About the Foundation

The Mertz Gilmore Foundation is a private, independent grantmaking institution that supports and promotes vibrant communities, the performing arts, and a sustainable environment. The Foundation uses a variety of philanthropic strategies to strengthen civic and cultural institutions in underserved communities of New York City and to address the climate crisis.

Today, with assets of roughly $100 million, Mertz Gilmore continues a five decade tradition of focused grantmaking on a small number of programs while maintaining relatively long-term commitments to its core areas of concern. The Foundation makes grants in three program areas:

The Climate Change Solutions program aims to bring about substantial reductions in global warming pollution through sustainable policy and practice. 

The New York City Communities program promotes an equitable city of vibrant communities by supporting work in low-income neighborhoods.

The New York City Dance program sustains a high level of activity and visibility for dance in the city, and cultivates a rich mix of artists and audiences.