Spotlight Grant Guidelines

A Spotlight Grant is defined as a grant of up to $1,000 that supports activities or program work outside of an organization’s normal operating expenses and meet an immediate need.

The Spotlight Grants Program supports one-time activities and program work that:

  • identify and raise awareness of community needs.
  • create forums for public dialogue, problem solving or community building.
  • inspire philanthropy and volunteerism.
  • advance equal access to community resources and opportunities.
  • strengthen and sustain  local nonprofits and organizations.

Priority will be given to grant proposals that serve low-income residents, celebrate and strengthen the diversity and unique qualities of the community and nurture civic engagement and volunteerism.

Spotlight Grants do not support operating expenses, annual appeals, ongoing programs, capital expenses for public buildings or open space or grants to individuals for travel or research. 


Spotlight Grants Program Application

Applicants are required to submit a one-page proposal and a project budget. The proposal must contain the following information:

  1. Project title.
  2. Contact information, including the applying organization’s name, a primary contact person, mailing address, phone number and email.
  3. Project description, including a brief description of the issue or need and project goals and objectives.
  4. Amount requested.
  5. Total project budget, including any additional sources of funding for the project.
  6. Proof of non-profit status, unless the applying organization is already a BCF grantee.


If you think this could be of use to your organization, please contact Jennifer Lemire, Director of Programs and Grants.

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