Grief Reach FAQs

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Here are some frequently asked questions about the Grief Reach Grant application process. We will update this page throughout the application period as more questions come in. 

Question: What if this year 2020 is the first year you are over $500,000 budget?

Answer: Great Question! This does happen sometimes and what we would want is some sort of guarantee of the $5000,000 budget. This could be contracts in place or grant documentation of funds coming in for the year.

Question: Our annual budget is over $500,000 but we provide other services (not just for children) Which grant would we apply for?

Answer: Depending upon your project budget you would be eligible to apply for either grant. The budget that we work off of is for the 501c3 so as long as the total org budget is $500,000 or over you are welcome to attend.

Question: The budget chart shows 4 years, but these grants are 2 years, correct?

Answer: That is correct. When you log in to the system the grant on there will show a 2 year budget.

Question: Can 2 individuals from the same institution apply for different grants? (if there is no overlap between the projects or applicants)

Answer: Technically you could apply but we would ask for you to just pick one to be reviewed. We will only approve one grant per 501c3.

Question: I was not able to find the narrative form - can you explain where it is on the site?

Answer: When you log in to the grant system and start your grant you will find both documents to download.

Question: We received a grant in the 2nd cycle of 2018. Our reports were submitted in 2/2019 and 11/2019. We have not been asked for a final report yet. Does this mean we currently have an open grant and are not eligible to apply?

Answer: That is correct. You are not yet eligilbe to apply. You are required to submit your final report before you can apply for a new grant. Unfortunately, we do not accept early grant reports.

Question: Can you please be more specific about how organizations addressing the opioid crisis will be given priority?

Answer: All grants will be reviewed and scored by the committee. One of the goals of New York Life Foundation to focus on is the Opioid crisis so this will be more of an extra point added to your total score.

Question: In your reporting timeline you had the first report December 2021 but do you mean Dec 2020?

Answer: Yes the first report will be due in December 2020. This has been updated.

Question: How should we estimate numbers reached if we are looking at geographic expansion?

Answer: This is really your best estimate. Look at the numbers you are able to handle as an org and how big the community is and give us your best estimate.

Question: Is the preference for opioid-related projects across all types of expansion grants (geography expansion, population expansion, etc) or is it an extra category of program alongside geographic expansion, population expansion, etc.?

Answer: It can be across any of the categories, it could be the reason that you are reaching into a certain geographic region or it could be program in that you are creating a new program just for this kind of loss. It is not it’s own category but could fall into

Question: Please explain the Capacity Building grant again. If we are an entity that is partnering with a children bereavement group and are starting this program, can we apply for the expansion grant?

Answer: If you are an organization that is not currently offering bereavement services but would like to start then you would apply for the capacity building grant. If you are partnering with a bereavment center and you want to apply for expansion to cover this p

Question: Hi! We provide services to children and their caregivers. Can we count caregivers in our goal/impact numbers as well?

Answer: Yes! You will be asked a question about how many unduplicated youth you will be serving, please don't add adults here but please add them in your goals, GAANT chart, and narrative portions.

Question: What are the beginning and ending dates of the grant period for expansion grants? (i.e., when will funding be available?)

Answer: The funding will most likely be transferred July 1 with the expectation that you have completed your grant agreement.

Question: I now beleive I should apply for the Fall Cycle, as we have not begun serving any children.  Is there another Webinar for the Fall Grant?  If so, when?


Answer: Yes there will be. It is not currently scheduled so please keep an eye out on the website, though our social media or make sure you are on our mailing list.

Question: Is there a way to get feedback on a grant proposal from last year that was not accepted before submitting again this year?

Answer: Yes, please email Megan at .

Question: Can you explain the number expansion again?

Answer: The Number expansion category is very simple. This is just that you are looking to serve more families. A good example is the organization who currently has a waiting list and they are looking to get rid of it or at least lessen it. This isn't reaching in

Question: Should we explicitly state how are goals align with SMART (as in, elaborate on our goals using each SMART indicator)?

