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Grant Guidelines

Milbank Foundation was created in 1995 to pursue Jeremiah Milbankís vision of integrating people with disabilities into all aspects of American life.

The Foundationís current priorities include:

  • consumer-oriented projects that enable people with disabilities to lead fulfilling, independent lives

  • innovative policy research and education on market-based approaches to health care and rehabilitation

  • improving and expanding quality health services, especially palliative care

  • education and training of health and rehabilitation professionals

To be eligible for funding by the Foundation, an organization must be located in the United States and tax-exempt under the U.S. Internal Revenue Code. The Foundation cannot provide grants to individuals. As a general rule, the Foundation does not provide annual funding.


Milbank Foundation accepts unsolicited inquiries and proposals only by regular mail. Unless requested, please do not send by fax, email, or overnight mail.

The Foundationís Board of Directors meets biannually, usually in May and October. There are no formal proposal deadlines. Inquiries and proposals are processed on an ongoing basis.

The Foundation does not have a formal grant application. If you believe your organization fits the Foundationís priority interests, mail a brief letter or proposal in business letter format that explains the organizationís mission and the project for which you seek funding. The Foundationís staff will respond to your correspondence by mail within four weeks. Due to time constraints, the staff cannot respond to inquiries about declined proposals.

Please direct all funding inquiries and proposals to:

Carl Helstrom, Executive Director
Milbank Foundation
116 Village Boulevard
Suite 200
Princeton, NJ 08540

Applicants may be contacted for additional information, such as annual reports, organization and project budgets, audited financial statements, donor and member lists, and tax-exemption letters. Please do not send CDs, DVDs, computer disks, or audio- or videotapes, unless requested.


Proposals for the following are rarely approved:

  • annual appeals, dinner events, and direct mail solicitations
  • arts, music, or theater
  • building funds, capital campaigns, or renovations
  • equipment, including computers and biomedical devices
  • endowments or general operating funds
  • government or quasi-government entities, including public schools
  • individual financial assistance or scholarships
  • international projects
  • multi-year grants
  • political causes, candidates, campaigns, or direct lobbying
  • organizations lacking tax-exempt status