Grief Reach community expansion grants are for the purpose of expanding grief support services to underserved populations as defined in this request for proposals. Proposals should clearly define the target population, local partners and strategy for expansion. Please read the requirements below carefully. Before proceeding to the application, you must first be able to answer "yes" to each item on the program grants check list (link below).
Amount and Range of Grants
New York Life Foundation is providing community expansion grants with the following number of grants and amounts:
6 - $50,000 ($25,000 a year for two years)
6 - $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. (For example: An organization must have had $250,000 or more of expenses last year in order to apply for a $25,000 grant).
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.
The projects must be an expansion of services to children not currently served by the program. Projects need to have a direct impact on children. For example, 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.
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.
We will hold an application overview webinar regarding the 2015 Grief Reach Request for Proposals on May 29th at 2:00 p.m. EST/ 11:00 a.m. PST. To register for the webinar, click HERE. An infomational Community Expansion webinar will be posted upon completion of the general informational webinar. On June 10th and June 30th at 2:00 p.m. Eastern / 11:00 a.m. Pacific we will be hosting a Q&A session for anyone who has specific application questions.
Please direct your questions to: Megan Lopez at: Megan.Lopez@childrengrieve.org
Community Expansion Grant Applications
Remember, proposals will be accepted through July 13, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. EST/ 5:00 p.m. PST. No applications will be accepted after the July 13th deadline. Applications will not be accepted via email, fax or mail. Applications must be submitted on-line through the link below. 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 no "save" function on the application, so the application must be completed in one sitting. To preview the pre-screening questions and application, click HERE. The grant process will be posted on Friday May 22nd.
COMMUNITY EXPANSION GRANT PRE-SCREENING CHECKLIST