Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation: Grants for Mental Health

OVERVIEW: The Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation funds programs that help children with dyslexia and other processing and attention issues, as well as their educators and caregivers. The foundation also backs efforts to advance policy making in the field.  

IP TAKE: While this isn’t the most approachable funder, it encourages grantseekers to contact foundation staff and make an introduction. So the grantmaking door isn’t totally closed, here.

PROFILE: During their lifetimes, Emily Hall Tremaine and her husband Burton Tremaine were known as prolific collectors of 20th-century art. Their collection of more than 400 works was sold and the proceeds from the sale were used to establish the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation.

When the foundation was established, family members determined its grantmaking priorities: Learning differences was one of the categories that made the cut.

The Tremaine Foundation’s Learning Differences program funds people, programs, and organizations that support the strengths of learners with dyslexia and related processing and attention issues.

Grants are typically substantial, tending to range from $75,000 to $150,000. Grantseekers should note that the foundation does not award a larger number of Learning Differences grants each year. It gives grants to organizations such as Dyslexic Advantage and Ramapo for Children. To get a broader sense of the groups receiving funding, explore the recent grants list.

While the foundation technically accepts unsolicited letters of inquiry, it doesn’t encourage them, and notes that such letters rarely result in a grant.


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