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The Luce Foundation pursues its mission through eight grant-making programs. Prospective grantees should visit the relevant program pages to make themselves familiar with its goals and priorities before applying.

Below are the general guidelines for submitting a grant application. Please read the requirements and restrictions below, followed by the details outlined for the relevant program (see links on the left), before beginning the application process.

General Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions

  • Grants are only made to institutions and cannot be made directly to individuals, with the sole exception of the Luce Scholars Program; however, individuals may receive funding through programs administered through grants to other organizations such as the Dissertation Fellowships in American Art.
  • Typically, grants are made to 501(c)(3) organizations or their international equivalent.
  • The foundation does not support healthcare, medical, disaster relief, or international development projects.
  • The foundation does not provide support to political parties, political campaigns, lobbying, other political activities or for annual funds, fundraising events, endowments, or building campaigns.

General Application Process

  1. Complete an eligibility quiz verifying that you meet the basic requirements for potential grantees.

  2. If eligible, create an account on our online portal and complete the Letter of Inquiry form.
  3. Information requested on the Letter of Inquiry includes: a description of the project—its goals, significance, contribution to the field; anticipated outcomes and deliverables; the anticipated timeframe; team members; the project's total budget; the amount requested from the Foundation; and other existing or potential sources of funding.
  4. Following review by Foundation program staff, selected applicants will be invited to submit detailed proposals through our online portal.
  5. The formal proposal will require: an executive summary; a full description of the project—its goals, significance, contribution to the field; the project’s timeline; primary participants and their curriculum vitae; anticipated outcomes and benchmarks of success, and how the project will be evaluated; the total budget for the project and the amount requested from the Foundation; and other existing or potential sources of funding, including in-kind as well as financial support from the applicant and other participating institutions.
  6. Recommended proposals will be presented to the Foundation’s board of directors for approval three times each year—in March, June, and November. The inquiry review and proposal development process generally take 3 to 4 months, and can take longer, so institutions should plan accordingly.

Note: You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt after submitting a Letter of Inquiry, followed by a response within eight weeks of submission. Applicants are encouraged to reach out to the relevant Program Director by email with any specific questions or concerns during the application process.

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