Hearst Foundations: Grants for Dance

OVERVIEW: The Hearst Foundations supports well-established non-profit organizations that fund projects related to culture, education, health, and social services.

IP TAKE: Grants from the Hearst Foundations are for already high-achieving organizations with an operating budget of at least $1 million. Hearst’s focus on culture includes a substantial commitment to dance. Like all of their arts funding, this support prioritizes artist development and outreach to underserved communities.

PROFILE: The Hearst Foundations, technically comprised of two separate foundations that are managed together, were established by William Randolph Hearst in 1945 and 1948. Their missions remain the same, as are have its granting stipulations. The only difference relates to whether an organization resides east or west of the Mississippi River. The foundations seek to “ensure that people of all backgrounds have the opportunity to build healthy, productive, and inspiring lives.”   These foundations staunchly support culture, including the arts, specifically as it relates to developing artists and exposing underserved communities to both artistic output and artistic training.

The foundations funds dance projects and organizations through its cultural giving program. In the dance grantmaking space, the Hearst Foundations seek dance organizations that differentiate themselves from their peers—not just in an approach to programming, but also in terms of results. The foundations emphasizes results by expecting “evidence of sustainability” for programs beyond their own support of them.

Grants range in the thousands of dollars and are frequently modest. Past Hearst Foundations grantees can be found in the grant recipient database.

The Hearst Foundations have an open online application process. However, they indicate that 80 percent of their funding supports previous recipients. But for grant seekers whose proposals are accepted, long-term funding is likely.

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