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William T. Grant Foundation

Profile

Last Updated: 2016-05-29

At A Glance

William T. Grant Foundation

570 Lexington Ave., 18th Fl.

New York City, NY United States 10022-6837

Telephone: (212) 752-0071

URL: wtgrantfoundation.org

Type of Grantmaker

Independent foundation

Financial Data

(yr. ended 2014-12-31)

Assets: $332,585,290

Total giving: $11,275,121

EIN

131624021

BRIDGE Number

0774753452

Background

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 help create a society that values young people and enables them to reach their full potential. In pursuit of this goal, the foundation invests in research and in people and projects that use evidence-based approaches. Current grantmaking for research, policy analyses, and evaluations of interventions is restricted to the three interrelated topics that follow: 1) Youth Development: Understanding how youth develop strengths and assets such as the skills and relationships that contribute to their development and well-being; 2) Improving Systems, Organizations, and Programs: Understanding how to improve the quality of youth-serving systems, organizations, and programs; and 3) Adults' Use of Evidence and Their Views of Youth: Understanding how adults who are key constituents (influential policymakers, practitioners, scholars, advocates, and members of the media) view youth, and the policies and services that affect youth. The foundation also supports promising post-doctoral scholars from diverse disciplines through the William T. Grant Scholars Program, and through Youth Service Grants. Support also for local programs in the Tri-State area that actively engage young people and enable them to reach their full potential.

Program Area(s)

The grantmaker has identified the following area(s) of interest:

Reducing Inequality

The foundation funds research to inform programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. Some studies may examine approaches that improve outcomes for all youth, but can reduce gaps if applied to those who need them most. Others may identify programs, policies, and practices aimed at elevating the most disadvantaged young people. The foundation also encourages descriptive studies meant to clarify the leverage points or mechanisms that should be addressed in future work. In addition, the foundation is interested in studies that improve the measurement of inequality in ways that will enhance the work of researchers, practitioners, or policymakers. All applications must be submitted via the online application system. Required forms and instructions are available under the specific section for each grant program .

Use of Research Evidence

The program supports studies that increase understanding of when and how research evidence is used in policies and practices that affect the development of young people, and ways to improve the use of research.It supports projects that increase understanding of how research is used to frame problems and solutions, make decisions, influence organizational learning, and guide practice improvements. Proposals should be strong theoretically and methodologically. All applications must be submitted via the online application system. Required forms and instructions are available under the specific section for each grant program .

William T. Grant Distinguished Fellows

The program is designed to increase the supply of, demand for, and use of high-quality research in the service of improved youth outcomes. To accomplish this goal, the program gives influential mid-career researchers the opportunity to immerse themselves in practice or policy settings and conversely influential practitioners and policymakers the opportunity to work in research settings. Grant awards are made to the applicant's employer, which must be a governmental or private nonprofit organization. All applications must be submitted via the online application system. Required forms and instructions are available under the specific section for each grant program.

William T. Grant Scholars Program

The program supports promising early-career scholars from different disciplines, whose research focuses on understanding and reducing inequality among youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States or the use of research evidence in policy and practice affecting youth. It funds studies that enhance the understanding of: (1) reducing inequality, (2) understanding the use of research evidence, and (3) understanding social settings. Candidates are nominated by a supporting institution and must submit five-year research plans that demonstrate creativity, intellectual rigor, and a commitment to continued professional development. Every year, four to six William T. Grant Scholars are selected and each receives $350,000 distributed over a five-year period. .

Youth Service Improvement

The program's goal is to improve the lives of youth. The focus is on small to medium-size organizations that have already had some success, but lack the funds to make needed improvements. The YSIG program is open to community-based organizations in the five boroughs of New York City that want to improve the quality of the services they offer to young people. Awards are $25,000. Applications are accepted for programs that serve youth ages 5 to 25. Applicants must be: community-based organizations that provides services to youth located in the five boroughs of New York City; serve youth directly (staff must have direct contact with youth at the point-of-service); and have an operating budget between $250,000 and $5 million.Grants are awarded in the spring and the fall. Public/private schools are not eligible. All applications must be submitted via the online application system. Required forms and instructions are available under the specific section for each grant program .

Fields of Interest

Subjects
  • Education
  • Human services
  • Interdisciplinary studies
  • Psychology and behavioral science
  • Public policy
  • Social sciences
  • Youth development
  • Youth organizing
Population Groups
  • Academics
  • Adolescents
  • Children and youth
  • Economically disadvantaged people
  • Low-income and poor people
  • Students

Financial Data

Year ended 2014-12-31

Assets: $332,585,290 (market value)

Expenditures: $17,685,403

Total giving: $11,275,121

Qualifying distributions: $16,342,641