Hugh Gelch, clerk
Obadiah Brown’s Benevolent Fund
20 Oakland Avenue
Auburndale, MA 02466
PHONE: (617) 964-4220
WHO CAN APPLY?
Primarily focused on New England Friends and Friends’ organizations.
Grants must be for a Quaker purpose.
For guidelines and an application, click here.
Deadlines: 15th of January, April and September.
The committee meets 3 times per year in mid February, May and October. Current clerk is identified in the New England Yearly Meeting Directory.
Obadiah Brown’s Benevolent Fund was established in Providence in 1823 by bequest of Obadiah Brown to be a fund, independent of New England Yearly Meeting, to enhance the Religious Society of Friends through grants to individuals and Friends’ organizations. Sarah Swift, a trustee from Massachusetts, established the Swift Fund in 1914 to be administered by the twelve Trustees of Obadiah Brown’s Benevolent Fund. Obadiah Brown’s Benevolent Fund is primarily focused on New England Friends and Friends’ organizations.
Grants shall be made for Quaker purposes. OBBF favors discrete projects. OBBF encourages applications from Friends engaged in a wide range of ministries. Grants to organizations are not for regular expenses usually included in operating budgets. Does not support educational institutions for general operating funds, although in particular circumstances it may support Friends attending Friends institutions. Grants are generally limited to one-time applications for each project. Grant size is modest. Applicants are encouraged to find matching funds elsewhere and other collaborative funding strategies.