Photo Credit: H2O for Life

Photo Credit: H2O for Life, St. Paul, MN

Our Application Process

We will not be accepting any further proposals until September 2016. Organizations are welcome to submit Letters of Inquiry in 2016.

The Ansara Family Fund’s fiscal year is July 1-June 30, with grant proposals typically due September 15 and funding decisions announced in late November or December.

Important Note to Grant Seekers:

In the second half of 2014 our funding focus underwent a shift. Since 2010 we have funded organizations in Haiti working in a number of sectors (livelihoods, education, human rights and health care) in order to seize the historic opportunity to rebuild a more just and prosperous country. However, we are now increasing our focus to address the challenges of building healthcare infrastructure in Haiti and other remote and under resourced settings through Jim’s private operating foundation Build Health International. We also make a limited number of grants to promote international philanthropy and development.

Most of our grants for food and shelter North of Boston are now made through the Ansara Fund for Essex County at the Essex County Community Foundation.

Because in the fiscal year 2015 we are rebalancing and refocusing the Fund, we are not accepting new grant proposals in the autumn of 2014. However, we encourage grant seekers working in our focus areas to keep us informed of their work.

Please see our general grantmaking strategies below.

  • We favor general operating support and capacity building grants that strengthen social-profit organizations and health care infrastructure in Haiti (see our page on Build Health International).
  • We look for programs that foster collaboration between NGOs and with governmental actors.
  • We make most grants in the $10,000-$25,000 range and occasionally make a multi-year commitment.
  • Our total international giving ranges from $400,000-$500,000.
  • After our funding hiatus, grant proposals will be requested for September 15, 2015 and thereafter annually on that date. We accept Letters of Inquiry but not unsolicited proposals.
  • We provide grants to qualified non-profit organizations that are exempt from federal income taxes under Section 501 (c) (3) of the Internal Revenue code and that are not private foundations.
  • We make a limited number of short-term loans to our partners for cash flow, capital projects, and new initiatives.
  • Grants to non-US-based and non-501(c)(3) organizations may be processed through an intermediary organization providing international grantmaking due-diligence services
  • As a Donor Advised Fund of The Boston Foundation we are accountable to the highest ethical standards of a leading community foundation.

For further information please contact: Sara Hall, Philanthropic Advisor,