The Victor E. Perley Fund

The Victor E. Perley Fund provides grants to non-profit organizations to support programs serving disadvantaged youth in New York City.  The Fund was established by a bequest from Victor E. Perley in 1951 who instructed it be used for the “betterment of boys on the West Side of Manhattan.”  The purpose of the Fund was expanded in 1973 to support programs for girls as well as boys throughout New York City, paying particular attention to disadvantaged or “at-risk” youth.


How to Apply

The Fund invites prospective recipients to send a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) outlining the proposed program and specifying how it will better the lives of youth.  The Fund does not accept unsolicited grant proposals without completing an LOI.  Successful prospects will be invited to submit a fuller proposal using the NY/NJ Area Common Application.  Special consideration will be given to new program initiatives.  Grants are made up to $20,000 and are awarded twice a year, in June and December.

LOIs may be submitted online at any time at  Please specify in the subject heading “LOI.”  Letters should not exceed two pages in length.  The Fund normally reviews inquiries on a monthly basis and replies shortly thereafter.  Completed proposals that are received by May 1 of each year will be considered in June, while those completed by November 1 will be considered in December.

Organizations should only submit one LOI at any given time, but may resubmit a new LOI at a later date if unsuccessful.

The NY/NJ Area Common Application can be found online at Philanthropy New York at or Council of New Jersey Grantmakers at