Urban Farming and Youth Leadership Grant
Merck Family Fund
Grant amount: US $2,000 - US $50,000
Next deadline: Jan 15, 2019 2:00pm PST (Letter of inquiry)
Later deadlines: Jan 29, 2019 2:00pm PST (Full proposal), Jul 16, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Letter of inquiry), Jul 30, 2019 2:00pm PDT (Full proposal)
Applicant type: Nonprofit College / University
Funding uses: Education / Outreach, Applied Project / Program
Location of project: Preferred: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County, New York County, Queens County, Richmond County, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania Other eligible locations: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont Expand all
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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: Urban Farming and Youth Leadership
Growing food in community is a collective and personal entry point to many systemic issues including: health and nutrition, job training, environmental sustainability, and the creation of social capital. The local cultivation and distribution of fresh, healthy, and affordable food raises the awareness about quality and access something sorely lacking in low-income communities.
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.
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.
- This new program at the Merck Family 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.
- Priority will be given to projects that combine all aspects above and that reside in the six New England states, New York City, and Philadelphia.
It does not support individuals, for-profit organizations, or candidates for political office.
The Fund does not generally support:
academic research or books
annual fund-raising campaigns
purchase of equipment
the acquisition of land
- video projects
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