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

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New York Life Foundation’s Community Expansion Grant - Overview

Community Expansion Grant Application Cycle

Application Opens: Thursday,  March 14th 2019

Application Closes: Friday, April 19th 2019 5p.m. ET

Grant Announcement:  June 2019

Community Expansion GRANT APPLICATION

There are two separate 2-year grant opportunities included in this RFP, $50,000 and $100,000 amounts. Each program will only be eligible to apply to one of these grant opportunities, as explained below:

NEW! These grant funds may be used to expand services to bereaved children and youth. Must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Geographic Expansion: You are expanding your services into a new geographic location.
  • Number Expansion: You are expanding to serve more children and families where you are already located.
  • Population Expansion: You are expanding to a new age or population group, such as pre-school, LGBTQ, etc...
  • Program/Service Expansion: You are starting new programming or services to the same children and families, such as a specific programming for suicide survivors; or if you are an already existing non-profit who will start offering bereavement services to children.

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Amount and Range of Grants

  • 7 Grants - $100,000 over 2 years grants:  grant award of $50,000 per year for two years.  Only organizations with minimum annual organizational budgets of $500,000 will be eligible to apply for this grant level.
  • 8 Grants  - $50,000 over 2 years:  grant award of $25,000 per year for two years. Only organizations with minimum annual organizational budgets of $250,000 will be eligible to apply for this grant level.

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.
  • Provide 990 tax returns for the past two years
  • Provide a budget detailing specifically how the requested funds will be used. Download the required BUDGET FORM AND UPLOAD TO YOUR APPLICATION. (Additional document: Deficit Explanation Worksheet)
  • Must be an entity that will provide children's bereavement services
  • Must have at least one paid staff person

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
  • Organizations who have a current Grief Reach Grant and their Final Report has not been submitted yet.


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.

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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 this session.

2019 Grief Reach Spring Cycle Q&A Webinar  (Recorded: March 21, 2019)









Please note:

  • Applications must be submitted through the online submission
  • No applications will be accepted after the deadline.
  • 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. 

Reporting requirements

Grantees that are awarded any of these competitive grants are required to submit a progress report two times per year during each grant period. The report will take the form of a narrative detailing progress on the proposed timeline of activities, achieved objectives, challenges in fulfilling grant deliverables, and a financial report documenting the allocation and expenditure of the grant funds and any interest earned thereon.

NOTE: Grant recipients will be required to review and consent to NYL Foundation’s terms and conditions prior to receiving their grant payments.

Community Expansion-Reporting Requirements

Progress Reports Dates


December 1, 2019

Progress Report Due

May 1, 2020

Progress Report Due

December 1, 2020

Progress Report Due

July 1, 2021

Final Report Due









Community Expansion GRANT APPLICATION

Please direct your questions to: Megan Lopez at