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Grants and In-Kind Support to USA Nonprofits for Research to Address Inequality for Children and Youth

Research Grants on Reducing Inequality


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Deadline: 08/02/23 3:00 PM EST Save

Grant Description
Grants and in-kind support to USA nonprofit institutions for research to improve the lives of American children and youth. Funding is intended to support the effective exploration of policies and activities that address inequality for young people between the ages of 5 and 25. Priority is given to studies about reducing inequality on the basis of race, ethnicity, economic standing, language minority status, or immigrant origins.

The Foundation's research interests center on studies that examine ways to reduce inequality in youth outcomes. The Foundation welcomes descriptive studies that clarify mechanisms for reducing inequality or elucidate how or why a specific program, policy, or practice operates to reduce inequality. The Foundation also welcomes intervention studies that examine attempts to reduce inequality. Finally, the Foundation welcomes studies that improve the measurement of inequality in ways that can enhance the work of researchers, practitioners, or policymakers.

Applications for research grants on reducing inequality must:

  1. Identify a specific inequality in youth outcomes, and show that the outcomes are currently unequal by engaging with the extant literature on the causes and consequences of inequality. The Foundation is especially interested in supporting research to reduce inequality in academic, social, behavioral, or economic outcomes.
  2. Make a convincing case for the dimension(s) of inequality the study will address. 
  3. Articulate how findings from your research will help build, test, or increase understanding of a specific program, policy, or practice to reduce the specific inequality that you have identified.

For additional information on the above, see

Funding is available for major grants and for officers' research grants for smaller projects. 

  • For Major Research Grants, projects involving secondary data analysis are at the lower end of the budget range, whereas projects involving new data collection and sample recruitment can be at the higher end. Proposals to launch experiments in which settings (e.g., classrooms, schools, youth programs) are randomly assigned to conditions sometimes have higher awards. 
  • Officers’ Research Grants, studies may be stand-alone projects or may build off larger projects. The budget should be appropriate for the activities proposed.

In addition to financial support, the Foundation invests significant time and resources in capacity-building for research grantees. They provide opportunities for connections with other scholars, policymakers, and practitioners, and organize learning communities for grantees in each focus area. Such meetings allow grantees to discuss challenges, seek advice from peers and colleagues, and collaborate across projects. To strengthen grantees’ capacities to conduct and implement strong qualitative and mixed-methods work, the Foundation provides access to a consultation service focused on those methods.

Only studies that 1) align with the stated research interests of this program and 2) relate to the outcomes of young people between the ages of 5 and 25 in the United States are eligible for consideration. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
The Foundation makes grants only to tax-exempt organizations. It does not make grants to individuals.

Proposals from organizations that are under-represented among grantee institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Alaska Native-Serving Institutions, Native Hawaiian-Serving Institutions, and Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs) are encouraged.

The Foundation defers to the applying organization’s criteria for who is eligible to act as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on a grant. In general, the Foundation expects that all investigators will have the experience and skills to carry out the proposed work.

The Foundation strives to support a diverse group of researchers in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, and seniority, and encourages research projects led by Black or African American, Indigenous, Latinx, and/or Asian or Pacific Islander American researchers.

The Foundation does not support non-research activities such as program implementation and operational costs, or make contributions to building funds, fundraising drives, endowment funds, general operating budgets, or scholarships. Applications for ineligible projects are screened out without further review.

Pre-Application Information
2023 Application Deadlines
- January 11, 2023, 3:00pm ET
- May 3, 2023, 3:00pm ET*
- August 2, 2023, 3:00pm ET
*Letters of inquiry for Officers’ research grants are not accepted in May

The application process for all research grants begins with a letter of inquiry. Letters of inquiry for major research grants are accepted three times per year, in winter, spring, and fall. Letters of inquiry for Officers’ research grants are accepted two times per year, in winter and fall.

For major research grants, the review process for a successful application—beginning with the submission of a letter of inquiry and ending with approval by the Board of Trustees—is 10 to 15 months. If you are invited to submit a full proposal, you will be offered two deadlines to submit it, ranging from approximately six weeks to six months from the time of the invitation.

For Officers’ Research Grants - Awarded on the merit of the letter of inquiry alone. For all applications, review decisions are emailed to investigators within eight weeks of the letter of inquiry submission deadline. For major research grants the total timeline from letter of inquiry to funding decision is generally 10-15 months.

For all applications, review decisions are emailed to investigators within eight weeks of the letter of inquiry submission deadline.

Applicants who receive positive reviews with critiques that can be addressed within a short time frame are asked to provide written responses to internal and external reviewers’ comments. Applicants’ responses to external reviews are then further reviewed by the Senior Program Team. Finally, the team makes funding recommendations to the Program Committee and the Board of Trustees. Approved awards are made available shortly after Board meetings, which take place in March, June, and October.

Applicant guidance:


2023 Informational Webinar: An Overview of the Program and How to Apply:

Estimated Size of Grant
- Major Research Grants on reducing inequality typically range between $100,000 and $600,000, including up to 15% indirect costs.
- Officers’ Research grants typically range from $25,000 to $50,000, including up to 15% indirect costs.

Term of Contract
Major Research Grants cover 2-3 years of support.
Officers' Research Grants cover 1-2 years.

Contact Information
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William T. Grant Foundation
60 E. 42nd Street, 43rd Floor
New York, NY 10165
Tel: 212.752.0182

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