The purpose of the annual grants is to fund research projects:
— that will assist in the conservation of our local* open space (land and water) and the flora and wild creatures of the land, water and air who depend on this environment, and
— to improve access to/ encourage area residents to enjoy and respect the importance of our parklands and conservation areas.
* local = in and around the town of Hingham, MA—including but not limited to the adjacent towns of Cohasset, Hull, Norwell, Rockland, and Weymouth. This South Shore geography includes the Weir River Watershed which has been identified by the Massachusetts Water Resources Commission as highly stressed. The South Shore also has, quite frequently in recent history, experienced periods of significant drought which have further stressed the natural environment.
Research grants will be awarded annually. Annual dispersals will total up to $5000, likely to fund one selected project each year. We will consider making grants that will only partially cover the cost of a project if applicants can verify that they will fully fund their project by seeking additional/ matching contributions of financial or in-kind support. Grants will be given for a selected project to an applicant institution who qualifies as eligible as described below.