What We Fund

TPC Grantee Science Club for Girls
TPC Grantee Science Club for Girls

The Philanthropy Connection is committed to strengthening organizations working in Massachusetts by:

  • Awarding multiple high-impact grants each year
  • Awarding grants for programs as well as for operating expenses
  • Introducing our Grantees to a wide pool of women philanthropists who will increase their organization’s network of potential funders, board members, and volunteers

Eligibility criteria for organizations applying for TPC Grants:

Our eligibility criteria and financial document requirements for our 2016 – 2017 Grants Cycle are shown below. Please check back in late fall of 2017 to see if these criteria have changed.

All applicants must:

  1. Have either 501(c)(3) tax status OR a Fiscal Sponsor & a Fiscal Sponsorship Agreement letter
    • in the case of local organizations/affiliates with a larger parent organization, the local organization/affiliate must have its own 501 (c) (3) status
  2. Meet Revenue Eligibility Criteria:
    • 501 (c) (3) organizations must have annual revenue between $200,000 and $2 million, as reported on the Total Revenue line 12 of its most recent IRS Form 990
    • organizations with fiscal sponsors must have annual revenue between $200,000 and $2 million certified in a letter from its Fiscal Sponsor, including only that which would be reported on the Total Revenue line 12 of IRS Form 990
  3. Meet Geographic Eligibility Criteria:
    • An eligible applicant must be located in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, or for national organizations, have a site within this area, defined largely as towns falling within the I-495 loop, plus:
      • Amesbury, Haverhill, Methuen, Lawrence, Lowell
      • Maynard, Hudson, Marlborough, Milford, Franklin
      • Massachusetts towns north of the intersection of I-495 and Rt. 25
  4. Meet Mission Eligibility Criteria:
    • An applicant must address in its mission one or more of the following:
      • Poverty
      • Income inequality
      • Employment opportunity and readiness
      • Educational opportunity and readiness
      • Health and wellness
      • Social bias (e.g., gender, ethnic, and/or racial)

Disqualifying criteria:

These applicants or funding requests are ineligible:

  • Political, international, or C4 advocacy organizations
  • Organizations that offer religious programming
  • Funding for capital campaigns
  • Family foundations
  • Local organizations or affiliates of a larger parent organization that lack their own independent 501 (c) (3) status

In fairness to all applicants, no exceptions will be made.

 

What TPC Will Fund

  • Programming (existing, new, or expanded)
  • Tangible goods to advance a program (e.g., a van, cameras, computers)
  • Operations and general support
  • Infrastructure-building resources including, but not limited to, those for:
    • Evaluation: developing methods to collect, analyze, and use information to assess efficacy of projects, policies, or programs;
    • Organizational development: creating or enhancing approaches to solicit and gather contributions, identify donors, and other organizational development needs;
    • Planning: strategic, financial, or marketing planning;
    • Communications: marketing and public relations, social and/or traditional media, and website design;
    • Board of Directors: strengthening the Board’s ability to lead, manage, and monitor the organization.

Financial Documents Required

  1. With the Letter of Intent Submission
    • For a 501 (c) (3) organization:
      • A copy of its 501 (c) (3) status letter, and
      • The first page of its most recent IRS Form 990
    • For an organization with a Fiscal Sponsor:
      • A copy of its fiscal sponsor agreement letter, and
      • A letter from the Fiscal Sponsor certifying the applicant’s revenue, including only that which would be reported on the Total Revenue line 12 of IRS Form 990
  2. With the Full Proposal Submission
    • For a 501 (c) (3) organization:
      • Form 990 (with all IRS-required attachments for the last fiscal year);
      • Certified Financial Review or Audit (with all notes for the last 2 fiscal years);
      • Year to date (YTD) Income Statement for the most recent closed quarter and YTD Income Statement for the comparable quarter in the prior year, OR YTD Actual vs. Budget for current fiscal year; and
      • List of grants with their amounts and terms for the last 2 years.
    • For an organization with a Fiscal Sponsor:
        • Income Statement for the last 2 years;
        • Balance Sheet for the last 2 years;
        • YTD Income Statement for the most recent closed quarter and for the comparable quarter in the prior year, OR YTD Actual vs. Budget for the current fiscal year; and
        • List of grants with amount and term for last 2 years.

     

Questions? Please email unanswered questions to us at connect@thephilanthropyconnection.org. Go to our Apply For a Grant page for more information and a link to our online application. Thank you for your interest in a grant from The Philanthropy Connection.