Haitian women entrepreneurs received handwashing buckets, masks and hygiene supplies from Prosperity Catalyst to safeguard against COVID-19.

Haitian women entrepreneurs receive handwashing buckets, masks and hygiene supplies from Prosperity Catalyst to safeguard against COVID-19.

Our Application Process

The Ansara Family Fund’s fiscal year is July 1-June 30 and most grants are made in the fall. Please note that the FY2021 online application process is currently underway with proposals due August 3. We do not consider unsolicited proposals but do welcome short Letters of Inquiry (LOIs). If any of our grantees have questions regarding the application process, please email ansarafamilyfund@tbf.org.

Updating Our Overarching Grantmaking Priorities

After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, we began funding organizations working on the ground in a variety of sectors (livelihoods, education, human rights and health care) in order to seize the historic opportunity to rebuild a more just and prosperous country.

On Boston’s North Shore, we partner with the Essex County Community Foundation to end poverty by ensuring access to affordable food, housing and job training for a diverse population.

Please see our general grantmaking criteria below and direct any questions to The Philanthropic Initiative regarding international or local grants: ansarafamilyfund@tbf.org.

  • We favor general operating support and sometimes emergency grants to organizations led by local leaders.
  • We also occasionally make recoverable grants to long-term grantees to help with working capital or cash flow.
  • We take a hands-on approach to our philanthropy and prioritize support to organizations where we are involved through board service and volunteerism.
  • We support staff-development initiatives that sustain and enrich those who make up our partner organizations.
  • We apply a gender, racial, and environmental lens across our grantmaking and encourage partners to demonstrate how they are addressing equity, justice and environmental sustainability in their work.
  • As a Donor Advised Fund of The Boston Foundation we are accountable to the highest ethical standards of a leading community foundation.
  • Typical grants are $10,000, with larger grants to our three key partners: Build Health International, New England International Donors, and the Haiti Development Institute.