Grant Guidelines and Eligibility

Since 1977 the Yawkey Foundations have provided funding to more than 600 nonprofit organizations with annual grants to approximately 220 organizations. Due to the high volume of requests the Foundations receives each year and the number of grants the Foundations are able to make, we are currently only accepting applications from previously funded organizations. Even with these guidelines in place, the volume of requests received by the Yawkey Foundations remains very high, and funding in each category remains competitive. Past funding, although providing eligibility to apply, is no guarantee of future funding.

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations that make significant and positive impacts on the quality of life for children, families, and the underserved in New England and Georgetown County, South Carolina. In addition, the Foundations also consider the following:

  • Grants are only made to organizations that are tax-exempt under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Relevance to the Yawkey Foundations’ Mission and Areas of Giving
  • Organization’s fiscal health and ability to manage its resources effectively
  • Organization’s ability to leverage funding and support from other sources
  • Effective use of prior grants from the Yawkey Foundations and results achieved
  • Strong and skilled leadership at board and staff levels, as well as meaningful commitment by the entire board
  • Likelihood of proposed activities, budget, and timetable to achieve the desired results
  • Where possible, evidence of collaboration with other organizations

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

  • Requests 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
  • Requests must be limited to $25,000 unless otherwise directed
  • Organizations that have received three years of consecutive funding will not be eligible to reapply for funding for a two-year period. This policy enables the Yawkey Foundations to provide funding to a wider number of organizations. There may be some exceptions for longer term projects or programs with which the Yawkey Foundations have a historical relationship.
  • Major grant requests are by invitation only. After receipt of a major grant, organizations will have a waiting period before they are eligible to reapply for operational and/or capital support.

The following entities are ineligible for a grant from The Yawkey Foundations:

  • Organizations that are not tax-exempt under section 501c3 of the Internal Revenue Code
  • Events/Conferences/Travel/Sponsorships/Ads
  • Individuals
  • Private Foundations
  • 509(a)(3) Type III non-functionally integrated organizations
  • Organizations or Programs that provide benefits outside of the United States
  • Government Agencies, or Agencies directly benefitting Public Entities
  • Public School Districts and Public Schools (including Charter Schools)
  • Political Campaigns or Causes and Lobbying
  • Community and Economic Development Corporations
  • Religious Organizations, where the grant is to be used for sectarian purposes (the Foundations will consider requests for non-religious programs of faith-based organizations)
  • Organizations with goals of eliminating operating deficits or retirement of debt
  • General Endowments
  • General Capital Campaigns
  • Awards/Prizes/Monuments
  • Fraternal, Trade, Civic, or Labor Organizations
  • Music, Video, or Film Production
  • Feasibility or Research Studies
  • Intermediary Organizations or Foundations

There may be some exceptions for organizations or programs with which the Yawkey Foundations have a historical relationship.