Grant Guidelines

The Foundation, started in 2008, provides bricks and mortar grants for capital improvements to projects that support women and families as well as capital improvements for economically and racially integrated childcare centers. Since becoming a foundation in 2008, FSHF has made grants totaling just more than 8.5 million dollars.

In support of this its mission, the Franklin Square House Foundation makes grants to housing and shelter organizations working to support women and families in Boston and the surrounding communities. While we focus our grant making activities primarily on projects providing transitional and permanent housing, we pay specific attention to organizations that provide supportive services appropriate for the populations they serve.

Threshold Criteria for Childcare Application

• Be a 501(C)3 not for profit organization

• Be an economically and racially integrated childcare center

• Be an early childhood program

• Be within the eastern boundary of route 495

• Have a current audited financial statement and be in sound financial condition

• Be NAEYC accredited

• Be licensed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts

• Not have been funded in the 2017 FSHF childcare funding round

• Have submitted all required paperwork from previous grant awards

Possible Uses of Funds:

Capital Projects for Childcare: The Foundation makes capital grants of up to $50,000 for childcare centers. 

Grant money must be used for capital improvements resulting from erecting new buildings, expanding or adding to current buildings, furniture fixtures and equipment, and/or deferred maintenance on existing buildings.

The Franklin Square House Foundation does not fund operating, expenses relating to grant administration, manipulatives, teaching materials, computers, vehicles or landscaping. For the first time this year the Foundation will accept proposals for playgrounds, but please be aware that such a request will not receive a priority ranking ahead of requests for repairs related to health, safety, code violations or energy improvements.


Each calendar year, we will offer one funding round for housing grants in the winter and one funding round for childcare grants in the fall. Housing applications normally come online in December and Childcare in June.

The 2017 Childcare Application is due Friday July 14, 2017 at 5pm.

Prospective grantees are required to contact the Foundation’s Executive Director prior to submitting a proposal. No proposals will be accepted without doing so.
Robert Goldstein, Executive Director, 617.312.3400