Through past grants, the Foundation has supported capital projects such as the restoration of historic buildings, the creation of new public sculptures and gardens, restoration of historic monuments, and other projects that enhance the quality of life and sense of place while demonstrating design excellence. Grants are made only for projects in Boston and for those accessible and visible to the public. Grants are made for restoration and preservation activities, but not for routine care or maintenance (as defined by National Park Service technical standards).
In recent years, the Designators have been particularly interested in requests for support of permanent public art projects, projects focused on outdoor spaces, and historic preservation projects. Highest priority is given to projects that are permanent in nature and make the most significant and lasting enhancement of the physical appearance of the city of Boston. All funded projects must have provisions for long-term maintenance.