Van Sloun Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Van Sloun Foundation mainly supports small to mid-sized colleges, and large universities.

IP TAKE: This funder tends to award unrestricted grants rather than project specific support.

PROFILE: Established in 1992, the Van Sloun Foundation prefers to maintain a low public profile. As a result, it does not operate a website and only has one paid employee. The foundation, however, is based in Westport, Massachusetts. The foundation also prefers a broad approach to its grantmaking. According to its tax filings, the foundation supports an array of nonprofits located around the United States, including those conducting higher education work. 

Past higher education grantees include Bentley College located in Massachusetts, Bowdoin College in Maine, and the Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania. Grant amounts tend to be modest, most often ranging from $1,000 to $20,000. The foundation does not have explicit geographic locations but tends to award grants to nonprofits located in its home state of Massachusetts. However, it has also awarded grants to NGOs located in a number of other states such as New York,  Kentucky, and Connecticut. While Van Sloun does not appear to award grants to nonprofits located across the entire United States, there is some geographic variation in its grantmaking.

According to its tax filings, the Van Sloun Foundation accepts unsolicited grant applications and requests for funding. There are no submission deadlines and grantseekers should send their applications to the address provided below.

PEOPLE:

  • Joseph Van Sloun, Executive Director

CONTACT:

Van Sloun Foundation

Attn: Neil Van Sloun

Scotch Pine Lane P.O. Box 116

Westport, MA 02791

(508) 636-4573