The Merck Family Fund grant supports work by communities with few resources that are confronting significant social, economic, and environmental challenges. The Merck Family Fund was established in 1954 by George W. Merck, President of Merck & Co. He created the fund for two principal reasons: 1) to do good with the resources acquired through the company's success; 2) to create an opportunity to regularly bring family members together.
Merck Family Fund Goals
To restore and protect the natural environment and ensure a healthy planet for generations to come.
To strengthen the social fabric and the physical landscape of the urban community.
The fund welcomes proposals that:
Conserving Ecologically Valuable Land
Advocate for and secure public financial resources and commitments to land protection.
Demonstrate community engagement and certified sustainable management of land particularly concerning forestry and farming.
Provide leadership to existing and emerging coalitions that build a multi-stakeholder voice.
Making Paper Production Sustainable
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.
Promoting Energy Efficiency
Advocate for residential and commercial codes and standards that result in measurable efficiencies.
Demonstrate financing models that create affordable capital for retrofits.
Provide incentives or mandates that result in utility-based efficiency programs.
Urban Farming and Youth Leadership
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.
Priority will be given to projects that combine all aspects above and that reside in the six New England states, New York, New Jersey, and Philadelphia, PA.
Deadlines: Typically they have two grant cycles. Letters of Inquiry will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the online application system. If invited, full proposals must be submitted through the online application system no later than January 31 for the Spring decision and August 1 for the November decision.