Answer: Yes that would be very helpful. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Timebound.

Question: We have an Afterschool and Preschool program and serve over 200 children a year, but we are just starting our program for grieving children.  We hope to start our support meetings by April at the latest and open up to the two counties we serve. Would we have to wait to apply to capacity building grant? Also, would this grant cover the personnel cost?

Answer: This question suggests that the organization is looking to start bereavement services after the grant is submitted so this would not be eligible for Community Expansion. This organization should apply for a Capacity building grant instead. Capacit buildin

Question: Is there a word limit for the narrative portion of the application?

Answer: No but please remember that the committee will be reading a lot of proposals so try to be direct and consice in your responses

Question: We are in discussion with a children's bereavement group to host a grief camp at our camp site. We are a large organization that provide multiple programs and services for children, youth and adults. If we start this program, can we apply for the Expansion grant or should we start with the Capacity grant?

Answer: You have two options for this question. One would be to apply for Capacity Building grant since you are just starting bereavement services. The second option is for the bereavement center to be the applying organization.

Question: If we are wanting to create new programming to accomodate the needs of families in the larger community who are not current participants, should we apply under the program/service expansion, or number expansion?

Answer: We encourage you to not get to caught up in the naming of the  category. Pick which one feels ike it best meets your plans and then give us the plan. If later we need to change it we can. The most important part is that you put before the committee a comp

Question: Capacity building cannot cover salaries of counselors??

Answer: No, capacity building grants cannot cover any staff salaries.

Question: We currently provide certain children's bereavement services in some counties of our service area but need to expand to additional counties. Would this be Geographic Expansion or Program/Service Expansion (since those would be new services to the addition

Answer: I would consider this a geographic expansion since you will be moving into new counties.

Question: So if you have a "waiting list" for current services does this fit in Number Expansion or Program/Service Expansion?

Answer: I would consider this a numbers expansion since your focus is to lower your waiting list.

Question: So if you already have a program serving children, but see that they need a grief support group, would that not be a program expansion? We are working with Highmark Caring place for training and as a model. We also have partnered with a local group for those who have lost people to drug overdoses, and a local funeral home for a “grief dog” for our kids. We do individual counseling for kids, but are just expanding to be a grief support group that is availablet to the entire area, and not just the children we serve.

Answer: This is not eligible for an exmpansion grant. Since your project is to start bereavement services then it is not eligible for an expansion grant. We would encourage you to apply for a capacity building grant in cycle 2.

Question: If a center has been functioning and growing under a 501-c-3 larger org; and planning to spin off to be their own entity (501-c-3....do they have to wait 3 years to appply?

Answer: No they do not have to wait the three years. However this can be part of a complicated process and can also be unique to each organizaiton so I encourage you to reach out for a more specific conversation.

Question: Are there instructions which list what grant expenses can cover?

Answer: No, there is not a specific list. Basically the grants cover the needs ot the project. The biggest restriction is that capacity building grants do not cover salaries.

Question: If you have a wait list and need to apply under the Number Expansion but also have the need to serve children that are survivors of Opioid related deaths which is Population Expansion, can you offer to do both with the expansion grant?

Answer: Yes, you absolutely can. Just pick one category to start under and then you can focus on both in the narrative. Just make sure that you don't take on too much for the timeline, funds, and your organizations capacity.



Previous Questions:


Can I apply for both grants and only receive one?

  • You may only apply for one grant at a time.  

If my current grant is over my but final report has not been completed can I still apply?

  • You must wait until your final report has been submitted to apply for a new grant.

When is my application due?

  • Cycle 1: Monday, March 9, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET
  • Cycle 2: Friday, July 17, 2020 at 8 p.m. ET

Can I apply for a Capacity Building grant if I have a Community Expansion grant currently?

  • You may only have one active grief reach grant at a time. 

We are an organization of volunteers, can we apply?

  • Your organization must have at least one paid employee in order to qualify for this grant.

Can I partner with another organization for this grant?

  • Yes! In fact, we love to see collaborations for these grants.

