The Yawkey Foundations are currently only accepting applications from previously funded organizations.

Grants are only made to organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service. The Yawkey Foundations do not make grants to private foundations or individuals.

The program or project under consideration must provide significant benefits to a broad constituency in New England or Georgetown County, South Carolina. The Yawkey Foundations do not consider grant requests for organizations or programs that provide benefit outside of the United States.

With all of its grants, The Yawkey Foundations have a particular affinity for organizations that serve disadvantaged children and families. The Foundations also considers the following:

  • Relevance of the proposed project/program to the Yawkey Foundations' areas of interest
  • Need outlined in the proposal and how the organization has and will continue to address that need
  • Organization's fiscal health and ability to manage its resources effectively
  • Ability of the project/program to leverage funding and support from other sources
  • Effective use of prior grants from the Foundations and results achieved
  • Strong and skilled leadership at board and staff levels, as well as meaningful financial commitment by entire board
  • Adequacy of proposed activities, budget, and timetable to achieve the desired results
  • Evidence of appropriate cooperation with other organizations

Please also note the following conditions before applying for a grant from the Yawkey Foundations:

  • A request from an organization previously funded by the Yawkey Foundations will not be reviewed until a full report on the expenditure of the previous grant has been received. Please see the Reporting Process for more information.
  • The Yawkey Foundations will only consider one request from an organization per calendar year.
  • Organizations that have received three or more years of consecutive funding from the Yawkey Foundations will not be eligible to reapply for funding for a one-year period. This policy enables the Yawkey Foundations to serve a wider range of organizations in the community. There may be some exceptions for longer term projects or programs with which the Yawkey Foundations have a historical relationship.
  • Organizations are requested to limit their request to $25,000 unless otherwise directed.

In general, the Yawkey Foundations will NOT make grants to:

  • Organizations that are not tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service
  • Individuals
  • Private Foundations
  • 509(a)(3) Type III non-functionally integrated organizations
  • Organizations or Programs that provide benefits outside of the United States
  • Legislative Lobbying Groups/Organizations
  • Foundations created by Political/Governmental or For-Profit Organizations
  • Political Campaigns and Causes
  • Government Agencies, or Agencies directly benefiting Public Entities
  • Public School Districts and Public Schools (including Charter Schools)
  • Community and Economic Development Corporations or Programs
  • Advocacy Groups
  • Organizations with goals of eliminating operating deficits or retirement of debt
  • General Endowments
  • General Capital Campaigns
  • Events/Conferences/Seminars/Group Travel
  • Awards/Prizes/Monuments
  • Fraternal, Trade, Civic, or Labor Organizations
  • Music, Video, or Film Production
  • Feasibility or Research Studies
  • Pass-Through/Intermediary Organizations or Foundations
  • Religious Organizations for Sectarian Purposes (the Yawkey Foundation will consider requests for education/health care/human services/youth and amateur athletics/arts and culture programs of faith-based organizations)
  • Workforce Development Programs

There may be some exceptions for organizations or programs with which the Foundation has a historical relationship.

Other than a very limited number of pre-selected events, the Yawkey Foundations do not participate in or sponsor events, conferences, seminars, or group travel.

Major Grant Policy

Major grant requests are by invitation only.

The Trustees of the Yawkey Foundations believe that, in the right circumstances, a grant to support a major capital project can have a profound impact on an organization's ability to fulfill its mission.

For more than a decade, the Foundations have made capital grants that support a wide variety of projects, each as unique as the organizations making the request. Each grant represents a transformative and significant investment in the future success of the organizations.

Although the size and scope of each capital project is different, the organizations that have received these grants share similar characteristics. All have strong and dedicated leaders, a proven track record of providing high-quality services and programs, and a commitment to improving their programs. Additionally, all have received years of program support from the Yawkey Foundations. It is through these grants that our Trustees and staff become familiar with an organization and find the most impactful way to invest in its future.

Please note that the Foundations currently have a large number of major capital grant requests under active consideration and therefore the Foundations' capacity to take on additional capital requests is very limited at this time.

Major grant requests are by Trustee invitation only. A waiting period will be imposed on organizations receiving a major grant before they are eligible to apply for operational and/or capital support.