Eligibility Criteria

All applicants to the Hyams Foundation must:

  • Be a charitable corporation with an office and activities located in Boston or Chelsea and serving residents of those communities.  The Foundation will consider an organization based outside of Boston or Chelsea only if it has an office in one of these cities that offers activities that match the Foundation’s Grantmaking Guidelines. Such organizations should request a grant for the satellite office.
  • Be tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Code and “not a private Foundation” under section 509(a) of the Code. 
  • Submit an online grant report if previously funded.  The Foundation will only consider one proposal from an organization during a 12-month period.  This means that if the trustees voted on an application in December, the organization cannot be considered again for support until December of the following year.  In this example, the agency would submit its application by the September deadline for the December grantmaking meeting.  The Foundation may be open to waiving the 12 month waiting period in 2016 but applicants must contact a Foundation program officer in advance.  Additional information is provided in the FAQ section.

Ineligible for Funding

The Foundation DOES NOT make grants to:

  • Individuals
  • Educational institutions
  • Municipal, state, or federal agency
  • Hospitals and health centers
  • Religious organizations for sectarian religious purposes (although the Foundation will consider proposals for social ministry and/or community organizing programs of faith-based organizations)
  • Curriculum development, video and film production, scholarships and conferences (unless related to grantees’ core work)
  • Capital campaigns

Next Step: Review the Hyams grantmaking guidelines

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Contacts Us

We encourage an organizations to call the Foundation if it is not clear if it meets these eligibility requirements, especially regarding its geographic location.