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RFP for 2020 Grants

The George B. Henderson Foundation is soliciting proposals for 2020 grants, to be reviewed in two grant rounds. The Henderson Foundation’s grants provide support for projects focused on the enhancement of the appearance and preservation of outdoor elements in the city of Boston. The Foundation encourages applications for projects in all neighborhoods of Boston that concern parks, city streets, buildings, monuments and architectural and sculptural works.

The proposal deadlines for 2020 are as follows:

Friday, May 1, 2020 for review in early June. Projects submitted for this deadline must be completed and able to seek reimbursement no later than December 31, 2020.

Friday, October 9, 2020 for review in early December. Projects submitted for this round must be completed and able to seek reimbursement no later than December 31, 2021.

The Designators will host an applicant forum before each deadline, on Wednesday, April 1 and Wednesday, September 9, both 1:30-3:30 pm at Hemenway & Barnes, 75 State Street, Boston, Pre-registration is required and open to all potential applicants. Please register here.

Most grants awarded will be in the $20,000-$40,000 range, but the Designators will consider all projects that fulfill the Foundation’s goals and offer outstanding benefit to the community. Grants above $40,000 are more rare exceptions.

Through past grants, the Foundation has supported capital projects such as the restoration of historic buildings; creation of new public sculpture and gardens; restoration of historic monuments; and other projects that enhance quality of life and sense of place, while demonstrating design excellence. Grants are made only for projects within Boston city limits and to projects that are accessible and visible to the public. Grants are not made to individuals. Grants are made for restoration and preservation activities, but not for routine care or maintenance (as defined by National Park Service technical standards.)

In 2020, the Designators are particularly interested in requests for support of permanent public art projects, projects focused on outdoor spaces, and historic preservation projects. In addition, the Designators are seeking proposals from projects in neighborhoods that have not been well represented in previous grants, including but not limited to East Boston, South Boston, Mission Hill, Allston/Brighton, Charlestown, Chinatown, Mattapan, and Roslindale.

A carefully prepared grant application that adheres to the printed guidelines and tips for grant applications is critical. Please review the full guidelines carefully before submitting your proposal. Current guidelines as well as a recent grants list are available for download at http://www.thehendersonfoundation.com.

Please direct further inquiries to: Ms. Gioia C. Perugini, Foundation Administrator, Hemenway & Barnes LLP, gperugini@hembar.com, 617.557.9777

Post date: Jan 22 2020 - 11:19am
Deadline: 5/1/2020, 10/9/2020
Program Interest: Historical activities, Public arts

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