Funding Opportunities

Current Research Interests


The William T. Grant Foundation is focused on youth ages 5 to 25 in the United States. We fund research that increases our understanding of:

1. programs, policies, and practices that reduce inequality in youth outcomes; and

2. the use of research evidence in policy and practice.


The Foundation supports research to reduce disparities in the academic, behavioral, social, and economic outcomes of young people. Inequality on the basis of economic, race/ethnic, linguistic, and immigrant origins is pervasive in the United States. As our nation’s population becomes increasingly diverse, ensuring the success of young people from all backgrounds has become not only a moral aim but a matter of economic security. 

The Foundation also funds studies of how policymakers and practitioners acquire, interpret, and use research to improve programs, policies, and practices that support youth development. Despite significant efforts to improve research and encourage its use, the role of research evidence in decision-making remains modest. We seek a more informed understanding of how to strengthen the use and usefulness of research.

For more information, visit our web pages for our Research, Scholars, Distinguished Fellows, and Youth Service Improvement grant programs.