on the New England states.

This funder accepts unsolicited grant requests. Only one proposal is considered per organization per year. TFF does not consider proposals from nonprofits that have been previously rejected three times. The first step in applying for a TFF grant is to provide a brief description of a project—150 words or less. This submission is made through the foundation website. Expect to hear back within 60 days with either a request for additional materials or a rejection. From there, nonprofits need to submit financial and tax-exempt documents. Direct general questions to the staff at info@trustfamilyfoundation.org or (617) 213-8361.

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