Grants & Professional Development

Private Foundations

This is a list of private foundations offering funding opportunities in a wide range of fields.  

Please do not directly contact private foundation or corporate funding sources.  The reason for this is that the University may already be working with them or have definite plans to work with them.  We need to control access in order to avoid confusion, and the University needs to be aware of who is contacting or working with these sources. Larkin Tom and Niki Bertrand can help you identify funding sources and serve as intermediaries as you proceed.

Blue Moon Fund
Natural and human resilience to climate change.

The Brown Foundation
Education, the arts and community service primarily in the state of Texas with emphasis on the city of Houston.

Burroughs Wellcome Funds
Supports biomedical scientists at the beginning of their careers and areas of science poised for significant advancement but currently undervalued or under supported.

Carnegie Corporation of New York
International peace and security, higher education in Africa, pathways to educational opportunity, pathways to citizenship and civic integration.

The Commonwealth Fund
Health care coverage and access, health care delivery system reform, international health policy and practice innovations, breakthrough health care opportunities.

Center for the Contemplative Mind in Society
Promotes contemplative practices in higher education.

Nathan Cummings Foundation
Equality of opportunity, climate change.

The Charles A. Dana Foundation
Neuroscience, improving human brain health.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundation
Private higher education, secondary education, religion, health care, public television.

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
Humanities, performing arts, research libraries, Venetian Program.

The Camille and Henry Dreyfuss Foundation
Dedicated to the advancement of the chemical sciences.

The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
Arts, environment, medical research, child well-being, African Health Initiative, understanding of Islamic cultures.

The Educational Foundation of America
Arts, environment, reproductive health and justice.

Energy Foundation
Buildings, climate, Energy Foundation China, power, public engagement, transportation.

The Eppley Foundation for Research
Projects in medicine, life sciences and physical sciences, innovative medical investigations, endangered animals and ecosystems, climate change.

Ford Foundation
Democratic and accountable government, economic fairness, educational opportunity and scholarship, freedom of expression, gender, sexuality and reproductive justice, human rights, metropolitan opportunity, sustainable development.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
Global health, global development, college readiness.

William T. Grant Foundation
Improving the lives of young people through reducing inequality and understanding the use of research evidence.

The Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation
Scholarly research on problems of violence, aggression and dominance.

John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation
Six to twelve month fellowships for advanced professionals with a significant record of publication, or of exhibition or performance of their work.

The Wenner-Gren Foundation
Anthropological research.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation
Culture, Education, health, social service.

William and Flora Hewlett Foundation
Education, environment, global development and population, performing arts.

The Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy
Grants in all major areas of the social sciences including anthropology, area studies, economics, political science, psychology, sociology and urban studies.

Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Biomedical research, science education.

International Research Exchange
Collaborative technology, strengthening civil society, conflict resolution, education, gender, media development, youth.

Japan Foundation – New York
Arts and cultural exchange, Japanese studies and intellectual exchange, Japanese language education overseas.

Japan Foundation – Los Angeles
Arts and culture, Japanese language.

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Child and family well-being, childhood obesity, health insurance coverage, healthy communities, health leadership and workforce, health system improvement.

W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Educated kids, healthy kids, secure families, community and civic engagement, racial equity.

W.M. Keck Foundation
Scientific, medical and engineering research, science, engineering and the liberal arts in undergraduate education, Southern California program.

Kress Foundation
History of art, conservation, digital resources.

Henry Luce Foundation
American art, Asia, higher education, women in science, math and engineering, public policy and the environment, religion and international affairs, theology.

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Community and economic development, conservation and sustainable development, digital media and learning, girls’ secondary education in developing countries, housing, human rights and international justice, international peace and security, juvenile justice, media, migration, policy research, population and reproductive health, strengthening American democracy.

Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation
Improving medical and health professional education, increasing diversity and encouraging teamwork among health care professionals, improving care for underserved populations.

James S. McDonnell Foundation
Studying complex systems, understanding human cognition, mathematical and complex system approaches for brain cancer.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
Higher education and scholarship in the humanities, arts and cultural heritage, diversity, scholarly communications, international higher education and strategic projects.

The John Merck Fund
Clean energy, regional food systems, environmental health, developmental disabilities.

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation
Civil society, environment, pathways out of poverty.

National Academy of Education
High-quality education research and its use in policy and practice.

Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation
Environmental justice, sustainable agriculture and food systems, reproductive rights, sustainable New York City.

Open Society Foundations
Education and youth, governance and accountability, health, media and information, rights and justice.

David and Lucile Packard Foundation
Conservation and science, population and reproductive health, children, families and communities.

The Pew Charitable Trusts
Communities, governing, environment, health, families.

Research Corporation
Scientific research.

Rockefeller Brothers Fund
Democratic practice, peace building, sustainable development, New York City, Southern China, Western Balkans.

The Rockefeller Foundation
Resilient cities, climate change, digital jobs Africa, food security, gender equity, impact investing, oceans and fisheries, smart power in India, social impact bonds, transportation, universal health coverage.

The Rotary Foundation
Promoting peace, fighting disease, clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, growing local economies.

Russell Sage Foundation
Research in the social sciences.

The Sasakawa Peace Foundation
Peace and security, globalization, mutual understanding between priority regions and Japan.

Simons Foundation
Research in basic science and mathematics.

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
Basic research, STEM higher education, public understanding of science, technology and economics, digital information technology, economic performance and the quality of life, select national issues.

Spencer Foundation
Research devoted to high-quality investigation of education.

The Starr Foundation
Education, medicine and healthcare, human needs, public policy, culture, environment.

The Summit Foundation
Conserving the Mesoamerican reef, empowering girls, sustainable cities.

The Surdna Foundation
Supporting sustainable communities in the United States through promoting sustainable environments, strong local economies and thriving cultures.

Teagle Foundation
Teaching and learning, college-community connections, outcomes and assessment.

The John Templeton Foundation
Mathematics and physical sciences, life sciences, human sciences, philosophy and theology, science in dialogue, character virtue development, individual freedom and free markets, exceptional cognitive talent and genius, genetics.

VentureWell (Formerly NCIIA)
Grants to college students and faculty to promote and encourage eventual marketing of student inventions.

Whitehall Foundation
Scientific research grants.