Crankstart Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Crankstart Foundation’s visual arts grants support museums around the country.

IP TAKE: This funder awards grants to both big and small museums; however, it does not award a large number of visual arts grants each year. Grantseekers should expect a good deal of funding competition when approaching Crankstart.

PROFILE: Michael and Harriet Moritz established the Crankstart Foundation in 2000 with the aim of “Supporting the forgotten, the dispossessed, the oppressed, and others where some help makes all the difference.” Crankstart does not employ a formal staff and the foundation’s one-page website offers no other information other than its mission statement and a brief contact form. According to tax filings however, Crankstart appears to focus its grantmaking on education, arts and culture and supporting communities in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Crankstart’s visual arts grants focus on museums in the San Francisco Bay Area and around the country. Past grantees in this field include the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Bolinas Museum located in Bolinas, California. Grants typically range from $1,000 to $50,000.

The foundation typically awards grants to support general operating costs. Its higher education grantmaking is the exception. Crankstart restricts its higher education funding to scholarships for re-entry students.

The Crankstart Foundation does not currently accept unsolicited grant applications or requests for funding.


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Crankstart Foundation

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