The Vela Foundation supports organizations in eastern Massachusetts that improve access to healthy foods and encourage fitness through nutritional education and physical activity.

The Foundation has two application deadlines:  April 15 and September 15.  Before applying,  please review our mission to confirm that your organization falls within our focus.  

Applications must be emailed to the Foundation.  We accept only digital submissions.  Please email and attach the materials listed below.  

  • A cover letter including the purpose of the grant and the amount requested
  • Brief mission statement and history of organization
  • Grant proposal (no more than two pages) that includes a description of the population being served.  Please provide the number of people your organization reaches for the current year and previous three years.
  • Copy of 501(c) 3
  • Organizational budget for current fiscal year
  • A detailed project budget if requesting project-based support
  • Most recent audited financial statement (or IRS 990)
  • List of current funders and amounts contributed
  • List of current board members