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Harold Brooks Foundation

Proposal due April 1
Program type Education; Food, Agriculture, & Nutrition; Health; Housing & Shelter; Mental Health
Area served MA
Restrictions South Shore of MA
Grant history

Mission

The Harold Brooks Foundation provides assistance to causes and organizations that help the largest possible number of residents of Massachusetts' South Shore communities, especially those that support the basic human needs of South Shore residents. The Foundation supports nonprofit organizations that have the greatest impact on improving the human condition and/or that provide the neediest South Shore residents with "tools" to help them restore their lives. The Foundation focuses on 5 key areas: education; food, agriculture & nutrition; health; housing & shelter; and mental health.

Harold Brooks, of Braintree, Massachusetts, was a successful business executive and entrepreneur who manufactured and sold prefabricated structures and underground bomb shelters during the Cold War. Mr. Brooks died in 1963 and the Foundation that bears his name was established in 1984.

Guidelines

The Harold Brooks Foundation has an annual deadline of April 1. Applicants for the April deadline will be notified of grant decisions before June 30.

The Harold Brooks Foundation seeks to leverage its funding by supporting programs and projects that impact large numbers of residents or that positively affect the lives of the traditionally underserved within South Shore communities. As discussed in its Mission Statement, the Brooks Foundation funds in 5 primary areas:

Education. The Foundation supports educational programs for all ages, including but not limited to academic access; educational enrichment; and remedial programming for children, youth, adults, and senior citizens that focus on preparing individuals to achieve while in school and beyond.

Health/mental health. The Foundation supports programming that: (1) makes care possible or expands care in response to priority community health needs of residents of the South Shore, (2) improves access to care (especially basic services) for traditionally underserved individuals or (3) prepares individuals to be independent and to assist themselves.

Food, agriculture, & nutrition/housing & shelter. We are committed to serving the South Shore community by supporting organizations that meet the basic needs of all individuals. Our efforts are focused on (but not limited to) shelters, food programs and employment programs.

Grants are made to support program and project expenses and/or general operating support. Support for endowment campaigns is not provided. Multi-year (2-3 years maximum) requests are welcome. Only 1 request will be accepted from an organization during a 12-month period. Grants are made to organizations that serve residents of the following South Shore areas: Abington, Braintree, Bridgewater, Brockton, Carver, Cohasset, Duxbury, Hanover, Hanson, Hingham, Holbrook, Hull, Marshfield, Norwell, Pembroke, Plymouth, Quincy, Randolph, Rockland, Scituate, Weymouth and Whitman.

The trustee may also consider Harold Brooks Foundation applicants for funding before the Grace E. Brooks Trust. There is no separate application process for this trust. The Grace E. Brooks Trust is a smaller foundation that was established in 1963 to support and promote quality educational, human services and health care programming for underserved populations. Typically, no single organization will receive grants from both the Harold Brooks Foundation and the Grace E. Brooks Trust.

Bank contact

To discuss the application process or for questions about this foundation, contact us:

ma.grantmaking@ustrust.com

Please indicate the foundation name in the email subject line.

Detailed foundation contact information can be found in the Procedures.

Bank contact

To discuss the application process or for questions about this foundation, contact us:

ma.grantmaking@ustrust.com

Please indicate the foundation name in the email subject line.

Detailed foundation contact information can be found in the Procedures.