Maurer Family Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Maurer Family Foundation aims to provide financial assistance to those organizations and institutions whose goal is to enrich their communities and the lives of their patrons through programs of cultural value.

IP TAKE: The foundation supports the arts broadly, with small grants to organizations annually. While the foundation does not accept unsolicited applications, it is open to learning about new organizations and programs.

PROFILE: The Maurer Family Foundation was established in 1996. It was launched by Hearst Corporation executive Gilbert Maurer and his wife Ann. The foundation’s board currently lists quite a few Maurer family members on the board, including president Christopher C. Maurer. The Maurer Family Foundation aims to provide financial assistance to those organizations and institutions whose goal is to enrich their communities and the lives of their patrons through programs of cultural value.

The foundation supports a range of arts programming including fine art, experimental art, applied and decorative art, film, television, music, literature, poetry, architecture, theater, dance, opera and folk traditions. In other words, the foundation is open anything in the arts. Maurer Foundation grants generally fall into two categories: supporting programs designed to broaden access to the arts, including scholarships, and supporting programs that raise artistic standards, including competitions and masterclasses.

Grants typically range from $1,500 to $10,000. In a recent fiscal year, the foundation gave away $584,000. Past grantees have included Asheville Art Museum, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, and Norton Gallery and School of Art.

Maurer favors support of programs rather than facilities, buildings or individuals. The foundation does not consider grants outside the U.S., nor does it fund on a continuing basis or generally make multi-year grants. While the foundation does not accept unsolicited applications, they are open to learning about new organizations and programs.

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