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Merck Family Fund Grants

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

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Merck Family Fund

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Deadline Date:

07/31/20 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. Applicants must submit an LOI prior to submitting a full proposal. 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 on the following three programs areas: 

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

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.

Urban Farming and Youth Leadership: The Fund will support programs in low-income urban areas that are harnessing the power of young people to create urban farms and local markets. Projects must reside in Massachusetts, New York City, and Philadelphia.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 171524

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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, or video projects.

Pre-Application Information:

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 the online application system. MFF cannot accept LOIs and proposals submitted via email, fax, or postal mail.

May 2020 decision deadlines:
LOI by January 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.
Full proposal no later than January 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.

November 2020 decision deadlines:
LOI by July 10, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.
Full proposal no later than July 31, 2020 at 5:00 PM EST.

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

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Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land focus area:

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

Urban Farming and Youth Leadership focus area:

Contact Information:

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

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

Phone: (617) 696-3580
Fax: (617) 696.7262

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USA: Alabama;   Arkansas;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Kentucky;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Mississippi;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   Pennsylvania: Philadelphia;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   Tennessee;   Vermont;   Virginia;   West Virginia

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