Harry Chapin Foundation


Contact Information


To address the problems of the disadvantaged and promote educational programs that lead to a greater understanding of human suffering.

Funding Interests

The foundation has four focus areas:

  • Environmental programs that promote a safe and sustainable environment;
  • Community education, programs to identify community needs and mobilize resources to meet them, fostering social and economic justice;
  • Arts in education programs and other approaches to educating young people. To create a healthier and more peaceful world; and
  • Agricultural programs that support the preservation of individually-owned farms; support for citizen organizations that promote equitable food production and distribution.

Geographic Focus

Nationwide, though most grants are made in the state of New York.

Types of Support


Grant Size

$1000 to $10000

Requirements & Limitations

Grants are made only to 501(c)(3) organization and no grants are made to individuals. Grants are only made for one year, but may be renewed for up to three years.

Application Process

An application should be made in a brief written proposal to the Executive Director, Ms. Leslie Ramme, at the HCF office.
No required format. See website for more information.

The HCF also accepts the New York/New Jersey Area Common Application Form. Click here for form.


The foundation board considers grants three times each year - March, July and November. To ensure a timely consideration of a proposal, the sooner the request is received; the better the chances are for meeting the next board review.

Recent Grants

Grant 1

Grantee: Aprovecho, Cottage Grove, OR
Amount: $1000
Purpose: Aprovecho is a center for research, experimentation, and education on alternative technologies that are ecologically sustainable and culturally responsive. Fields of study include organic gardening, sustainable forestry, and appropriate technology.
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