Merck Family Fund Grants

Grants to USA Nonprofits in Multiple States for
Energy Efficiency, Conservation, and Urban Farming

GrantWatch ID#: 171524
Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Merck Family Fund


07/31/17 5:00 PM EST

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Grants to USA nonprofits in multiple States for preserving, restoring, and protecting the natural environment, as well as strengthening the social fabric and physical landscape of local communities. LOIs are due by July 17, 2017. Priority is given to nonprofits in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, and West Virginia.

The Foundation specifically focuses its funding within the following four programs areas:

1. Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land: The geographic focus of this area will be Southeastern United States, with priority given to the Southern Appalachians and the states of Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.

Specifically, the Fund welcomes proposals that:
- Advocate for, and secure, public financial resources and commitments to land protection.
- Demonstrate community engagement and certified sustainable management of land particularly concerning forestry and farming.
- Provide leadership to existing and emerging coalitions that build a multi-stakeholder voice.

2. Making Paper Production Sustainable: The goal is to increase the rates of recycled paper in large paper sectors, reduce sourcing from endangered forests, and maximize clean production.

Specifically, the Fund welcomes proposals that:
- Assist major paper users and suppliers to adopt environmentally preferable paper practices.
- Support networks that align paper production and consumption strategies and goals.
- Provide information to consumers about responsible purchasing and recycling.

3. Reducing CO2 Emissions Through Energy Efficiency and Carbon Pricing: The Fund’s strategy is to support efficiency policies and implementation efforts in the Northeast and Southeast. In the long run, it is still essential that a price be paid for carbon emissions. The Fund will therefore support the development of political and economic drivers at the state and federal level to establish or expand carbon pricing mechanisms.

Specifically, the Fund welcomes proposals that:
- Advocate for residential and commercial codes and standards that result in measurable energy efficiencies.
- Demonstrate financing models that create affordable capital for investments in efficiency.
- Provide incentives or mandates that result in utility-based efficiency programs.
- Engender bi-partisan study, design, and acceptance of carbon pricing alternatives.

4. Urban Farming and Youth Leadership: The Fund will support programs in low-income, urban areas in the Northeast that are harnessing the power of young people to create urban farms and local markets.

Specifically, the Fund welcomes proposals that:
- Provide high quality leadership development and employment for youth.
- Support highly productive urban farming projects and increase local access to fresh food.
- Engage residents in food access and food security issues in the community.

Priority will be given to projects that combine all aspects above and that reside in the six New England states (Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont), New York, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The Merck Family Fund contributes to tax-exempt organizations in the United States.

- The Fund does not support individuals, for-profit organizations, or candidates for political office.
- The Fund does not generally support: governmental organizations, academic research or books; endowments, debt reduction, annual fund-raising campaigns, capital construction, purchase of equipment, the acquisition of land, or video projects.

The Merck Family Fund will make funding decisions in May and November. LOIs will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the online application system. If invited, full proposals must also be submitted through our online application system. MFF cannot accept LOIs and proposals submitted via email, fax, or postal mail.

November 2016 decision deadlines:
LOI by July 18, 2016 at 5 pm EST.
Full proposal no later than August 1, 2016 at 5 pm EST.

May 2017 decision deadlines:
LOI by January 9, 2017 at 5 pm EST.
Full proposal no later than January 23, 2017 at 5 pm EST.

November 2017 decision deadlines:
LOI by July 17, 2017 at 5 pm EST.
Full proposal no later than July 31, 2017 at 5 pm EST.

Applicants will be notified of a decision by email, typically within one week.

More on submitting an LOI:

More on submitting a full proposal:


Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land focus area:

Making Paper Production Sustainable focus area:

Reducing CO2 Emissions Through Energy Efficiency and Carbon Pricing focus area:

Urban Farming and Youth Leadership focus area:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Submit an LOI:

Jenny D. Russell, Executive Director
Phone: 617.696.3580
Fax: 617.696.7262

Merck Family Fund
P.O. Box 870245
Milton Village, MA 02187

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