The New York Life Foundation, in partnership with the National Alliance for Grieving Children, accepts grant proposals through the Grief Reach Program. We are reviewing applications from our most recent cycle and will communicate with applicants once this process is complete. Sign up for our emails HERE to receive notice of grant cycles that happen at multiple points across the year.
About Grief Reach:
This competitive grant program began in 2011 as a partnership between the National Alliance for Grieving Children and the New York Life Foundation. The goal is to provide funding to expand the reach and capacity of organizations that offer local bereavement services for youth focused on unmet needs and diverse populations. New York Life Foundation provides the funds for these grants, and the National Alliance for Grieving Children manages the oversight and RFP process. Final decisions on grants are made by a review committee consisting of representatives from the National Alliance for Grieving Children and the New York Life Foundation.
Eligibility and priorities:
This competitive grant program is open to nonprofit organizations that serve bereaved children and meet the requirements laid out below.
- 501(c)(3) status: Organizations applying for these competitive grants must be 501(c)(3) organizations and will be required to submit their Employer Identification Number (EIN) to verify their status.
- Serving Bereaved children: This competitive grant program is limited to those organizations that serve bereaved children and youth. For the purpose of this grant program, bereaved children and youth are defined as children under the age of 25 who have had a person die. Applicants for this grant program may serve youth outside of these limits, but grant funds, if awarded, are for supporting bereaved children under the age of 25.
- Organizations that are not eligible to apply: An organization that is currently receiving a grief reach grant is ineligible to apply. Current grants must be completed, and final reports turned in before applying for a new grief reach grant.
- Prioritization will be given to applications that have a collaborative component.
There are two separate grant opportunities included in this RFP and both will award one-year grants. Each program will only be eligible to apply to one of these grant opportunities, as explained below. Applications open on June 17th and close on July 19th at 8 p.m. EDT. No late applications will be accepted. Only complete applications with all required attachments will be reviewed.
You may access and download the RFP packet with information including deadlines and criteria for our most recent cycle HERE.
- US-based 501(c)3 for at least three consecutive years.
- Provide 990 tax returns for at least two of the past three years.
- Must provide a budget detailing specifically how requested funds will be used.
- Must be the entity that will provide the children's bereavement services.
- Must have at least one paid staff person.
- Request amount must not be greater than 20% of the organization's most recent fiscal year actuals.
Grants are made only to private, nonprofit organizations, which have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and which are not private foundations.
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 that discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, or national origin.
- Organizations that have a current grief reach grant and the final report has not been submitted.
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