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Granting Agencies for the Arts & Humanities
Additional information can be found by searching the Foundation Finder database, GrantsNet, or ATS Online (Association of Theological Schools).These search engines are free and allow you to search through thousands of agencies to find the funding source appropriate for your needs.

American Association of University Women:
The AAUW Educational Foundation, the largest source of funding exclusively for graduate women in the world, supports aspiring scholars around the globe, teachers and activists in local communities, women at critical stages of their careers, and those pursuing professions where women are underrepresented.
American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) Mission: "the advancement of humanistic studies in all fields of learning in the humanities and the social sciences and the maintenance and strengthening of relations among the national societies devoted to such studies."
Arts Council of Greater Grand Rapids: The Arts Council stresses the values of artistic excellence, community impact, diversity, management, collaboration, education and outreach. Lois Konyndyk, Jennifer Hoag, Gary Schmidt, Chris Overvoorde
Braitmayer Foundation: The Foundation is interested in K-12 education throughout the United States. Of particular interest are curricular and school reform initiatives as well as preparation of and professional development opportunities for teachers, particularly those which encourage people of high ability and diverse background to enter and remain in K-12 teaching.
Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy Their mission is to establish literacy as a value in every home in America, by helping every family in the nation understand that the home is the child's first school, and that the parent is the child's first teacher, and that reading is the child's first subject; and to break the intergenerational cycle of illiteracy, by supporting the development of family literacy programs where parents and children can learn and read together.
Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College The Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, a multidisciplinary residential research center, offers fellowships for women scholars, scientists, artists, and writers.
Camargo Foundation: The Camargo Foundation maintains a study center in Cassis, France, for the benefit of scholars who wish to pursue projects in the humanities and social sciences related to French and francophone cultures. The Foundation also sponsors creative projects by visual artists, photographers, filmmakers, video artists, composers, and writers. Glenn Fetzer
Campus Compact: Campus Compact is a national coalition of more than 740 college and university presidents committed to the civic purposes of higher education. To support this civic mission, Campus Compact promotes community service that develops students' citizenship skills and values, encourages partnerships between campuses and communities, and assists faculty who seek to integrate public and community engagement into their teaching and research. Steve Timmermans, Gail Zandee, Peggy Bendroth
Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (site lists all fellowships)
Visiting Senior Fellowship Program Applications will be considered for study in the history, theory, and criticism of the visual arts (painting, sculpture, architecture, landscape architecture, urbanism, prints and drawings, film, photography, decorative arts, industrial design, etc.) of any geographical area and of any period. Applications are also solicited from scholars in other disciplines whose work examines artifacts or has implications for the analysis and criticism of physical form.
CCCU Initiative Grants to Network Christian Scholars. The purpose of this program is to enable small groups of Christian scholars to network in ways that will lead to individual and collaborative scholarship on focused themes of keen interest to the larger academy. Any discipline is encouraged to submit a proposal which demonstrates potential for Christian perspectives on the theme to make an important contribution to conversations in the academy.
Coca-Cola Foundation: to improve the quality of life in the community and enhance individual opportunity through education. We support educational programs primarily within three main areas: higher education, classroom teaching and learning, and international education.
Cummings Fund The Cummings Fund supports entrepreneurial solutions to social problems, eliminating dependence on governmental programs by actively aiding groups with measurable and sustainable long-term gains for individuals in need.
Arthur Vining Davis Foundation: Programs include Private Higher Education, Secondary Education, Religion (Graduate Theological Education), Health Care (Caring Attitudes), and Public Television. Lois Konyndyk
Department of Education (US):

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE): FIPSE's mandate is to "improve postsecondary educational opportunities" across a broad range of concerns. Steve Vander Leest, Lois Konyndyk

Department of Education (Michigan):
Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics & Science: ENC's mission is to identify effective curriculum resources, create high-quality professional development materials, and disseminate useful information and products to improve K-12 mathematics and science teaching and learning.
Department of Career Development (Michigan)
4-S Program: The Select Student Support Services (4-S) Program is a competitive grant program that supports universities in the development and institutionalization of innovative retention programs for academically and economically disadvantaged students. Jacque Rhodes, Steve Timmermans, Karen Hollebeek, Jane Hendriksma
Earhart Foundation Fellowship Research Grants are awarded, upon direct application, to individuals who have established themselves professionally.
