Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation Grant

Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation

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Next deadline: Mar 15, 2022

Later deadlines: Sep 15, 2022

Grant amount: US $10,000 - US $20,000

Fields of work: Civic Engagement & Education Domestic Violence Human Trafficking Employment Services Homelessness Services Performing Arts Music Education Radio Television Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Project / Program

Location of project: Counties in Massachusetts: Essex County, Middlesex County, Norfolk County, Plymouth County, Suffolk County Show all

Location of residency: Counties in Massachusetts: Essex County, Middlesex County, Norfolk County, Plymouth County, Suffolk County Show all

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Lincoln and Therese Filene Foundation

The Filene Foundation is a private family foundation that makes grants to tax-exempt organizations and institutions that provide services to individuals and localities.

  The Foundation's major goals are: 

  • to enable those who are disadvantaged to help themselves and others;
  • to reduce social conflicts and create harmonious communities;
  • to encourage informed civic participation on local, state and regional levels; and
  • to promote participation in the performing arts.

Grant Programs

Lincoln & Therese Filene were innovators in Boston's early philanthropic community. Their interests spanned many areas of concern. Today, five generations of Lincoln and Therese's family continue the Foundation's grantmaking in four specific program areas, including:

Civic Education

The Civic Education Committee considers grants to organizations that reinforce the values and responsibilities, as well as the privileges and opportunities, of American citizenship for natural-born and immigrant populations.

The Committee focuses on programs to encourage, engage, and inform citizens including programs that educate others (e.g. training teachers or student leaders).

Human Development & Self Sufficiency

The mission of the Human Development and Self Sufficiency Committee is to enable those who are disadvantaged in various ways to help themselves and others. It supports organizations dedicated to building equitable, safe and successful communities in the Greater Boston-area by providing pathways for disadvantaged individuals to become self-sufficient, valued, and productive members of their communities.

The Committee funds grants in areas including, but not limited to, services for domestic violence and human-trafficking survivors, homelessness prevention, job training and programs that enable youth to overcome obstacles to positive growth.

Music Education & Performing Arts

The Music and Performing Arts Committee determines funding levels for continuing programs at Wolf Trap Farm for the Performing Arts, including the Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts and the Opera Company, and the Filene Music Program at Skidmore College. 

Other requests are considered on a limited basis, including initiatives that support Therese Filene’s lifelong effort to offer musical instruction and experiences to those who could otherwise not afford them.

Public Education & Broadcasting

The Public Education and Broadcasting Committee considers grants to organizations that provide equal access to education and information by encouraging civic engagement, community involvement and early childhood education.

The Committee also focuses on efforts that address local community needs, including programs in public school systems.


The Foundation awards grants to educational institutions, public television, and other non-profit organizations whose proposals are specific and achievable, and whose successes can be replicated by other organizations. Awards are granted generally in the $10,000 - $20,000 range.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Only not-for-profit organizations with Section 501 (c)(3) tax exempt status are eligible for grants. 
  • Grants are made primaily to organizations and institutions in Greater-Boston area. 
    • Our grantmaking is focused in the Greater-Boston area, with some exceptions. 
  • In order to submit an application, your organization must meet the following requirements:
    • It is in Massachusetts or you are in another state and have been invited to apply. 
    • It has 501(c)(3) tax exempt status and is not a lobbying, religious or political group.


  • The Foundation does not make grants in support of capital campaigns or general operating costs. 
  • The Foundation does not support individuals, organizations without Section 501 (c)(3) status, lobbying, religious or political groups. 


This page was last reviewed June 02, 2021 and last updated June 02, 2021