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William T. Grant Foundation


Last profile update: 06/29/2017
Last grant data update: 11/08/2017

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 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.