Deadlines and Limitations


The Merck Family Fund will make funding decisions in May and November. LOIs will be reviewed on a rolling basis through the online application system. If invited, full proposals must also be submitted through our online application system. MFF cannot accept LOIs and proposals submitted via email, fax, or postal mail. 

November 2018 decision deadlines:
LOI by July 16, 2018 at 5 pm EST.
Full proposal no later than July 30, 2018 at 5 pm EST.

May 2019 decision deadlines:
LOI by January 15, 2019 at 5 pm EST.
Full proposal no later than January 29, 2019 at 5 pm EST.


The Merck Family Fund contributes to tax-exempt organizations in the United States. It does not support individuals, for-profit organizations, or candidates for political office. The Fund does not generally support: governmental organizations, academic research or books; endowments, debt reduction, annual fund-raising campaigns, capital construction, purchase of equipment, the acquisition of land, or video projects.