The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation: Grants for K-12 Education

OVERVIEW: The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation does not maintain any specific funding initiatives but funds “worthwhile activities” in many areas.  

IP TAKE: With no specific funding priorities, the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation has supported a broad variety of education programs in the U.S. Based in Washington, D.C., the foundation maintains an open application program via mail.

PROFILE: The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation was established in 1965 upon the death of Max Dreyfus, the renown German-born songwriter, composer and president of the Chappell music publishing company. Based in Washington, D.C., this foundation does not maintain specific funding initiatives, but funds “worthwhile activities for which an organization has made a compelling case to receive funding.” The foundation aims to maximize the effects of its grantmaking by selecting grantees “for which a small amount of money can have a large impact.”  

In the area of education, the Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation has funded schools, youth programs, afterschool programs and other community-based programs geared toward K-12 populations. One past grantee is the public library system in Westchester County, New York.

Nonprofit organizations in the United States are eligible to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. The foundation awards grants twice each year, with application deadlines of November 10 for spring grants and May 10 for fall grants.

The foundation’s open application process requires submission of a three-page letter of request, a 200-word synopsis and an itemized budget by mail. Letters of request are not accepted via email at this time.


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