Grants Program

The Foundation’s grants primarily support activities in the United States. While many of these activities are national in scope, there is particular regional focus on New York, New Jersey, Rhode Island and Massachusetts.

The mission of the Prospect Hill Foundation
is to advance the human experience while
ensuring the well-being of the earth.

During the 2010 fiscal year, the Foundation underwent a review of all its programs and revised its funding priorities. As a result, the Foundation decided to close its Latin America grants program and starting July 1, 2010, began to implement new guidelines with these stated goals:


The Prospect Hill Foundation’s Environment Program is focused on coastal waters and oceans in the southern New England region, stretching from Cape Cod to the Hudson Canyon; and funds advocacy and policy reform opportunities in order to improve water quality, advance marine conservation and restore coastal habitats.  The Environment Program is interested in leveraging relationships between environmental advocates and policymakers.

Youth Justice

The Prospect Hill Foundation seeks to secure transformational reforms for young people whose lives intersect with New York’s youth and adult justice systems. The Foundation funds 1) advocacy that promotes policies and practices that are fair, effective and appropriate for youth and 2) projects that promote community-based models in New York that present non-incarceration strategies.  The Foundation is particularly interested in funding organizations and projects that place directly affected individuals at the center.  In addition, the Foundation is interested in work that helps the general public and decision-makers reframe “justice thinking” to include community development and positive youth development principles.

Nuclear Disarmament & Nonproliferation

The Prospect Hill Foundation seeks to further nuclear arms control and ultimately abolish nuclear weapons through support for policy analysis, research and advocacy. The program will focus its funding to advance support for multilateral agreements and the use of existing international institutions created to limit the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Reproductive Health & Justice

The Prospect Hill Foundation funds advocacy to ensure that all women have access to the full range of quality reproductive and sexual health services and that these services are fully integrated in the implementation of health care reform, namely the Affordable Care Act.

Sponsored Grants

As a family foundation, The Prospect Hill Foundation has a long history of support for causes and institutions that are personally important to the Foundations’ directors and their families. Grantmaking is directed towards arts and culture, environmental conservation, social services, and education institutions. These grants reflect the Foundation’s values and philanthropic goals.