Grant Guidelines


Lannan Foundation is no longer accepting letters of inquiry in any of our grant-making programs. Unsolicited proposals and letters of inquiry will not be considered.

Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations and U.S. federally recognized tribes only. A list of current and recent past grants in each of the program areas exemplifies the Foundation’s present interests.

Grant Guidelines

Established in 1986, the Foundation’s Contemporary Visual Arts Program has provided support to numerous museums, non-profit art spaces, and college and university galleries across the United States. With a primary focus on one-person exhibitions of contemporary art, the Foundation also makes grants in support of monographic publications, as well as a select number of special projects.

Grant-making activities in the Literary Program aim to increase public appreciation, understanding, and support for contemporary literature in the English language and support the publication and dissemination of works translated into English. Established in 1987, grants are made primarily in support of nonprofit publishers, literary centers, and organizations that bring innovative writers, poets, and thinkers to a wider audience.

The Indigenous Communities Program provides support to Native Americans in their resolve to renew their communities through their own institutions and traditions. Funding priority is given to rural indigenous-led projects for the revival and preservation of Native languages, legal rights, and environmental protection.

The Cultural Freedom Program supports organizations in recognition of their contribution to cultural diversity and the strengthening of cultural traditions and ties. These organizations are typically advocates for education reform, environmental justice and protection, social and economic justice, human rights and press and journalistic freedom.

To be most effective, we provide substantial support to a very small number of the many organizations qualifying under these guidelines.