CHT Foundation

Thank you for your interest in the CHT Foundation. The Foundation was established in 2005 by the family of William O. Taylor of Boston, former publisher of The Boston Globe, and his wife, Sally P. Coxe, a native of Philadelphia.

Funding Guidelines

The CHT Foundation has three main areas of interest: education, the environment, and projects that enhance historic preservation. The grants are restricted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Trustees have a strong geographic preference for projects serving the cities of Boston and New Bedford, and rarely make grants for projects serving communities outside those two cities.

  • Education: Support of programs for pre-school through elementary school age children, with emphasis on early learning, literacy, civics and the teaching of history.
  • The Environment: A particular focus is on protecting the Commonwealth's waterways and the quality of its water generally, with strong emphasis on Boston Harbor, the Charles River, the South Coast, Buzzards Bay, and the Elizabeth Islands.
  • History: Of special interest to the Trustees is the history of Boston's recent immigrants, and their contributions to medicine, education and the environment. The Foundation is also interested in the history of New Bedford and its environs, and in New Bedford's potential as a model for urban renewal.

CHT Foundation grants range from $1,000 - $10,000. While there are no restrictions on grants for capital purposes or general operations, the Foundation prefers to fund project-specific requests. Multi-year requests will not be considered.

For new applicants in 2024, the Trustees will prioritize environmental and historic preservation organizations and will not accept new applications in the education category. Only previous grantees are eligible to apply under the education program area.


The Foundation’s deadline is July 1.

Please note if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the application is due by 5pm on the following business day. The application portal will be open 4 to 6 weeks prior to the posted deadline.

Application Procedure

Carefully read the guidelines on this page to determine eligibility and fit with the Fund’s current priorities.

CHT Foundation accepts the Philanthropy Massachusetts Common Grant Application Language. Applications must be submitted via the GoApply online portal linked below. Please review this guide on how to register. Click here for a password assistance guide. You will receive confirmation of your submission. Please direct questions related to the portal to Senior Grants Manager Rita Goldberg at

The Trustees or advisors will contact the applicant if they have questions or require further information.

Organizations that receive funding will be notified if a report is required. In most cases, the Trustees accept the Common Report Form from Philanthropy Massachusetts.

An organization may submit only one application at a time. If denied, an organization must wait one year (12 months) to reapply. If a grant is received, an organization should wait at least one year after the date of the last application before submitting another application.

Trustees of CHT Foundation
Kurt F. Somerville
Nancy B. Gardiner
Edmund C. Taylor

Advisory Committee
Timothy Leland

Contact Information

The Foundation has engaged Hemenway & Barnes LLP to provide grants management and administration. Applicants should direct any questions to:

Gioia Perugini, Director of Philanthropic Services
Hemenway & Barnes LLP
75 State Street
Boston, MA 02109
(617) 557-9777