The Adelard A. and Valeda Lea Roy Foundation

The AV Roy Foundation has historically supported a broad range of organizations working in the areas of arts and culture, churches, education, environmental education, food access, health, land trusts, museums, and social services. The Trustees prioritize grants serving greater Boston and underserved rural and urban communities in Massachusetts, with some additional grantmaking in other areas of Northern New England.

Funding Guidelines

In 2024, in an effort to ensure that applications to the Foundation closely match current giving priorities, the Trustees will give priority to Massachusetts and Northern New England applicants focused on the following:

  1. Environment: requests focused on land conservation, in particular projects close to completion and projects resulting in easements held by accredited land trusts; environmental education; and climate change
  2. Health and Welfare: basic human needs (with priority given to food security and housing); hospice and home health care
  3. Arts and Culture: in particular, arts access and education for disadvantaged, elderly, or youth populations, and historic preservation
  4. Education: schools serving youth from low income backgrounds, including independent schools
  5. Churches providing basic needs support and other social services programming, as well as capital needs for facilities or historic preservation

The population focus across all program areas is immigrants and refugees, Indigenous communities, youth from low income backgrounds, and the elderly.

The Trustees prioritize grantmaking in greater Boston and/or underserved rural and urban communities in Massachusetts. Other priority states include Vermont, New Hampshire, and Maine.

Grants typically range from $2,500 to $10,000. In 2023, the average grant was $3,800. The Trustees anticipate a slightly higher average grant size in 2024, and fewer grants in total.


Applications to The Adelard A. and Valeda Lea Roy Foundation are due annually on September 30.

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 Procedures

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

The Adelard A. and Valeda Lea Roy 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 Foundation’s 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.

Grant History

2022 Grant History

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