Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation

The mission of the Jean and Louis Dreyfus Foundation is to enhance the quality of life of New Yorkers, particularly the aging and disadvantaged.

The Foundation focuses on organizations and programs within the five boroughs of New York City that address one of the following fields:

  • Aging
    The focus is on programs that enable older New Yorkers to age in place and avoid institutional placement while maintaining the maximum quality of life and remaining connected to the community. 
  • Arts
    The focus is on performing arts and cultural institutions, with emphasis on music and access to the arts. Grants are also awarded for the visual arts and for arts in education. The Foundation prefers high-impact, sequential arts instruction to one-time programs.
  • Education 
    The focus is on programs seeking to improve educational outcomes for New York City students while enhancing educational supports. Areas of interest include literacy, college access and retention, after-school academic classes, youth development programming, and technical and vocational training for young adults.
  • Social Services
    The focus is on programs addressing access to healthcare, homelessness, housing and eviction intervention, food insecurity, job training, programs for children and families, and legal services.

The Foundation prioritizes direct service organizations and favors projects that meet an identified community need, which demonstrate impact and project outcomes, and have the potential to effect systemic change.

Although the Foundation occasionally funds pilot programs, preference is given to organizations with an established track record whose programs have been brought to scale and have the potential to be replicated either within the organization or elsewhere. 

Occasionally organizations will be awarded grants to strengthen their infrastructure or for general operating support.

The Foundation encourages matching funds from other charitable organizations, public financial drives, individuals, and government bodies.

Application Procedures

Guidelines for letters of inquiry are available on the Foundation's website. Letters of inquiry must be submitted online.