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Charitable Giving

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Please note: All applications for grants and sponsorships must be made through our online application system. No applications will be accepted by email, fax or mail.




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Rockland Trust Contribution and Sponsorship Guidelines


Please be advised that Rockland Trust is no longer accepting grant applications for 2020. Our grant application will be available again in early January 2021. Sponsorship applications will continue to be accepted and considered on a rolling basis. Please note that sponsorship applications MUST be received a minimum of six weeks prior to an event publicity deadline.

Rockland Trust and its affiliated foundations are strong advocates for and supporters of the community organizations that help support the individuals, families, and businesses that comprise the communities we serve. Each year Rockland Trust and its affiliated foundations typically provide over one million dollars in grants and sponsorships to non-profit community organizations. We focus our giving on non-profit organizations located in our service area that provide essential services to low-to-moderate income individuals.

Rockland Trust and its affiliated foundations currently accept two types of requests for funding: Event Sponsorship Requests or Program Grants. These guidelines below summarize the major factors considered in charitable contribution decision-making.


Program Focus Areas
  • Affordable Housing - Programs that provide or support affordable or low-income housing
  • Community Development - Programs that create systemic changes that address core community issues and promote economic growth and sustainability
  • Education - Initiatives that raise the aspirations of students, enhance their knowledge, and support education
  • Financial Literacy
  • Health and Human Services - Programs that promote essential medical care and initiatives that focus on physical and mental wellness
  • Youth Programs - Innovative programs that create a better future for children and young adults through fostering potential and encouraging self-reliance.
Geographic Focus Areas
  • Barnstable County, MA
  • Bristol County, MA
  • Dukes County, MA
  • Middlesex County, MA
  • Nantucket County, MA
  • Norfolk County, MA
  • Plymouth County, MA
  • Suffolk County, MA
  • Worcester County, MA
  • Rhode Island

Eligibility Criteria

Foundations will typically only award funding for grants and sponsorships to organizations recognized by the IRS as a tax-exempt 501(c)(3)Public Charity non-profit organization. For more information, please see our foundation giving guidelines.

Request a Grant

Grants are funds provided to non-profits recognized as a 501(c)(3) Public Charities by the IRS in support of specific projects or programs, including capital requests, or operating support. Multi-year requests are accepted. Grants are NOT to request funding for a date-specific event. Applications are reviewed quarterly by our Boards of Directors, and must be received by October 15, 2020 to receive funding in 2020. The average grant amount is $1,000 - $5,000.  

Request a Sponsorship

Sponsorships are marketing partnerships with an organization that align with our charitable mission and yield visibility for an event or events to be held on a specific date. Other criteria that are considered when evaluating sponsorship proposals are the positive impact on the community and quantifiable media value. Rockland Trust requires a minimum of six weeks’ notice from your Publicity Deadline Date to review and approve a sponsorship request. The average sponsorship amount is $1,000 - $5,000.

Required Forms and Attachments

Applicants for grants and sponsorships are required to provide the following documentation when submitting their application:

  • IRS Letter of Determination
  • W-9 Form
  • Most recent audit
  • Organization’s non-discrimination policy


For more information about submitting a funding request, please review our giving guidelines or email