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Join your colleagues to support non-profits in our host communities!


Tufts Community Grants (TCG), formerly known as the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund, was started in November 1995 to support our host communities and the important work being done by Tufts volunteers with non-profit organizations in Boston, Grafton, Medford and Somerville. Tufts Community Grants are fully funded by donations from Tufts University faculty and staff through the annual Tufts Community Appeal (TCA), an internal fundraising campaign. All gifts made to the Tufts Community Grants program go directly to non-profit organizations in the form of grants ranging from $250-$2,000.

In April 2019, 36 programs and projects received grants. Over 135 non-profits have received grants since 1995.

How can I support Tufts Community Grants?

Tufts Community Grants are 100% funded by Tufts staff and faculty. Staff and faculty can make a donation to Tufts Community Grants online, via a payroll deduction, or by completing this form and sending it to 14 Capen St. Medford MA, 02155. A gift to Tufts Community Grants not only supports dozens of non-profits in our host communities, but also supports the efforts of your colleagues and the Tufts students who volunteer alongside our community partners.

Who is eligible to apply for a Tufts Community Grant?

TCG Proposals are welcomed from all non-profit organizations in our host communities (Boston, Grafton, Medford, and Somerville) as long as they have had at least one Tufts student, faculty, or staff member volunteer with their organization in the past year.

The application period for Tufts Community Grants is currently closed.  The 2020 application cycle deadline will be announced in early January, 2020.

Who Are Tufts Volunteers?

There is a long tradition of community engagement at Tufts, especially by students. The Leonard Carmichael Society (Tufts' umbrella organization for 30+ community service groups) along with other student groups across our four campuses volunteer at over a hundred community organizations in the Greater Boston area. Additionally, our staff and faculty are actively engaged in our host communities. They run programs, serve on local boards and organize service projects.  

What Kinds of Projects Are Funded?

This grant may fund any specific project, activity, or equipment purchase. Proposals funded in the past include environmental education programs, instruments for a youth marching band, preserving documents and photos for a historical society, furniture for a home for disabled adults, a wig bank for cancer patients, special sports equipment for school aged children, an after-school arts program, a laptop computer for a domestic violence-prevention program, transportation for seniors, food staples for a food pantry, a gardening program for children, computer software for special needs children, and winter outerwear for homeless individuals.

The Tufts Community Grants Board

  • Ange Brome, Senior Application Administrator, Tufts Technology Services, School of Dental Medicine, Boston Campus
  • Terese Daly, Associate Director of Administration, Office of Dean of Arts & Sciences, Medford/Somerville Campus
  • Amy Goldstein, Assistant Director, Experimental College, Medford/Somerville Campus
  • Matthew Hast, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Boston Campus
  • Thomas Holmes, Maintenance Mechanic, Facilities Services, Medford/Somerville Campus
  • Chris Swan, Civil & Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Medford/Somerville Campus
  • Paul Tringale, Secretary of the Corporation, Office of the Trustees, Medford/Somerville Campus
  • Emily Walsh, Associate Director of Academic Support, Medical Student Affairs, Boston Campus

Questions about Tufts Community Grants can be directed to the office of Government & Community Relations at (617) 627-3780 or Leah.Boudreau@tufts.edu.