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Grants to USA Nonprofits to Improve the Lives of
Children and Youth through Research on Inequality

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William T. Grant Foundation

Deadline Date:

01/09/19 3:00 PM EST


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Grants to USA researchers at nonprofit institutions for investigations into practices and policies that improve the lives of American children and youth ages 5 - 25. Awards are intended to fund research that generates change by contributing to a body of theoretical and empirical knowledge that can improve the lives of young people.

The Foundation seeks research in the following two focus areas:

Reducing Inequality
In this focus area, the Foundation supports research to build, test, and increase understanding of approaches to reducing inequality in youth outcomes on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, or immigrant origin status. The Foundation is interested in research on programs, policies, and practices to reduce inequality in academic, social, behavioral, and economic outcomes.

Improving the Use of Research Evidence
In this focus area, the Foundation supports research to identify, build, and test strategies to ensure that research evidence reaches the hands of decisionmakers, responds to their needs, and is used in ways that benefit youth. The Foundation is particularly interested in research on improving the use of evidence by state and local decisionmakers, mid-level managers, and intermediaries.

Officers’ Research grants are a separate funding mechanism for smaller projects. Some are stand-alone projects that fit the research focus areas; others build off of larger projects. Junior scholars of color are encouraged to apply for these grants as a way to build their research programs.

The Foundation also invests significant time and resources in capacity-building for grantees. This includes opportunities for connections with other scholars, policymakers, and practitioners; targeted learning communities, such as the annual meeting for grantees working on the use of research evidence; and a consultation service through the University of California, Los Angeles’s Semel Institute, Center for Culture and Health, Fieldwork and Qualitative Data Research Laboratory to meet the needs of grantees.

The Foundation does not have a preference for a particular research design or method. The Foundation begins application reviews by looking at the research questions or hypotheses. The Foundation evaluates whether the proposed research designs and methods will provide strong data and empirical evidence on those questions. The strongest proposals incorporate data from multiple sources and often involve multi-disciplinary teams.

The Foundation also strives to support a diverse group of researchers in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and seniority. The Foundation especially encourage high-quality research projects led by African American, Latino, Native American, and Asian American researchers.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 179286

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Research grants on reducing inequality typically range from $100,000 to $600,000.
- Improving the use of research evidence grants will range from $100,000 to $1,000,000.
- Officers’ Research grants for both initiatives cover budgets up to $50,000.

Term of Contract:

Research grants on reducing inequality - two to three years of support.
Improving the use of research evidence grants - two to four years of support.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

- Grants are made to organizations, not individuals.
- Grants are limited, without exception, to tax-exempt organizations. A copy of the Internal Revenue Service tax-exempt status determination letter is required from each applying organization.
- Research project advances the Foundation’s interests in understanding programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality or improving the use of research evidence.
- Research project has compelling relevance for programs, policies, and practices affecting youth ages 5-25 in the U.S.
- Institutions usually have their own eligibility criteria regarding who can act as Principal Investigator (PI) on a grant. This often excludes graduate students. Graduate students can, however, be included as Co-Principal Investigators.

The Foundation rarely or never funds:

- Research institutes or programs. The large majority of our funding supports investigator-initiated research that is consistent with our focus areas.
- Books or other writing activities outside the focus areas.
- International studies. The Foundation's mission focuses on supporting research to improve the lives of young people in the United States.
- Pilot or feasibility studies. When they are funded, they are generally initiated by the Foundation.
- Scholarships, building funds, annual campaigns, fundraising drives, or endowments.
- Working meetings. When they are funded, they are usually commissioned to build capacity in Foundation focus areas.
- Proposals on social settings.

The Foundation may support:
- Studies in which some participants fall outside the age range of 5 to 25, so long as the primary research questions must focus on children or youth within the target age range.
- Applications that incorporate both research focus areas, e.g., both the use of research evidence and reducing inequality. However, experience has shown that few applicants are able to do this well. The most successful applications address a few research questions within a single area.

Pre-Application Information:

2018 Deadlines for letters of inquiry:

- January 10, 2018, 3:00 PM EST
- May 2, 2018, 3:00 PM EST - Please note that letters of inquiry for Officers’ research grants will not be accepted for this deadline.
- August 1, 2018, 3:00 PM EST

Letters of inquiry will be reviewed internally. Investigators will receive an email notification of staff’s decision within eight weeks of the LOI submission date.

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Improving the Use of Research Evidence Focus Area:

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

Letter of Inquiry application begins with registration here:

For questions about application instructions and procedures, contact:
Cristina Fernandez, Research Assistant

General Contact Info:
William T. Grant Foundation
570 Lexington Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10022-6837
Tel: 212.752.0071
Fax: 212.752.1398

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