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 seeks to support, promote, and provide access to arts and cultural programming that celebrate creative expression, foster an appreciation of diversity, and preserve our area’s collective history and heritage.

The 2017 grant cycle will open at 9:00 AM on Friday, June 23; guidelines and instructions can be found here.

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 is based on our belief that equitable access to opportunities and resources is central to a strong and healthy region. We seek to address a broad spectrum of current and emerging community issues, including the aging population, domestic violence, housing and transportation, mental health and special needs, community education and outreach for newcomers, and more.

Organizations that primarily work to alleviate food insecurity should apply to our Hunger Relief Grant Program.

Organizations whose missions are to primarily serve youth and/or provide youth-related activities should contact to discuss their eligibility.

The 2017 grant cycle will open at 9:00 AM on Friday, June 23; guidelines and instructions can be found here.

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 application for the Southborough Community Fund is 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. 


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 <>; 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

Kimberly Blakemore
Program Officer