The following information provides general guidelines for the Booth Ferris Foundation.

Funding Interests:

Arts and culture, education (K-12 and higher education), parks and gardens, and strengthening the nonprofit sector.

  • Click here for more information on education grantmaking.
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    New York City’s nonprofit sector.
  • Click here for more information on arts and culture grantmaking, including parks and gardens.

Geographic Focus:

In the area of the arts, K-12 education and strengthening the nonprofit sector, the Foundation focuses on projects in New York City. With respect to the field of higher education, the Foundation will consider proposals from organizations in the Northeast US.


Maintain an annual budget over $1 million. A minimum of three years must elapse between grant awards. No grants are made to individuals, private foundations or for loans. Grants are not made to organizations whose primary work is conducted outside of the US, to individuals, to federated campaigns, or to work with specific diseases or disabilities. Proposals from educational institutions for scholarships, fellowships and for unrestricted endowment are discouraged, as are proposals for individual research efforts at such institutions. Proposals from social services and cultural institutions from outside the metropolitan New York area will not be considered.


Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Application Deadlines:

The annual application deadline is February 1st, with grant decisions finalized in late June or early July. If February 1st falls on a weekend, applications are due the next business day. Please see the Contact page for more information.

Type of Support:

Capital and capacity building

JPMorgan Chase Relationship:

Sole trustee.