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. 

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: Friday, April 22, 2019 at 5 p.m. ET
  • Cycle 2: Friday, July 19, 2019 at 5 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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