As the Yawkey Foundations look ahead to the coming years, our trustees have begun evaluating the Foundation's grant making, with the goal of setting a new course that is consistent with Tom and Jean Yawkey's values. The trustees are considering strategic changes to expand the reach of the Foundations into communities, particularly to groups that support children and families in Boston and in the Gateway Cities.

As we conduct this work, and for the immediate future, the Foundations will only accept grant applications from organizations that received funding in 2018. While this past funding will provide eligibility to submit applications, it is no guarantee of future funding.

Our process will be ongoing, and we will provide updates as appropriate. We ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to carry out the important mission established by the generosity of Tom and Jean Yawkey.

Please follow the directions below when applying for a grant from the Yawkey Foundations:

  1. Review the Yawkey Foundations' Areas of Giving, Grant Guidelines & Eligibility, and Annual Grants Report.
  2. Review the Areas of Giving deadline dates below. Applications will only be accepted for those categories which are open for consideration.

    Areas of Giving Application Opens at
    9am on:
    Deadline by
    5pm on:
    Youth & Amateur Athletics October 1 December 1
    Health Care January 1 March 1
    Arts & Culture January 1 March 1
    Human Services April 1 June 1
    Education August 1 October 1
  3. You will need the following documents in order to complete your grant application:

    • A copy of the IRS letter confirming your tax exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
    • Most recent audited financial statements (within the last two calendar years).
    • Most recent IRS Form 990 federal tax filing (within the last two calendar years).
    • List of current board of directors (with affiliations).
    • A current listing of corporate, foundation, and major individual contributors.
    • A copy of your organization's most recent annual report.
    • JPEG copy of your organization's logo.
    • Budget - Please attach your organization's budget as well as a budget for the project or program for which you are applying. If you need a budget form, then you may use the Program or Capital Budgets Forms found here.
  4. Please click here to start the online grant application process.

Questions about Areas of Giving, Grant Guidelines & Eligibility, or the Application Process can be sent to or by calling (781) 329-7470.