Cabot Family Charitable Trust
Godfrey L. and Maria Moors Cabot  
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A Tribute to Ned Cabot

The trustees and staff of the Cabot Family Charitable Trust acknowledge with grief and sorrow the tragic death of fellow trustee, colleague, family member and friend Ned Cabot on September 1, 2012.  His passion and commitment to a broad range of philanthropic interests energized the work of the Trust and will be sorely missed.  We offer our heartfelt condolences and shared grief to his wife Betsy and his four children and hold them in our thoughts and prayers.



About The Cabot Family Charitable Trust

Established in 1942 by Godfrey L. Cabot, the Cabot Family Charitable Trust makes grant awards to nonprofit organizations working in the arts and culture, education and youth development, environment and conservation, health and human services, and for civic and public benefit. Grant awards are made in the city of Boston and contiguous communities, as well as to organizations elsewhere in which Cabot family members have philanthropic interest.. Applications to the Trust are accepted twice per year for review by the trustees. Please see application guidelines for further details.

Grant Program Summary and Eligibility Requirements

Grant applications are reviewed at trustee meetings in May and November. Deadlines for grant applications are February 1 and September 1. If those dates fall on a weekend or holiday, applications are due the next business day by postmark or email.

Nonprofit organizations with 501(c)(3) status are eligible for support. Cabot Family Charitable Trust does not support sectarian programs of religious institutions, fraternal organizations, fundraising events or matching gift programs. The Trust does not make awards to individuals. Support for summer camp programs is channeled through the Summer Fund sponsored by Associated Grant Makers.

Grant Program Policy and Review Criteria

The Cabot Family Charitable Trust will consider grant applications for general support, support for specific programs and activities and for capital campaigns and, in limited circumstances, for a period of up to three years where a longer term commitment can be shown to accelerate positive outcomes. While most grant awards are for one year, the trustees may award multi-year funding for capital campaigns. Organizations considering a capital campaign request must apply for support by February 1 in any year.  Capital requests will not be considered in the fall.

Grant awards range from $5,000-$50,000 for a one-year period. After Cabot Family Charitable Trust staff researches and reviews grant applications, the trustees make the final decision on all grant awards and recommendations.

Applications recommended for review meet the following criteria:

  • Reflect Cabot family interests and provide benefits to communities and organizations that have been supported by family philanthropy.
  • Extend important services to individuals and groups not served adequately through other programs and institutions.
  • Manage change by assessing community needs and developing programs to meet emerging needs.
  • Promote productive cooperation and full use of resources by nonprofit organizations and community groups.
  • Test new approaches to problems or adapt solutions that have been successful elsewhere.

Grant Application Process

Applicants must begin by submitting a concept paper, using the format found on this Web Site, by February 1 or September 1.  The trustees will notify applicants by email if further information is needed to complete their consideration of a request.  Applicants will be notified by email on a rolling basis if their requests will not be funded.  Concept papers must be emailed or postmarked by the close of business on the deadline date to:

Cabot Family Charitable Trust
70 Federal Street 7th Floor
Boston, MA 02110
Executive Director: Katherine S. McHugh



Francis M. Bradley
John G.L. Cabot
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