Erasmus Institute: The Erasmus Institute was founded to foster research grounded in Catholic intellectual traditions and focused on significant issues in contemporary scholarship. Its mission is not to advance study of the church or theology as such but, rather, to bring resources from two millennia of Catholic thought to bear on problems in the humanities, social sciences, and arts. John Hare, Ruth Groenhout
Fetzer Institute: The Fetzer Institute is a nonprofit private operating foundation that supports research, education, and service programs exploring the integral relationships among body, mind, and spirit. Our current program focus includes the areas of science, leadership, integral practice, and philanthropy.
Folger Shakespeare Library: The Folger Shakespeare Library offers a limited number of residential fellowships for periods of six to nine months. Successful candidates will be advanced scholars who have made substantial contributions in their fields and whose research projects are appropriate to the collections of the Folger Library. Susan Felch
Freedom Forum: The Freedom Forum is a nonpartisan, international foundation dedicated to free press, free speech, and free spirit for all people. The foundation focuses on four main priorities: the Newseum, First Amendment freedoms, newsroom diversity, and world press freedom.
Fulbright: Fulbright grants are made to U.S. citizens and nationals of other countries for a variety of educational activities, primarily university lecturing, advanced research, graduate study, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools. Dave Van Baak, Joel Adams
Traditional Program
The Occasional Lecturer Program
Student Awards
Ford Foundation (NY):The Ford Foundation is a resource for innovative people and institutions worldwide. Its goals are to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation and advance human achievement.
German Academic Service (DAAD): The activities of the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD)—today one of the world's largest and most respected intermediary organizations in its field—illustrate the terms of reference within which academic exchange and international cooperation in science and art progress as part of the essential creative forces of the modern world. Their development is determined by individuals and their study and research projects, by the scientific community, and by the expectations and views of society, as well as and also by what is technically possible, coupled with economic interests and political goals. Lambert Zuidervaart
Wm T Grant Foundation: The goal of the William T. Grant Foundation is to create a society that values young people and enables them to reach their full potential. The Foundation supports basic and applied research on youth development, program evaluations, policy analyses, research sysntheses, and communications research. Priority areas for research are youth development; programs, policies, and institutions affecting young people; and adults' attitudes about and perceptions of young people, focusing on young people age 8 - 25.
William Randolph Hearst Foundation: The charitable goals of the two Foundations are essentially the same, and reflect the philanthropic interests of William Randolph Hearst -- Education, Health, Social Service and Culture. Within these four areas, the Foundations assist institutions in providing opportunities to underserved and underrepresented populations. Lois Konyndyk
William and Flora Hewlett Foundation: The Foundation concentrates its resources on activities in conflict resolution, education, environment, family and community development, performing arts, population, and U.S.-Latin American relations.
American Honda Foundation: Funding programs related to youth and scientific education
Japan Foundation: committed to promoting stronger ties between Americans and Japanese by supporting projects that foster mutual knowledge and education, deepen understanding, create effective channels of communication, and address common concerns in an increasingly interdependent world.
