Zegar Family Foundation: Grants for Visual Arts

OVERVIEW: The Zegar Family Foundation’s visual arts grants generally focus on museums and historical preservation organizations.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to build long-term relationships with its grantee partners; however, it considers new ideas from prospective grantees.

PROFILE: Founded in 2007, the Zegar Family Foundation aims to “[g]ive back by improving the lives of others and enhancing the communities and larger world around us.” This is a modest-sized family funder whose grantmaking includes a diverse set of priorities including science and medicine, education, human services and economic opportunity, nutrition and health, justice, human rights, arts, culture and heritage, the environment, and international causes.

Zegar’s work related to arts, culture and heritage supports organizations “[c]ontributing to the societal enrichment through the arts, historical education, preservation or our national and global heritage and other cultural programs.”

The foundation does not offer grant listings on its website; however, tax filings indicate that grant amounts typically range from $25,000 to $100,000. Past visual arts grantees include the Lower Eastside Tenement Museum and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History.

The Zegar Family Foundation does not accept unsolicited grant proposals.

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