The Brian A. McCarthy Foundation is a small, private foundation based in New York. The Foundation is a successor entity of the former Michael McCarthy W. Foundation, which was established in 1958 in Manhasset, New York by Michael W. McCarthy, a former chairman of the board of Merrill Lynch. We primarily support gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender health, education, culture, and well-being with a special emphasis on HIV prevention and research, and programs for LGBT youth.
We make grants primarily to organizations based in the New York/metro area.
The Brian A. McCarthy Foundation is a small private foundation that makes grants in support of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender health, education, culture, and well-being with an emphasis on HIV research and prevention and housing and anti-violence programs for LGBT youth. Grants are primarily made to charities based in the New York/Metro area and range in size from $5000 - $50,000.
Please note: The Brian A McCarthy Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications.
We only consider nonprofit organizations classified as tax exempt under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code (IRC) (public charities.) We do not make grants to individuals, or to organizations that engage in lobbying activities as defined by the Internal Revenue Service. We are willing to make grants for general operating expenses, research, and project support, but in general we do not make recurring grants or make any contribution commitment longer than a calendar year to any organization. Only with rare exceptions will we make more than one grant to a particular organization during any given calendar year.
The best way to get a feel for our interests and funding priorities is to take a look at our recent PF-990 (ID: 26-2804661) and see who we have funded in the past ( see the 990s page of this website here.)
If we approach an organization for the possibility of a grant, we generally require a brief (two page maximum) letter describing the following:
If we approve your letter of inquiry, the second stage of the process will request:
There is no formal deadline for an application. The board meets several times a year (all throughout the year) to evaluate organizations and proposals. Please bear in mind, however, that we will not consider more than one grant to any organization in a calendar year, and any future grants are always subject to a re-evalution process and approval of the board. We will try our best to respond to your request as soon as possible (usually within a few weeks of receiving information.) We do not have a formal application form, but we encourage new organizations to use the New York / New Jersey Common Application Form.
Grantees are expected to submit a report within six to eight months after receipt of a grant from the Foundation. At this time we have no formal grant reporting form, so an organization can use their own form, or send a brief one to two page letter if desired. As stated above, grants are not automatically renewed. Renewals are reconsidered by the board every calendar year.
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