Argosy Foundation: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: The Argosy Foundation supports a broad range of higher education efforts across the United States. Projects include those related to innovative learning programs, capacity-building, staff development, and infrastructure.

IP TAKE: Argosy’s conservation grants tend to support specific programs. This funder awards few grants for general operating expenses.

PROFILE: Co-founder of Boston Scientific, John Abele established the Argosy Foundation in 1997 to “employ creative and entrepreneurial approaches that help people to help themselves, and become self-sustaining whenever possible.” It seeks to make the world a better place to live for all. The foundation invests in arts and culture, education, the environment, health, human services, international/foreign affairs, and public/society benefits.

Argosy's higher education grantmaking includes "scholarship funds, development of innovative learning programs in partnership with educational institutions, capacity-building, infrastructure and staff development." The foundation supports programs "within schools and higher education institutions, themselves, as well as independent, 501 (c)3 organizations that advocate for education improvement locally and nationally." Past grantees include Amherst College, Berea College, and Harvard University.

Higher education institutions may seek funding in other program areas if their missions align with Argosy’s. The Arts, Culture & Humanities program, for instance, supports “art education programs that introduce and cultivate the next generation of artists and art appreciators.” Environment grants support “diverse programs that engage in research, advocacy and action on behalf of the environment both locally and nationally.” Health grants support “programs in health education, research and relief, sponsor fundraising and advocacy events and help to fund community service projects.”

Argosy grants may go as high as $650,000, but most tend to fall between $10,000 and $100,000. For more information on the foundation, download the latest annual reports from the foundation’s main page.

Argosy does not accept unsolicited proposals or requests for funding.


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