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The mission of Brace Cove Foundation is to enrich lives through engaged grant making on the North Shore of Boston. Brace Cove Foundation was established by Walter Herlihy and Nancy LeGendre in 2015.


2016 Painting of Brace Cove in Gloucester, MA by Nancy LeGendre


Brace Cove Foundation provides one to two Organizational Development Grants per year to organizations in Gloucester. These grants, which range in size from $50,000 to $500,000, are for the development of a new service, facility or other sustainable asset which enables the recipient to broaden their impact in the community.

See July 2023 and September 2023 Press Releases for information about our most recent Development Grants.


Over the years our method of giving has evolved from funding multiple Community Grants and Standard Grants, to funding fewer, more substantial Organizational Development Grants. Brace Cove Foundation has supported 50 nonprofit organizations on the North Shore of Boston. We are currently not accepting Standard Grant applications, but small nonprofits are always welcome to apply for Community Grants, which are up to $1,000 to fund a defined project. If you would like to apply for an Organizational Development Grant in 2024, please contact us with your idea.

Contact us for all grant inquiries
Lianna Sours, Manager of Operations 978-771-2656


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Photograph of Brace Rock in Gloucester, MA by Nancy LeGendre

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