Grant Guidelines

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 Housing Application

1. Prospective grant applicants must contact the Executive Director of the Foundation prior to submitting a grant application (you have probably done this already if I have sent you these guideline).

2. Organizations applying for a grant must be within the geographical area (east or adjacent to route 495) and/or the location of the project you are applying for must fall within that geographical area.

3. All grant applicants must be 501(C)3 nonprofit organizations.

4. All grantees must have audited financial statements and be in sound financial condition

5. No grant applications will be considered without the previous explicit consent of the Executive Director of the Foundation.

6. Grants must target projects that support women and women and their children.

Possible Uses of Funds:

Capital Projects for Childcare: The Foundation makes capital grants of up to $50,000 for childcare centers. Generally, the childcare round is announced in June and proposals are due in July.

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. Grant funds cannot be used to fund operating, the purchase supplies or manipulatives.


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 Housing Application is due Tuesday January 10, 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