Open Grant Program for Nonprofit Organizations serving Children

National Alliance for Children’s Grief

Relevent Country: United States of America

The National Alliance for Children’s Grief is inviting organizations that currently serves young people who have experienced a death of a loved one to apply for this competitive grant opportunity to enhance access to and increase grief support for youth and their families.

This competitive funding opportunity has the following goals:

  • Increase access to bereavement support services in local communities, especially diverse communities
  • Enhance the capacity of organizations providing bereavement support service
  • Expand bereavement support services to address unmet needs
  • Support communities dealing with grief and loss with tangible resources


These grant funds may be used to expand services to bereaved children, youth, and families.  Must fall into one of the following categories:

  • Geographic Expansion: expanding your services into a new geographic location.
  • Number Expansion: serving more children and families (unique) where you are already located.
  • Population Expansion: expanding to a new age or population group, such as preschool, LGBTQ, Opioid crisis, etc.
  • Program/Service Expansion: starting new programming or services to the new and/or same children and families, such as specific programming for suicide survivors; or an existing nonprofit that will start offering bereavement services to children.

Funding Information

  • There are two separate 2-year grant opportunities and one 1-year grant opportunity included in this RFP. Each program will only be eligible to apply to one of these grant opportunities, as explained below:
  • $80,000 over 2 years grants: grant award of $40,000 per year for two years.  Only organizations with minimum annual organizational budgets of $267,000 will be eligible to apply for this grant level.
  • $50,000 over 2 years: grant award of $25,000 per year for two years. Only organizations with minimum annual organizational budgets of $167,000 will be eligible to apply for this grant level.
  • $20,000 over 1 year: grant award of $20,000 for one year. Only organizations with minimum annual organizational budgets of $133,000 will be eligible to apply for this grant level.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Applications that do not meet these standards will not be reviewed for funding, so please review carefully
  • U.S. based 501(c)3 for at least three consecutive years.
  • Provide 990 tax returns for at least two of the past three years.
  • Provide audited financials for the most recent full fiscal year.
  • Must provide a budget detailing specifically how requested funds will be used.
  • Must be the entity that will provide the children’s bereavement services.
  • Must have at least one paid staff person.
  • Request amount must not be greater than 15% of the organization’s most recent fiscal year actuals for grants.
  • The grant proposal must include cultural considerations of bereaved children based on the community you will be serving.
  • Evaluation of proposed programming. All proposed programs must include an evaluation tool that meets the minimum requirements outlined in the grant agreement.  Guidance on best practices will be given if you do not currently have an evaluation tool.
  • If you are a part of a larger organization, for example, a hospice, hospital, university, etc., you will be required to submit your dedicated childhood bereavement program budget.


  • Grants are made only to private, nonprofit organizations, which have tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code, and which are not private foundations.
  • Excluded organizations and areas:
  • Individuals or government agencies.
  • Organizations or activities whose services are limited to members of one religious or sectarian group.
  • Fraternal, social, professional, athletic, or veterans’ organizations.
  • Seminars, conferences, trips, and memberships.
  • Endowments, memorials, or capital campaigns.
  • Fundraising events, telethons, races, or other benefits.
  • Goodwill advertising.
  • Basic or applied research.
  • Organizations that discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, or national origin.
  • Organizations that have a current grief reach grant, and the final report has not been submitted.