How to Apply

The Paul and Edith Babson Foundation has two annual grantmaking cycles.

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.

Appropriate Size of Competitive Grant Request
The grant range in 2017 was $2,000 to $12,000. Most grants were between $2,000 and $5,000, and the average grant was $4,000.

Before beginning a new proposal, please review the full application instructions.

Access the online system here:

Register.  Prior to submitting a concept paper through the foundation’s online application system, applicants must complete a one-time registration. If you have used the online system previously to submit an application, you do not need to register again. You can simply log in. 

NOTE: If you are a grant writer, please register using the name and email address of the primary contact at the organization which is applying. If you use your own information, the organization information will be linked to your email address, which will cause a problem if you then try to fill out an application for another GMA Foundations client or if you move on and the organization wishes to re-apply or submit a report.

Access Code. Once you have logged in, click “Apply” and enter the Access Code: pebabson

Need support? If you encounter technical issues with the online system, contact Questions regarding the foundation and proposals in general should be directed to