Arthur Vining Davis Foundations: Grants for Higher Education

 

OVERVIEW: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations support private colleges and universities and emphasizes traditional liberal arts and sciences curricula.

IP TAKE: This funder awards grants of up to $100,000 for individual projects and larger grants up to $300,000 for expansion and growth. Funding is limited to private institutions of higher education in the U.S. and its territories. The foundations accept letters of inquiry from July 1 through October 15 each year.

PROFILE: The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations were established in 1952 by Arthur Vining Davis, a former president of Alcoa and real estate investor. Based in Jacksonville, Florida, this funder aims to "strengthen America" through its support of "religious, charitable, scientific, literary and educational purposes." Its funding initiatives are private higher education; public educational media; interfaith leadership and religious literacy; environmental engagement, stewardship and solutions and palliative care

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations' investment in higher education stems from its private higher education initiative. The program focuses on "private colleges and universities with a primary academic mission in the liberal arts and sciences, rather than career or vocational studies." One past grantee is the Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts. Consisting of eleven colleges in Pennsylvania, this organization used funding to enhance curricular integration of member institutions. Another grantee, Marlboro College in Vermont, expanded a program that infuses citizenship and service into traditional liberal arts courses. 

This funder awards planning grants in amounts ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 and comprehensive grants raging from $250,000 to $300,000. Planning grants generally support individual projects, while comprehensive grants are directed institutional growth on a larger scale. Funding is limited to private institutions of higher education in the U.S. and its territories. A database of past grants is available at the foundations' website.

The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations accept letters of inquiry from July 1 through October 15 for grants to be awarded the following year.

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