Grant Guidelines

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Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations only. Please check the list of current and recent past grants in each of the program areas to understand the present interests of the Board of Directors.

The foundation began making grants through its Art Program in 1986 and since that time has supported more than 400 projects by over 200 arts organizations across the country. In order to encourage the creativity of contemporary artists, foster serious discussion of contemporary art, and bring new and sometimes experimental works of art to a wide audience, funding has been provided to organizations for exhibitions, scholarly publications, residency programs, and 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 program also supports a literary residency program in Marfa, Texas.

Since 1994 the Indigenous Communities Program has provided support to Native Americans in their resolve to renew their communities through their own institutions and traditions. Funding priority is given to rural indigenous projects that are consistent with traditional values in the areas of education, Native cultures, the revival and preservation of languages, legal rights, and environmental protection.

Funding in the Cultural Freedom Program is focused on special cultural projects and ideas that promote and protect cultural freedom, diversity, and creativity. The foundation established the Prize for Cultural Freedom in 1999 and the first fellowship in this program was awarded in 2003.

Grants are awarded to nonprofit organizations only. Awards and fellowships are given to individuals only. The foundation does not accept unsolicited applications or nominations for grants, awards, or fellowships.