Flora Family Foundation: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Flora Family Foundation’s giving is wide-ranging, and includes arts and culture, education, the advancement of women, civic engagement, the environment, and global security throughout the U.S. and around the world.

IP TAKE: The Flora Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited requests, so applicants must first find a way to connect with the family and the foundation’s board and staff.

PROFILE: The Flora Family Foundation was established in 1998 by the family of William R. Hewlett (co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Company) and his late wife, Flora. This foundation is a wholly separate entity from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Hewlett-Packard Company, and the Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation. The Flora Family Foundation was broadly created upon “the belief that each individual has an obligation to go beyond the narrow confines of his or her personal interests and be mindful of the broader concerns of humanity.” The foundation supports arts and culture, education, civic engagement, the advancement of women, the environment and global security by giving grants to organizations in both the U.S. and abroad.

The foundation does not have a dedicate dance program, preferring to fund arts and culture related work more broadly. It funds dance projects and organizations through “start-up expenses, program initiatives, capital improvements, media productions, and general operations. Of this general operating support, the foundation is keenly aware of its value, stating, “This form of support is particularly valuable to nonprofit organizations.” This said, it does not fund many dance projects through its arts and culture interest.

Grants range from a few thousand to tens of thousands of dollars. The foundation does not place geographic restrictions on its giving; however, past grantmaking reveals that it prioritizes particular geographic regions, which most often coincide with where its board members and/or family members reside. San Francisco and the Bay Area is unquestionably the foundation’s favorite location, but Nashville, TN also receives extra attention. However, past grants in the dance realm have been limited. Applicants can view recent dance and dance-inclusive grants from the foundation by clicking here.

The Flora Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited proposals or inquiries, and its funding priorities are sculpted by Hewlett's children, grandchildren, and their spouses—and therefore the grantmaking is in sync with their interests and connectivities. A portion of the Hewlett family also makes up the foundation’s board, and, along with two non-family members, serve one or two year terms, then rotate out.

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