2017 Fall Community Grant Guidelines


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2017 Fall Community Grant Cycle

     Request for Proposals (RFP)


With roots that go back to the 19th century, the Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) is the only foundation that addresses the needs of Brookline as a whole. Today, BCF shines a spotlight on community needs, inspires philanthropy, and awards strategic grants to build a more vibrant, engaged, and equitable Brookline. To support this mission, each year BCF seeks proposals that address the various needs and opportunities in the community, encourage collaborations and partnerships, and strengthen the community and local non-profits.

BCF’s Commitment to Community Needs

 Using what we learned from our Understanding Brookline reports and subsequent research and analysis, the Brookline Community Foundation has the following organizational priorities for 2014-2017:

  •  Reduce and alleviate poverty by addressing urgent needs, strengthening Brookline’s support network, and creating pathways out of poverty.
  • Expand out of school time opportunities particularly for middle school aged youth by filling programmatic gaps, including programming for youth who are at-risk and/or from low-income families.

These strategic priorities inform our grantmaking, and we welcome proposals for the 2017 Fall Community grant cycle that particularly address the above strategic priorities. 


As the Brookline Community Foundation moves forward with our strategic priorities, we continue to serve the town as a whole, funding organizations and initiatives that address diverse community needs. Through the Fall Community grant cycle we welcome proposals on:

  • Access to arts and culture
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Youth leadership
  • Senior support
  • Early childhood education

Health and Wellness

In addition to the above interest areas, BCF is also accepting proposals that address health and wellness.  

BCF sees health and wellness as more than a physical state and we are guided by leaders in the field, including the World Health Organization, which defines health as “a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” While definitions of wellness vary, most experts identify several important sub-dimensions: physical, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, environmental, and occupational. At BCF, we recognize the importance of all of these facets of health and wellness in the lives of individuals and across Brookline as a whole.

BCF will provide support for a number of efforts including funding for programs that:

  • Promote and reinforce healthy, active and engaged living for all
  • Support healthy eating and build food security
  • Provide substance abuse prevention and education programs
  • Expand access to mental and physical health services
  • Address health disparities and barriers to health and wellness programming including discrimination that limits opportunities and impacts physical and mental health for individuals based on gender, race, socioeconomic background, disability status, age, or sexual orientation
  • Promote healthy and safe neighborhoods, families, and individuals
  • Promote aging in place and remaining vita, indepenedent and economically secure
  • Focus on environmental health and environmental justice, including access to clear air, water, food, and nature, and reducing and mitigating the effects of climate change


Grants shall be made to or through tax-exempt organizations that meet the requirements of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code, as well as to governmental bodies and agencies serving the Town. If an organization or project is new and not yet tax-exempt, an application may be submitted through an organization that has agreed to serve as a fiscal sponsor. 

An eligible organization must be operated and organized so that it does not discriminate in the hiring of staff or provision of services on the basis of race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation, age, national origin, or disability.

It is BCF’s practice to limit grantees to no more than three consecutive years of funding except in special circumstances.

Please note:  Organizations that are currently funded through other funding streams of the Brookline Community Foundation are eligible to apply.  Except in rare circumstances, however, specific programs will only receive funding from either the Spring Brookline Youth Fund grant cycle or the Fall Community grant cycle.

  The Brookline Community Foundation does not provide grants for: 




    Individual scholarships

 Application Deadline and Process

Applications are due on Friday, August 25, 2017. Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by mid-December.

 BCF accepts all grant applications through our online grants management system. Visit our Grants Page to learn more about how to use the Online Grants Management system, including registering for the first time or accessing your existing account.

If you received a grant from the Fall Community Grant Cycle in 2016 and are applying for a grant in 2017, you must submit a Grant Report form as part of your application. If the 2016 program work will not be complete by the 2017 application deadline, please submit an interim report as part of your 2017 application.

 Please direct all questions to:

Jennifer Lemire, Director of Programs and Grants



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