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Grantmaking Guidelines

Here you will find information on the goals of our grantmaking program, the kinds of projects eligible for support, and the procedures to follow in making a request.

Please review these materials carefully and submit your proposal in the format we request. Note that we DO NOT accept proposals by e-mail. We encourage you to apply to other foundations as well. While we would like to support all the good and important work carried out by the City's nonprofits, we review far more proposals than we can fund.

Each of our four program areas is divided into funding categories. A general overview of each of these areas follows. For a detailed look at each of the catagories, click on the links in blue.

Step-by-step instructions on how to apply>>

Children, Youth, and Families
There are a host of interrelated problems plaguing New York's poor children and families, such as homelessness, family violence, and substance abuse. We work with government and private agencies to develop the strengths of families and young people; to improve their living and working conditions; to improve family and child welfare services; and to advance social work practice.

Our grants fall within the following funding categories:

  • Social Work Research, Education & Practice
  • Youth Development    
  • Girls & Young Women
  • Hunger & Homelessness
  • Social Services & Welfare
  • Substance Abuse

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Community Development and the Environment
Nonprofits and the government are being asked to use their shrinking resources to deal with increasingly complicated problems. The Trust focuses on relieving New York's chronic shortage of affordable housing, strengthening the local economy, putting people to work, and protecting our environment, both locally and globally. We support community agencies working on these issues at the neighborhood level, and government and nonprofit institutions developing strategies for the City as a whole. To underpin these and all our programs, we support efforts to improve the functioning of nonprofits and government.

Our grants fall within the following categories: 

  • Civic Affairs
  • Community Development
  • Conservation and the Environment
  • Technical Assistance
  • Workforce Development

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Arts, Education, and Human Justice
Strong systems of education and justice, and vibrant cultural resources are the hallmarks of a civilized society. The Trust is concerned that public schools are not meeting the needs of our children; arts organizations in our city are financially strapped; and institutions of justice are not serving everyone equally.

We concentrate on projects that improve New York City's public schools; promote diversity, equity, and access in the arts; and advocate for the rights of all people.

Our grants fall within the following funding categories:

  • Arts and Culture
  • Education
  • Historic Preservation
  • Human Justice

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Health and People with Special Needs
America's health care system is fragmented and full of gaps in service. Society often ignores the talents and productivity of people with special needs. The Trust supports projects that strengthen preventive health care, improve access to services, strengthen health service providers, and develop the skills and independence of people with special needs.

Our grants fall within the following funding categories:

  • Biomedical Research
  • Health Services
  • Health Systems and Policy
  • People with Special Needs
    • AIDS/HIV
    • Children and Youth with Disabilities
    • Elderly
    • Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities
    • Blindness and Visual Disabilities

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Special Projects
In addition to the categories above, The Trust also makes grants through our special projects and donor collaboratives.

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