General Application Guidelines
These guidelines apply to the following programs: Humanities, Performing Arts (limited to New York City and environs), Research Libraries, and one of the four Venetian programs (Grants to Organizations Supporting Venetian Scholarship and Culture).
For the three other Venetian programs (namely, Independent Research in Venice on Venetian History and Culture, Grants for Independent Venetian Research in European Libraries Outside Venice), and Publications Assistance, see Venetian Programs.
Consult Programs Overview for an explanation of the nature and purpose of all Foundation programs.
The Foundation supports: not-for-profit organizations engaged in activities of interest to the Foundation. Institutions located in the United States should have an IRS 501(c)3 designation; institutions outside of the United States can present other kinds of evidence of non-for-profit status after consultation with the Foundation. With the exception of the Venetian independent scholars’ programs (see above), these programs do not provide funds to individuals. In general, awards are made for single-year, and not multi-year, projects.
The Foundation does not usually support: building campaigns, capital campaigns except where objectives are clearly focused and closely tied to Foundation interests, or indirect costs.
Procedures for applying
Other than for the Venetian Independent Study programs, there are neither application forms nor deadlines for sending applications. Decisions are made throughout the year.
To apply, please send a ca. two-page letter, in paper form on official institutional letterhead, with the following information:
- A description of the purpose and nature of the proposal, a very brief description of the applying institution(s), and where appropriate, an indication of activities, staffing information, and expected outcomes
- A brief budget and a simple time-line or date-span for activities
- A copy of the applying institution’s IRS 501(c)3 not-for-profit designation (or equivalent documentation; contact the Foundation for guidance where the institution does not have such an IRS designation)
- Full contact information for the institution and the writer of the application letter including an email address
- Note: Please do not add a separate cover letter and do not include ancillary printed materials.
Note: It is not necessary to apply to a particular program; we recognize that many projects relate to more than one of the Foundation programs. Address the application letter to Ms. Rachel Kimber at the Foundation office. The address can be found below.
If you have general question about applying, you may call Ms. Kimber at the number below before sending an application. The Foundation reviews proposals throughout the year. Please allow 3-4 months between the time of applying and the response from the Foundation.