Applying for a Grant

The Luce Foundation pursues its mission through individual grant-making programs. Each program has unique goals and specific guidelines that differ from those of the other programs. A prospective grantee interested in a particular program should visit that program’s section on this website to learn about its goals and guidelines before submitting a concept note.

All of the programs accept unsolicited requests, which we call concept notes; these concept notes may be submitted at any time. Several programs also sponsor competitions. Such competitions often have special rules and specific deadlines. Details like these are explained in each program’s section on the website.

Below, you will find information about eligibility requirements for all grantees, irrespective of the program to which they are applying, and about the application process. Please read these sections and the program-specific guidelines carefully before beginning the application process.

All concept notes and proposals must be submitted through our on-line portal.

General Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions

General Application Process

  1. Review the relevant program's goals and particular guidelines.
  2. Create an account on our online portal and complete the concept note form. If you have difficulty registering for the portal or submitting the form through the portal, please contact the grants administrator at
  3. You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt after submitting a concept note. Concept notes will be acted upon 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.
  4. Following review by Foundation program staff, selected applicants will be invited to submit detailed proposals through our online portal. If you have difficulty registering for the portal or submitting a proposal through the portal, please contact the grants administrator at
  5. Recommended proposals will be presented to the Foundation’s board of directors for consideration three times each year—in March, June, and November. The concept note review and proposal development process generally take 3 to 4 months, and can take longer, so institutions should plan accordingly.

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