Foley Hoag Foundation Guidelines

Statement of Purpose

The Foley Hoag Foundation was established by the law firm of Foley Hoag in 1981. Originally focused on improving race relations among youth in Greater Boston, the Foundation’s mission is now broadened to support programs in Greater Boston, New York City, and metropolitan Washington, D.C., addressing inequality in its various forms, including but not limited to racial, ethnic, gender, and wealth disparities. Preference is given to innovative projects where a small grant is likely to make a meaningful difference. Through its grantmaking activities, the Foundation is committed to creating communities in which all members share equitably in the knowledge, wealth, and resources of society and are free to achieve their full potential. The Foundation hopes that its funding interests and activities will encourage other firms and professional organizations to become more involved in community-based philanthropy.

Types of Support

The Foundation allocates its grant resources across multiple fields including arts, education, training and research, cultural activities, and social services. It places an emphasis on collaborative programs and projects that engage people of different backgrounds in a common effort to create equal opportunity.

Types of programs include:

  • Innovative approaches to problems of inequality in any discipline, including community organizing and advocacy, health, education, employment, recreation and the arts.
  • Civic engagement and/or community empowerment.
  • Programs combining a focus on community engagement, civil rights and the law.
  • Collaborations between organizations with different constituencies.
  • Research and advocacy on issues related to equity.

The Foundation’s annual grants budget is approximately $150,000. Grant awards range from $5,000 to $10,000.

Special Emphases

The Trustees have added several refinements to the Foundation’s grantmaking strategy in an attempt to deepen and improve the impact of its funding on the complex and multi-faceted problem of inequality.

  • A preference for requests from smaller organizations with annual operating budgets of less than $500,000, where a small grant is likely to have a high impact.
  • A preference for funding organizations with diverse boards and staff - or with active plans to diversify organizational leadership - that reflect the constituency of communities served.
  • Interest in leveraging support either by making conditional or challenge grants.
  • A focus on Greater Boston, New York City, and the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Proposals for New York City and Washington, D.C. will be accepted by invitation-only.


Because of limited grant resources, and in fairness to all applicants, grants are generally awarded for one year only. The Foundation prefers project-related requests, but will also consider general operating requests.

Application Deadlines

The Foundation meets in December and June of each year. The next application deadline is April 1, followed by a fall application deadline of October 1. The Boston program employs an open application process. Proposals from Washington and New York City-based organizations will be considered by invitation-only.

Application Procedures

Organizations interested in applying to the Foundation are welcome to contact staff prior to applying.

To Register in the Application System

1. Click on Create New Account
2. Enter your personal contact information
3. Enter your organization’s contact information
4. Click on the Proceed to Next Step button

After you have registered your account you will be directed to the Application Status Page.

1. Start New Application – This allows you to review the available grants and apply. Enter “foley” as the Access Code.
2. Application Status – This is your homepage where you can check on the status of your grants. This page will display the form you just filled out, what its status is, and what the next form will be.

To apply now, please click here.

Contact Information

Chaletta Huertas, Administrator
Foley Hoag Foundation
c/o GMA Foundations
2 Liberty Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: 617-391-3098