Mission/Giving Statement: The Foundation's grantmaking philosophy is to build, strengthen and sustain institutions and their core capacities, rather than be a source for narrowly defined projects. As such, it develops thoughtful, long-term collaborations with grant recipients and invests sufficient funds for an extended period to accomplish the purpose at hand and achieve meaningful results.
Grantmaking Program Areas: Conservation & the Environment; Higher Education & Scholarship; Museums & Art Conservation; Scholarly Communications & Information Technology
Grantmaking Program Area Descriptions:
Conservation & the Environment: Plants Initiative - a partnership of more than 150 herbaria from over 55 countries working to create a database of high quality images of plant type specimens of primarily African and Latin American plants.
Higher Education & Scholarship: Supports a wide range of initiatives to strengthen the institutions that sustain scholarship in the humanities and "humanistic" social sciences, primarily research universities but also a small number of centers for advanced study and independent research libraries.
Museums & Art Conservation: Supports basic research intended to enable curators, conservators, and other professionals to devote intensive study to the objects in their care, and to make their knowledge and professional expertise available to others in new as well as in more traditional ways.
Scholarly Communications & Information Technology: Scholarly communications covers a broad range of activities, including the discovery, collection, organization, evaluation, interpretation, and preservation of primary and other sources of information, and the publication and dissemination of scholarly research. Information technology includes the design, development, implementation, and support of computer-based systems for converting, storing, protecting, processing, retrieving, and transmitting information in electronic form.
Type of Funding/Funding Restrictions: Unsolicited proposals are rarely funded.
Application Instructions: Grant inquiries should be made, by writing or email, to the appropriate program officer and program area. LOI guidelines available online.