William H. Hurt Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The William H. Hurt Foundation seeks fine arts institutions, such as museums as well as visual arts organizations.

IP TAKE: This foundation generally offers single-year rather than multi-year support to its grantees.

PROFILE: Originally known as the William H. Hurt Charities, Inc., the William H. Hurt Foundation (WHH Foundation) was established in 1961. Not to be confused with the actor, William H. Hurt served as the former chair of the Capital Guardian Trust Company. The WHH Foundation invests in “human capital to make the world a little better: [they] look for great people doing brilliant work and invest in both.” It supports humanitarian efforts, education, the arts, and scientific endeavors.

WHH’s visual arts grants invest in a variety of organizations; however, according to its tax filings, the majority of grants tend to support museums. For example, past grantees include the Natural History Museum Foundation and the Norton Simon Museum. The foundation does not award grants to individuals or religious purposes. The foundation outlines its grantmaking strategies under its mission page.

WHH Foundation grant amounts can range widely, and range from $100 to $50,000. In the visual arts space, grants typically fall in the $1,000 to $10,000 range. The foundation does not accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.

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