General Foundation Guidelines
The Luce Foundation pursues its mission through eight grant-making programs. Prospective grantees should visit the relevant program page to familiarize themselves with that program’s goals and priorities before applying through the online portal.
Below are the general guidelines for submitting a grant application. Please read the requirements and restrictions below, in addition to the details outlined for the relevant grant category, before beginning the application process.
If you have difficulty registering for the online portal or submitting an inquiry through the portal, please contact the grants administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
General Eligibility Requirements and Restrictions
- An organization that has an active grant from one of the Foundation's programs should contact the program director before applying for a second grant from that same program. There is no prohibition against an organization with an active grant from one program applying for a grant from a different program.
- 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 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.
Information requested on the Letter of Inquiry form 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. 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.
- Following review by Foundation program staff, selected applicants will be invited to submit detailed proposals through our online portal.
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. 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.
- 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.
Note: 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.