How and When to Apply


The New York Foundation has three grant cycles each year, with deadlines in March, July, and November.

  • Email an Initial Funding Request to [email protected]
  • If your organization fits our criteria and priorities, program staff will reach out 2 weeks after the submission deadline for further information, and to schedule a site visit.
  • If you do not fit our criteria and priorities, you will receive a notification that you have not advanced in our grantmaking process.
  • From those selected for site visits, program staff will recommend a limited number of organizations to our Board of Trustees. If you receive a site visit, but are not recommended for a grant, you will be notified and provided with an explanation for why we were unable to make a grant at this time.
  • The Board meets in February (for November 1 submissions), June (for March 1 submissions), and October (for July 1 submissions) to approve grants. You will be notified before the end of the month.

Because the Foundation has a policy of renewing grants up to three years we make very few new grants each year. Please review our grant guidelines to learn more about what we look for.

The first step is to complete the Initial Funding Request and email it as an attachment to [email protected]. We can often make a quick determination as to whether or not the request fits our guidelines based on the Initial Funding Request rather than a full proposal. We will ask you for additional information if the request is unclear.

The Foundation program staff will review each request. We receive numerous requests for each cycle and our staff cannot evaluate each proposed project in person or over the telephone, so that is why we ask that you put your inquiry in writing. Once the deadline has passed and all pending requests have been read, the program staff will meet with the strongest applicants to evaluate the proposed project and visit the program sites before making recommendations to the Board.


All grants are made by the Board of Trustees, which meets three times a year: in February, June, and October.

Requests for funding must be received by:*

November 1 for the February meeting
March 1 for the June meeting
July 1 for the October meeting
*When any of these dates fall on a weekend, the due date is the Monday after the first of the month.

New York Foundation
150 West 30th Street, Suite 1401
New York, NY 10001

Telephone: (212) 594-8009
E-mail: [email protected]