Youth, Environment Projects Can Win Funding

Grants_ImagePrivate 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:; Jenny Russell, executive director, 617/696-3580.

About Frank Klimko

Frank Klimko is a nationally known journalist, grants expert and speech writer/speaker. He has years of experience helping nonprofits devise lists of the right funding opportunities and secure funding from these foundations and corporate entities. Clients have focused on an array of areas including child care, homeless, hunger and K-12 education. Additionally, he is a Freedom of Information Act expert, who has helped numerous clients with securing proprietary information from the federal government. Currently, Frank Klimko writes the Children & Youth Funding Report and Private Grants Alert, which are Washington DC-based publications. CYF is a daily publication covering Congress, the Education Dept. and the various federal regulatory agencies. PGA, another daily publication, covers the world of private philanthropy.
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