Helping YOU Change the World



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

The Foundation focuses its grant activities in the areas of housing and shelter, foster care, and opportunity youth.

The Foundation now employs a single, annual grant making cycle. Applicants must first submit a Concept Paper indicating the focus area that best aligns with its request. A select group of applicants are invited to submit full proposals and, potentially, to host site visits to review their requests in more depth.

The Clipper Ship Foundation’s new guidelines focus on achieving impact in three issue areas:

  • Housing and shelter 
  • Foster care
  • Opportunity youth

For more information, please review our Guidelines page.

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