Photo Credit: H2O for Life

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

Our Application Process

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

For more details on applying for a grant, please download our RFP here.

Important Note to Grant Seekers:

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. We also now address the challenges of building healthcare infrastructure in Haiti and in other remote and under-resourced settings through our private operating foundation, Build Health International.

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.

For our fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, we will request proposals for new grants to be due September 15th electronically or by mail. (Of course, we will honor all grant commitments already made.)


Please direct any questions to The Philanthropic Initiative regarding international or local grants:

Maggi Alexander at or Ali Carley at

Please see our general grantmaking criteria below:

  • We do not consider unsolicited proposals; we do welcome short Letters of Inquiry.
  • We favor general operating support and capacity building grants that strengthen social-profit organizations focused on livelihoods, education, and human rights in Haiti. (See our page on Build Health International).
  • We look for programs that foster collaboration between NGOs and with governmental actors.
  • We prefer to support organizations with strong local leadership involved from the conception to execution of programs.
  • We make most grants in the $10,000-$15,000 range and occasionally make a multi-year commitment.
  • 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.
  • 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.