Grants and Scholarships
The Goodrich Research Grant Program
About the Goodrich Environmental Research Grant Program
Planning for a Goodrich Research Grant program was initiated after the HLCT received a generous gift from the estate of Sally Goodrich, the founding board chair of the Hingham Land Conservation Trust. The unrestricted gift was given in memory of Sally’s son Robert. Additional gifts to HLCT made in Sally’s memory, following her death in July 2020, were added to the gift from the Sally Goodrich estate, and a separate HLCT account was established.
The HLCT board determined that we would use this opportunity to create an environmental research grant program to be launched in 2022, the Trust’s 50th anniversary year. To bring the fund to our launch target of at least $50,000, all members of the board of the HLCT, and other generous supporters, made targeted contributions to the fund. The launch goal was met, but HLCT continues to solicit contributions to the fund so that research grants can be awarded for many years to come. Please click here to contribute.
Important Dates for 2023/24
October 20, 2023: Deadline for receipt (by mail) of application. You may download a Word version of the application by clicking here.
November/December 2023: Project Presentations by FINALISTS to Selection Committee (via Zoom)
On/by January 30, 2024: Grant Award organization recipient notified, and announcement issued
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.
About Sally Goodrich
Sally Goodrich, who died in the summer of 2020 after a long and wonderful life, was the inspirational leader of the team of founding trustees who together launched the Hingham Land Conservation Trust in 1972. Sally was one of those determined visionaries who make things happen. She cared about the environment for watershed and wildlife protection, and about the importance of land conservation for the health and well-being of neighborhoods. By bringing together a team of individuals who shared her passion for the environment, she spear-headed the work that inspired several gifts of land as well as conservation restrictions to protect open space in Hingham, Massachusetts.
The Philip O. Swanson Scholarship
The Philip O. Swanson Scholarship is an annual cash award given by the Hingham Land Conservation Trust to a graduating senior at Hingham High School with interest in the environment and sustainability. The high school STEM faculty selects the annual winner, who is profiled in the Trust’s annual newsletter.
Phil Swanson, who died in 2004, served as a founding board member of the Trust and was a frequent, and very popular, leader of our seasonal walks. Mr. Swanson will be fondly remembered for his love of nature and his many years of teaching science in the Hingham Public Schools.