Altman Foundation Grant

Altman Foundation

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: Up to US $200,000

Fields of work: Youth Involvement in the Arts Arts / Culture Access & Participation Parks & Public Spaces Affordable Housing Senior Services Employment Services Caregiver Support / Respite Care Medical Education & Professional Training Preventative Healthcare Health Facilities & Clinics Outpatient Medical Care / Home Health Care Primary Health Care Community Health Education Health Disparities & Social Determinants of Health Health Insurance After School /Summer Educational Programs Education - Preschool / Early Learning Career/College Preparation College Success / Persistence Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Training / Capacity Building, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County

Location of residency: Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County

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About this funder:



Note: Typically, the Altman Foundation uses letters of inquiry to learn more about organizations working in and across its five program areas. When openings in the Foundation’s portfolio become available, candidates that are a strong fit receive more in-depth reviews by the Foundation’s staff and, potentially, are invited to submit a full application for funding. The Letter of Inquiry process is currently on pause as proposals in our current pipeline, including specific responses to the COVID-19 crisis and active Foundation grantees that are eligible for renewal consideration, will be the focus of the Foundation’s work for the balance of this calendar year.


To support programs and institutions that enrich the quality of life in New York City, with a particular focus on initiatives that help individuals, families, and communities benefit from the services and opportunities that will enable them to achieve their full potential.


In carrying out our mission and making choices about how to invest our grantmaking dollars, we are guided in our selection process by our results-based orientation and by several overarching values that cut across program-area lines. These values are access, system-wide improvement, prevention and early intervention, self-sufficiency, the provision of high-quality services, and a focus on vulnerable populations. 

The Altman Foundation:

  • Seeks to increase meaningful access for New Yorkers to quality programs, institutions, and resources, both public and private.
  • Encourages system-wide improvement and change while at the same time maintaining our tradition of direct service and the opportunity to test models in action.
  • Prefers to support preventive and early intervention strategies.
  • Supports efforts that help New Yorkers build and preserve self-sufficiency.
  • Encourages innovation and funds programs and organizations that provide high-quality services based on best practices in their field and that exercise systematic efforts to track credible and meaningful results.
  • Has an interest in supporting programs that serve vulnerable populations, in particular children and youth from underserved communities, immigrants, and the elderly.

Operating Principles

We define ourselves as investors and are interested in creating the highest possible levels of human gain for the grant dollars we have available. In that mode, we review proposals with the following questions in mind:

  • What are the results from the project—meaning outcomes for participants—that provide the return on our investment?
  • What are the chances those results will be achieved?
  • Is this the best use of our money, given all alternatives before us?

To carry out our mission and achieve human gain, we make three types of investments:

Investments in Direct Service

In this area we support programs and projects that create human gain for people in our areas of focus. Historically, most of the grants in our portfolio have fallen into this category.

Investments in Capacity Building

At times we believe that making an investment in an organization so that it can achieve and sustain stronger gains for those served is the best investment we can make. In general, these investments are reserved for organizations with which we are already working.

Investments in Systems Change

At times we believe that the most pressing need is to make an improvement in the larger context of factors and forces that affect programs and organizations. The Foundation will allocate limited grant dollars to strategic policy, advocacy, and applied research initiatives that advance the Foundation's grantmaking priorities.

In addition, the Altman Foundation:

  • Promotes connections among nonprofits, government agencies, and foundations, and other organizations doing complementary work in order to advance best practices and build knowledge within a given field; 
  • Seeks to leverage its limited resources by investing in issues, programs, or initiatives that have the potential to attract other funding sources, both public and private; and 
  • Initiates a limited number of program-related investments that provide low-cost loans to high-performing nonprofits with strong business models and the capacity to leverage other capital sources to advance effective programs or initiatives.

Program Areas


Given that high-quality education is a key driver of social and economic mobility and essential to equitable opportunity for all, the Foundation invests in organizations, programs, and projects that achieve results aligned with the two objectives outlined below. We give priority to initiatives in our areas of interest that expand or enhance multiple programs or schools across a system or network. As a general rule, we do not provide support for individual early childhood programs, or individual district schools, charter schools, public universities, or private colleges/universities. 

  1. Objective 1: Provide disadvantaged children and youth with more high-quality learning time through early childhood education and afterschool, summer, and expanded learning programs.
  2. Objective 2: Increase access to and success in high-quality post-secondary educational opportunities.


Recognizing the critical importance of health and mental health care to individuals, families, and communities, the Foundation invests in programs or projects that achieve results aligned with the objectives outlined below. 

  1. Objective 1:  Expand access to health care for underserved, uninsured, or vulnerable populations or communities
  2. Objective 2: Expand and strengthen quality out-of-hospital health care for the most underserved and vulnerable populations.
  3. Objective 3: Promote development and expansion of the workforce needed to support delivery of primary, community-based, and at-home health care and care management for the most vulnerable populations.

Strengthening Communities

The Foundation has a historic interest in ensuring that individuals and families living in the city have access to the services and resources they need to pursue and sustain successful lives. The Foundation invests in organizations, programs, and projects that achieve results aligned with the two objectives outlined below. 

  1. Objective 1: Build and preserve economic security and independence among low-income individuals and families.
  2. Objective 2: Promote and sustain the availability of, and equitable access to, essential community resources needed to support stable, healthy communities, with an emphasis on systemic efforts.

Cultural Engagement, Youth Development, and the Arts

The Foundation has had a longstanding interest in the arts, reflecting not only Benjamin Altman’s personal commitment, but also the Foundation’s recognition of the value of the arts in enriching the lives of New Yorkers and the city as a whole. The Foundation invests in organizations, programs, and projects that achieve results aligned with the two objectives outlined below. As a general rule, the programs we support take place outside of the public schools. 

  1. Objective 1: Promote access to arts and culture for all New Yorkers, with a special focus on people from underserved communities.
  2. Objective 2: Promote positive youth development among underserved youth through engagement in arts, cultural, and other unique programs that provide sequential opportunities to participate over an extended period of time.

Services to Not-For-Profits

A strong and resilient nonprofit sector is essential to the work of the Altman Foundation and to our colleague funders, both private and public. We are only as good as our grantees. In this overarching program area, the Foundation provides support to achieve the results aligned with the objectives outlined below. 

The Foundation provides support to achieve the following:

Results Sought:

  • Significantly enhance the ability of key umbrella organizations to help their member or constituent agencies address critical community issues in the Foundation's areas of interest
  • Measurably improve organizational effectiveness or program quality of community-based or other organizations working in the Foundation's areas of interest

Read more about the Foundation's Program Areas in their Guidelines.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • We fund only organizations that are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as having 501(c)(3) status and that, as a general rule, are not private foundations.
  • Altman Foundation grants focus almost without exception on organizations and programs within the five boroughs of New York City.


  • General Limitations
    • The Foundation does not make grants to individuals for any purpose. 
    • Grant requests from organizations and programs outside of the State of New York cannot be considered for funding. 
  • As a general rule, the Foundation does not fund the following:
    • Bricks and mortar, other capital projects, or the purchase of capital equipment
    • Galas, benefits, and other fundraising events
    • Conferences or symposia that are not connected to current Altman grants
    • Concerts, theater or media performances, or art exhibitions that are not connected to current Altman grants
    • Instructional programming or artist-in-residence programs within the public schools or in correctional facilities
    • Budget deficits
    • Disease-specific projects, with the exception of initiatives aligned with our revised guidelines
    • Public universities or ongoing programs of private colleges and universities
    • Operating expenses and ongoing services of either public or voluntary hospitals