Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation Grant

Blaustein Philanthropic Group

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Deadline: Rolling

Grant amount: US $5,000 - US $300,000

Fields of work: Immigration & Refugee Rights Immigrant Services Refugee Services Criminal Justice System Reform Climate Change Resilience Environmental Justice & Advocacy Energy Show all

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: General Operating Expense, Project / Program, Education / Outreach

Location of project: District of Columbia, Counties in Maryland: Baltimore County, Baltimore city, Counties in New York: Bronx County, Kings County Show all

Location of residency: United States

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The Morton K. and Jane Blaustein Foundation is guided by the principle that people develop and flourish best when they enjoy fundamental civil and political rights and live in a safe and healthy environment. In recognition of the ongoing impact of institutionalized racism in the US, the rising threats of xenophobia worldwide and the devastating effects of climate change, particularly on people of color and low-income communities, the Foundation supports efforts to confront racism, protect against prejudicial treatment towards immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers, and mitigate climate change and its impact on vulnerable communities.

Focus Areas

Climate Justice

Recognizing the urgency of global warming and the disproportionate impact that it has on life in low-income communities and communities of color, the Foundation supports efforts to create sustainable and fair solutions to mitigate climate change. Funding is provided for:

  • Building broad based, bipartisan alliances pushing for robust and equitable energy and climate policies at the federal, state and local levels
  • Grass roots organizing and advocacy led by communities most affected by climate change

Racial Justice

To expose and challenge institutionalized racism and to ensure equal and fair treatment for all, the Foundation supports:

  • Strategic advocacy and policy reform efforts to end racial inequities in the justice system
  • Programs focused on changing the culture of punishment and criminalization of youth in schools, practices which disproportionately affect students of color

Immigrant Justice

To protect the rights of immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the U.S. the Foundation provides grants for:

  • Immigrant-led organizing and advocacy for just immigration policies
  • Immigrant legal services and impact litigation to ensure critical legal and social protections for immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • Holistic support networks for refugees and asylum seekers fleeing violence

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.


  • Grantees must be nonprofit organizations with tax exempt status under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, and organized and operated for charitable purposes.
    • Organizations with fiscal sponsors are also eligible to apply.
  • The foundations make a limited number of capital grants, generally only when there is a prior relationship with the applicant organization.
  • The foundation will consider proposals for general support, as long as the work of the applicant organization fits with the program priorities and geographic focus of the particular foundation.
  • The Foundation's geographic focus is mainly Baltimore, New York and the DC Capital Region.


  • The foundations do not provide support for:
    • Grants or scholarships to individuals; 
    • Unsolicited proposals for academic, scientific or medical research; 
    • Direct mail, annual giving, membership campaigns, special events; or
    • fundraising events.


This page was last reviewed July 26, 2021 and last updated July 26, 2021