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Read below to learn more about Cummings’ news regarding the $25M Grant Cycle!

Cummings Tri-County Fund
$25 Million Grant Program Launches July 1

Cummings Foundation is delighted to announce a major increase to its local area grant-making, launching a $25 million grant cycle on July 1. The Foundation will award $10 million through the $100K for 100 program and an additional $15 million (up from $10 million) through Sustaining Grants. All $25 million through this new “Cummings Tri-County Fund” will be awarded in spring 2019.

$100K for 100
Letters of Inquiry (LOI) will be accepted July 1 through October 1, 2018. Submission of an LOI is the first step toward applying to become one of 100 local nonprofits to be awarded $100,000 next June.

This program supports charities that are headquartered in – and provide at least 80 percent of their services in – Middlesex, Essex, and Suffolk counties in eastern Massachusetts. Please review the $100K for 100 webpages, which include a timeline, eligibility requirements, and FAQs. The link to the online LOI will also available on this page on July 1. Please spread the word to locally based nonprofits about this significant grant program.

Sustaining Grants
Organizations that will receive their final $100K for 100 grant disbursements in 2018 will automatically be considered for this invitation-only program, which awards vital ongoing funding for up to 10 years. Nonprofits selected to participate in the competitive review process will receive a letter by the end of July with more information.
VIDEO: $100K for 100 Celebration
For those of you who were unable to attend the 2018 Grant Winner Celebration, or who just want to relive the evening’s inspirational events, click here to watch a video of the program. View the entire 50-minute video, or skip around to watch the highlights, including the second annual $100K for 100 poem, remarks by Joyce and Bill Cummings, and an appearance by Governor Charlie Baker. Don’t miss the unique call-and-response-style announcing of the winners. From huge signs to balloons to a saxophone serenade, we were blown away with the creativity of this year’s grant recipients!

Candid and posed photos from the festive evening are also available for free download on Cummings’ Flickr page.

Starting Small Updates
Bill Cummings’ new memoir, Starting Small and Making It Big, continues to garner significant media attention and many requests for speeches. Recent weeks included a FOX 25 feature story and a laudatory article that appeared in several local newspapers. Bill has also kept a bustling schedule of public and private appearances with myriad organizations, including Medford High School, Bentley College, and Merrill Lynch, just to name a few.

Thank you to the many nonprofits that have supported Starting Small (and by extension, Cummings Foundation) by sharing information about it with their networks and/or purchasing copies for staff, trustees, or key donors. We are most grateful for your partnership. More information about Starting Small and Making It Big, including a schedule of Bill’s upcoming event and a link to make purchases, is available at

Joel Swets

Joyce Vyriotes

Christina Berthelsen
Grants and Communications Specialist

333 Wyman Street, Suite 175 Waltham, MA 02451