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Guidelines: Post-incarceration Reintegration


Funding Type: Program

Funding Locations: Boston Neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, South End

For a PDF version of the guidelines, please click here.


Please read these guidelines thoroughly to determine whether you are eligible to apply for a grant.

Links to the NS4G Abbreviated Application and the Giving Common web site are provide below.



Northeastern Students4Giving (NS4G) is a philanthropy education program that enables students to make a positive and lasting impact in the communities where we live and learn through grantmaking. We make grants to community-based nonprofit organizations that address critical economic and social challenges facing the Boston neighborhoods of Mission Hill, Fenway, Roxbury, and the South End. Through our grantmaking and volunteer work, we further strengthen the relationship between the Northeastern University community, our grantees, and the neighborhoods they serve.

Since  2008,  students  have  used  a consensus-based  approach  to manage  all  stages  of the  NS4G  funding  cycle,  from conducting needs assessments through making grant determinations. Past funding priorities have included youth violence, households  at  risk  due  to  financial  insecurity,  positive  youth  development, thriving families, and intimate partner violence.  Our philanthropy  is  informed  by coursework in human services and nonprofit management as well as many experiences students have had working and volunteering in the nonprofit sector.  NS4G is advised by NS4G Program Director Rebecca Riccio and Human Services Director  Lori Gardinier,  MSW,  PhD. Our decision  making  is completely  independent  of any other  relationships  that applicants may have with the university.

Current Funding Priority

During the 2013 funding cycle, program funding will be provided to an organization working in the area of post-incarceration reintegration.  This grant is intended to address the persistent challenges associated with reintegration as well as those created by the high number of recently vacated drug-related convictions in Boston. We seek to fund an organization that helps formerly incarcerated individuals reduce their risk of recidivism, successfully re-engage with their families and community, and pursue a personal path to success. We will favor applications from organizations working collaboratively with public agencies, other nonprofit organizations, and other stakeholders to provide complementary services addressing issues such as gang affiliation, job readiness, housing, financial management, mental health, compliance with court-mandated requirements, substance abuse, education, and relationships with family and friends. These examples are illustrative, not exhaustive.

What We Will Fund

We will award one $10,000 grant to be applied toward a specific program rather than general operating expenses. The program may be implemented in collaboration with another entity, but we may only award the funding to the applicant. Applicants will be asked to specify how they intend to use the grant, how it will enhance their efforts to support formerly incarcerated individuals, and how they will measure its success. Applicants must demonstrate an existing commitment to this funding priority.

Eligibility and Application Process

NS4G will only fund registered  501(c)(3)  organizations  based  in or serving  one or more  of our target  communities. We welcome applications from faith-based organizations provided that the purpose of the grant is wholly secular. As part of their selection process, students will request a limited number of finalists to accommodate a site visit. Results will be announced in April 2013. At the conclusion of the grant period, the recipient will be asked to submit a report on their use of the grant.  Past NS4G grantees are not eligible to apply for this grant.

NS4G seeks clarity of purpose, a deep understanding of the need(s) being addressed and the community being served, credible strategies for achieving and measuring impact, sound management and governance, and fiscal responsibility in the organizations we fund. We also value and respect the time and resources nonprofits invest in fundraising. Therefore, we are asking applicants to complete a two-step process: Submit an  NS4G Abbreviated Application, and upload an organizational profile to the Boston Foundation’s Giving Common website (www.givingcommon.org). The Giving Common is a free online resource  that facilitates philanthropy by making it easier for nonprofit organizations to showcase the good work they do and for potential donors to find and fund them. Our hope is that our application process will benefit all applicants by exposing them to a larger pool of funders.  To learn more about our rationale for working with The Giving Common, please visit our FAQ by clicking here.

Important Dates and Information

  • Grant awards will be announced in early April 2013.
  • The NS4G application and Giving Common profile must be completed by March 1, 2013. Please allow sufficient time for your Giving Common profile to be processed. We recommend submitting your information to the Boston Foundation by February 15, 2013.
  • For more information about The Giving Common and support for completing your profile, please contact Katherine Westlund, Manager, Nonprofit Effectiveness, at givingcommon@tbf.org or 617-338-1624.
  • For more information about NS4G and our application process, please contact NS4G Program Director Rebecca Riccio at ns4g@neu.edu or 617-373-4020.


For the NS4G Abbreviated Application for Post-Incarceration Reintegration, please click here.

To complete your application by creating a Giving Common profile, please click here.

For the guidelines for a separate grant in Community Mental Health, please click here.

For the FAQ about our application process, please click here.


 NS4G thanks the Learning by Giving Foundation for funding this grant.