The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research focused on reducing inequality in youth outcomes and improving the use of research evidence in decisions that affect young people in the United States.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities

Research Grants on Reducing Inequality

The online application is now open. The next deadline for applications is January 12, 2022 at 3pm. ET.

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Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence

The online application is now open. The next deadline for applications is January 12, 2022 at 3pm ET.

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Institutional Challenge Grant

The online application is closed. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is TBD.

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Youth Service Capacity-Building Grants

The online application is closed. The next deadline for letters of inquiry is TBD.

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Featured Updates

Featured Work

“The system makes it hard for them:” Exploring the challenges and strategies for schools in supporting newcomer unaccompanied immigrant youth

Atop the hardships already imposed on them, unaccompanied immigrant youth who settle in the U.S. must navigate the complex immigration and K-12 education systems with little to no support. At the same time, for the schools and districts that serve these students, a lack of federal financial assistance and a reliance on ad hoc local support systems only deepen existing obstacles. In a new post, grantee Sophia Rodriguez shares findings that point to three specific challenges facing educators and district personnel, as well as potential responses.

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Grant Announcements

Four New Research Grants to Build Theory and Evidence on Ways to Reduce Inequality in Youth Outcomes

We are proud to announce four new research grants for studies on reducing inequality. Approved at the Foundation’s October Board meeting, these awards will help build theory and empirical evidence on promising strategies for reducing inequality in the outcomes of young people ages 5-25 in the U.S.

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Insights

Under pressure: Investigating how system-level factors shape racial inequality in child welfare outcomes

Whether one looks at reporting for maltreatment, time spent in foster care, or rates of foster care placement following a substantiated report of maltreatment, research shows disparities in the experiences of Black and White foster children and youth. New research aims attempts to learn why.

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Grantee Writing

Research-Practice Partnerships in Education: The State of the Field

Drawn from interviews with dozens of RPP leaders and a literature review spanning hundreds of recent empirical studies, Research-Practice Partnerships in Education: The State of the Field offers a snapshot of the RPP landscape at a pivotal moment.

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Foundation Events

Forum: From Understanding Inequality to Reducing Inequality

Social science excels at advancing our understanding of how much inequality exists, what its sources are, and what consequences ensue. But comparatively little research aims to build understanding of policies or programs that can reduce inequality. In this virtual forum, discussants examine the potential of research to help build and strengthen efforts to address inequality, as well as delineate pathways through which research may lead to large-scale social change.
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Staff Writing

Studying Ways to Improve the Use of Research Evidence: Is Your Proposal a Good Fit?

To increase your chances of being invited to submit a full proposal for a research grant on improving the use of research evidence, it is important that the study you describe in your letter of inquiry is closely aligned with the focus area. Here are ten tips to help assess whether your idea is a good fit.

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