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Grant Focus

In an effort to increase the impact of our grant making, our focus has narrowed to these areas of support for low-income children in Westchester County:

  • Early learning and development – Programs and services for young children, prenatal through age 5, and their families, which address social, emotional and cognitive development
  • Intellectual and personal enrichment – Programs which utilize innovative education strategies, usually in collaboration with schools, to expand opportunities for learning and growth beyond academic basics
  • Early childhood systems change – On a selective basis, advocacy work and broader based initiatives focused on systemic change to improve outcomes for children in New York State.

Applicant Eligibility

Organizations must be classified as tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and as public charities under Section 509(a). Individuals and for-profit organizations are not eligible for funding, and government agencies are not generally funded. Churches and religious organizations may be eligible to receive funding for activities that are non-sectarian and benefit the larger community.

Project eligibility

Grants must serve primarily low-income children in Westchester County, New York, and will not be considered for less than $10,000. One-year and multi-year requests will be considered. Examples of the types of grants awarded include:

  • New programs or continuation/expansion of existing programs
  • Organizational capacity building
  • Collaborative efforts with and technical assistance to other nonprofits
  • Operating support in some circumstances
  • Capital projects in some circumstances

Examples of projects we will not fund include:

  • Work that does not fit our funding priorities
  • Institutions that discriminate, in policy or in practice, on the basis of age, color, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, race, religion, marital status, disability, veteran or other legally protected status
  • Scholarships or grants to individuals
  • Endowments
  • Programs or research to address specific physical conditions, or medical or psychological diagnoses
  • Sectarian religious activities, political lobbying or legislative activities

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