Maurice R. & Meta G. Gross Foundation: Grants for Chicago and Arizona

OVERVIEW: The Maurice R. & Meta G. Gross Foundation supports museums, higher education, and youth programs in the Chicago area and beyond.

FUNDING AREAS: Museum support, higher education, youth programs

IP TAKE: Even though this funder’s official address is in Providence, Rhode Island, it gives grants in Chicago and, to a lesser degree, Arizona; the funder does not serve the Northeast.

PROFILE: Established in 1992, the Maurice R. & Meta G. Gross Foundation is a funder headquartered in Providence, Rhode Island, but which has deep roots in Chicago. The foundation’s co-trustees are Bank of America’s Chicago office and John D. Marshall, a local attorney in suburban Palatine. Grantmaking areas of interest include museum support, higher education and youth programs.

The foundation does not have a website to guide grantseekers. However, it has been a steady supporter of education causes for many years. Past education grantees include All Saints Episcopal Day School, St. Anne School and Wesleyan University. The funder has also provided support to Casa Kane County, Temple Solel, the Heard Museum, and Youth Job Center.

Foundation grants tend to be between $10,000 and $50,000. Review the funder’s recent tax records to learn more about its local giving. The foundation’s giving is largely focused on the city of Chicago. The foundation also sends occasional grants to the University of Arizona and other educational institutions in Tucson and museums in Phoenix.

This foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications from nonprofits. There are no formal application forms, deadlines, or specific funding limitations. The phone number to reach the foundation staff is 888-866-3275. The Chicago-based Bank of America contact is Srilatha Lakkaraju at 312-828-8166.


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