The William T. Grant Foundation began during the Great Depression as a resource for those interested in social science research focused on how best to help our children achieve success. Today, the Foundation continues to support high-quality research to improve the lives of youth. .
The Foundation is meeting these challenges with initiatives designed to improve the effectiveness and relevance of our activities. One of our Current Research Interests is understanding the ways in which policymakers and practitioners acquire, interpret, and use research evidence. Better understanding these processes should help us and other funders support research that affects youth policy and practice. Our Distinguished Fellows program allows policymakers and practitioners to immerse themselves in research settings and, conversely, for researchers to work in policy or practice settings. The goal is for all of these professionals to communicate with one another, for the policymakers and practitioners to recognize and use high-quality research evidence, and for researchers to produce evidence that is useful in policy and practice.
The Foundation's research grants anfund work on understanding everyday social settings and their effects on youth, so we can ultimately improve those effects. Our William T. Grant Scholars program is a resource for the next generation of influential researchers to improve their skills by expanding their expertise in new areas and gaining crucial mentoring experience. And closer to home, we offer small service improvement grants to organizations in the New York metro area that work directly with youth.
We hope that you find the ideas, funding opportunities, and current research described on this website useful.
Robert C. Granger