NEW YORK, June 26, 2017

WHO: For the seventh year in a row, the New York Life Foundation, in partnership with the National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC), is offering a grant opportunity to support and increase the capacity of bereavement services to expand access for underserved communities through the Grief Reach program.

WHAT: Forty-two Grief Reach grants totaling $1.25 million will be awarded to organizations serving bereaved youth through a Request for Proposals (RFP). The grants will be given over a two-year period and range from $10,000 to 100,000. There are two funding opportunities: Community Expansion Grants and Capacity Building Grants for agencies that provide bereavement support services to children and teenagers.

WHEN: Applications will be accepted online through August 7, 2017. Decisions will be announced in October 2017.

WHERE: For more information about the RFP application and eligibility requirements, please visit:

WHY: In 2011, the Foundation started the Grief Reach Grant program* in partnership with the National Alliance for Grieving Children to expand the reach and access of local bereavement programs and services to underserved youth. All grants are reviewed by a committee selected by the NAGC, which makes recommendations to the Foundation. Final decisions on grants are made by the New York Life Foundation. By the end of 2017, the Foundation will award more than $7 million to 237 nonprofits serving bereaved youth. The New York Life Foundation is the largest corporate funder of childhood bereavement support. Since 2008, the Foundation has been committed to increasing awareness of this important issue, supporting initiatives serving bereaved youth and their families, and growing the capacity, network, and sustainability of this field.


Founded in 2004, The National Alliance for Grieving Children (NAGC) provides a national network connecting hundreds of professionals and volunteers who want to share ideas, information and resources to better support the grieving children and families they serve in their own communities. Through this network, the NAGC offers online education, hosts an annual symposium on children’s grief, maintains a national database of children’s bereavement support programs and promotes national awareness to enhance public sensitivity to the issues impacting grieving children and teens. To learn more, please visit:


Inspired by New York Life’s tradition of service and humanity, the New York Life Foundation has, since its founding in 1979, provided more than $240 million in charitable contributions to national and local nonprofit organizations. The Foundation supports programs that benefit young people, particularly in the areas of educational enhancement and childhood bereavement. The Foundation also encourages and facilitates the community involvement of employees and agents of New York Life through its Volunteers for Good program. To learn more, please visit


* The funds for these grants are generously provided by the New York Life Foundation. The oversight and RFP process is managed by the National Alliance for Grieving Children.