A.C. Ratshesky Foundation – $10,000 to $25,000

Application deadline: Three grant rounds per year (February, July & October). Applications are submitted online. Top funding priorities include programs that focus on early learning skills, language development, reading and math readiness, English language training, and job interview preparation. Requests for general operating support will be considered when an organization’s primary goals are in direct alignment with the foundation’s mission.

Current Funding Opportunities

The A.C. Ratshesky Foundation supports economically disadvantaged individuals and families. They seek programs that promote and strengthen skills and learning to better oneself on the way to self-sufficiency. The foundation gives priority to programs from the following fields of interest: family partnering in early education, employment and self-sufficiency, and active learning for preteens and teens. The Foundation places a high priority on adherence to posted guidelines as well as to requiring organizations to quantitatively demonstrate how grants have helped them accomplish their goals.

  • Programs should target economically disadvantaged individuals and families. Support for programs that serve disadvantaged Jewish populations are of special interest. Priority is given to organizations serving Metro Boston communities primarily within highway 128 and also including Quincy, Brockton, Salem, Lowell, and Lawrence. The Foundation seeks to support organizations where a small or medium-sized grant will make a meaningful contribution toward the development of a program or organization.
  • Available to organizations designated as tax exempt under Section 501 (c)(3) of the IRS Code and must be classified as “not a private foundation” under Section 509 (a) of the Code.
  • The foundation expects to make 20-30 grants per year ranging from $10,000 to $25,000. The majority of grants from are one year in duration. On occasion, multi-year support is awarded.
  • Applications are submitted online. Applicants must create an online account. See Program Guidelines
  • Grants are awarded three times per year. Proposals must be submitted by October 1 for a January board meeting; February 1 for a May meeting; July 1 for an October board meeting. The foundation will consider only one application from an organization in any calendar year.

Recent Awards:

  • The Hyde Square Task Force, Inc. (Jamaica Plain, MA) $5,000 to support a teen-led after-school literacy tutoring program for 70 elementary students in Boston.
  • Generations Incorporated (Boston, MA) $6,000 in operating support to recruit older adults to serve as mentors and literacy coaches for Boston elementary students.


Contact Number: (617) 391-3092