Helping YOU Change the World

SUPPORTING NONPROFITS MAKING A DIFFERENCE

Mission

Founded in 1979 by David Parmely Weatherhead, The Clipper Ship Foundation makes grants to federally tax-qualified nonprofit organizations offering critical services to people living in Greater Boston – cities and towns lying on or within Route 128 – and the cities of Lawrence and Brockton.

The Foundation focuses on supporting the following populations thru its grant making activities:

  • Opportunity Youth – ages 16-24 who are
    • Out of school and unemployed or underemployed
    • Enrolled in school, but not progressing academically and at risk of dropping out
    • Enrolled in post-secondary education part-time and either unemployed or underemployed
    • Not enrolled in school and only working part-time without benefits
  • Foster youth and young adults that have aged out of the foster care system
  • Youth and young adults experiencing homelessness or in unstable housing
  • Youth impacted by sex trafficking/exploitation
  • Families impacted by domestic violence
  • Youth impacted by the criminal justice system
  • Youth with disabilities

The Foundation employs a single, annual grant making cycle. Applicants must first submit a Concept Paper, with a select group of applicants then invited to submit full proposals and, potentially, to host meetings/site visits to review their requests in more depth.

Our 2021-22 grant program opens on November 2, 2021.  Applicants may submit a Concept Paper until Dec 3rd, at which point the Foundation will close its process to new applicants until November, 2023.

For more information, please review our Guidelines page.

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