New York Life Foundation’s Grief Reach - Community Expansion Grant

Grief Reach Header

New York Life Foundation’s Community Expansion Grant - Overview

New York Life Foundation’s Grief Reach Community Expansion RFP awards nonprofits that will expand and increase access for grief support services to underserved populations in local communities as defined in this request for proposals. Proposals should clearly define the target population, local partners and strategy for expansion. Please read the requirements below carefully. Before proceeding to the application, you must first be able to answer "yes" to each item on the program grants check list (link below).

Community Expansion Grant Application Cycle

  • CYCLE 1: March 5 - April 5, 2018 (Application closes 8:00 PM Eastern)
  • CYCLE 2: June 28- July 30, 2018 (Application closes 8:00 PM Eastern)

Amount and Range of Grants

The New York Life Foundation is providing community expansion grants during each grant cycle with the following number of grants and amounts:

  • 5 - $15,000
  • 3 - $50,000 ($25,000 a year for two years)
  • 3 - $100,000 ($50,000 a year for two years)

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Be a private, nonprofit U.S. based organization, with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and which is not a private foundation
  • Be in operation as a 501(c)3 for at least three consecutive years
  • Grant request amount must not be greater than 10% of the organization’s most recent fiscal year actuals. (For example: An organization must have had $250,000 or more of expenses last year in order to apply for a $25,000 grant)
  • Provide 990 tax returns for the past two years
  • Provide a budget explaining how the requested funds will be used. Download a SAMPLE BUDGET  AND UPLOAD TO YOUR APPLICATION.
  • Currently serving bereaved youth
  • Have at least one paid staff person
  • Organizations can only submit to one RFP cycle per calendar year

Excluded Organizations and Areas

  • Individuals or government agencies
  • Organizations or activities whose services are limited to members of one religious or sectarian group
  • Fraternal, social, professional, athletic, or veterans’ organizations
  • Seminars, conferences, trips
  • Endowments, memorials, or capital campaigns
  • Fundraising events, telethons, races, or other benefits
  • Goodwill advertising
  • Basic or applied research
  • Organizations which discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, gender identity/expression,  sexual orientation, or national origin

Target Population

50% of the children served must be from low-income families (defined as an annual family income 200 percent below the poverty line, eligible for free or reduced school lunch, or other public assistance).


50% of the children must come from a minority household, For the purposes of this grant process, children and teens are considered from underrepresented populations if they fall into one or more of the following categories as described by the US Census Bureau: American Indian or Alaskan Native, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders, Biracial or Multiracial.

Informational Webinar

We know that the grant process can be challenging. We will do everything we can to assist you in this process. Below is the list of upcoming webinars regarding the Grief Reach program: We highly recommend that you attend one or more of these sessions.

RFP Q & A Webinar, Cycle 1 – March 8, 2018 at 2:00p Eastern    Webinar Playback

RFP Q & A Webinar,  Cycle 2 – July 12, 2018 at 2:00pm Eastern   Register for this Webinar

Please note:

  • Applications must be submitted through the online submission
  • No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
  • Organizations can only submit for one RFP cycle per year.
  • To access the application, you must complete the pre-screening checklist (link below). Only organizations able to answer 'Yes' to all five questions will be eligible for their application to be reviewed. There is a save function on the application, so the application doesn't have to be completed in one sitting, you can save and come back as needed. To preview the pre-screening questions, click HERE.


Please direct your questions to: Megan Lopez at