Grant Guidelines & Funding Process


Grants are awarded to 501(c)(3) organizations and U.S. federally recognized tribes only. Please check the list of current and recent past grants in each of the program areas to understand 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.

Funding Process

Letters of inquiry can be submitted online. Before submitting an online inquiry we ask that you review our grant guidelines to see the kinds of projects we are currently funding.

If you believe your project fits within the guidelines of one of the program areas above, you may complete an online inquiry form for the appropriate area: ArtLiteraryIndigenous Communities, or Cultural Freedom.

Organizations whose online inquiries are of interest to the Foundation will be contacted and asked to submit a full proposal.

Funding is highly competitive. Only a few organizations will be asked to submit full proposals in each program area.

Unsolicited proposals, applications, and nominations for grants, awards, or fellowships will not be accepted.