Basic Eligibility

  • We fund only organizations that are recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as having 501(c)(3) status and that, as a general rule, are not private foundations.
  • The Foundation does not make grants to individuals for any purpose.
  • Grant requests from organizations and programs outside of the State of New York cannot be considered for funding. In addition, Altman Foundation grants focus almost without exception on organizations and programs within the five boroughs of New York City.
  • As a general rule, the Foundation does not fund the following:
    • Bricks and mortar, other capital projects, or the purchase of capital equipment
    • Galas, benefits, and other fundraising events
    • Conferences or symposia that are not connected to current Altman grants
    • Concerts, theater or media performances, or art exhibitions that are not connected to current Altman grants
    • Instructional programming or artist-in-residence programs within the public schools or in correctional facilities
    • Budget deficits
    • Disease-specific projects, with the exception of initiatives aligned with our revised guidelines
    • Public universities or ongoing programs of private colleges and universities
    • Operating expenses and ongoing services of either public or voluntary hospitals
  • Please see the Program Interests tab above and please review our Guidelines.
  • While we have limited funds available for new, non-foundation-initiated grantmaking, if, after reviewing the Program Interests tab above, you believe your work is directly in line with the results we seek, we want to know about what you are doing via a Letter of Inquiry using our grant portal.