Students study the environment through the Massachusetts Audubon society.
Our grants have supported environment education programs provided by Massachusetts Audubon Society.

Competitive Grant Programs

Foundation for MetroWest awards Competitive Grants to strengthen the capacity and programming of nonprofit organizations working to improve the quality of life for our residents. In doing so, we invest in building healthy, equitable, and vibrant communities in the MetroWest region. The typical grant ranges from $5,000 to $10,000.

Areas of Focus

The MetroWest Fund for Arts and Culture aligns with our belief that supporting creative expression is fundamental to inspiring a dynamic and thriving community. We are interested in partnering with visual arts, performing arts, and cultural organizations. We will also consider proposals to support historic preservation of cultural landmarks in our region.

Note: The 2016 grant cycle has concluded; the most recent grantees can be found here. The 2017 grant cycle will be announced in the summer of 2017. Sign up for our e-news to learn of all upcoming grant opportunities.

The MetroWest Fund for the Environment is based on our belief that protecting and enhancing our region’s natural resources is fundamental to the well-being of our community. MetroWest has bountiful natural resources, including wetlands, forests, wildlife, lakes, and ponds. Our region is also home to a well-developed network of parks, reservations, and hiking trails that provide the community with access. However, our natural resources face many challenges. Our lakes and ponds are threatened by stormwater runoff, invasive weeds, and declining water quality. We focus primarily on water-related issues, as water is essential to public health, to our natural ecosystems, and to sustaining a strong regional economy.
 

Note: The 2017 grant cycle will be by invitation only. All invited applicants will receive an RFP in the first quarter of 2017. If your organization works on water-related environmental issues, please email Kimberly Blakemore to discuss the opportunity to be considered for funding under this category.

The MetroWest Fund for Families revolves around our belief that equitable access to opportunities and resources is central to a strong and healthy community. Our work in this area spans poverty-related services, housing issues, immigrant services, mental health and/or special needs services, domestic violence prevention, senior services, and more.

Organizations that primarily work to alleviate food insecurity should apply under Hunger Relief; they will not be considered under Family Support.
 

Note: The 2016 grant cycle has concluded; the most recent grantees can be found here. The 2017 grant cycle will be announced in the summer of 2017. Sign up for our e-news to learn of all upcoming grant opportunities.

The MetroWest Hunger Relief Fund is dedicated to combating hunger and poverty within our region. We are interested in partnering with organizations that range from farms to food pantries and community suppers to food recovery and distribution organizations.

To be considered for a grant in this category, please email Kimberly Blakemore to discuss the opportunity to be considered for funding under this category.

Foundation for MetroWest currently has funds which benefit the following individual towns: Lexington, Medfield, Southborough, and Wellesley. These town funds are permanently endowed and work to build the quality of life for all residents in their respective towns. They provide support to organizations and town agencies whose programs address health and human services, recreation, community building, environmental protection, and the arts.

Learn more:
Community Endowment of Lexington
Medfield Foundation Legacy Fund
Southborough Community Fund
The Fund for Wellesley

Note: The 2017 grant applications for the Community Endowment of Lexington and The Fund for Wellesley are now open. Sign up for our e-news to learn of all upcoming grant opportunities.

Foundation for MetroWest awards grants to support initiatives designed to improve the lives of children and youth in our region. Proposals will be evaluated and selected by local high school students participating in the Foundation for MetroWest’s Youth in Philanthropy program.
 

Note: Beginning in 2017, we will be moving this category to invitation only. If you are a youth-serving organization and new to the Foundation, please email Kimberly Blakemore to discuss the opportunity to be considered for funding under this category. 

Eligibility

Applicants must be registered 501(c)(3) organizations serving the MetroWest region, as defined as the following 33 cities and towns: Acton, Ashland, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Dedham, Dover, Framingham, Harvard, Holliston, Hopkinton, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Maynard, Medfield, Medway, Milford, Millis, Natick, Needham, Sherborn, Southborough, Stow, Sudbury, Walpole, Waltham, Wayland, Wellesley, Westborough, Weston, and Westwood.

Individual funds may have additional eligibility requirements; please refer to the guidelines for each focus area (see Application Instructions & Form).

Application Instructions and Form

Log on to Foundant here to access our grant guidelines and to submit proposals. If your organization is new to the Foundation, please create a new account. If your organization has applied for funding in a prior cycle, please use the same account that was previously used. Directions to reset your password are provided on the logon page. Some email communications from Foundation for MetroWest will come from this address <administrator@grantinterface.com>; please add this to your email address book.

Recent Grants

Would you like to see which organizations we funded last year? Click here to see a list of last year's grantees and the projects that we funded.

Get in Touch With Us

Caroline Murphy
Senior Program Officer
508.647.2260


Kimberly Blakemore
Program Officer
508.647.2260