E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation supports local art museums and galleries.

IP TAKE: This funder only accepts grant requests from an organization once per calendar year.

PROFILE: The E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, the philanthropic sister of its corporate arm the Carpenter Company, was founded in 1975 in Richmond, Virginia. Mr. Carpenter was the founder of the foam rubber manufacturer, the Carpenter Company. The Carpenter Foundation’s grantmaking priorities include graduate theological education, performing arts, visual arts, community health nursing, and LGBT causes.

The foundation’s visual arts grants support organizations that “[h]ave a permanent collection for the purchase, conservation and exhibition of Asian art and relating to education of Asian art.” Carpenter also considers funding requests from arts organizations to “underwrite the costs of exhibitions of Wester art in the Peoples Republic of China or the Republic of China (Taiwan).”

According to the foundation’s tax filings, the majority of grant awards range from $10,000 to $100,000. Past grantees include the 1708 Gallery, the Baltimore Museum of Art, and the Museum of Modern Art.

The Carpenter Foundation accepts unsolicited requests for funding. Grantseekers do not need to fill out specific grant application forms. A brief letter describing their organization’s history, project or program will suffice. Applicants must also include their organization’s IRS ruling and financial statements. Applications must be postmarked before January 31 to be considered by the board at the spring meeting and July 15 for consideration at the fall meeting.


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