Funding Interests

Preference will be given to organizations that:

  • Serve troubled youth between the ages of 11-18.
  • Focus on preventing youth involvement in the criminal justice system, or provide long-term rehabilitation in a residential or alternative setting.
  • Provide comprehensive support services to youth that may include education, job training, enrichment activities, counseling and case management.

Proposals that fall outside of the Foundation’s guidelines will be considered at the discretion of the Directors.

Geographic Focus

The Foundation funds programs and organizations that work with at-risk youth within the United States, its possessions, and territories, or operated within Native American tribal lands. Requests for programs outside those geographies will not be considered

Type of Support

General operating, capital and capacity-building

The typical grant size will be between $5,000 and $40,000. Grants outside of this range will be considered at the discretion of the Directors.


Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.


Funding will not be provided for political campaigns, lobbying or fundraising activities, conferences or missionary work. Requests for endowment funding and direct support for individuals will not be accepted.   .

Application Process & Grant Cycle

The Foundation Board meets once each calendar year, during the Summer, to make grant decisions. Letters of inquiry (LOIs) for each year should be submitted no later than February 28 of each year for consideration. LOI applicants will be notified whether they will be invited to submit a full application by mid-April.

Organizations interested in applying to the Foundation for support should submit a brief two-to-three page letter that includes the following:

  • Contact information (request contact person’s name, title, e-mail, mailing address, telephone and fax number);
  • Organizational information (brief statement of the organization’s history and activities);
  • Description of the project/request (identify the request amount, project purpose and timeline);
  • Financial information (estimated budgets both for the organization and the specific project);
  • Supporters (brief overview of the organization’s sources of revenue and funders associated with the specific project);
  • Staff qualifications (brief background on the key personnel involved in the organization/project).


Contact Information

Please email or send all LOIs by the date outlined above to:

Miki Akimoto, Sr. Vice President

U.S. Trust Bank of America, Private Wealth Mgmt MA1-225-04-02

225 Franklin St. Boston, MA 02110