Grief Reach - Community Expansion Grants


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:

10- $15,000
6 - $25,000
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.
Project Types

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.

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 application overview webinar regarding the 2014 Grief Reach Request for Proposals on May 27th at 2:00 p.m. EST/ 11:00 a.m. PST. To listen to the recording, click HERE.


Please direct your questions to: Megan Lopez at:

Community Expansion Grant Applications

Remember, proposals will be accepted through July 14, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. EST/ 5:00 p.m. PST. No applications will be accepted after the July  14th 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. Once you are prepared to answer the questions and supply the information needed, then start the application by clicking on the program grant pre-screening checklist below. 

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