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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.


New Grant Application

New Event Sponsorship Application

New Gala Sponsorship Application


Questions? Please email

Rockland Trust Contribution and Sponsorship Guidelines

Rockland Trust’s grant application period is now open. The application period will close on October 14, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST.

Gala sponsorship and event sponsorship applications are accepted year-round, provided they are submitted at least six weeks prior to the event publicity deadline.

Rockland Trust requests that organizations do not combine multiple requests in a single application. Please do not include a sponsorship with a grant application or request sponsorship for multiple events in a single application. You must submit a separate application for each request.

Please email with any questions.

Rockland Trust and its affiliated foundations are strong advocates for 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 provide over two million dollars in grants and sponsorships to non-profit community organizations. We prioritize our giving to non-profit organizations located in our service area that deliver essential services in our focus areas to low-to-moderate income individuals.

Program Focus Areas
  • Affordable Housing - Programs that provide or support affordable or low-income housing
  • Community Development - Programs that enhance the well-being of underserved populations and communities
  • Education - Initiatives that raise the aspirations of students, enhance their knowledge, and support education
  • Financial Literacy – Programs that educate the public in matters of money management, fraud and credit building
  • 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
  • Essex County, MA
  • Middlesex County, MA
  • Nantucket County, MA
  • Norfolk County, MA
  • Plymouth County, MA
  • Suffolk County, MA
  • Worcester County, MA
  • Rhode Island

Rockland Trust and its affiliated foundations currently accept three types of applications for funding. Please refer to our Giving Guidelines which summarize the major factors considered in charitable contribution decision making.

Request a Grant

Grants are funds provided through Rockland Trust’s affiliated foundations to non-profits recognized as a 501(c)(3) Public Charities by the IRS in support of specific projects or programs, including operating support. Multi-year requests are accepted. Grant applications 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 14, 2022 at 5:00 PM EST to receive funding in 2022. 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.

There are two types of sponsorship applications: Gala Sponsorship and Event Sponsorship. Please fill out the Gala Sponsorship application if your event is an evening dinner event with speakers/presenters (which may be virtual in 2022 due to COVID). If your event is a 5K, walk, parade, or other community event, please fill out the Event Sponsorship application. If you are unsure which application to use, please email   

Required Forms and Attachments

Organizations applying for grant and gala sponsorships are required to provide the following documentation when submitting their application:

  • IRS Letter of Determination
  • W-9 Form
  • Most recent audit
  • Most recent month end financial statement

Additionally, Rockland Trust’s applications also request demographic data of the individuals served by your organization and project (as applicable), along with demographic data of your organization’s Board and leadership staff. This data will be used to help us better understand your organization, and the beneficiaries of your work. 

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