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Making Paper Production Sustainable Grant

Merck Family Fund

Grant amount: US $20,000 - US $60,000

Anticipated deadline: The deadline for this grant has passed

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program

Location of project: United States

Location of residency: United States


NOTE: With new interests arising from the trustees, the Fund will be cutting back in this area and will not be accepting new requests. By 2019, the program will support only a few of the longstanding grantees. 

The Merck Family Fund was established in 1954 by George W. Merck, President of Merck & Co., Inc.  He created the fund for two principal reasons: to do good with the resources acquired through the company’s success, and to create an opportunity to regularly bring family members together.


  • Restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come.

  • Strengthen the social fabric and the physical landscape of the urban community.

Program: Making Paper Production Sustainable

Paper production is a highly toxic, carbon-emitting, water-intensive, and forest-reliant industry. There are a number of ways to improve the environmental impact of the sector. 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.

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


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


  • It 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

    • video projects

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