Sprint Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: Sprint largely awards its visual arts grants to smaller and local museums, arts, and culture centers. 

IP TAKE: This is a fairly approachable corporate funder. Grantseekers should consider that the foundation grants few visual arts grants each year.

PROFILE: The philanthropic arm of telecommunications giant Sprint, the Sprint Foundation, was established in 1989. It has since supported hundreds of nonprofit organizations each year. The foundation awards arts-related grants through its arts and culture program. Sprint awards most of its visual arts grants to local productions and companies.

Grants range from $1,000 to $10,000. Because its corporate sister is located in Overland Park, Kansas, the foundation prioritizes organizations located in the greater Kansas City metropolitan area. However, it occasionally awards grants to groups beyond this region.

It's latest tax filings reveal a tendency to fund local organizations; however, it still funds various organisations across the United States. For example, The Trilogy Cultural Arts Centre and Tighman Watermen’s Museum are both past grantees. Grants are generally modest and range from about $1,000 to $10,000. 

The Sprint Foundation accepts unsolicited grant proposals throughout the year via its online portal. The formal review process can take up to 90 days. The foundation does not make grants to individuals.

PEOPLE:

  • Ralph Reid, President
  • Greg Block, Director
  • Bill White, Director
  • Steve Gaffney, Director

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