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Philanthropy MA Common Grant Application Language

The Philanthropy MA Common Grant Application Language has been developed, by a group of nonprofit and funder representatives, to make the grant application process easier for both grantmakers and grantseekers. 

These documents can be used as a complete grant application, or individual questions can be adopted by funders within their existing applications. The fields and questions can be added to applications in grants management platforms such as Submittable, Foundant and others; or grant partners can edit and submit the document as presented on our site.

  • If you have not used these forms before, the Instructions will provide tips, and guidelines on how to utilize out the Common Grant Language. 
  • To determine if a funder accepts these materials, please connect directly with that funder.

The Philanthropy MA Common Application Language is a tool for democratizing philanthropy, one step at a time. As more funders adopt the common grant, Massachusetts’ philanthropic sector advances toward a more equitable grantmaking approach.

To download individual files:
IMPORTANT: Right Click on each document below & choose "Save." If you choose "Open," the forms will not work properly.

Common Grant Application Language

Word Document Google Doc          

Budget Template

Excel Sheet Google Sheet

Demographic Data Form

Excel Sheet Google Sheet


Access the 2016 version of Philanthropy MA's Common Proposal & Report Forms: All Forms

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