The Susan A. Babson Opera Fund for Emerging Artists


Competitive Grants Program

Types of Support:  Unrestricted, special programs, occasional capital support.
Geographic Focus:  Greater Boston as defined by Route 128. Communities bordering Route 128 will be included.

The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation’s competitive grants program focuses on three program areas:

Entrepreneurship and Economic Development
Programs focused on providing opportunities for youth and community entrepreneurship education, community economic development, job training for youth, and urban youth business and enterprise initiatives.

Culture, Education and Leadership Development
Programs focused on education and leadership development opportunities for young people. Programs may involve team sports, art, dance, music, and theater.

Environment and Community Building
Programs focused on community building through urban community gardens and urban greenspace initiatives.

Application Process:

Spring grant cycle

Application portal opens January 21
Applications due February 21*
Trustees review March-April
Grant decisions early May
Award funds distributed early June

Fall grant cycle

Application portal opens August 15
Applications due September 15*
Trustees review October
Grant decisions mid-November
Award funds distributed early December

* If the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next business day. Late submissions will not be accepted.

Before beginning a new proposal, please review the full application instructions, available here:  Online Application Instructions

PLEASE NOTE:  Applicants no longer need to submit a letter of intent (LOI) before submitting an application. The foundation has moved to a one-step application process. Organizations may submit only one application per 12-month period.

Appropriate Size of Competitive Grant Request
The grant range in 2015 was $1,000 to $12,000. The average grant was $5,000.

Programs Ineligible for Funding
The following types of requests will not be considered:

  • Summer camps **
  • Support for specific individuals
  • Scholarships
  • Films/videos
  • Conferences
  • Fundraising or donor cultivation

** Summer camp funding is done exclusively through the Associated Grant Makers Summer Fund.

Please review the report format guide, which can be found here

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Discretionary Grant Program

Discretionary grants are made at the recommendation of the trustees and other members of the Babson family. If your organization is being considered for a discretionary grant, you will be notified by a trustee or family member. No applications are accepted for discretionary grants.


The Susan A. Babson Opera Fund for Emerging Artists

This fund carries on the interest of Susan A. and Donald P. Babson in supporting young artists. No grant applications are accepted for this fund, as the distributions are mandated by the donor.

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