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William T. Grant Foundation


Last profile update: 04/13/2018
Last grant data update: 04/01/2018

At A Glance

William T. Grant Foundation

570 Lexington Ave., 18th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10022-6837

Telephone: (212) 752-0071


Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation






Incorporated in 1936 in DE - William T. Grant founded the foundation in 1936. Mr. Grant's primary interest was in finding out why some young people who were otherwise equipped for success did not succeed, while others did. In 1977, two years after the bankruptcy of the WT Grant chain of stores, the Grant Foundation broadened its name to the William T. Grant Foundation, in order to honor Mr. Grant and perpetuate his name

Purpose and Activities

The mission of the foundation is to improve the lives of young people 5 to 25 in the United States through research. They support high-quality research that is relevant to policies and practices that affect the lives of young people and that build stronger theory and empirical evidence. Currently, they are funding research that increases understanding of: 1) programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes, and 2) strategies to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. In addition to Research Grants which are open to researchers at any stage of their careers, the foundation supports promising post-doctoral scholars from diverse disciplines through the William T. Grant Scholars Program. The Youth Service Improvement Grants (YSIG) program gives support to youth-serving organizations in the five boroughs. Finally, the Institutional Challenge Grant encourages research institutions to build long-term research-practice partnerships with public agencies or nonprofit organizations in order to reduce inequality in youth outcomes.