Local Grant Guidelines

    Local Grant Guidelines

    The MassMutual Foundation invites Springfield, Mass. and Enfield, Conn. focused nonprofit organizations expanding economic opportunity through economic development and academic achievement & workforce development to apply for a grant. (Note: national investments are made by invitation only.)

    Economic Development: The Foundation strives to improve the economic and social well-being of the city of Springfield, with a primary focus on the State Street Corridor and downtown. We invest in programs that:

    • Support Springfield’s budding entrepreneurial sector

    • Advance development projects that stimulate and support economic growth, and expedite the revitalization process within the city of Springfield

    • Enrich the cultural vitality of Springfield by attracting residents and visitors through events that promote history and the arts

    • Strengthen community infrastructure in Springfield through capital investments that allow nonprofit organizations to further their mission (up to $150,000 over 3 years, and no more than 10% of the total campaign)

    Our support of cultural vitality extends to Enfield, Conn. as well where we invest in programs that:

    • Enrich the cultural vitality of Enfield by attracting residents and visitors through events that promote history and the arts

    Education: The Foundation seeks to improve the academic achievement and career preparedness for middle and high school students in Springfield, Mass and Enfield, Conn. We invest in programs that prepare students with 21st century skills to meet local workforce demands.  We believe increased academic rigor and exposure to career education supports long-term job placement and economic stability.

    The MassMutual Foundation strongly prioritizes funding for organizations that demonstrate excellence in the following areas:

    • Innovation - Differentiation from other organizations in your field. Approaching persistent challenges with new solutions and unique perspectives.

    • Collaboration - Partnering with nonprofits to leverage strengths of partners vs. replicating efforts.

    • Strong Leadership - High caliber leadership and staff.

    • Sustainably Funded - Diversely funded – not overly reliant on one major funding source.

    • Clear Goals - Well-articulated mission and impactful long-term vision. Specific and attainable short-term goals.

    • Data-Driven Problem Solving & Results - Impressive outputs (e.g. # served, # of hours) and strategic outcomes (e.g. knowledge gained, behaviors changed).

    • Root Cause vs. Symptoms - The organization/program is addressing root cause(s) of the challenge.

    How to Apply for a Grant1
    All grant requests must be submitted through the MassMutual Foundation Online Grant Application. Grants are reviewed on a quarterly schedule based on MassMutual Foundation Board meetings (see below for this year’s deadlines). Funding decisions will be made and communicated to grant seekers approximately 8 weeks after the grant submission deadline.

    Start a new grant application

    Complete an application already in progress or view your application history

    * Please note that in 2017 we are shifting to a quarterly grant review by focus area (see below). Please take this into consideration as you apply for funding in 2016 to avoid a gap or overlap in funding, should you wish to reapply. The Foundation will permit applications for periods of time greater or less than one full year to accommodate this new grant review schedule.  For example, if a nonprofit meeting our education guidelines applies for funding in January of 2016 which typically covers funding from March 2016 – February 2017, they may request funding to accommodate a budget that reaches from March 2016 – July 2017 so that they may reapply for funding in April 2017. In 2017, any grant applications received prior to the specified focus area deadline will be held for consideration on the specified date.

    Grant Submission Schedule
    Proposals are due by 5:00 p.m. on the specified dates below (subject to modification):

    • January 15, 2016

    • April 15, 2016

    • July 15, 2016

    • September 15, 2016
    • January 15, 2017 - Cultural Vitality (Economic Development)

    • April 15, 2017 - Academic Achievement & Workforce Development

    • July 15, 2017 - Entrepreneurism, Economic Growth & Revitalization (Economic Development)

    • September 15, 2017 - Community Infrastructure Capital Investments (Economic Development)

    Although the MassMutual Foundation does not fund sponsorships, Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) does provide limited sponsorships for select local events hosted by organizations that bolster economic opportunity through education and economic development (as detailed in our Grant Guidelines) in Springfield, Mass. and Enfield, Conn.

    How to Apply for a MassMutual Sponsorship
    All sponsorship requests must be submitted through the MassMutual online sponsorship application. Sponsorships are reviewed on an ongoing basis. Funding decisions will be made and communicated to sponsorship applicants within two weeks of receipt of the application.

    Start a new sponsorship application

    Complete an application already in progress or view your application history

    Funding Eligibility
    Eligible recipient organizations must be certified as tax-exempt entities under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

    Ineligible recipients include:

    • Faith based or religious organizations that do not support people of all faiths and backgrounds

    • Individuals, through direct grants or scholarships

    • Fundraising events, such as golf tournaments or walkathons

    • Organizations not in compliance with our Nondiscrimination Policy: MassMutual and the MassMutual Foundation do not provide charitable dollars or volunteer support to nonprofit organizations that discriminate on the basis of: age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran

    • Fraternal Societies 501(c)(8)/(10); political or labor organizations, 501(c)(4)/(5) or (6); and veterans groups that are 501(c)(19) are not eligible

    Please call (413) 744-4973 or email MassMutualFoundation@massmutual.com with inquiries regarding our grant process.

    1 The MassMutual Foundation administers grants at will and reserves the right to amend or cancel the program at any time without any notice.