The Corporation’s purpose (and hence its Mission) is to honor the work of Hannah B. Chickering, who in the 19th Century dedicated her life to female prisoners and their children.  Accordingly, the Corporation shall provide financial support to programs and organizations that address the needs of women and children in crisis, thereby furthering the Corporation’s goal of helping women and children gain health, safety, independence and self-sufficiency.

Grant Criterian and Application

Grant Criteria:


The Chickering Foundation seeks to promote and support agencies whose work reflects and promotes the mission of Hannah B. Chickering.  Furthermore, the Chickering Foundation seeks to provide financial support that will make a meaningful difference to the women and children being served.


The programs and special projects we support:


  • Are dependent on private funding reflecting in their size and scope the size of our foundation.
  • Provide community-based resoures for women and children in Eastern Massachusetts.
  • Build relationships with individuals in order to bridge gaps left by government services, enabling women and children to have a higher quality of life.
  • Develop relationships within the community in order to foster a long-term web of support for women and children for, but not limited to, jobs, housing, and life skills.
  • Raise awareness and educate the public concerning the underserved needs of women and children.


Agencies that are approved for funding will be assigned a Chickering Foundation Manager and will undergo an annual review.  Some one-time grants may be provided.

Applications are reviewed in the spring and fall of  the  year.   If you represent an agency serving women in the greater Boston Area feel free to download our preliminary grant application and return it by email..