Tufts Community Grants

  • Funding Opportunities
  • Community Partners
  • Boston , Grafton , Somerville , Medford
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Tufts Community Grants (TCG), began in November 1995 to support our host communities and the important work being done by Tufts volunteers with nonprofit organizations in Boston, Grafton, Medford and Somerville. Tufts Community Grants are funded by donations from Tufts University faculty and staff through the annual Tufts Community Appeal (TCA), an internal fundraising campaign.

Tufts University staff and faculty comprise the TCG board, which evaluates grant proposals and awards funding. In April 2023, 35 programs in Tufts' host communities each received $3,000 grants. Over 150 non-profits have received grants since 1995.

Nonprofits from the communities of Medford, Somerville, Grafton, Chinatown and Mission Hill attend the Tufts Neighborhood Service Fund Reception on April 23, 2018.

Tufts would like to thank Cummings Foundation for making a generous 2:1 matching gift to the Tufts Community Grants program. During the 2023 internal fundraising campaign, every dollar donated by Tufts staff and faculty to the TCG program was matched with $2 by Cummings Foundation. Thanks to this record-breaking support from staff, faculty and Cummings Foundation, we are able to provide grant awards of $3,000 to each grant recipient. Tufts is grateful to Cummings Foundation for its impactful double matching gift and for supporting the work of Tufts' community partners serving Boston, Grafton, Medford and Somerville.


Program Details and Application

Please read the following program details and requirements before applying for a Tufts Community Grant.

Grant Application Submission Period

Tthe 2024 Tufts Community Grants (TCG) application period will open on February 1, 2024. TCG applications will be due by March 1, 2024.

Submit an Application

Grant Amount

All grants awarded by the Tufts Community Grants Board will be $3,000.


Grant award and denial notifications will be sent the week of April 22-26.


Grant Proposals

A Tufts Community Grant may fund any specific project, activity, program, or equipment purchase that furthers your organization's mission and serves the community. Grants are not intended to be used towards general operating budgets or staff salaries. Examples of proposals funded in the past include environmental education programming, instruments for a youth band, preservation of historic documents, furniture for a home for disabled adults, a wig bank for cancer patients, an after-school arts program, a laptop computer for a domestic violence-prevention program, transportation for seniors, food staples for a food pantry, a community gardening program, computer software for special needs children, and winter outerwear for homeless individuals. Tufts Community Grants are not intended to support annual fundraisers, galas, or similar events. For event sponsorships, please see our sponsorship request form

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Serving Tufts' Host Communities

Tufts Community Grants are intended to support organizations based in or serving Tufts' host communities of Boston, Grafton, Medford or Somerville. Preference is given to nonprofits that are located in and/or directly serving residents of these four communities. Nonprofits not based in one of these four communities may apply for funding as long as their programming and proposed project will directly and primarily benefit one the four host communities. Applying organizations not based in Boston, Grafton, Medford or Somerville will be asked to identify and describe their connection to the host community that will benefit from their proposed project.

Engagement with Tufts Volunteers

The TCG Board is committed to awarding grants to nonprofits that work with volunteers from Tufts University (students, staff, and faculty). There is a long tradition of community engagement at Tufts. Students across our four campuses volunteer at many organizations in our host communities. They perform service work with nonprofits, schools and local agencies in many capacities. Tufts staff and faculty are engaged too; they run programs, serve on boards, facilitate research, and organize service projects. By supporting the nonprofits that work with Tufts volunteers, the TCG program strengthens connections and partnerships between the university and our host communities. If your organization does not currently work with Tufts University volunteers, the office of Government and Community Relations is available as a resource to help you connect and partner with volunteers within the Tufts community.

  • TCG proposals are welcome from organizations meeting the following criteria:

    • Applying organizations must be located in or serve one or more of Tufts University’s host communities of Boston, Grafton, Medford or Somerville.
    • Eligible organizations must have had at least one Tufts student, staff or faculty member actively involved as a volunteer in the past year.
    • Be a nonprofit holding current tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) Internal Revenue Code or a:
      • A government/municipal agency including libraries, housing authorities, councils on aging, etc. that are requesting funds exclusively for public purposes
      • K-12 public or charter school
      • Faith-based organization with a proposed project/initiative that benefits the community at large, such as food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, or other related human services
    • Organizations that are award a grant are expected to use the funds for their proposal by Dec. 31, 2024.
    • Organizations that are awarded a grant are asked to document and report the implementation and impact of the grant received. A brief, 1-2 paragraph summary report should be submitted by Dec. 31, 2024. Grant recipients are also encouraged to submit photos representing the program/initiative implemented if available.  Please submit reports and photos here.
    • Grant recipients are asked to share the impact of their grant and tag @TuftsCommunity in social media.

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

  • Tufts Community Grant proposals are reviewed and selected by a volunteer board of staff and faculty from across disciplines and departments.


    • Susan Bhole, Executive Assistant to SVP & General Council, University Relations, Medford/Somerville Campus
    • Martha Lucia Forero, Assistant Professor, Director of School Based Student Outreach Program, School of Dental Medicine, Boston Campus
    • Amy Goldstein, Assistant Director, Experimental College, Medford/Somerville Campus
    • Jennifer Greer-Morrisey, Civic Life Manager, Health Sciences, Tisch College of Civic Life, Boston Campus
    • Amy Hamilton, Catering Sales Manager, Tufts Dining, Medford/Somerville Campus
    • Matthew Hast, Assistant Dean of Student Affairs, Friedman School of Nutrition Science & Policy, Boston Campus
    • MJ Kim, Senior Director of Marketing, Communications and Marketing, Medford/Somerville Campus
    • Erin King, Tisch College Civic Life Coordinator, Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine, Grafton Campus
    • Mimi Le, Associate Director of Development, University Advancement, Medical Development & Alumni Relations, Boston Campus
    • Steve Nasson, Director of Facilities, Boston Campus
    • Chris Swan, Civil & Environmental Engineering, School of Engineering, Medford/Somerville Campus
    • Erin Sullivan, Secretary to the Faculty, AS&E, Medford/Somerville Campus
    • Paul Tringale, Secretary of the Corporation, Office of the Trustees, Medford/Somerville Campus