Dean Mathey in the Map Room at Pretty Brook Farm

Dean Mathey in the Map Room at Pretty Brook Farm

In 1952, Dean Mathey created The Bunbury Company as a private, grant-making foundation to further his charitable intentions.  With a touch of humor, he named the foundation after Uncle Bunbury in Oscar Wilde’s play, The Importance of Being Ernest.  For years when an important project needed funding, and friends came seeking Dean’s support, he would routinely defer the decision until he could make a consultation with his valued advisors at Bunbury.

Since his death in 1972, The Bunbury Company has continued to honor the Mathey legacy through a charitable grants program.  In that time, the foundation has awarded more than $75 million to support non-profit organizations making significant impacts on social, environmental, and educational needs across central New Jersey, and most specifically Mercer County.

In 2015, sixty-five years later, The Bunbury Company has started a new chapter as a donor-advised fund of long-time collaborative partner, the Princeton Area Community Foundation. The Bunbury Fund at the Community Foundation will continue The Bunbury Company’s historic work, honoring the philanthropic legacy of its founder, Dean Mathey.

Application Overview:

The Bunbury Fund will have two application deadlines for funding in 2018:

Grant Cycle              Application Deadline

Spring 2018              March 16, 2018

Fall 2018                   September 28, 2018

Please click here for a complete copy of the Bunbury Fund guidelines.

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To begin the online application process, please click here.

To view a list of the 2017 Grantees click here.