Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Delmas Foundation provides more than 100 grants to fund humanities scholars, the study of Venetian history and culture, and research libraries. The foundation also supports non-academic performing arts organizations in New York City.

IP TAKE: Funding from Delmas is generally modest, but the foundation’s application process is straightforward. Delmas also funds applicants for multiple grant cycles.

PROFILE: The Delmas Foundation, established in 1976, “promotes the advancement and perpetuation of humanistic inquiry and artistic creativity by encouraging excellence in scholarship and in the performing arts, and by supporting research libraries and other institutions which transmit our cultural heritage.” Colleges and universities have consistently received support from the foundation, in accordance with the vision of its founders, Gladys and Jean Paul Delmas. The Delmas Foundation’s programs include Humanities, Performing Arts, Research Libraries, and Venetian Studies.

The Delmas Foundation makes higher education grants across a number of Programs. Its humanities grants support “projects which address the concerns of the historical studia humanitatis: a humanistic education rooted in the great traditions of the past; the formation of human beings according to cultural, moral, and aesthetic ideals derived from that past; and the ongoing debate over how these ideals may best be conceived and realized.”

Eligible subject areas include “history; archaeology; literature; languages, both classical and modern; philosophy; ethics; comparative religion; the history, criticism, and theory of the arts.” Performing Art grants “provide core program and special project support to organizations of quality in the fields of dance, music and theater that perform and produce or present work in New York City.” Similarly, the Research Libraries Program aims to “improve the ability of research libraries to serve the needs of scholarship in the humanities and the performing arts, and to help make their resources more widely accessible to scholars and the general public.” The foundation allows visitors to search its database of Past Humanities Grants and Past Research Library Grants.

Any grantseekers whose research pertains to the history or culture of Venice, Italy, should apply through the foundation’s Venetian Programs. Grants for Institutional Support support non-profit institutions concerned with the culture and study of Venice. The Venetian Research Program “awards travel grants to individual scholars to support historical research on Venice and the former Venetian empire, and for the study of contemporary Venetian society and culture.” All humanistic disciplines are eligible, and the foundation also has a similar grant for citizens of the British Commonwealth. Participants in the Venetian Research Program are also eligible for Publication Subvention grants to help publish their work.

Grants are modest and range from $5,000 to $25,000, with a few grants above that range. The foundation’s application process and guidelines are fairly direct and straightforward.

Other than the Venetian program, funding is available for nonprofit organizations only, and (again, excluding the Venetian program) applications are accepted year-round in the form of a two-page letter describing the project as well as proof of nonprofit status.


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