2013 Grief Reach Request for Proposals

About Grief Reach

Grief Reach is a partnership between the National Alliance for Grieving Children and the New York Life Foundation. The goal of this partnership is to provide funds to Children's Bereavement Programs to expand the reach of their programs to include underserved youth populations (18 years and younger). The funds for these grants are generously provided by New York Life Foundation and the oversight and RFP process is managed by the National Alliance for Grieving Children. Final decisions on grants are made by a review committee consisting of representatives from both the National Alliance for Grieving Children and the New York Life Foundation. 

Amount and Range of Grants

This year the Grief Reach project will again provide $750,000 in grants with the following number of grants and grant amounts:

5 - $10,000
5 - $15,000
5 - $25,000
5 - $100,000 ($50,000 a year for two years)


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.


Grants will be given only to organizations operating in the United States. Start up agencies or programs will not be considered. Application amount must not be greater than 10% of the organization’s most recent fiscal year Actuals. Further requirements are:

  • Applicant must have been in operation as a 501(c)3 for at least three consecutive years.
  • Applicant must be able to provide 990 tax returns for at least two of the past three years.
  • Applicant must provide a budget detailing how requested funds will be used. Download a SAMPLE BUDGET.
  • Applicant must be the entity that will provide the children’s bereavement services.
  • Applicant must have at least one paid staff person.
Project Types

The projects need to have a direct impact on children. Educating the community is not enough unless it ties directly into serving children. It is important to make sure that wording is clear in your application. Collaborations are strongly encouraged.

Target Population

50% of the children served must be from low-income families, OR 50% of the children must be from minority communities. The following information should be provided about the population to be served with Grief Reach funding:
  • Economically Disadvantaged Children and Teens (18 years and younger) - Annual family income below 200 percent of the official poverty line; or eligibility for free or reduced-price school lunch or food stamps; or eligibility for other public assistance.
  • Underserved Racial and Ethnic Communities - For the purposes of this grant process, Children and teens are considered from underrepresented populations if they fall into one or more of the following categories as described by the US Census Bureau: American Indian or Alaskan Native, Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islanders, Biracial or Multiracial.
Informational Webinar

We held an information webinar regarding the 2013 Grief Reach Request for Proposals on May 15th at 2:00 p.m. EST/ 11:00 a.m. PST. To listen/view the playback, click HERE

Grief Reach Application

Proposals will be accepted through July 8, 2013, 8:00 p.m. EST/ 5:00 p.m. PST. No applications will be accepted after the July 8th deadline. Applications will not be accepted via email, fax or mail. Applications must be submitted on-line through the link below. There is no "save" function on the application, so the application must be completed in one sitting. To preview the application, click HERE. Once you are prepared to answer the questions and supply the information needed, then begin completion of the on-line application. 

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