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New York Life Foundation guidelines.*

Funding priorities.
Proposals must fall within the Foundation’s Nurturing the Children focus, which includes educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. Since the Foundation receives many more requests for support than it has funds available to contribute, we must focus on our grants within carefully defined guidelines. Nurturing the Children does not encompass projects that are primarily sports-, health-, or arts-related, or those requesting support exclusively for personnel or capital expenses. A decision not to support a particular organization or project should not be considered a reflection of its merits.

Geographic focus.
The Foundation funds local projects in New York City and Westchester County, New York, and considers projects serving multiple cities implemented by national organizations. Cities are chosen based on New York Life’s target markets.

Grants are made to nonprofit organizations which have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the IRS Code, and which are not private foundations. The Foundation does not make grants to individuals or government agencies.

Excluded organizations and requests.
  • Organizations or activities whose services are limited to members of one religious or sectarian group
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, sexual orientation and/or gender identity, disability, or national origin
  • Fraternal, social, professional, athletic, or veterans’ organizations
  • Endowments, capital campaigns, or memorials
  • Fundraising events, telethons, other benefits
  • Seminars, conferences, trips
  • Basic or applied research
    • Review and evaluation.
      All requests are evaluated by the Foundation’s staff to determine general eligibility, conformity to grant guidelines, and relationship to current Foundation priorities.

      If the Foundation is interested in a full proposal, we will contact the applicant for additional information, further discussion, and a site visit. The Foundation’s Board of Directors makes the final decisions on funding requests.

      If a grant is made, the grantee must provide regular updates on its program and activities. Reporting requirements are outlined in the Foundation’s award letter.

      Guidelines for volunteer grants are different. If you are an agent or employee and want to apply for a volunteer grant, click here to apply.

      Requests for childhood bereavement related projects are considered by invitation only year-round and during the spring (typically in April) when we implement our national Request for Proposal process administered in partnership with the National Alliance for Grieving Children.