The Harold Whitworth Pierce
Charitable Trust


Harold Whitworth Pierce lived in Milton Massachusetts, and was a partner at Tucker, Anthony & R.L. Day, a Boston investment banking and brokerage firm. When Mr. Pierce died in 1958, he left his estate to endow The Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust.

The Harold Whitworth Pierce Charitable Trust offers grants primarily for projects that will produce long-range benefits through leverage of the Trust's resources. Grants are made for specific programs, for “seed money”, and for capital projects, especially those which can reduce operating costs. Occasional grants are made for operating support. Grants are focused on institutions and programs in the Boston area.

The Trustees will not be making any competitive grants in 2017 and therefore are not accepting Preliminary Letters


The trustees invite Preliminary Letters in the areas listed below. From time to time grants are also made on the basis of specifically invited proposals or in response to inquiries about projects which might be of particular interest to the trustees.


  • Training programs for teachers in urban schools, primarily Boston.
  • Innovative programs for high achieving/highly motivated students primarily in the Boston Public Schools.
  • Grants made through EdVestors.

Green and Public Spaces

  • Projects which support community gardens, community parks and other natural areas.
  • Projects which enhance open space for active and/or passive recreation.

Capital Projects

  • Projects which reduce the operating costs for an institution.
  • Projects which improve and/or restore the physical heritage of Boston.

Arts Education

  • Occasional grants are made for education in the arts.

No grants are made for scholarships to individuals. In addition, no grants are made for fund raising events, films, videos, travel, or advocacy.

Grant Report Form

2015 Grants Awarded

2014 Grants Awarded

2013 Grants Awarded

2012 Grants Awarded

2011 Grants Awarded


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The application process consists of three steps:

First Step
As a first step please call or email Betsy Nichols, Program Director, even if you have received a previous grant. Betsy maybe reached on Tuesdays and Thursdays at (617) 523-8368 or may be reached by email most days at

The request for contact is designed to save you time, effort and money and to allow us to help you target your request so it stands the best chance of succeeding.

Second Step
The second step is a Preliminary Letter of no more than two pages, submitted with the Preliminary Letter Summary Form. Full proposals will not be accepted at this phase. Email submission is encouraged, but not required.

The Preliminary Letter should be both concise and precise. It should briefly describe the applicant organization and its mission, and then describe the project as specifically as possible, including its goals, how they are to be met and how success is to be measured and any results. It should also include the size of the grant requested and an indication of how any additional money needed would be raised.

Please include a preliminary budget and proof of Section 501 (c)(3) status. Please do not use binders or folders or send video tapes.

Preliminary Summary Page

Proposal Invitation
The trustees will review the Preliminary Letters and invite full proposals from a limited number of applicants. If a proposal is invited, the AGM Common Grant Proposal Form or any other form that is and clear and concise may be used.

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Preliminary Letter Submission Deadlines: March 1 and September 30

Due to recent weather and transit challenges, the trustees have extended the March 1 deadline for Preliminary Letters to March 13.


Early Submission is strongly encouraged. Late submissions will not be considered.

Submission of Preliminary Letters by email is encouraged and they should be sent to Submissions sent by mail must have a postmark date on or before the deadline. In case of a weekend or holiday, the deadline is the next business day.

Invited Proposals are due in mid April and early November

Grant decisions will be made at the Trustee meetings held in late May or early June and late November or early December.

For additional information please contact:
Elizabeth D. Nichols
50 Congress Street
Boston, MA 02109-4017
Phone: (617) 523-8368
Fax: (617) 523-8949

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