The Fund for Wellesley

2017 Grant Program

The Fund for Wellesley benefits all residents and promotes the common good. It serves as a permanent source of funding to foster innovation and collaboration in support of community needs and opportunities. Grants are made by a Community Board and provide seed money for programs that build and strengthen the community, increase access and opportunities for residents, and focus resources on unattended social issues.

The Fund for Wellesley actively seeks new ideas, approaches and collaborations. It welcomes applications from those who bring innovative thinking to big issues and small ones. 

Grant Program Timeline

Date Event
February 3, 2017             Applications closed
February 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM  CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER
February 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM       Grant Information Session, Wellesley Free Library
March 17, 2017 Application and Budget Forms Due
June 8, 2017 Grant Awards Ceremony


  • Nonprofit organizations that serve the Wellesley community, as well as Town of Wellesley boards, commissions and departments are eligible.
  • Organizations that are not Town of Wellesley boards, commissions or departments must be recognized under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Groups with viable ideas, but not yet of 501(c)(3) status may have an eligible fiscal sponsor.
  • Applicant's purpose and programs must serve the Wellesley community.
  • Maximum grant amount is $10,000.


  • Proposals should address significant community issues.
  • Present innovative and entrepreneurial, yet practical and achievable projects.
  • Proposals are encouraged to focus on strategic innovations that incorporate collaboration and cooperation, create needed efficiencies, and reduce duplication of services. Collaborations may take place with other nonprofit organizations and/or with for-profit entities.
  • Explain clearly how the funds will be used. Present clear work plans illustrating the ability to achieve the project's goals.
  • Provide a plan for sustainability beyond the funding period.
  • Demonstrate potential to attract funding from additional sources.
  • Confirm that the organization is reasonably financially stable, with no overwhelming threats to continued viability.