Grant Programs

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 2016, the grant range was $1,000 to $10,000. The average grant size was $2,500.

Proposals are submitted in a Preliminary Application by using our online application form. Please review the instructions, which can be found here, thoroughly before starting your application. The online application will be available approximately two months before the deadline date. The application is accessed through the link on the second page of the Word document which you will see after you have clicked “here.” Please read the instructions very carefully. We suggest you print the instructions for reference throughout the submission process. Some applicants may be asked for additional information following the initial proposal. All applicants will be notified by mid-June of the trustees’ decisions.

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 there are any changes to make, once you have registered, you will have to contact our grants manager. Organizations should not create a different organization profile for each application they made through the online portal.

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.


Please review the report format guide, which can be found here. All reports should be submitted to the trustee who recommended your grant.

Grant Cycle

  • February 28 application due*
  • Early March trustees review applications
  • Late March if invited, additional information due
  • Late April grant recommendations made by Family Trustees
  • Late May grant decisions ratified by meeting of trustees
  • 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
  • Newell Flather
  • Wilmington Trust FSB

Grant Administrator

Michelle Jenney
The Susan A. and Donald P. Babson Charitable Foundation
c/o GMA Foundations*
Phone: (617) 391-3087
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9 – 5

*GMA Foundations – before May 1, 2017
77 Summer Street, 8th Floor
Boston, MA 02110

*GMA Foundations – after May 1, 2017
2 Liberty Square, Suite 500
Boston, MA 02109