Jewish Community Fund of Grand Rapids Gary Schmidt
Wm. F. Keck Foundation: The Keck Foundation's priorities are science, engineering, and medical research; secondary interests include liberal arts and, in Southern California, community services, healthcare, pre-collegiate education, and the arts. Lois Konyndyk
W. K. Kellogg Foundation: A non-profit that focuses on improving communities' quality of life in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Southern Africa through the practical application of knowledge and resources. Funding is focused toward food systems and rural development; youth and education and higher education; and philanthropy and volunteerism. Within these focal areas, funding is also provided for leadership; information systems/ technology; efforts to capitalize on diversity; and family, neighborhood, and community development programming. Steve Timmermans
Wm. R. Kenan CharitableTrust
Knight Foundation: It is dedicated to service to community, the highest standards of journalistic excellence and the defense of a free press. Lois Konyndyk
Kresge Foundation: The Kresge Foundation Science Initiative is a challenge grant program to upgrade and endow scientific instrumentation and laboratories in colleges and universities, teaching hospitals, medical schools, and research institutions. Lois Konyndyk
Library of Congress offers Kluge Center Fellowships for Humanistic and Social Science Research. The Kluge Center especially encourages humanisitic and social science research that makes use of the Library's large and varied collections. Interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, or multilingual research is particularly welcome. Further information about the Library's collections can be found at the Library's web site)
Lilly Endowment: It supports the causes of religion, education, and community development, and is interested in initiatives that benefit youth, foster leadership education among nonprofit institutions, and promote the causes of philanthropy and volunteerism. Lois Konyndyk, Steve Timmermans, John Witvliet, Shirley Roels
Louisville Institute: The fundamental mission of the Louisville Institute is to enrich the religious life of American Christians and to encourage the revitalization of their institutions, by bringing together those who lead religious institutions with those who study them, so that the work of each might stimulate and inform the other. It seeks to enhance understanding of American religion and to encourage the vitality of American religious institutions through a program of conferences and grantmaking, with particular attention to the situation of Protestantism, Catholicism, historic African-American churches, and the Hispanic religious experience. Quentin Schultze, Dale Cooper, Neal Plantinga, Peggy Bendroth, Kendra Hotz
The Louisville Institute Religious Institutions Sabbatical Grants Program.
The Henry Luce Foundation: Areas of focus include the interdisciplinary exploration of higher education; increased understanding between Asia and the United States; the study of religion and theology; scholarship in American art; opportunities for women in science and engineering; and contributions to youth and public policy programs. John Witvliet
MacLellan Foundation: The purpose of the Maclellan Foundation is to serve strategic international and national organizations committed to furthering the Kingdom of Christ and select local organizations, which foster the spiritual welfare of the community.
Franklin J. Matchette Foundation Kelly Clark
Ronald McDonald House Children's Charities: Ronald McDonald House Charities provides comfort and care to children and their families by supporting Ronald McDonald Houses in communities around the world and by making grants to other not-for-profit organizations whose programs help children in need. Lois Konyndyk
McGregor Fund: Offers grants to relieve misfortune and promote well-being. Focus areas are human services, education, health care, arts and culture, and public benefit. Primary focus is metropolitan Detroit. Lois Konyndyk
the latest press release
Medtronic Foundation: Focus areas: education, health, and community. Priority is given to programs that benefit people who are socio-economically disadvantaged. Provides community grants for programs benefiting Medtronic communities: Minneapolis, MN; Anaheim, CA; Danvers, MA; Parker, CO; Humacao, Puerto Rico; Grand Rapids, MI; Tempe, AZ; Irvine, CA; Milaca, MN; San Diego, CA; Villalba, Puerto Rico Gary Schmidt, David DeHeer, Lois Konyndyk
Andrew Mellon Foundation: Makes grants to institutions in higher education, in cultural affairs and the performing arts, in population, in conservation and the environment, and in public affairs.
Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA): The Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs serves to encourage, develop, and facilitate an enriched environment of artistic, creative cultural activity in Michigan.
Michigan Campus Compact: Michigan Campus Compact promotes the education and commitment of Michigan college students to be civically engaged citizens, through creating and expanding academic, co-curricular and campus-wide opportunities for community service, service-learning, and civic engagement.
Milton Center
Mitsubishi Electric: The Mitsubishi Electric American Foundation welcomes concept papers that meet the Foundation's mission of helping young people with disabilities, through technology, to maximize their potential and participation in society. Preference is given to organizations and projects that reflect collaboration among groups, and that actively involve people with disabilities in the planning and implementation of activities.
National Endowment for the Arts: The NEA's mission is to serve the public good by nurturing human creativity, supporting community spirit, and fostering appreciation of the excellence and diversity of our nation's artistic accomplishments. We carry out that mission through grantmaking; leadership initiatives; partnerships with state arts agencies, regional arts organizations, other federal agencies, and the private sector; research; and public information. Arts education program addresses children and youth in the general age range of early childhood through age 18, both in school and outside the regular school day and year. Grants are offered in the following three categories: early childhood, school-based, community-based. Deadline: August 12, 2002.

