The Luce Foundation pursues its mission through eight 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 an inquiry.
All of the programs accept unsolicited inquiries; these inquiries 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 inquiries and proposals must be submitted through our on-line portal.
General Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions
- Grants are made only to institutions and cannot be made directly to individuals, with the sole exception of the Luce Scholars Program; however, individuals may seek funding from Luce-supported programs administered by other organizations.
- Typically, grants are made to U.S. not-for-profit organizations or their international equivalents.
- The Foundation does not support healthcare, medical, disaster relief, or international development projects.
- The Foundation does not provide support to political parties or political campaigns, or for lobbying or other political activities.
- The Foundation does not contribute to annual funds, fundraising events, endowments, or building campaigns.
General Application Process
- Complete an eligibility quiz verifying that you meet the basic requirements for potential grantees.
- If eligible, create an account on our online portal and complete the letter of inquiry form. If you have difficulty registering for the portal or submitting an inquiry through the portal, please contact the grants administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information requested on the Letter of Inquiry form includes: (Note: Do not prepare your inquiry on the basis of this summary. Please use the form in the online portal, which includes a complete list of requirements.)
- 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 and the amount requested from the Foundation
- other existing or potential sources of funding
- You will receive an automatic confirmation of receipt after submitting a letter of inquiry. Letters of inquiry 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.
- 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 an inquiry through the portal, please contact the grants administrator at email@example.com. The formal proposal will require: (Note: Do not prepare your proposal on the basis of this summary. Please use the form in the online portal, which includes a complete list of requirements.)
- 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
- other existing or potential sources of funding, including in-kind as well as financial support from the applicant and other participating institutions
- Recommended proposals will be presented to the Foundation’s board of directors for consideration 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.