Private Funder: Merck Family Fund (MFF); Opportunity: Protecting the Natural Environment and Strengthening the Urban Community 2017 grants programs; Funding Focus: Youth, environment, education; Geographic Focus: National ()Priority will be given to projects that combine all aspects above and that reside in the six New England states, New York, New Jersey and Philadelphia, PA.); Eligibility: Nonprofits; Funding: Awards vary, up to $100,000 each (the foundation distributed about $2.5 million last year); Deadline: July 17 (LOI).
Summary: Funding supports a range of youth and community grants to qualified nonprofit groups. MFF focuses on two areas: creation of green and open space; and supporting youth as agents of social change. The youth leadership effort supports programs in low-income urban areas in the Northeast involving young people to create urban farms and local markets.
Specifically, the fund welcomes proposals: providing high quality leadership development and employment for youth; and supporting productive urban farming projects and increase local access to fresh food. For example, Youth in Action, Providence, RI, won a $25,000 award for a youth development services program and UPROSE, Brooklyn, NY, won a $25,000 grant for a youth community outreach campaign.
Hard copy format is preferred over fax or email transmission. New requests for support to the Merck Family Fund should be made by a letter of inquiry rather than with a full proposal or a request for a personal meeting. The Merck Family Fund makes funding decisions twice a year in May and November.
Info: http://merckff.org/?page_id=106; Jenny Russell, executive director, 617/696-3580.