Are these grants restricted by location?

  • Grief Reach grants are open to any nonprofit serving bereaved children within the US.

For the two-year grants, is our budget percentage for the whole amount or the amount given each year?

  • It is for the amount given each year. For example, if you are applying for the $50,000 grant award, your organizational budget must be at least $250,000 which is not be great than 10% of your organizations most recent fiscal actuals.

My organization is not a nonprofit, but we are looking to partner with a nonprofit to provide bereavement services, can we apply?

  • Only nonprofits are eligible to apply. Your organization can partner with nonprofit, but your nonprofit must be the applicant.

Can we fall into more than one category for either grant?

  • Your grant can cover more than one category but for the purposes of the application you must select one category.

If we’ve received one grief reach grant previously are we allowed to apply again?

  • Yes, as long as your grief reach grant is complete and your final report has been turned in.

If our organization is asking for 100% of the program cost – would it be viewed negatively that if we do not get the funding – that the program cannot be started?

It is not necessarily viewed negatively and actually several proposals come in this way. However, we would really encourage you to focus on your plan for sustainability for the program. It is helpful if you can show that the program will go on after the funding ends.

We provide our services to residents in Maryland and wanted to know if we are eligible based on our location. Thank you for your help with this matter.

Yes! This grant is open to any nonprofit that provides services to grieving children within the United States.

For the types of the capacity building activities, things that will benefit the entire organization (not specific to bereavement programming) are included/eligible in this? 

Nonprofit organizations who serve more than just bereaved children are eligible to apply for all of the grief reach grants. You will want to pay special attention to percentages of clients served and letting the committee know what percentage of your clients are bereaved vs. other.

I work for a foundation which fundraises for a university.  Since we support the work of several schools at the university, there may be more than one school interested in applying for the NYLF’s Grief Reach Grants.  Can our Foundation submit more than one application or are we limited to only one application?

No, unfortunately since you are only one 501©3 you can only submit one grant proposal.

We currently have a Community Impact Grant from New York Life that is unrelated to the grief reach grants. Does this prohibit us from applying for a Grief Reach Grant?

No! Community Impact Grants are a different grant from New York Life and will not affect your eligibility for a Grief Reach Grant.

I’m in the processed on completing the GAANT chart and would like to have some more guidance

The first thing that you need to know is that the text in the chart is just an example. Please delete and start from scratch. The only things that can’t change are the headings for each column.

  • Column A (Milestones): state the major goals/deliverables for your grant request. Under each goal you have a chance to enter any major activities that need to be completed in order to achieve this goal.
  • Column B (details on Goals/Activities): supply any details that describes the goal, and/or the steps needed to accomplish it.
  • Columns C through J (time): Please place a dot to indicate when the work will be done and/or achieved.
  • Column K (Outputs): concrete results of this goal. For example, we will serve 100 more kids, or we will provide 10 new groups.
  • Column L (Outcomes/KPIs): the impact and qualitative results. For example: improvement in behavior or children will be able to demonstrate their emotions more clearly.
  • Column M (Grant Budget): requested amount of the proposed grant for each goal. You can provide the total for each goal or break it down for each step by dollar amount with the percentage of overall request grant budget.
  • Columns N and O (expenses): specific dollar amount used each year for that goal. This should match up with the amounts in Column M and the quarters you indicated in columns C through J.

Can you please explain the purpose of each tab in the budget document?

  • The first tab is the GAANT (please see above a more detailed description of how to use it), the purpose of this document is to match the goals of your grant request with dollar requested to show how the funds will be used.
  • The second tab is the proposed program budget. This is an in depth look at the budget for the overall proposed program. This should be the total amount needed for the proposed budget. The New York Life grant may be only a part, or it could be the entire budget.
  • The third tab is your organizations budget. This is the total budget for your organization for this current year and for the two previous years.

I understand that you only allow 15% of the monies to be used towards in-direct costs. Can you please share what you view an indirect cost?

These costs would be considered “overhead” costs. Funds not going directly to programming but are needed so that programming can continue.

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