The John Merck Fund

Program Areas

Grantee Profiles

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    Regional Food Systems

    Farm to Institution New England

    Shifting just 5% of New England public schools’ $149.8 million annual food budget to purchases of regionally sourced foods would generate $7.5 million additional dollars for the region’s farm economy.

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    Developmental Disabilities

    Xinyu Zhao, PhD, and Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD

    In 2015, The John Merck Fund awarded grants to Xinyu Zhao, PhD, and Anita Bhattacharyya, PhD, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Waisman Center, to explore cutting edge genetic treatments for Fragile X syndrome.

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    Environmental Health

    Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

    Founded in 2009, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families (SCHF) is a national coalition with the goal of reducing the number of toxic chemicals present in everyday products. The SCHF coalition cumulatively represents over 11 million individuals dedicated to reforming chemicals policy at the national level.

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    Clean Energy

    Toxics Action Center

    As a John Merck Fund grantee, the Toxics Action Center is a major force behind our ongoing effort to make New England the first coal-free region in the country. Closing coal plants across the region cannot succeed with a cookie-cutter approach.

Why we’re going out of business

Children with developmental disabilities, victims of climate disruption, families suffering from air pollution and exposure to toxic chemicals, and communities without access to healthy food should not have to wait for small incremental progress. That’s why we adopted a “spendout” strategy in 2012.