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John Merck Fund

Category: Environment

The Fund plans to spend all its assets over the next 10 years to spur progress in clean energy, environmental health, development of a New England regional food system, and treatment of developmental disabilities. The Fund has revamped its four grant programs, developing cross-program synergies, and preparing to make complementary mission-related investments in order to achieve maximum impact during the next decade. Two of the programs, Clean Energy and Regional Food Systems will focus exclusively on New England while the Environmental Health and Developmental Disabilities programs will remain national in scope. Clean Energy Program grants will promote the development of a clean-energy economy in the six-state New England region. Regional Food Systems grants will help strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship in New Englandís expanding market for regionally and sustainably grown food by funding initiatives to develop institutional demand the regional supply network. Environmental Health Program grants will support development and implementation of market signals and government policies that encourage a transition away from petroleum-based chemicals linked to preventable diseases. The Developmental Disabilities Program will shift its focus from basic research to clinical and translational research, with primary emphasis on children who have Fragile X or Down syndromes. The Fund prefers pilot projects with potential for widespread application; smaller organizations (start-ups included); advocacy, including litigation, capable of setting or protecting important precedents. The Fund does not accept unsolicited proposals but it does accept letters of inquiry. Additional information can be found on the Web site.

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