Theodore Luce Charitable Trust


Established in the 1940s, the Theodore Luce Charitable Trust supports comprehensive youth development organizations in New York City. Applications are accepted by invitation only.

Funding Interests:
The Trust supports programs that assist young people, ages 8-18, in developing competencies that will enable them to grow, develop their skills and become healthy, responsible and caring youth and adults. Of particular interest are programs for low-income youth that operate year-round and address the following: academics, personal and social competence, health and physical well-being, preparation for work, special interests and talents, leadership and citizenship and/or parent involvement. More specifically, the Trust seeks to support youth development organizations in one of two areas – program enhancement or capacity building.

Geographic Focus:
New York City

No grants are made to individuals or for matching gifts or loans.

Organizations must be classified by the Internal Revenue Service as public charities and tax-exempt under section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.

Grant Cycle:
Proposals will be accepted by invitation only. Invitations will be mailed in February and grants awards will be announced by July of that year.

Type of Support:
General operating and program

JPMorgan Chase Relationship:
Sole trustee


Invitations are sent in February and grant awards are announced in July.

Please include the following items in your organization’s request:

1. Proposal (maximum of three pages) which includes:

a. Overview of the organization (i.e., primary goals, needs or problems being addressed, population served)
b. Description of the project for which you are seeking support

i. Statement of purpose and the needs being addressed by the project
ii. Population served and how they will benefit from the project
iii. Project timeline/anticipated project duration

c. Brief biography of the executive director and key project staff

2. Project budget

a. if it is a two-year request, please include a two-year projected budget
b. include a list of foundation, corporate and other support applied to the budget

3. Current fiscal year organizational budget

a. also include a projected budget for upcoming year (if available)
b. indicate if the organization has an endowment

i. quote the most recent value of the corpus
ii. indicate if the funds are permanently restricted or board restricted

4. List of foundation and corporate supporters

a. include a list of funders for the current fiscal year
b. also provide a list from the most recently completed fiscal year
c. include foundation and corporation names and amounts

Please note:
All applications are by invitation only.
If invited to apply, applications must be submitted online.


Theodore Luce Charitable Trust – Grants 2023

Total contributions in 2023: $850,000

DREAM, New York, NY
$75,000 as the first installment for general support

DreamYard Project Inc, Bronx, NY
$50,000 as the first installment for program manager for the Bx Start Gaming and Entrepreneurship Center

Fund for the City of New York, New York, NY
$50,000 for the Student Success Network

Goddard Riverside Community Center, New York, NY
$50,000 as the first installment for general support of youth programs

Good Shepherd Services, New York, NY
$80,000 as the first installment for general support

Harlem Educational Activities Fund, Inc, New York, NY
$50,000 as the first installment for the HEAF Continuum

Harlem Lacrosse, New York, NY
$35,000 as the final installment for general support

Hunts Point Alliance for Children, Bronx, NY
$30,000 for the High Scholars Programs

Red Hook Initiative, Inc, Brooklyn, NY
$45,000 to advance an equitable recovery for BIPOC youth in Red Hook

Rocking the Boat, Inc, Bronx, NY
$50,000 for the job skills youth development program

Row New York, Inc, New York, NY
$50,000 as the first installment for general operations

South Bronx United, Inc, Bronx, NY
$30,000 as the final installment for general support

StreetSquash, New York, NY
$50,000 as the first installment for the College Access, Success, and Alumni Support Program

Student Leadership Network, New York, NY
$75,000 for the College Bound Initiative

Summer Search, New York, NY
$40,000 as the first installment for general support

The TEAK Fellowship, Inc, New York, NY
$50,000 for general support

Youth Justice Network, New York, NY 
$40,000 for general support

Contact Information

All correspondence should be addressed to the appropriate contact person.

Theodore Luce Charitable Trust
c/o Carolyn Winter, Program Officer
JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
Private Foundation Services
390 Madison Avenue, 14th Floor
New York, NY 10017


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