UPDATE JUNE 2013: The Linden Foundation is not accepting any new inquiries or applications.


  Funding Priorities

The Linden Foundation funds non-profit organizations that strengthen disadvantaged and homeless families by helping provide them with the skills and support systems they need to become cohesive, internally supportive, and self-sufficient. Preference is given to comprehensive programs that most directly help those in need, involve multiple family members, provide sustained support to the participants, and are administered by community-based organizations.

The Foundation has three funding strategies:

1. Help families function better through programs that nurture, build, and strengthen family relationships. Particular areas of interest include:
- Educational programs that develop: mediation skills, parenting skills, relationship building skills

2. Help families gain economic security through programs that make it feasible for family members to become and remain employed. Areas of interest include:
- Workforce development / Job training / Entrepreneurial assistance
- Family budgeting assistance
- Quality child care, when provided in conjunction with an educational program for parents. (Note: Stand alone child care programs are not eligible.)

3. Help increase and preserve housing opportunities for disadvantaged families by providing:
- Operating support for organizations that provide transitional housing, supportive housing with social services, and/or permanently affordable housing for very low income (below 30% of median income)
- Emergency or short-term financial assistance to enable families to stay in existing housing


  Eligibility and Geographic Focus

All grant applicants must be non-profit, 501(c)(3) organizations, generally serving disadvantaged, low-income communities in the following areas:

  • the northern side of the greater Boston area, with emphasis on communities inside Route 128 and the North Shore to the Gloucester area

  • the counties of the Lakes Region and northern New Hampshire