Brookline Community Foundation’s Fall Funding Cycle Is Open


The Brookline Community Foundation 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 nonprofits.

In 2013, BCF issued a first-of-its kind report, “Understanding Brookline: Emerging Trends and Changing Needs,” which combines an analysis of the data from the U.S. Census and other sources and interviews with more than 30 community leaders, as part of our effort to inform residents about new trends in Brookline and to engage the community in addressing the town’s most pressing needs. Please visit here to download the report and access additional information about BCF’s Understanding Brookline initiative.

Using what we learned from the Understanding Brookline report and subsequent research and analysis, the Brookline Community Foundation developed a new strategic plan with the following organizational priorities for 2014-2016:

— 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 age youths by filling programmatic gaps, including programming for youths who are at risk and/or from low-income families.

We welcome proposals for the 2014 Fall Community grant cycle that particularly address the above strategic priorities.

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

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

The Brookline Community Foundation does not provide grants for travel; individuals; research; individual scholarships.

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 policy 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.

Applications are due on August 15, 2014 by 5:00 p.m.

Applicants will be notified of funding decisions by mid-November.

Complete directions and application materials are available online here. Please follow the instructions on the website and submit all required materials electronically in one document to

If you received a grant from the Fall Community Grant Cycle in 2013 and are applying for a grant in 2014, you must submit a Grant Report form (available on BCF’s website) with this application. If the 2013 program work will not be complete by the 2014 application deadline, please contact Jennifer Lemire, associate director of Programs and Grants, to arrange to submit an interim report.

Please direct all questions to Lemire at 617-566-4442 or