Grant Programs

The proposal process has been revised. Applicants are no longer required to submit an LOI. Starting January 5th, 2018, only an application is required. Please read all instructions carefully.

Competitive Grant Program

The focus of The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation is the enrichment and empowerment of people of all ages around the world, so as to prevent exploitation, poverty, and injustice.

The Foundation does not make capital grants. A limited number of multi-year grants might be considered in each grant cycle.

In 2017, the grant range was $1,000 to $10,000. The average grant size was $2,500.

Proposals are submitted by using our online application form. Please click here to begin the application process.

You will see that you have to register your organization and create a password. Please make sure the password is known to anyone in your organization that will be using the online application process. If  any changes need to be made, after  you have registered, you will have to contact our foundation staff. Organizations should not create a different organization profile for each application they make through the online portal. The Access Code is “babson”

Discretionary Grant Program

This program reflects the interests of individual trustees and family members in creating a better community and world. No grant applications are taken for this program. We will ask recipients of discretionary grants to enter information on our online portal.


Please review the report format guide, which can be found here:  S D Babson Grant Report

All reports should be submitted to the trustee who recommended your grant.

Grant Cycle

  • February 28 – application due*
  • March-April –  trustees review applications
  • Late April –  grant recommendations made by Family Trustees
  • Late May/early June –  grant decisions ratified by meeting of trustees
  • Mid June –  grants awarded

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


  • Averill Babson
  • James A. Babson
  • Deborah E. Babson
  • Richard L. Babson
  • Ray Considine
  • Wilmington Trust FSB

Grant Administrator

Michelle Jenney
The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation
c/o GMA Foundations
2 Liberty Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02109
Phone: (617) 391-3087
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 – 5