Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation: Grants for Diseases

OVERVIEW: The Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation focuses disease-related grants on HIV/AIDS.

IP TAKE: This funder gives funding priority to projects that cannot be “readily supported by large external sources,” such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

PROFILE: Robert Mapplethorpe established the Robert Mapplethorpe Foundation in 1988 in order to “[p]rotect his work, to advance his creative vision and to promote the causes he cared about.” He established the foundation just one year before his death. Main areas of grantmaking interest include “[t]he recognition of photography as an art form...and supporting AIDS and HIV medical research.

HIV/AIDS-related grants typically range from $10,000 to $50,000. Grantseekers should be aware that Mapplethorpe does not award a large number of grants each year and grants tend to go to support larger HIV/AIDS organizations. HIV/AIDS organizations receiving support from Mapplethorpe in the past include amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, and Bailey House, a New York-based organization offering safe and affordable housing for men, women, and children living with HIV/AIDS. Grantseekers should be aware that Mapplethorpe does not award a large number of HIV/AIDS grants annually.

The Mapplethorpe Foundation accepts unsolicited requests for funding on a rolling basis. The foundation does not award grants to individual researchers.

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