Lily Palmer Fry Memorial Trust

OVERVIEW: The Lily Palmer Fry Memorial Trust supports human services, summer camps, and children and youth in New York and Connecticut.

FUNDING AREAS: Human services, summer camps, children and youth

IP TAKE: Organizations in the Tri-State Area that provide summer camp opportunities for kids should get to know this foundation.

PROFILE: Established in 1954, the Lily Palmer Fry Memorial Trust is a private foundation in Connecticut. The founder established it to support summer camp opportunities for underprivileged children. This foundation is managed by Bank of America’s Connecticut office. Bank of America serves as a co-trustee of the foundation along along with two relatives of Lily Palmer Fry. Grantmaking includes human services, summer camps, and children and youth.

This funder has specific grantmaking interests in very specific geographical areas. It commonly prioritizes organizations that offer traditional summer camp programs that get urban children out of the city and into the natural environment. It also prefers to support camperships for children, rather than camp expenses that include supplies and salaries. Past local grantees include Helen Keller Services, Camp Amerikids, Coalition for the Homeless, and Colony South Brooklyn House. The funder typically makes grants in the form of unrestricted general operating support.

Foundation grants often range between $2,000 and $10,000 each. Learn more about this funder’s local giving by examining its recent tax records. Grantmaking focuses on New York City, Westchester County in New York, and the Connecticut counties of Fairfield and Hartford. This funder offers one-year grants rather than multi-year grants.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. The annual application deadline is February, and applicants can expect to hear back with a funding decision within about two to three months after this date. Grantseekers must use the Bank of America online system to apply for a grant. Direct general questions to the staff at or 860-244-4870.


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