National Endowment for the Humanities: NEH is an independent grant-making agency of the United States government dedicated to supporting research, education, and public programs in the humanities. Lambert Zuidervaart, Steve Evans, Garth Pauley Fellowships: Steve Evans, Lambert Zuidervaart Summer Stipends: Garth Pauley Focus Grant: Henry Luttikhuizen Summer Seminars & Institutes: many faculty from many departments

Summer Stipends
NEH Faculty Humanities Workshops     conference call notes
$75,000 grant opportunity: grants will support professional development programs in the humanities for K-12 teachers and faculty at post-secondary institutions.
David & Lucile Packard Foundation: The Foundation provides grants to nonprofit organizations in the following broad program areas: conservation; population; science; children, families, and communities; arts; and organizational effectiveness and philanthropy. The Foundation provides national and international grants, and also has a special focus on the Northern California Counties of San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, and Monterey.
Pew Charitable Trusts: The Pew Charitable Trusts support nonprofit activities in the areas of culture, education, the environment, health and human services, public policy and religion. Based in Philadelphia, the Trusts make strategic investments that encourage and support citizen participation in addressing critical issues and effecting social change. Susan Felch, Steve Evans, Lois Konyndyk, David Hoekema
Retirement Research Foundation: The Foundation seeks innovative solutions to the challenges facing older Americans. They support programs that: improve services and care for the elderly, seek answers to diseases prevalent in the older population, educate policymakers about the needs and capacities of America’s seniors, attract and train skilled professionals to serve older adults, expand employment and volunteer opportunities for older persons, and identify and address concerns of older Americans.
Rotary Foundation: The Rotary Foundation is a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. Evert VanDerHeide
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: The Foundation's programs and interests fall into the following areas: Science and Technology, Standard of Living and Economic Performance, Education and Careers in Science and Technology and Selected National Issues and Civic Program
SBC Foundation SBC Foundation places primary emphasis on supporting initiatives that enhance education and community vitality through technology.
Smithsonian Institution
Spencer Foundation: The foundation is intended to investigate ways in which education, broadly conceived, can be improved around the world.
Starr Foundation: The Starr Foundation funds programs in a wide range including culture, public policy, human needs, medicine and healthcare, and education.
Templeton Foundation: Through its programs, the Foundation seeks to encourage the world to catch the vision of the tremendous possibilities for spiritual progress in an open and humble approach to life; encourage institutions of learning to incorporate training towards excellence in character in their efforts to prepare the next generation for service; to encourage growth in appreciating the potential of free societies; and to promote the understanding of the significant responsibilities associated with freedom in its several aspects, moral, spiritual, political and economic. Steve Evans, Howard VanTill, Susan Felch
Towsley Foundation: While the Foundation's initial goals were typical of general family foundations, its mission later became focused on programs promoting education, health care, shelter, and nutrition for children. As its assets grew, its areas of concentration expanded into college and university education, medical education, planned parenthood, and interdisciplinary programs with the schools of law and social work. Lois Konyndyk
US Institute of Peace: The United States Institute of Peace is an independent, nonpartisan federal institution created and funded by Congress to strengthen the nation's capacity to promote the peaceful resolution of international conflict.
Kurt Weill Foundation for Music: Each year, the Foundation's Grants Program gives financial support to individuals and not-for-profit organizations for projects in the following categories: Research and Travel; Publication Assistance; Dissertation Fellowships; Professional and Regional Performance and Production; College and University Performance and Production; Recording Projects; and Broadcasts. Stephanie Sandberg
Wabash Center: The Wabash Center for Teaching and Learning in Theology and Religion seeks to strengthen and enhance religion & theology education in North American theological schools, colleges and universities through initiating studies, workshops and conferences; supporting the initiatives that enhance teaching; encouraging reflection by faculty members on the special contribution of each discipline within religion & theology; enabling those preparing to become teachers to reflect upon, clarify and strengthen their sense of vocation; helping faculty members and institutions to keep abreast of appropriate technology that will enhance teaching and learning. Kendra Hotz, Matt Mathews
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research


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