The Clipper Ship Foundation was founded in 1979 by David Parmely Weatherhead.  The Foundation makes grants to federally tax-qualified nonprofit organizations offering human services to individuals living in Greater Boston (cities and towns lying on or within Route 128) and the cities of Lawrence and Brockton. Grants are also made in response to emergency disaster situations, worldwide.  For more information, please review our Guidelines page.

2016 Application Review Timeline

Grant Application Deadline Grants Awarded (date is approximate)
February 5th April 30th
May 6th July 31st
August 5th October 31st
November 4th February 15th

In order to be considered, proposals must be submitted through the Foundation’s online application, so please review our “How to Apply” page before submitting. The online portal will open for one month before each deadline. Completed proposals must be received by 5 p.m. on the day of the deadline in order to be considered for each grant cycle. The Foundation will only accept proposals online and not via mail or email.

We will only review complete proposals. If your application is missing any of the required supporting documents as of the deadline, you will receive email notification of ineligibility. For a complete list of specific application requirements, please review our “Application Requirements” section of this website. We encourage applicants to email or call with any questions in advance of submission.